E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Recording sessions : June-September 1982

Studios :  Westlake, Los Angeles, California

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is an audiobook and soundtrack companion album for the 1982 blockbuster film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg. Composed by John Williams, the album was narrated by recording artist Michael Jackson, produced by composer Quincy Jones and distributed by MCA Records. The production of the audiobook had John Williams and Michael Jackson working with Rod Temperton, Freddy DeMann, and Bruce Swedien.

Label : MCA

Release date : November 15, 1982

Peak on Billboard 200 : 37

Track listing
Side one

  1. “Someone in the Dark” (Opening Version) (recorded June 1982) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton 4:30
  2. “Landing” John Williams 3:24
  3. “Alone” Williams 3:50
  4. “Discovery” Williams 2:13
  5. “School” Williams 2:26
    Side two
    No. Title Writer(s) Length
  6. “Home” Williams 2:17
  7. “Intrusion” Williams 3:39
  8. “E.T. Phone Home” Williams 3:01
  9. “Chase” Williams 3:18
  10. “Good-Bye” Williams 4:45
  11. “Someone in the Dark” (Closing Version) (recorded June 1982) A. Bergman, M. Bergman, Temperton 3:04

Narration and vocals by Michael Jackson
Produced by Quincy Jones for Quincy Jones Productions
Original music for E.T. composed and conducted by John Williams
Narrative written by William Kotzwinkle, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and Peggy Lipton Jones
Lyrics to “Someone in the Dark” written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman
Music to “Someone in the Dark” written by Rod Temperton
Arranged and conducted by Jeremy Lubbock
Synthesizer Solo by Craig Huxley
Album concept: Kathy “Leen” Carey
Executive producers: Steven Spielberg and Kathleen Kennedy
Assistant to executive producers: Kate Barker
Production coordinators: Freddy DeMann and Ron Weisner
Editor: Bruce Cannon
Production assistants: Pam Crocetti, Madeline Randolph, Corinne Alicia and Bonnie Sachs
Supervising sound editor: Charles L. Campbell
Sound effects editors: David A. Pettijohn, Louis L. Edemann, Richard C. Franklin, Jr and Samuel C. Crutcher
Re-recording mixers: Buzz Knudson, Robert Glass and Don Digirolamo
Storybook album engineer: Bruce Swedien
Assistant engineer: Matt Forger
Project coordinator: Nancy Cushing-Jones
Designer: Michael Brock
Photographers: Bruce McBroom and Terry Chostner
Photographer for poster of Michael Jackson and E.T.: Dick Zimmerman
Cover illustration of booklet: Drew Struzan
Art direction: George Osaki

Singles and short films

Epic Records allowed Jackson to record the album on two conditions:

MCA Records was not to release E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial until after Christmas 1982. (This was to avoid the audiobook competing with Jackson’s new album, Thriller.)
The song “Someone in the Dark” was not to be released as a single.
MCA Records breached both conditions, releasing the storybook in November 1982 and giving 7-inch promo copies of “Someone in the Dark” to radio stations. After Epic lodged a $2 million lawsuit, MCA Records was forced to withdraw the album and prohibited from releasing “Someone in the Dark” as a single. Epic executives had felt that MCA was misleading members of the public into believing that the then-recently released single “The Girl Is Mine” was featured on the storybook album. The plaintiffs further requested that MCA Records be banned from working with Jackson in the future and that any other media owned by MCA featuring the singer be prohibited from release. As a result of the legal restrictions that prohibited the public release of “Someone in the Dark” as a single, the promo copies which were made have since become one of the singer’s rarest and most sought-after records; some have been sold for over $1,600. The song’s opening version was later included as a bonus track on the 2001 special edition of Thriller, as well as the box set Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection in 2004.

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

August 20, 1982 : Michael gives an interview for the October’s issue of Interview magazine when Andy Warhol calls him to take part in the interview.

December 1982 : Michael & ET are on the cover of Ebony Magazine.

Michael gives an interview to UK’s magazine Smash Hits.

Previous album : Triumph (1980)

Next album : Thriller (1982)


The Wiz (film) (released in 1981)

Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller (released on December 14, 1983)

Captain EO (1986) : The film was shown as part of an attraction with in-theater effects at Disney Parks around the world from 1986 to 2015. It also aired on TV but was never released.

