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This unusual compilation from Motown features Michael Jackson's lead vocal tracks from a number of early Jackson 5 and solo hits. Presented here a cappella without the backing tracks and generally without his brothers' harmonic contributions, it's easy to appreciate Michael's perfect pitch and impeccable timing on songs like "I Want You Back," "ABC," and "Dancing Machine." Most of these songs are from Michael's (and the Jackson 5's) early-'70s heyday and, by and large, the voice heard here is the youthful boy soprano of his early teens. While it's unlikely that this collection will receive more than a few curious spins, it does offer a revealing look at the technique and early mastery of one of pop music's great vocalists. That the music is from the pre-digital, pre-pitch-correction era makes these performances even more impressive.


Born: 29 August 1958 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Michael Jackson wasn't merely the biggest pop star of his era, shaping the sound and style of the '70s and '80s; he was one of the defining stars of the 20th century, a musician who changed the contours of American culture. A preternaturally gifted singer and dancer, Jackson first rose to stardom in 1969 as the 11-year-old frontman for his family's band, the Jackson 5. As remarkable a run as the Jackson 5 had -- at the dawn of the '70s, each of their first four singles went to number one and they...
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