Newly Discovered Tracks of the Jackson 5 to Be Released in November and Pay Homage to the King of Pop
Written by Joe Klein with Brett Bumeter
Sunday night, viewers around the world witnessed the televised proof that Michael Jackson is still in the hearts and minds of the entire entertainment industry, if not fans, the world over.
Amid all of the honors and ongoing showers of admiration, has come the announcement that a new collection of previously unreleased material recorded by a pre-teenage Michael Jackson and his luminous brothers was recently discovered in the vaults of Motown Records. At least 11 of the lost Jackson 5 gems are now in the process of being mixed and prepared for an anticipated release this fall.
The find was a series of raw, unmixed multi-track analog tapes, which had, apparently, sat unnoticed in the vaults of the venerable label, now owned by Seagram's Universal Music Group, for decades.
The masters are in the process of being mixed down by another music business legend, fabled recording engineer Russ Terrana, who was Motown's lead engineer for over twenty years from the sixties until Berry Gordy shuttered the Motown Studios in Hollywood in 1988 after selling the company.
It was Terrana who Gordy called upon to remix the original early Jackson 5 hits that were recorded in Los Angeles, after he was not satisfied with original mixes made there. (Russ was still working for the label in its Detroit studios at the time.) The talented engineer went on to become a living legend himself, by record and mixing hundreds of additional Motown hits for the next two decades.
For the last couple of weeks, Terrana is hunkered down in small Scots Valley California recording facility, mixing no less than 11 songs never before heard or released to the public.
With one legendary figure contributing to the art created by other legends, the results can only be historic.
Thanks MsMo. All of this sounds great!
Especially, the Oct 4th tribute from Tito & Friends.
I may just have to jump on a train, plane or bus to catch this show.
It'll be the closest thing to MJ as I'll ever get.
Too bad Jackie, Jermaine and Randy isnt participating but
I'm sure Tito and Marlon will do them all proud.
...nearly forgotten tracks:
"Man's Temptation," a ballad written by Curtis Mayfield - originally performed by Gene Chandler and later covered by Isaac Hayes-
featuring Jackie, Jermaine and Michael, whose passionate vocals
make the track this new album's "Who's Loving You"
Thats all fine and wonderful but I surely cant afford to go to
Detroit, Michigan again and pay 350 bones for a ticket.
Sounds like a festive event tho. If it's $350.00 for the public now,
I wonder what it cost 5 years ago for the private affair. If anything
at all . And the proceeds go Hitsville, USA. Cool beans.