A half century after The Jackson 5 became a blockbuster R&B/pop act, UMe is reissuing their first greatest hits album on vinyl – with a special twist.
The quintet’s Greatest Hits is back on LP October 25, utilizing a stereo fold-down of a rare quadraphonic mix issued only in Japan in 1975. That mix featured alternate vocals and instrumentation on some tracks, making this release a true new way to hear some of the group’s biggest hit songs.
And what an incredible run of hits it was! The 11 tracks on Greatest Hits were released in just a year and a half, and the group’s first four singles – “I Want You Back,” “ABC,” “The Love You Save” and “I’ll Be There” – all reached the very top of the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Follow-ups “Mama’s Pearl” and “Never Can Say Goodbye” each charted No. 2, while “Maybe Tomorrow” and “Sugar Daddy” (a single available only on this album) made it to Nos. 20 and 10, respectively. Rounding out the album are two tracks released as B-sides (the powerful “Who’s Lovin’ You” and the ballad “I Found That Girl”) and the impassioned “Goin’ Back To Indiana.”
This special mix of Greatest Hits, mastered from original four-channel analog masters housed in the Motown vault, has been mastered and cut for vinyl by Alex Abrash at AA Mastering; standard black vinyl LPs will be available as well as an exclusive clear variant on the uDiscover Music store. Pre-order both below!
Greatest Hits – Quadraphonic Mix (original mix released as Motown M-741L, 1971; this mix released as Tamla Motown CD4W-7090 (Japan), 1975 – reissued Motown/UMe B0030716-01, 2019) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / uDiscover – clear variant)
- I Want You Back
- Never Can Say Goodbye
- Sugar Daddy
- I’ll Be There
- Maybe Tomorrow
- The Love You Save
- Who’s Lovin’ You
- Mama’s Pearl
- Goin’ Back To Indiana
- I Found That Girl
Tracks 1 and 8 from Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 (Motown MS-700, 1969)
Tracks 2, 7 and 11 from ABC (Motown MS-709, 1970)
Tracks 3 and 6 from Maybe Tomorrow (Motown MS-735, 1971)
Track 4 from Motown single M-1194F, 1971
Tracks 5 and 9-10 from Third Album (Motown MS-718, 1970)