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Michael Jackson Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection

Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, near Chicago, on August 29, 1958. He was the eighth of ten children in the Jackson family, a working-class African-American family living in a two-bedroom house on Jackson Street. His mother, Katherine Esther Jackson (née Scruse), played clarinet and piano, had aspired to be a country-and-western performer, and worked part-time at Sears. She was a Jehovah’s Witness. His father, Joseph Walter “Joe” Jackson, a former boxer, was a crane operator at U.S. Steel and played guitar with a local rhythm and blues band, the Falcons, to supplement the family’s income. Joe’s great-grandfather, July “Jack” Gale, was a US Army scout; family lore held that he was also a Native American medicine man. Michael grew up with three sisters (Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet) and five brothers (Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, Marlon, and Randy). A sixth brother, Marlon’s twin Brandon, died shortly after birth. In 1964, Michael and Marlon joined the Jackson Brothers—a band formed by their father which included Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine—as backup musicians playing congas and tambourine. Michael said his father told him he had a “fat nose”, and physically and emotionally abused him during rehearsals. He recalled that Joe often sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed, ready to punish any mistakes. Joe acknowledged that he regularly whipped Michael. Katherine said that although whipping came to be considered abuse, it was a common way to discipline children when Michael was growing up. Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon denied that their father was abusive and said that the whippings, which were harder on Michael because he was younger, kept them disciplined and out of trouble. Jackson said his youth was lonely and isolated.

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection is a 71-track triple disc box set commemorating Michael Jackson‘s early years with Motown Records. The album features Jackson’s four solo LPs from Motown (dating from 1971 to 1975), plus songs that were released after he left the company.

Track listing:

Disc 1

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. Ain’t No Sunshine Bill Withers 4:09
2. I Wanna Be Where You Are Leon Ware, Arthur “T-Bone” Ross 3:01
3. “Girl Don’t Take Your Love from Me” Willie Hutch 3:46
4. “In Our Small Way” Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:34
5. Got to Be There Elliot Willensky 3:23
6. Rockin’ Robin Thomas 2:31
7. “Wings of My Love” Corporation 3:32
8. “Maria (You Were the Only One)” Lawrence Brown, Linda Glover, George Gordy, Allen Story 3:41
9. Love Is Here and Now You’re Gone Holland-Dozier-Holland 2:51
10. You’ve Got a Friend Carole King 4:53
11. Ben Don Black, Walter Scharf 2:44
12. “The Greatest Show on Earth” Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino 2:48
13. “People Make the World Go Round” Thom Bell, Linda Creed 3:15
14. “We’ve Got a Good Thing Going” The Corporation 2:59
15. “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” Ace Adams, Lionel Hampton 2:59
16. My Girl Smokey Robinson, Ronald White 3:08
17. “What Goes Around Comes Around” Levinsky, Stokes, Meyers, Weatherspoon 3:33
18. “In Our Small Way” Beatrice Verdi, Christine Yarian 3:39
19. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy, Stevie Wonder 3:21
20. “You Can Cry on My Shoulder” Berry Gordy 2:39
21. “Don’t Let It Get You Down” (Original Mix) Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 2:50
22. “You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me” (Original Mix) Smokey Robinson, White, Rogers 3:24
23. “Melodie” (Original Mix) Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:08
24. “Touch the One You Love” (Original Mix) Wayne, Clinton 2:50

Disc 2

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. With a Child’s Heart Vicky Basemore, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy 3:29
2. “Up Again” Freddie Perren, Yarian 2:50
3. All the Things You Are Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern 2:59
4. Happy” (Love Theme from Lady Sings the Blues) Michel Legrand, Smokey Robinson 3:25
5. Too Young Sidney Lippman, Sylvia Dee 3:38
6. “Doggin’ Around” Lena Agree 2:52
7. “Johnny Raven” Billy Page 3:33
8. “Euphoria” Leon Ware, Hilliard 2:50
9. “Morning Glow” Stephen Schwartz 3:37
10. “Music and Me” Mike Cannon, Don Fenceton, Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino 2:38
11. We’re Almost There Holland/Holland 3:42
12. “Take Me Back” Holland/Holland 3:24
13. One Day in Your Life Armand/Brown 4:15
14. “Cinderella Stay Awhile” Sutton 3:08
15. “We’ve Got Forever” Willensky 3:10
16. Just a Little Bit of You Holland/Holland 3:10
17. “You Are There” Brown/Meitzenheimer/Yarian 3:21
18. “Dapper Dan” D. Fletcher 3:11
19. “Dear Michael” Davis/Willensky 2:35
20. “I’ll Come Home to You” Perren/Yarian 3:02
21. Girl You’re So Together” (Original Mix) Keni St. Lewis 2:59
22. Farewell My Summer Love” (Original Mix) Keni St. Lewis 3:37
23. “Call on Me” (Original Mix) Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell 3:21

Disc 3

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. “When I Come of Age” W. D. Parks/D. Fletcher/H. Davis 2:37
2. “Teenage Symphony” G. Jones/H. Davis/M. McLeod 2:45
3. I Hear a Symphony Holland-Dozier-Holland 3:01
4. “Give Me Half a Chance” C. Davis 3:26
5. “Love’s Gone Bad” Holland-Dozier-Holland 3:08
6. Lonely Teardrops B. Gordy/G. Gordy/T. Carlo 2:40
7. “You’re Good for Me” E. Horan 3:15
8. “That’s What Love Is Made Of” R. Rogers/W. Robinson/W. Moore 3:24
9. “I Like You the Way You Are (Don’t Change Your Love on Me)” W. Hutch 2:57
10. “Who’s Lookin’ for a Lover” J. D. Hilliard/L. Ware 2:50
11. I Was Made to Love Her H. Cosby/L. Hardaway/S. Moy/S. Wonder 3:20
12. “If’n I Was God” R. Sherman/R. Sherman 3:02
13. “To Make My Father Proud” (Original Mix) Bob Crewe, Larry Weiss 4:11
14. Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” (Original Mix) Al Green, Teenie Hodges 2:45
15. “Twenty-Five Miles” (Original Mix) Green, Hodges 3:18
16. “Don’t Let It Get You Down” Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards 3:02
17. You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me Smokey Robinson, White, Rogers 3:30
18. “Melodie” Larson, Marcellino, Richards 3:24
19. “Touch the One You Love” Wayne, Clinton 2:48
20. “Girl You’re So Together” Keni St. Lewis 3:12
21. “Farewell My Summer Love” Keni St. Lewis 4:24
22. “Call on Me” Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell 3:39
23. “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” Green, Hodges 2:56
24. “To Make My Father Proud” Bob Crewe, Larry Weiss 4:04

Video: Michael Jackson – Ben (Oscars 1973)

Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in