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Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection


  • 0. DISC 1:
    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
    11. Ben
    12. Greatest Show On Earth
    13. People Make the World Go 'Round
    14. We've Got a Good Thing Going
    15. Everybody's Somebody's Fool
    16. My Girl
    17. What Goes Around Comes Around
    18. In Our Small Way
    19. Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
    20. You Can Cry On My Shoulder [Single Version]
    21. Don't Let It Get You Down [1995 Anthology Version]
    22. You've Really Got a Hold On Me [Alternate Mix]
    23. Melodie [1995 Anthology Version]
    24. Touch the One You Love
    0. DISC 2:
    1. With a Child's Heart
    2. Up Again
    3. All the Things You Are
    4. Happy (Love Theme From "Lady Sings the Blues")
    5. Too Young
    6. Doggin' Around
    7. Johnny Raven
    8. Euphoria
    9. Morning Glow [Single Version]
    10. Music and Me
    11. We're Almost There
    12. Take Me Back
    13. One Day In Your Life
    14. Cinderella Stay Awhile
    15. We've Got Forever
    16. Just a Little Bit of You
    17. You Are There
    18. Dapper Dan
    19. Dear Michael
    20. I'll Come Home To You
    21. Girl You're So Together [Original Mix]
    22. Farewell My Summer Love [Original Mix]
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Call On Me [Original Mix]
    2. When I Come of Age
    3. Teenage Symphony
    4. I Hear a Symphony
    5. Give Me Half a Chance
    6. Love's Gone Bad [Looking Back To Yesterday Version]
    7. Lonely Teardrops
    8. You're Good For Me
    9. That's What Love is Made of
    10. I Like You the Way You Are (Don't Change Your Love)
    11. Who's Looking For a Lover
    12. I Was Made To Love Her [1986 Version]
    13. If N' I Was God
    14. To Make My Father Proud [Original Mix]
    15. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) [Original Mix]
    16. Twenty Five Miles
    17. Don't Let It Get You Down [Farewell My Summer Love Album Version]
    18. You've Really Got a Hold On Me [Farewell My Summer Love Album Version]
    19. Melodie
    20. Touch the One You Love [Farewell My Summer Love Album Version]
    21. Girl You're So Together
    22. Farewell My Summer Love [12" Version]
    23. Call On Me [1984 Remix Rersion]
    24. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) [Farewell My Summer Love Album Version]
    25. To Make My Father Proud [Farewell My Summer Love Album Version]
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): B001242102

  • Credits
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    Released only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's HELLO WORLD: THE MOTOWN SOLO COLLECTION collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this period--notably "Got to Be There," "Ben," and "Rockin' Robin," all Top Five hits on both the pop and Black Singles charts--it's fair to call these years Jackson's awkward adolescence, perched partway between the preteen dynamo of the Jackson Five and the cool, confident entertainer of OFF THE WALL. There's nothing new here for collectors, but much of this material has been out-of-print for a long time, so it's useful putting the somewhat forgotten recordings of a major artist back in circulation even if the music doesn't hold any new insights. Essentially, these three discs confirm the basic narrative of Michael Jackson's career to be correct: he was drifting at Motown as a solo artist, trapped both by his adolescence and the unwillingness of the label to give him anything to do other than follow shifting trends from bubblegum soul to disco. Naturally, the aforementioned big hits retain their power and there are some gems scattered throughout each of the discs--and those gems come entirely from Jackson's pure, natural charisma--which may be reason enough for serious fans to get this handsomely produced set.

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Jackson summoned pains beyond the realm of adolescent experience on his aching cover of 'Ain't No Sunshine'....'Ben' remains eerie and extraordinary."
    Entertainment Weekly (p.58) - "[This] collection of Jackson's 1971-75 solo work is a sad but timely reminder of how gifted he was from the start." -- Grade: A-
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