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  • Audio CD (Nov. 15 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Motown - Universal Special Imports
  • ASIN: B000025K44
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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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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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at it's very worst a musical historical document worthy of even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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12 of 12 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
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one terrific debut album July 23 2009
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on
Format: Audio CD
And to think that Michael Jackson's debut album came when he was really just a kid! Michael is in top form on these tracks and he never misses a beat. In general, I think the backup singers enhance the songs--not that Michael ever really needed backup; but they do sound pretty good anyway. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent and the artwork is good, too.

The album starts off with Michael singing his heart out on "Ain't No Sunshine." Michael's voice is strong and the lush musical arrangement is just right for his vocals. The backup singers harmonize to perfection--and beyond! Overall, "Ain't No Sunshine" is a strong beginning track for this CD. "I Wanna Be Where You Are" by Leon Ware and Arthur "T-Boy" Ross is packed with energy; Michael sings this faultlessly and he handles complex tempo and key changes like the pro he was and still remains! "I Wanna Be Where You Are" is easily a major highlight of this album.

"In Our Small Way" is very easy on the ear for this hopeful love song; Michael aces this as effortlessly as if it were mere breathing. Of course, we know that it really wasn't all that easy; Michael's talent always carried him through. I love it! In addition, the title track, "Got to Be There" impresses me immensely. MJ sings this incredibly well and the melody is very pretty. "Rockin' Robin" is yet another tune packed with energy; its fantastic arrangement combines Michael's singing with some really fine music to make this a pop masterpiece.

"Wings of My Love" uses the strings to great advantage; and Michael sings this with all his heart and soul. Michael's cover of a number made famous by The Supremes, "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone," sparkles like silver and gold combined in his capable hands; and it's another major highlight of this album. "You've Got a Friend" ends the album with Michael doing a superlative job of placing his own stamp on this Carole King ballad; he plays a little bit with the tempo and the keys to make this song his own. Great!

Michael Jackson's music always made me feel elated; and it always will. I highly recommend this for his fans; and even newcomers to MJ will like this awesome CD.
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Saying Hello To The World June 29 2009
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Who said in the early 70's that you couldn't be a solo artist on Motown without leaving a group? When this album came out the Jackson 5 were still at the top of their game as Never Can Say Goodbye and such as Michael Jackson,for the first time was making his first solo recording. His Motown solo career has always tended to be overlooked of course due mainly to what he'd achieve at the end of the decade with Quincy Jones. There was a lot Berry Gordy put into this album-gathering all the same writers,musicians and writers to bring a similar magic to Michael's solo recordings as he did to the Jackson 5. And it all paid off because not only did this album make Michael into an instant solo hit but gave him a very different musical flavor then he had with his brothers. And even at that the unique musical style and harmonic flavor of Leon Ware oozes out of every pore of "I Wanna Be Where You Are",one of Michael's best hit songs during his Motown years both in terms of music and vocals.This album starts out with a really unique version of "Ain't No Sunshine",dressed up in this slow burning psychedelic soul version with all these fuzzed out guitars and Michael rapping at the beginning "You ever want somethin/you know you should'nt have/The more you know you should'nt have it/the more you want it/And then one day you get it/it's so good to you".The fact that this line is being recited in all seriousness by a 13 year old practicing Jehovah's Witness who....according to a friend of mine with plenty of experience in the matter had plenty of understanding of that kind of forbidan fruit.The title track of this album is another highlite,in terms of structure not all that different from the yearning,tension filled kind of romantic "smooth jams" (since it's not exactly a ballad) that would serve him so well during his 80's years."Maria" is another great tune here,a great longing epic right up there with his presentation.There are some more standard Motown/"Corperation" styled productions such as "Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me",the Diana Ross styled "In Our Small Way" and a cover of "Love Is Here And Now Your Gone".All of these tunes though have a certain weightiness to them."Rockin' Robin",a lighthearted "You've Got A Friend" and the rather 50's doo-wop styled "Wings of My Love" are the only tunes here that display much of a hint of youthful "kiddie pop" kind of outlook. I would have to agree this album is incredibly cohesive. It's still very much in the hit-making factory mentality of Motown's salad years that Gordy was still clinging to during the early 70's. At the same time the individual songs that are presented here are strong showcases for the aspects of Michael's pop crafting talents.Even though at this juncture Michael,as with all his brothers and most Motown artists had little creative say outside of showing up and singing. But there was a lot to be learned for him musically from these early solo sessions. And even for fans of the Jackson 5 this album still projects enough of an individual identity to make it enjoyable on it's own merrits.
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
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!
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
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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