CD Review: The Jacksons

The Jacksons
By David Chiu

After leaving Motown, the Jacksons (sans Jermaine) asserted artistic control when they signed with Epic Records, resulting in two of their strongest albums from the late ‘70s, Destiny and Triumph. On those records the brothers assumed all of the songwriting and production duties on their funk and disco-laden songs—the albums, along with Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall recorded in between—represent old school R&B at its best. Destiny’s “Blame It On the Boogie” and “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” are infectious dance pop numbers accompanied by lush ballads It’s surprising to learn that “Can You Feel It?” wasn’t a Top Ten hit upon its initial release because its Triumph’s best song, and the accompanying video is quite memorable. Accompanied by ace session players, the wiser and mature Jacksons proved on those records that they could do just fine on their own.

The video of “Can You Feel It?” by the Jacksons


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