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Michael Jackson Music & Me

 

Jul. 1971 - Jan. 1972


Got To Be There
B/ Maria (You Were The Only One)
M 1191, octobre 1971

Rockin' Robin
B/ Maria (You Were The Only One)
M 1197, février 1972

I Wanna Be Where You Are
B/ We've Got A Good Thing Going
M 1202, mai 1972


# 3 R&B, # 14 Pop

 

Got To Be There

US release : January, 1972

Produced by The Corporation & Hal Davis
Executive producer : Berry Gordy

Photography : Jim Britt

 

Side 1

1. Ain't No Sunshine 4:09

(Bill Withers)
Produced by The Corporation

 

2. I Wanna Be Where You Are 3:00

(T-Boy Ross / Leon Ware)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

3. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me 3:46

(Willie Hutch)
Produced by Willie Hutch

 

4. In Our Small Way 3:34

(Beatrice Verdi / Christine Yarian)
Produced by The Corporation

 

5. Got To Be There 3:23

(Elliot Willensky)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

 

Side 2

1. Rockin' Robin 2:30

(Jimmie Thomas)
Produced by Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino

 

2. Wings Of My Love 3:32

(The Corporation)
Produced by The Corporation

 

3. Maria (You Were The Only One) 3:41

(Horgay Gordy / Lawrence Brown / Allen Story / Linda Glover)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

4. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone 2:51

(Brian Holland / Lamont Dozier / Eddie Holland)
Produced by Hal Davis

 

5. You've Got A Friend 4:45

(Carole King)
Produced by The Corporation

 

 

 

Late 1971, Motown released the first single of Michael Jackson, Got To Be There, a ballad that marked his solo debut and gave a taste of the album that was being prepared, and went out early year 1972.

The album contains 3 tracks ranked in the charts: Got To Be There, but also Rockin' Robin, a cover of Bobby Day, and I Wanna Be Where You Are, a composition by Leon Ware.

Berry Gordy called all his arsenal of producers for this first album : James Anthony Carmichael (later producer for Lionel Richie), Mel Larson and Jerry Marcellino, Gene Page, Willie Hutch and The Corporation. True, it was far from politically album by Marvin Gaye "What Going On", released at about the same period, and the introspection that would be the subject of Stevie Wonder albums to come, but "Got To Be There" was further proof that Berry Gordy was the King of the Young America's Sound in early 1972 (at least for a few months).

Cover of pop and soul classics shows the versatility of Michael Jackson: Ain't No Sunshine, taken from recent success of Bill Withers, Love Is Here And Now You're Gone, the Supremes' # 1 in March 1967, and Carole King's composition You've Got A Friend, also a hit for Donny Hattaway and No. 1 James Taylor in the summer of 1971.

"Got To Be There" is an album to discover, listen and re-listen, to capture the conscience and soul of a future King of Pop.

A la rentrée 1971, Motown publie le premier 45 tours de Michael Jackson, Got To Be There, ballade qui marque ses débuts en solo, et donne un avant goût de l'album du même nom qui était en préparation, et allait sortir en début d'année 1972.

L'album contient 3 titres bien classés dans les charts : Got To Be There, mais aussi "Rockin' Robin", reprise du titre bubblegum de Bobby Day, et "I Wanna Be Where You Are ", composition de Leon Ware.

Berry Gordy a convoqué tout son arsenal de producteurs pour ce tout premier album : James Anthony Carmichael (le futur producteur de Lionel Richie), Mel Larson & Jerry Marcellino, Gene Page, et The Corporation. Certes, on est loin de l'album engagé politiquement de Marvin Gaye, "What Going On", sorti à peu près à la même période, et de l'introspection qui allait être l'objet des albums de Stevie Wonder à venir, mais "Got To Be There" est encore une preuve que Berry Gordy est le Roi du son de la jeune amérique en ce début 1972 (au moins pour quelques mois supplémentaires).

Les reprises de classiques de la pop et de la soul américaine prouve la versatilité de Michael Jackson : Ain't No Sunshine, reprise du récent succès de Bill Withers, Love Is Here And Now You're Gone, des Supremes, numéro 1 en mars 1967, et la composition de Caroles King You've Got A Friend, également un tube pour Donny Hattaway et N°1 de James Taylor à l'été 1971.

"Got To Be There" est un album à découvrir, à écouter et réécouter afin de saisir la conscience et l'âme d'un futur Roi de la Pop.

 

 

 

Collection

 

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
Original LP, 1972
M 747 L
USA

 Got To Be There
Got To Be There
Original 8-track Tape, 1972
M 8347
USA

Got To Be There GOT TO BE THERE
Original LP, 1972
UK

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
LP
ECI 80
Colombia

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
LP
HS 1922 3
Panama


GOT TO BE THERE
LP
Japan

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
Reissue, 1981
M 5 130 V 1
USA

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
CD, 1989
737463 5416 26 (MOTD 5416)
USA

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
CD, 1993
530 162 2
Europe

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE 
CD, 2005
UICY 3863
Japan

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE 
CD, 1989
WD 72068
Germany

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
LP Reissue, 1989
WL 72068
Germany

Got To Be There
GOT TO BE THERE
Cassette, 1989
WK 72068
Germany

Got To Be There
BEN / GOT TO BE THERE
CD, 1986
ZD 72468
USA