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Jermaine Jackson Come Into My Life

Original cover photography : Jim Britt


1973


You're In Good Hands
B/ Does Your Mama Know About Me
M 1244, 09/1973


# 30R&B, # 152 Pop


Come Into My Life

USA May 1973

 

Arrangers : The Corporation, Dave Blumberg, Paul Riser, David Van Depitte

Produced by Hal Davis, Clays Mc Murray, Gloria Jones, Pam Sawyer, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren, Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino, The Corporation

Executive Producer : Berry Gordy

Recorded at the Motown Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California.

 

 

Side 1

1. Sitting On The Edge Of My Mind 4:12

(Don Fletcher / Charlotte O'Hara / Nita Garfield)
Produced by Hal Davis

30 sec

2. You're In Good Hands 3:17

(Fonce Mizell / Larry Mizell)
Produced by Fonce Mizell & Freddie Perren

30 sec

3. I Need You More Now Than Ever 4:06

(Marty Coleman / Richard Drapkin / Clay McMurray)
Produced by Clays McMurray

30 sec

4. If You Don't Love Me 2:45

(Charles Richard Cason / Pat Livingston)
Produced by Hal Davis

30 sec

5. A Million To One 2:35

(Phil Medley)
Produced by Gloria Jones & Pam Sawyer

30 sec

 


Side 2

1. The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall) 3:25

(Mel Larson / Jerry Marcellino)
Produced by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino

30 sec

2. Does Your Mama Know About Me 3:09

(Toma Baird / Thomas Chong)
Produced by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino

30 sec

3. Come Into My Life 2:53

(Mel Larson / Jerry Marcellino / Roderick Rancifer)
Produced by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino

30 sec

4. So In Love (with the Jackson 5) 3:38

(Earl Moss)
Produced by The Corporation

30 sec

5. Ma 4:30

(Norman Whitfield)
Produced by Hal Davis

30 sec

 

 

 


When "Come Into My Life" was released in May 1sk973, the Jackson 5 were on tour. They just completed their first run in Japan, and were preparing to take the U.S. roads before leaving, but this time to the southern lands. Their performances were true success, the public welcame them.

However, if success was in the theaters, this was not the case in record stores. Skywriter was their first real failure, and the Motown heavy production failed to renew the success of 1970 and 1971. The album didn't do more than #44 of the top albums of #15 R&B. Even Michael, and his third solo album, Music and Me, didn't spark.

In this context, Motown releases "Come Into My Life". The album cover shows a Jermaine Jackson dressed in "country" style, with a J5 logo hat. The message is clear : Jermaine Jackson is a member of the Jackson 5, and this album a digression. The group is also present, as, indeed, in all previous solo albums from Michael and Jermaine, on a title: "So In Love".

Jermaine therefore propose us to "come into his life" ... a precursor, in the light of media surge that will spark his marriage to the daughter of the Motown boss, Hazel Gordy. The album contains many ballads, composed or produced by the usual staff of Motown: The Mizell Brothers, McMurray, Larson and Marcellino. It also contains several uptempo tracks, more than the solo albums from Michael, including his last in 1973, Music and Me.

Among these uptempos, there is the incredible song called Ma, the last of the second side, it is produced by Hal Davis. This title is an essay on what was to be a few months later, the new Jackson 5 sound with "Get It Together." Production is already there, and it's a godd sequence with the following of their career.

The promotion of the album was minimal: a single, You're In Good Hands, not a real success (# 35 R & B, # 73 Pop) and a television appearance in late 1973 "Soul Train".

"Come Into My Life" loop Jermaine's discography as a member of the Jackson 5. The next album for Motown wil be released in 1976, this time as a solo artist in its own right.

Lorsque "Come Into My Life" sort en mai 1973, les Jackson 5 sont en tournée. Ils viennent de terminer leur premier passage au Japon, et s'apprêter de reprendre les routes américaines avant de repartir, mais cette fois vers les terres australes. Leurs spectacles sont de vrais succès, le public les accueille chaleureusement.

Cependant, si le succès est au rendez-vous dans les salles, ce n'est pas le cas dans les magasins de disques. Skywriter est leur premier vrai échec, et la production lourde de Motown ne parvient pas à renouveler les succès des années 70 et 71. L'album ne dépasse pas la 44ème place du top albums et la 15ème du top R&B. Même Michael, et son troisième album solo, Music and Me, ne fait pas d'étincelles.

C'est dans ce contexte que Motown publie "Come Into My Life". La pochette de l'album montre un Jermaine Jackson vêtu de blanc dans une combinaison country, et portant un chapeau au logo Jackson 5. Le message est clair : Jermaine Jackson n'est qu'un membre des Jackson 5, et cet album qu'une petite parenthèse. Le groupe est d'ailleurs présent, comme, du reste, dans tous les albums solos précédents de Michael et Jermaine, sur un des titres : "So In Love".

Jermaine nous propose donc d'"entrer dans sa vie"... très précurseur, au vu du déferlement médiatique que va susciter son mariage avec la fille du boss de Motown, Hazel Gordy. L'album contient donc de nombreuses ballades, composées ou produites par le staff habituel de Motown : les frères Mizell, McMurray, Larson et Marcellino. Il contient aussi plusieurs titres uptempo, plus que sur les albums solos de Michael, et notamment son dernier en 1973, Music and Me.

Citons l'incroyable titre Ma, dernier de la face B, et produit par Hal Davis. Ce titre constitue un essai sur ce qu'allait être quelques mois plus tard, le renouveau Jackson 5 avec "Get It Together". La production est déjà là, et consitue un bon enchainement avec la suite de leur carrière.

La promotion de l'album a été réduite au minimum : un single, You're In Good Hands, au succès très moyen (# 35 R&B, # 73 Pop) et une prestation télévisée fin 1973 dans "Soul Train".

"Come Into My Life" boucle la discographie de Jermaine en tant que membre des Jackson 5. Le prochain album pour Motown sortira en 1976, cette fois-ci en tant qu'artiste solo à part entière.

 

Collection

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Come Into My Life
Original LP, 1973
M 775 L
USA
common

Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
Come Into My Life
Original Promo LP, 1973
M 775 L DJ
USA
not common