Motown Presents: Michael Jackson The Legend Continues (released in 1988, only in VHS)

Moonwalker (released on October 29, 1988)

Dangerous: The Short Films (released on December 7, 1993)

Video Greatest Hits – HIStory (released on June 20, 1995)

HIStory on Film, Volume II (released on May 20, 1997)

Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (released in December 1997 (only on VHS)

Number Ones (released on November 18, 2003)

The One (released on March 9, 2004)

Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (Released on July 25, 2005) (The DVD was previously included with The Ultimate Collection box set in 2004)

Posthumous release

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (released on January 26, 2010)

Michael Jackson’s Vision (released on November 22, 2010)

Bad 25 (film) (released on August 31, 2012)

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 (released September 18, 2012)

Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall (released on February 26, 2016)

The Ultimate Collection (2004)

Recording sessions : 2004

Studios : Los Angeles

Label : Sony

Release date : November 16, 2004

Peak on Billboard 200 : 154

Track listing
Disc 1

  1. “I Want You Back” The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Deke Richards, Alphonzo Mizell) Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5 2:58
  2. “ABC” The Corporation ABC 2:57
  3. “I’ll Be There” Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis Third Album 3:56
  4. “Got to Be There” Elliot Willensky Got to Be There 3:23
  5. “I Wanna Be Where You Are” Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware Got to Be There 2:59
  6. “Ben” Walter Scharf, Don Black Ben 2:44
  7. “Dancing Machine” (Single Version) Hal Davis, Don Fletcher, Dean Parks G.I.T.: Get It Together and Dancing Machine 2:37
  8. “Enjoy Yourself” (Alternate Version) (recorded 1976, during The Jacksons sessions) Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff The Jacksons 3:40
  9. “Ease on Down the Road” (featuring Diana Ross) (from The Wiz also unreleased from Off the Wall) (recorded August 1977 & 1978, during The Wiz sessions) Charlie Smalls The Wiz 3:19
  10. “You Can’t Win” (alternate version recorded for Epic Records, original version from The Wiz) (recorded August 1977 & 1978, during The Wiz sessions) Charlie Smalls The Wiz 7:18
  11. “Shake a Body” (Early Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded August 1978, during Destiny sessions) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 2:09
  12. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” (Single Edit) Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson Destiny 3:44
  13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” Michael Jackson Off the Wall 6:04
  14. “Rock with You” (Album Version #2) Rod Temperton Off the Wall 3:39
  15. “Off the Wall” Rod Temperton Off the Wall 4:06
  16. “She’s Out of My Life” Tom Bahler Off the Wall 3:38
  17. “Sunset Driver” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1979 & 1982, during Off The Wall & Thriller sessions) Michael Jackson 4:03
  18. “Lovely One” Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson Triumph 4:50
  19. “This Place Hotel” (a.k.a. “Heartbreak Hotel”) Michael Jackson Triumph 5:44
    Disc 2
  20. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson Thriller 6:03
  21. “The Girl Is Mine” (featuring Paul McCartney) Michael Jackson Thriller 3:42
  22. “Thriller” Rod Temperton Thriller 5:58
  23. “Beat It” Michael Jackson Thriller 4:18
  24. “Billie Jean” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Thriller 4:53
  25. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded April & October – November 8, 1982, during Thriller sessions) Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes 3:46
  26. “Someone in the Dark” (Edited Single Version) (recorded June 1982, during E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial sessions) Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman, Rod Temperton E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial 4:54
  27. “State of Shock” (featuring Mick Jagger) Michael Jackson, Randy Hansen Victory 4:30
  28. “Scared of the Moon” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1984, during Thriller-era) Michael Jackson, Buz Kohan 4:41
  29. “We Are the World” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded January 28, 1985) Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie 5:20
  30. “We Are Here to Change the World” (from Captain EO) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1985, during Captain EO sessions) Michael Jackson, John Barnes 2:53
    Disc 3
  31. “Bad” Michael Jackson Bad 4:07
  32. “The Way You Make Me Feel” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Bad 4:58
  33. “Man in the Mirror” Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard Bad 5:20
  34. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (Radio Edit) (featuring Siedah Garrett) Michael Jackson Bad 4:13
  35. “Dirty Diana” (Album Version #2) Michael Jackson Bad 4:41
  36. “Smooth Criminal” (Album Version #3) Michael Jackson Bad 4:17
  37. “Cheater” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded March 1987, during Bad sessions) Michael Jackson, Greg Phillinganes 5:09
  38. “Dangerous” (Early Version) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1990-91, during Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell, Teddy Riley 6:40
  39. “Monkey Business” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1989, during Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Bill Bottrell 5:46
  40. “Jam” (featuring Heavy D) Michael Jackson, René Moore, Bruce Swedien, Teddy Riley Dangerous 5:39
  41. “Remember the Time” Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, Bernard Belle Dangerous 4:00
  42. “Black or White” Michael Jackson; rap lyrics by Bill Bottrell Dangerous 4:16
  43. “Who Is It” (IHS Mix) Michael Jackson CD single 7:57
  44. “Someone Put Your Hand Out” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1987, 1990 & 1991 – April 1992, during Bad & Dangerous sessions) Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley 5:25
    Disc 4
  45. “You Are Not Alone” (Extended Version) (recorded September & November 6 & 8, 1994 – March 1995, during HIStory sessions) R. Kelly HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 6:03
  46. “Stranger in Moscow” Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 5:44
  47. “Childhood” (theme from Free Willy 2) Michael Jackson HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I 4:28
  48. “On the Line” (recorded 1995 & January – July 1996, during HIStory & Get On The Bus sessions) Michael Jackson, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds 4:53
  49. “Blood on the Dance Floor” Michael Jackson, Teddy Riley Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix 4:12
  50. “Fall Again” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1999, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Walter Afanasieff, Robin Thicke 4:22
  51. “In the Back” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1994 – 2004, during HIStory & Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Glen Ballard 4:31
  52. “Unbreakable” (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne, Robert Smith Invincible 6:26
  53. “You Rock My World” (Album Edit) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Nora Payne Invincible 5:09
  54. “Butterflies” Andre Harris, Marsha Ambrosius Invincible 4:40
  55. “Beautiful Girl” (Demo) (previously unreleased) (recorded 1998 & 2004, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson 4:03
  56. “The Way You Love Me” (previously unreleased) (recorded Mid 1998 – 2004, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson 4:30
  57. “We’ve Had Enough” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1999 – 2000, during Invincible sessions) Michael Jackson, Rodney Jerkins, LaShawn Daniels, Carole Bayer Sager 5:45

