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Got To Be There [Import]

Michael Jackson Audio CD
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1. Ain't No Sunshine
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are
3. Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me
4. In Our Small Way
5. Got To Be There
6. Rockin' Robin
7. Wings Of My Love
8. Maria ( You Were The Only One )
9. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
10. You've Got A Friend

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Out of print in the U.S.! Import only reissue of this 1972 solo album from the Jackson 5 vocalist and future King Of Pop. Though Jermaine was initially meant to be the focus of the Jackson 5, Michael's talents captured the hearts of the world with his voice, energy, charm and youth. Even though the band itself achieved great success, Michael ended up stealing the show and they groomed him for a solo career that would parallel and then eventually surpass that of his brothers. Got To Be There features the title track, a huge hit all over the world, plus 'Rockin' Robin', 'Wings Of My Love', 'I Wanna Be Where You Are' and many others. Spectrum.

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5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanna Be Here! Nov. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
Michael Jackson's first solo album-pre "Thirller" even.The
hits of course are the immortal tital song,"Rockin' Robin and "I Wanna Be Where You Are",sung by that precocious Jackson 5 headman of yore.The whole shabang starts with the breathtaking "Ain't No Sunshine",a dark,mysterious cover with a rapped intro that stomps all over Bill Withers original!Ditto on the original "Maria (You Were The Only One" and the Diana Rossish "in Our Small Way".A fantastic way to begin a career and
a true question mark as to what the heck happened to this guy in
the next twenty years!This shouldn't be as rare as it it is-it is
at it's very worst a musical historical document worthy of even
the most disriminating ears.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The first album I ever brought! July 31 2005
By The Fancy One - Published on Amazon.com
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GOT TO BE THERE will always hold a special place in my heart. It was the very first album I ever purchased when I was a little kid...the VERY FIRST!! I was already a die-hard J-5 fan by 1971, and as hard as it was to save my allowance to buy GOT TO BE THERE, it was worth every penny! It still is.

Michael Jackson...my first crush, the first singer that really and truly moved me because he was only a few years older than I was, and this was his first solo album!! Forget what SOME people will say about OFF THE WALL being Mike's first outing away from the Jacksons (or should I say the Jackson 5, as they were still being called in 1971). Those people obviously don't know anything about the solo career MJ had on Motown; they simply group his solo work with that of his brothers - which there is nothing wrong with that, but Mike DID do solo work. So what if his brothers were singing background on those solo cuts?

Anyway, "Got To Be There" was Michael's first solo single, and his first hit. The rest of the album does not disappoint. All of the soul, passion and energy that was evident on MJ's J-5 work is present here: From the breathtaking reworking of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine" to the funky remake of Bobby Day's "Rockin' Robin", to the James Taylor classic "You've Got a Friend", the young Michael displays an amazingly mature vocal style that only showcases what would come in later years for him. One should not dismiss this as just another "bubble gum" pop/soul offering from a kiddie artist, which at the time, the industry seemed to be overrun with them (i.e. Donny Osmond, Foster Sylvers, Chee Chee and Peppy, etc.). It was, and still is, appealing to adults as well. Everything on this album (CD) clicks. Anytime I want to take a trip down memory lane, I play this and remember how much I loved Michael back then.

Standouts are "Maria (You Were The Only One)", "Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me", "Wings of My Love", "In Our Small Way" and Mike's second hit, "I Wanna Be Where You Are", but like I said, everything is enjoyable on it. Michael Jackson is a legend! No matter how history may try to smear his image or what he has done to himself over his adult years, NOTHING can change the fact that he was/is a remarkable talent. He made wonderful music, influenced and inspired millions of kids over three generations. GOT TO BE THERE is where it all began. It's a true classic, a must have.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Got to hear this July 9 2003
By Kyle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Michael Jackson's first solo album, released at the peak of the Jackson Five's popularity, is a mixed bag of covers and originals. Surprisingly, the sound of this album is vastly different than that of the J5, although the brothers appear on a few tracks as background singers. This is very light, gentle fare that perfectly suits Michael's then-13-year-old voice. Unfortunately, Motown's studio backup singers are much older than Michael and the blend is, at times, an odd one. Michael's pure talent and conviction saves a few otherwise dry arrangements ("You've Got a Friend," "Wings of my Love") and simply amazes on the THREE hit singles ("Got to be There," "Rockin' Robin," and "I Wanna be Where You Are"). On four tracks, Michael interjects much too-rehearsed spoken lyrics that ruin otherwise enjoyable songs. Cheeziness aside, this is a decent album which definitely rises above "kiddie" status, despite Michael's age at the time. Check it out, it's worth it. Hopefully Motown will re-release his solo albums in two-for-one packages like they did with the J5 albums and bonus tracks!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Wanna Be Here! Nov. 29 2003
By Andre' S Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Michael Jackson's first solo album-pre "Thirller" even.The
hits of course are the immortal tital song,"Rockin' Robin and "I Wanna Be Where You Are",sung by that precocious Jackson 5 headman of yore.The whole shabang starts with the breathtaking "Ain't No Sunshine",a dark,mysterious cover with a rapped intro that stomps all over Bill Withers original!Ditto on the original "Maria (You Were The Only One" and the Diana Rossish "in Our Small Way".A fantastic way to begin a career and
a true question mark as to what the heck happened to this guy in
the next twenty years!This shouldn't be as rare as it it is-it is
at it's very worst a musical historical document worthy of even
the most disriminating ears.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Superstar In The Making June 27 2003
By LeBron Elder - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Young Michael Jackson at his best.
After this his first solo album, you knew that he was going to be
a star (a superstar). Some of my favorites are "Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me", "Maria (You Were The Only One)" and "In Our Small Way" made this an album that I had to listen to over and over again. Any true Micheal Jackson fans need this one in their collection.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MINDBLOWING! Jan. 29 2007
By D. R. Hettiarachchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I became a Michael Jackson fan just a few months ago. Yes, that's right!

This was his first ever solo album....and boy, it was a true indication of what this guy was going to achieve. The singing is FANTASTIC. Pure voice, with soul and heart! Aint No Sunshine is out of this world! I cannot believe he was just 13yrs old when he sang it.

What amazes me about Michael Jackson, and what a lot of people fail to appreciate, is how each album of his is completely different. The sound, the image, the look...everything is different with each album. He's never stuck to a "tried & tested" method and has never been afraid to experiment. Sadly, this same characteristic has earned him a lot of criticism. Someday, people will understand.
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