The Jacksons – Victory (1984) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: Victory
Genre: Pop
Year: 1984
Tracks: 08
Duration: 00:40:44
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/48kHz
Size: 506.89 MB
Label: Epic/Legacy

Victory has the distinctions of being the only Jacksons album to feature all six brothers and the last Jacksons album to feature Michael Jackson. In the four years that had passed since the last Jacksons studio album, Triumph, Michael had become the biggest pop star in the world because of 1982’s Thriller. He had little excuse other than family ties to work with his brothers again, but he agreed to a final album and tour. So, here one has the ludicrous situation of an album in which Marlon Jackson has as prominent a role as Michael Jackson. That’s how it sounded to listeners in 1984, anyway, and they weren’t fooled — ‘State of Shock,’ on which Michael shared vocals with Mick Jagger, was a gold Top Ten hit, and ‘Torture,’ which teamed Michael with Jermaine, made the Top 40, while the album went platinum. But the tracks by other group members went virtually ignored. In retrospect, Victory is a competent album of slick contemporary R&B, occasionally goosed toward greatness by the appearance of one of pop music’s most identifiable voices. Which is the same thing you can say about nearly the entire Jackson 5/Jacksons catalog.

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The Jacksons – Goin’ Places (1977) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: Goin’ Places
Genre: Pop
Year: 1977
Tracks: 09
Duration: 00:37:18
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 782.82 MB
Label: Epic/Legacy

The Jacksons’ second album with producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Goin’ Places” doesn’t quite fulfil the promise of their debut a year previous. However, with stellar production work from the production team, the whole album is polished and clean sounding. Michael’s singing is passionate, while the album is stylistically divided between making music to boogie to, such as “Music’s Takin’ Over,” “Jump for Joy,” and “Do What You Wanna,” and the slow grooves of “Heaven Knows I Love You, Girl” and “Find Me a Girl.” The Jacksons were masters of these two styles, though the choice of material probably reflects a record company unsure how to market these one-time teenaged pop stars who were fast becoming adults. The Jacksons’ next album, Destiny”, would give them a chance to exert more control, and became the first in a long string of hits.

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The Jacksons – The Jacksons (1976) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: The Jacksons
Genre: Pop
Year: 1976
Tracks: 10
Duration: 00:39:37
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 808.8 MB
Label: Epic

After the commercial reprieve of the innovative “Dancing Machine” single (and album of the same name), the Jackson 5’s successful five-year relationship with Motown and Berry Gordy ended. Their last Motown effort, Moving Violation, had barely made a dent. After an acrimonious split, brother Jermaine Jackson stayed at Motown, and Gordy fought and won, keeping the Jackson 5 moniker. The Jacksons isn’t only their Epic label debut, it’s the first album to feature youngest brother Randy Jackson. To ensure chart success, the group was teamed with Philadelphia producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, as well as their staff of writers and players. Despite the promise, The Jacksons is hampered by derivative tracks and a lack of knowing what to do with the group, particularly lead singer, Michael Jackson. The big hit here, the jerky “Enjoy Yourself,” perfectly captured Michael Jackson’s late adolescence, with his newfound vocal tics and inflections. “Show You the Way to Go” best captures the Philly sound, with a pretty melody and a great vocal from Michael, but it’s a weak lyric. The Dexter Wansel-written and -produced “Keep on Dancing” matches a substandard discofied track to Michael Jackson’s singular vocals. The last track, the graceful “Blues Away” marks the writing debut of the group and is a great match between artists and producers. For the most part, The Jacksons gives the guys by-the-numbers Philly tracks that could have been easily done by Lou Rawls. Despite the best songs, The Jacksons misses more than it hits. ~ Jason Elias

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The Jacksons – Destiny (1978) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: Destiny
Genre: Pop
Year: 1978
Tracks: 08
Duration: 00:40:51
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 889.76 MB
Label: Epic/Laface

The brothers’ third post-Motown album as the Jacksons was their most successful release, both commercially and creatively, since 1974’s Dancing Machine. Their first two Epic albums, where they aligned with Gamble, Huff, and other Philly soul stalwarts, had some strong singles but were very uneven and somewhat awkward in stretches, and this time out, they wrote and produced on their own. Backed by an arsenal of up-and-coming and veteran L.A. session musicians — including guitarists Michael Sembello and Paul Jackson, Jr., drummer Rick Marotta, arranger Thomas ‘Tom Tom 84’ Washington, and keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, the last of whom played on just about everything involving a Jackson family member through the early ’90s — Destiny did much more than set the stage for Michael’s Off the Wall. The sunny ‘Blame It on the Boogie’ and the dazzling Off the Wall prelude ‘Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)’ were the album’s only singles, upbeat numbers that peaked at number three on the Black Singles chart, but the mature Michael showcase ballad ‘Push Me Away’ (pointing toward ‘I Can’t Help It’ and ‘Human Nature’) and the alternately somber and uplifting ‘Bless His Soul,’ containing a startling confession from Michael (‘There is no life for me at all/’Cause I give myself at beck and call’) added an impressive level of depth to the Jacksons’ discography.

