12 Songs, 38 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Jackson was only 11 when he and his brothers released this album-length highlight of their Motown years, and it’s still a thrill to hear. “ABC” is a happy frenzy of handclaps, stride piano and popcorn rhythms, and the multi-voice chorus on “2-4-6-8” feels like a warm, soulful breeze. Peppered with Jermaine’s well-timed ad-libs, the album is all filtered through Michael, who recalls James Brown with excited yelps and rough-voiced bellowing on “The Love You Save” and belies his years with smooth, assured crooning on “True Love Can Be Beautiful.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Michael Jackson was only 11 when he and his brothers released this album-length highlight of their Motown years, and it’s still a thrill to hear. “ABC” is a happy frenzy of handclaps, stride piano and popcorn rhythms, and the multi-voice chorus on “2-4-6-8” feels like a warm, soulful breeze. Peppered with Jermaine’s well-timed ad-libs, the album is all filtered through Michael, who recalls James Brown with excited yelps and rough-voiced bellowing on “The Love You Save” and belies his years with smooth, assured crooning on “True Love Can Be Beautiful.”

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