1967-1977 : The Vault

1967-1977

I’m A Big Boy Now : On July 13, 1967, The Jackson 5 made their first professionnal recording at the George & Ernie Leaner Studio for One-derful Records in Chicago. They recorded the song but they did not sign any record deal. This recording session was found 42 years later in 2009 and released in 2014.

I Can’t Get You Off My Mind : Written by Michael Jackson. MJ worked on the song in the early 1970s; A demo version/mono acetate is known to exist. Remains unreleased.

A Pretty Face Is : Written by Stevie Wonder circa 1974. The song was originally intended for the Jackson 5 or as a duet between Wonder and Jackson. Remains unreleased.

What a Lonely Way to Go : Written by Michael Jackson in 1975. Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition. Remains unreleased.

You Ain’t Gonna Change Nothin : Written by Michael Jackson in 1975. Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

You’re Supposed to Keep Your Love For Me : Written by Stevie Wonder. Originally recorded in 1975 by Jermaine Jackson, with Wonder, Jackie Jackson and Michael on backing vocals. Re-cut solo version by Jermaine featured on his 1980 Let’s Get Serious album, replacing the original recording featuring brother Michael. Remains unreleased.

Disco Kids : Written by James Wnitney. Recorded between 1976 and 1979. Remains unreleased.

Goodness Knows : Written by James Wnitney. Recorded between 1976 and 1979. Remains unreleased.

Goin’ To Rio : Written in 1976 by Michael Jackson and Carole Bayer Sager. Failed to make the Off the Wall album. Remains unreleased.

Thank You For Life : Written in 1976 by Michael Jackson. Song cited by MJ in his 1993 deposition and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Holiday Inn : Written in 1976 by Michael Jackson and registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

Ode to Sorrow : Written in 1977 by Michael Jackson. Song registered with the United States Copyright Office. Remains unreleased.

You Can’t Win (extended version) :  After the original soundtrack version of “You Can’t Win” was recorded in 1977, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones went back into the studio and re-recorded the track. It was the re-recording that was released in January 1979 as the second single from The Wiz. The 7-inch version split the song in half, with “Part 1” as the A-side and “Part 2” as the B-side; the full-length version was released as a 12-inch single and later was included on The Ultimate Collection in 2004.

Can’t Get Outta the Rain : Part 2″ of “You Can’t Win”, in which Michael Jackson repeatedly sings the line “Can’t get outta the game”, was vocally overdubbed, and the resulting track was titled “Can’t Get Outta the Rain”; it became the B-side of “The Girl Is Mine”, the first single from Jackson’s landmark album Thriller in 1982. Despite “Can’t Get Outta the Rain” being melodically identical to “You Can’t Win”, as well as lyrically identical except for the word “rain”, Jackson and Quincy Jones are credited as the song’s composers, not Charlie Smalls.

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