J5 Files

The Best Of Michael Jackson

USA, March, 1995
Motown 31453 0480 2

CD 1

1. Got To Be There
2. Rockin' Robin
3. Ain't No Sunshine
4. Maria (You Were The Only One)
5. I Wanna Be Where You Are
6. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me
7. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
8. Ben
9. People Make The World Go 'Round
10. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
11. With a Child's Heart
12. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
13. Greatest Show On Earth
14. We've Got A Good Thing Going
15. In Our Small Way
16. All The Things You Are
17. You Can Cry On My Shoulder
18. Maybe Tomorrow
19. I'll Be There
20. Never Can Say Goodbye
21. It's Too Late To Change The Time
22. Dancing Machine

CD 2

1. When I Come of Age
2. Dear Michael
3. Music and Me
4. You Are There
5. One Day In Your Life
6. Make Tonight All Mine (Original 1973 Mix)
7. Love's Gone Bad (Original 1972 Mix)
8. That's What Love Is Made Of
9. Who's Looking for a Lover
10. Lonely Teardrops
11. Cinderella Stay Awhile
12. We're Almost There
13. Take Me Back
14. Just A Little Bit Of You
15. Melodie (Original 1973 Mix)
16. I´ll Come Home To You
17. If I'N Was God (Original 1973 Mix)
18. Happy
19. Don't Let It Get You Down (Original 1973 Mix)
20. Call On Me (Original 1973 Mix)
21. To Make My Father Proud (Original 1973 Mix)
22. Farewell My Summer Love

This compilation is a part of Motown's Anthology Series, released in 1995. It was accompagnied by a 20 page booklet that inclued an essay by David Ritz, entitled "Michael : Solo And Soulful". Content is very similar to, but significantly different from, Michael's 1986 Anthology release. There are the same songs, in the same running order, but with an additional four songs : Greatest Show On Earth, We've Got A Good Thing Going, Make Tonight All Mine and Cinderella Stay Awhile .

Another bonus is the restoration of the original mixes of several songs recorded in the early 1970s, but not released until the 1980s. Four songs - Call On Me, Don't Let It Get You Down, Melodie and To Make My Father Proud come minus the overdubbs added to 1984's Farewell My Summer Love release, while another three songs feature slightly different alternate vocals : If I'N Was God, Love's Gone Bad and Make Tonight All Mine . If I'N Was God, here, is also a full minute longer than the version issued in 1986 on Lookin' Back To Yesterday.

Cette compilation fait partie de la série "Motown's Anthology Series" sortie en 1995. Elle est accompagnée d'un livret de 20 pages incluant un essai de David Ritz, intitulé "Le Jeune Michael : Solo et Soulful". Le contenu est similaire à la première Anthology de Michael chez Motown, sortie en 1986. Il y a à peu près les même chansons, dans le même ordre, avec cependant 4 chansons additionnelles : Greatest Show On Earth, We've Got A Good Thing Going, Make Tonight All Mine et Cinderella Stay Awhile .

Un autre bonus est la restauration des mixages originaux de plusieurs chansons enregistrées au début des années 70, mais resté dans les archives jusqu'au milieu des années 80. Quatre titres - Call On Me, Don't Let It Get You Down, Melodie et To Make My Father Proud, sont proposés sans le mix additionnel paru sur l'album Farewell My Summer Love, trois autres chansons sont en revanche incluses avec des paroles légèrement différentes : If I'N Was God, Love's Gone Bad et Make Tonight All Mine . If I'N Was God est aussi plus long d'une minute par rapport à la première version parue sur Lookin' Back To Yesterday en 1986.