“Lookin’ Through the Windows” (1972)


Recording sessions : 1971-1972

Studios : Motown studios, Los Angeles.

Label : Motown

Release date : May 23, 1972

Peak on Billboard 200 : 7

Original track listing from the album released on May 23, 1972 (recorded late 1971-1972)

“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (originally performed by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 2:30
“Lookin’ Through the Windows” (Clifton Davis) – 3:46
“Don’t Let Your Baby Catch You” (The Corporation) – 3:11
“To Know” (The Corporation) – 3:22
“Doctor, My Eyes” (originally performed by Jackson Browne) (Jackson Browne) – 3:14
“Little Bitty Pretty One” (originally performed by Thurston Harris) (Robert Byrd) – 2:51
“E-Ne-Me-Ne-Mi-Ne-Moe (The Choice is Yours to Pull)” (Johnny Bristol, Wade Bowen, David Jones, Jr.) – 2:53
“If I Have to Move a Mountain” (The Corporation) – 3:20
“Don’t Want to See Tomorrow” (Stephen Bowden, Jim Chambers, Hal Davis, Theodore McFaddin) – 2:46
“Children of the Light” (Michael Randall) – 2:27
“I Can Only Give You Love” (Richard Hutch, Willie Hutch) – 2:33

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all J5 albums in a “Two Classic Albums/One CD” series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Goin’ Back to Indiana. The bonus tracks were “Love Song”, the B-side of this album’s title track single, and a live performance of “Who’s Lovin’ You”, which first appeared on the soundtrack of the 1992 TV movie The Jacksons: An American Dream.

Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

Others songs from this era

Singles and short films

1st single : “Little Bitty Pretty One” (released on April 4, 1972)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 13

2nd single : “Lookin’ Through the Windows” (released on June 23. 1972)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 16

Promotion (TV performances/Award Shows/magazine covers etc.)

July 1, 1972 : Michael makes a solo appearance in a special American Bandstand show devoted to him. He performs Rockin Robin, Ben, I Wanna Be Where You Are and at the end he’s joined by the Jackson 5 to perform Lookin’ Through The Windows.

August 31, 1972 : Michael is on the cover of Jet Magazine.

September 15, 1972 : The Jackson 5 perform Lookin’ Through The Windows and Michael performs Ben at the Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

October 26, 1972 : The Jackson 5 perform Ain’t Nothin’ Like The Real Thing and Jermaine performs That’s How Love Goes at the Flip Wilson Show.

November 4, 1972 : In the US, Soul Train Show airs a Jackson Five special where they perform I Want You Back, Lookin’ Through The Windows & Corner Of The Sky. Jermaine performs That’s How Love Goes & Daddy’s Home.    Michael performs Ben

November 5, 1972 :  In The UK he Royal Variety Performance featuring the J5 is aired on the BBC. The group sings I Want You back, ABC, Rockin Robin, We Thank You & The Love You Save.

November 9, 1972 : The Jackson 5 perform Lookin’ Through The Windows & Rockin Robin an british TV show Top Of The Pops.


The Jackson 5 on tour 1970-1976 

Previous era : « Got To Be There » (1972)

Following era : « Ben » (1972)

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