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The Jacksons – Triumph (1980) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: Triumph
Genre: Pop
Year: 1980
Tracks: 09
Duration: 00:44:32
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 995.82 MB
Label: Epic/Legacy

Released during the summer of 1980, just as the hits from Michael’s Off the Wall were sliding off the charts, Triumph became the Jacksons’ first Top Ten pop album since 1972’s Lookin’ Through the Windows. This despite the album-opening ‘Can You Feel It,’ promoted with a spectacle of a video that made the Jacksons into gigantic superheroes capable of transforming bridges into bendable rainbow tubing, stalling at number 77 on the Hot 100. It didn’t make much of an impact on the R&B chart either, but then again, its supernatural anthemic stomp is more a fireworks program finale than something as small scale as a mere single. As on 1978’s Destiny, the Jacksons wrote and produced the material, this time with keyboardist Greg Phillinganes bumped up to associate producer, and with an uptick in star backing — including but not limited to Ronnie Foster, Phil Upchurch, Webster Lewis, Michael Boddicker, and Ollie Brown, as well as Triumph holdovers Michael Sembello, Thomas Washington, and Nathan Watts. The other singles, including ‘Lovely One’ (very nearly ‘Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough’ reheated) and ‘This Place Hotel’ (an elaborate six-minute affair, written and arranged by Michael, that could have easily swollen to greater length) propelled the album into sales greater than that of Destiny, and it’s equally durable (and markedly slicker) all around.

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The Jacksons – 2300 Jackson Street (1989) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: 2300 Jackson Street
Genre: Pop
Year: 1989
Tracks: 11
Duration: 00:53:50
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.17 GB
Label: Legacy Recordings

This was the final gathering of the entire Jackson family, and it turned out to have both historical significance and some musical value. The team of L.A. and Babyface, then emerging as major producers, spearheaded the track “Nothin’ Compares to U,” and the title track was a nice autobiographical/family outing song.

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The Jacksons – Live (1981) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: The Jacksons
Album: Live
Genre: Pop
Year: 1981
Tracks: 14
Duration: 01:06:48
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Size: 1.44 GB
Label: Epic/Legacy

The Jacksons Live! is a live album by The Jacksons released on November 11, 1981, by Epic Records. The album was recorded during their North American tour in fall 1981, known as the Triumph Tour. The live double album was culled from recordings made on the tour’s stops in Buffalo, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; Atlanta and New York City. The live album would go on to sell over two million copies worldwide. It certainly sounds like the audience is having a spectacular time at this explosive evening. Mixing hits from Michael’s OFF THE WALL (which get the biggest screams) with their then-current hits such as “Shake Your Body,” “Lovely One,” and “Heartbreak Hotel,” the Jacksons provide sheer entertainment.

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Norah Jones – The Fall (2012) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Norah Jones
Album: The Fall
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Year: 2012
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:45:54
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 482.98 MB
Label: Universal Records

The Fall establishes Norah Jones as one of music’s greatest singer-songwriters. The cohesive offering is reminiscent of her smash debut Come Away with Me. Working with producer, Jacquire King (Modest Mouse & Kings of Leon), Jones’ sultry vocals and original compositions are striking. The album peaked at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums and #3 on the Billboard 200. Highlights on the album include “December,” “Young Blood” and “Chasing Pirates.” The album received wide accolades from Rolling Stone magazine, Spin Magazine, Q and Uncut.

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Norah Jones – Little Broken Hearts (2012) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Norah Jones
Album: Little Broken Hearts
Genre: Pop
Year: 2012
Tracks: 12
Duration: 00:44:55
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/44,1kHz
Size: 457.94 MB
Label: Universal Records

The sleek twelve track album that features Norah’s honeyed vocals includes the soulful tune, “After The Fall,” the hauntingly beautiful “Out On the Road,” and the buoyant hit single, “Happy Pills.” Ten years ago, Norah Jones made her breakthrough debut and since has become one of the best selling artists of all time. Little Broken Hearts is one of her most compelling releases to date.

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Norah Jones – Feels Like Home (2012) [24bit FLAC]

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Artist: Norah Jones
Album: Feels Like Home
Genre: Singer/Songwriter
Year: 2012
Tracks: 13
Duration: 00:46:13
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/192kHz
Size: 1.8 GB
Label: Universal Records

What’s surprising here are the bluesy, more jaunty songs that really dig into the country stylings only hinted at on Come Away With Me. To these ends, the infectious shuffle of “What Am I to You?” finds Jones truly coming into her own as a blues singer as well as a writer. Her voice has developed a spine-tingling breathy scratch that pulls on your ear as she rises to the chorus. Similarly, “Toes” and “Carnival Town” — co-written by bassist Lee Alexander and Jones — are pure ’70s singer/songwriting that call to mind a mix of Rickie Lee Jones and k.d. lang. Throw in covers of Tom Waits and Townes Van Zandt along with Duke Ellington’s “Melancholia,” retitled here “Don’t Miss You at All” and featuring lyrics by Jones, and you’ve got an album so blessed with superb songwriting that Jones’ vocals almost push the line into too much of a good thing. Thankfully, there is also a rawness and organic soulfulness in the production that’s refreshing. No digital pitch correction was employed in the studio and you can sometimes catch Jones hitting an endearingly sour note. She also seems to be making good on her stated desire to remain a part of a band. Most all of her sidemen, who’ve worked with the likes of Tom Waits and Cassandra Wilson, get writing credits. It’s a “beauty and the beast” style partnership that harks back to the best Brill Building-style intentions and makes for a quietly experimental and well-balanced album.

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