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Surprisingly enjoyable look at an overlooked artist

This is the first album I ever bought of Jermaine's, and I've since gone on to purchase many of his studio albums.

For those who aren't familiar with Jermaine strong backcatalogue, If there's one issue with Jackson, it's that many of his best songs seem to be spread across a million and one albums (although the US-only Ultimate Collection from 2001 very nearly addressed this problem, only really leaving out his 1984 duet with brother Michael Jackson, Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin'). This particular effort doesn't do much to address this problem, as it covers only one half of his career, his time at Motown from 1968 to 1983. That means you don't get such highly rated Arista era cuts as Do What You Do, Sweetest Sweetest, his duet with Pia Zadora, When The Rain Begins To Fall and the notorious supposed attack on his brother Michael, Word To The Badd!!

Even just considering Jermaine's Motown efforts, this arguably isn't quite the best collection, missing the likes of You Like Me Don't You, Castles of Sand and You Need To Be Loved. You do get his biggest career hit, the Stevie Wonder-produced Let's Get Serious, albeit not the long version that really shows to best effect the barnstorming nature of the song. Other great picks here, of which there are certainly plenty, include That's How Love Goes, a rather disco-thied interpretation of Wonder's Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and a personal favourite of mine, Strong Love, which has always somehow put me in mind of brother Michael's It's The Falling In Love. And although Let's Get Serious certainly doesn't appear in its extended version here, another classic cut from the 1980 album of the same name, Burnin' Hot, certainly does, in all it's nigh-on eight minute glory. This danceable gem is another one to remind me of a period Michael effort, Don't Stop Til You Get Enough this time.

I've always loved Jermaine's smooth, crooning voice, and he shows it off to real advantage on songs ranging from the upbeat Git Up And Dance and Let Me Tickle Your Fancy to more sombre numbers such as All Because Of You and I'm My Brother's Keeper. In summary, don't by any means take this album to be the definitive snapshot of Jermaine's talents in the same way as many greatest hits albums are - for that, you'd need to pretty much collect each and every album of his, but then being quite a big fan, I would say that! Nonetheless, at a price like this, this album's a real undiscovered gem, and Jermaine a badly overlooked artist.


Born: 11 December 1954 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The lone Jackson family member to stay with Motown while the other brothers split for CBS/Epic (he was then married to Berry Gordy's daughter Hazel), Jermaine enjoyed a artistically diffident career during the '70s at Motown, surfacing with an occasional hit like a remake of "Daddy's Home" (1972) and "Let's Be Young Tonight" (1975). Jermaine got a badly needed shot in the arm from Stevie Wonder, who wrote and produced "Let's Get Serious," a Top Ten pop and soul dance hit that came around the time...
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