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EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Jackson was at the peak of his popularity when Victory was released in 1984, but where Destiny and Triumph were basically vehicles for Michael’s talent, the Jacksons’ final album is shared equally among all six brothers. Everyone gets co-writing credit on at least one track, and everyone gets a solo vocal: Randy on “One More Chance” and “The Hurt,” Tito on “We Can Change the World,” Jackie on “Wait,” and Marlon on “Body.” Of course, Michael can’t help but steal the show, and his two contributions (“Torture” and the Mick Jagger duet “State of Shock”) are the album’s standouts. The production style is rock-inflected boogie, and while it is more dated than Destiny or Triumph (not to mention Michael’s solo works from the same period), there is something special about the fact that Victory represents an equal collaboration among the brothers. The spirit of unity makes up for any musical shortcomings, and the group accomplished the rare feat of closing out their 20-year odyssey on a dignified note.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Jackson was at the peak of his popularity when Victory was released in 1984, but where Destiny and Triumph were basically vehicles for Michael’s talent, the Jacksons’ final album is shared equally among all six brothers. Everyone gets co-writing credit on at least one track, and everyone gets a solo vocal: Randy on “One More Chance” and “The Hurt,” Tito on “We Can Change the World,” Jackie on “Wait,” and Marlon on “Body.” Of course, Michael can’t help but steal the show, and his two contributions (“Torture” and the Mick Jagger duet “State of Shock”) are the album’s standouts. The production style is rock-inflected boogie, and while it is more dated than Destiny or Triumph (not to mention Michael’s solo works from the same period), there is something special about the fact that Victory represents an equal collaboration among the brothers. The spirit of unity makes up for any musical shortcomings, and the group accomplished the rare feat of closing out their 20-year odyssey on a dignified note.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

120 Ratings

Classic!

Taj Callahan,

Granted this is the same year i was born but i grew up listening to the jackson five and watched every video known to man. out of all the albums, this album had to be the best. 'Body' is one of my favorite songs. i even remember the video when they went into the gym... anyway best album!

A classic that is over looked

Seaoris,

As a big fan of the Jacksons I always thought people over looked this album. Glad to see it on Itunes. A classic that is still good today. Love this album.....

About The Jacksons

Jackie (b. Sigmund Esco Jackson, 4 May 1951, Gary, Indiana, USA), Tito (b. Toriano Adaryll Jackson, 15 October 1953, Gary, Indiana, USA), Marlon (b. Marlon David Jackson, 12 March 1957, Gary, Indiana, USA), Michael (b. Michael Joseph Jackson, 29 August 1958, Gary, Indiana, USA) and Randy Jackson (b. Steven Randall Jackson, 29 October 1962, Gary, Indiana, USA) changed their collective name from the Jackson Five to the Jacksons in March 1976, following their departure from Motown Records. At the same time, Randy Jackson replaced his brother Jermaine Jackson, handling percussion and backing vocals. The group’s new recording contract with Epic offered them a more lucrative agreement than they had enjoyed with Motown, although at first they seemed to have exchanged one artistic strait-jacket for another. Their initial releases were written, arranged and produced by Gamble And Huff, whose expertise ensured that the Jacksons sounded professional, but slightly anonymous. ‘Enjoy Yourself’ and ‘Show You The Way To Go’ were both major hits in the US charts, and the latter also topped the UK sales listing.

The group’s second album with Gamble And Huff, Goin’ Places, heralded a definite decline in popularity. Destiny saw the Jacksons reassert control over writing and production, and produced a string of worldwide hit singles. ‘Blame It on The Boogie’ caught the mood of the burgeoning disco market, while the group’s self-composed ‘Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)’ signalled Michael Jackson’s growing artistic maturity. The success of Michael’s first adult solo venture, Off The Wall in 1979, switched his attention away from the group. On Triumph, they merely repeated the glories of their previous album, although the commercial appeal of anything bearing Michael’s voice helped singles such as ‘Can You Feel It?’, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ and ‘Lovely One’ achieve success on both sides of the Atlantic. The Jacksons’ 1981 US tour emphasized Michael’s dominance over the group, and the resulting Live included many of his solo hits alongside the brothers’ joint repertoire. Between 1981 and the release of Victory in 1984, Michael issued Thriller, which regularly heads the bestselling album of all time list. When the Jacksons’ own effort was released, it became apparent that he had made only token contributions to the record, and its commercial fortune suffered accordingly. ‘State Of Shock’, which paired Michael with Mick Jagger, was a US hit, but sold in smaller quantities than expected. Hysteria surrounded the group’s ‘Victory Tour’ in the summer of 1984; adverse press comment greeted the distribution of tickets, and the Jacksons were accused of pricing themselves out of the reach of their black fans. Although they were joined onstage by their brother Jermaine for the first time since 1975, media and public attention was focused firmly on Michael.

Realizing that they were becoming increasingly irrelevant, the other members of the group began to voice their grievances in the press; as a result, Michael Jackson stated that he would not be working with his brothers in the future. The Jacksons struggled to come to terms with his departure, and it was five years before their next project was complete. 2300 Jackson Street highlighted their dilemma: once the media realized that Michael was not involved, they effectively boycotted its release. Randy Jackson was sentenced to a one-month jail sentence in November 1990 for assaulting his wife. In 1992, ABC aired the five-hour mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream.

  • ORIGIN
    Gary, IN
  • FORMED
    1966

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