Category: can you feel it

On this day in music history: September 25, 19…

On this day in music history: September 25, 1980 – “Triumph”, the thirteenth album by The Jacksons is released. Produced by The Jacksons, it is recorded at Capitol Studios, Hollywood Sound, Davlen Sound, Devonshire Sound, Westlake Audio in Hollywood, CA and Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, CA from June 1979 – June 1980. Even before the release of his landmark album “Off The Wall”, Michael Jackson reunites with his brothers in the Summer of 1979 to begin work on the follow up to the Platinum selling “Destiny”. With the huge success of that album, the group take full creative control of the new project (the previous album was supervised by former Blood, Sweat & Tears drummer Bobby Colomby and Mike Atkinson, listed as executive producers), handling the production chores and writing all nine of the new album’s songs themselves. The group are supported by a team of top notch studio musicians, many of whom have played on the previous album including Michael Sembello, David Williams, Phil Upchurch, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitars), Nathan Watts, Mike McKinney (bass), Ollie E. Brown (drums), Paulinho DaCosta (percussion) and The Seawind Horns (Jerry Hey, Kim Hutchcroft, Bill Reichenbach, and Larry Hall). It is a major critical and commercial success upon its release, and is regarded as one of The Jacksons’ best efforts. It spins off four singles including “Lovely One” (#2 R&B, #12 Pop, #1 Club Play), “Heartbreak Hotel” (later re-titled “This Place Hotel” on later pressings) (#2 R&B, #22 Pop), “Can You Feel It” (#30 R&B, #77 Pop, #1 Club Play), and “Walk Right Now” (#50 R&B, #73 Pop, #5 Club Play). The Jacksons also supports the album with an extensive tour in 1981 that is recorded for the double live album “Jacksons Live!”, released in November of 1981. “Triumph” is remastered and reissued on CD in November of 2008 (exclusively through Circuit City, before going into wide release in February of 2009) with three bonus tracks. “Triumph” spends two weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart (becoming their first chart topping album since “Maybe Tomorrow” in 1971), peaking at number ten on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

On this day in music history: November 11, 1981 – “The…

On this day in music history: November 11, 1981 – “The Jacksons Live!” by The Jacksons is released. Produced by The Jacksons, it is recorded at Buffalo Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, NY, Providence Civic Center in Providence, RI, The Omni in Atlanta, GA, and Madison Square Garden in New York City on August 16, July 22, August 2, and August 18, 19, 1981. Recorded during their “Triumph Tour” of North America in 1981, the album is compiled from tour stops in Buffalo, NY, Providence, RI, Atlanta, GA and New York City, NY. The fourteen track two LP set includes live versions of Jacksons, Jackson 5 and Michael Jackson solo material. The Jacksons are backed by a solid rhythm section that includes Jonathan Moffett (drums), David Williams (guitar), Mike McKinney (bass), Bill Wolfer (keyboards), Alan “Funt” Prater, Broderick “Mac” McMorris, Cloris Grimes and Wesley Phillips (horns). The show is choreographed by Michael, Marlon and Jackie, and features visual illusions created by magician and illusionist Doug Henning. Many of the shows on the tour are filmed for future use, but to date have never been legitimately released. Though clips from various performances have circulated as bootlegs among fans for many years. The tracks “Things I Do For You” b/w “Working Day And Night” are issued as a single. The original vinyl LP comes packaged in a gatefold sleeve, with full color inner sleeves featuring various live performance photos of the group. Later vinyl re-pressings omit these custom sleeves, and the regular domestic CD reissue re-print these images inside the booklet in black & white rather than in color. “The Jacksons Live!” peaks at number ten on the Billboard R&B album chart, number thirty on the Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.