No promotion and no concerts because of the trial

Previous era : Number Ones (2003)

Next era : Thriller 25 (2008)

Thriller 25 (2008)

Recording sessions : 2007

Studios : Las Vegas, New Jersey, New York

Label : Sony

Release date : February 8, 2008

Peak on Billboard 200 : not eligible


  1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson
    Quincy JonesMichael Jackson[a]
  2. “Baby Be Mine” Rod Temperton Jones 4:20
  3. “The Girl Is Mine” (with Paul McCartney) Jackson
  4. “Thriller” Rod Temperton Jones 5:57
  5. “Beat It” Jackson
  6. “Billie Jean” Jackson
  7. “Human Nature”
    Steve PorcaroJohn Bettis
    Quincy Jones 4:06
  8. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)”
    James IngramJones
    Jones 3:59
  9. “The Lady In My Life” Temperton Jones 4:59
  10. “Vincent Price excerpt from Thriller Voice-Over Session” Temperton Jones 0:24
  11. “The Girl Is Mine 2008” (with
    JacksonWilliam AdamsKeith Harris
  12. “P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing) 2008” (with
  13. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008” (with Akon)
    JacksonAliaune ThiamGiorgio Tuinfort
  14. “Beat It 2008” (with Fergie) Jackson
  15. “Billie Jean 2008” (Kanye West Mix) Jackson
    JacksonKanye WestAnthony Kilhoffer
  16. “For All Time” (previously unreleased; recorded in 1990 during “Dangerous” and finished in late 2007)
    JacksonSteve PorcaroMichael Sherwood
    Jackson 4:04

Japanese bonus track

  1. “Got the Hots” (previously unreleased) (recorded 1981–1982, during “Thriller” sessions)

Singles and short films

1st single “The Girl Is Mine 2008” (released on January 14, 2008)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : did not chart

No short film

2nd single “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ 2008” (released on January 23, 2008)*

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 81

No short film

*Last single released during Michael Jackson’s lifetime.

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

May 27, 2006 : Michael (accompanied by Raymone) attends the MTV Japan Awards ceremony at Yoyugi Olympic Stadium in Tokyo where he is presented with the MTV Legend Award.

May 31, 2006 : Michael makes a surprise appearance on widly popular SMAP variety show in Japan.

October 15, 2006 : Michael agrees to let US journalist Billy Bush from Access Hollywood visit him at the Grouse Lodge residential recording studios in County Westmeath where he is working on new music with producer Will I AM.

November 14, 2006 : Michael goes to the Guinness Book Of Records office in London to collect his certificates of records sales for Thriller.

November 15, 2006 : Michael attends the World Music Awards ceremony at Earl Court where Beyonce presents him with the Diamond Award for the Thriller sales and he performs a few lines of “We Are The World’ for the final. During the ceremony, Prince, Paris & Blanket spend a movie night with Miss Aileen.

October 3, 2007 : Michael is on the cover of of L’Uomo Vogue Magazine in Italy.

November 12, 2007 : Michael’s issue of Ebony magazine celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Thriller hits the newsstands in the US.

December 17, 2007 : Michael appears on the cover of Jet magazine.

January 26, 2008 : Michael accepts an award celebrating the 25th anniversary of Thriller in a pre-recorded video message aired during the NRJ Awards ceremony on French TV network TF1.

No concerts

Previous era : The Ultimate Collection (2004)

Next era : The last recording sessions (2002-2009)

Number Ones (2003)

Recording sessions : 2003

Studios : Los Angeles.

Label : Sony

Release date : November 18, 2003

Peak on Billboard 200 : 12


Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough (2003 Edit) 3:55
Rock With You 3:40
Billie Jean 4:52
Beat It 4:18
Thriller 5:10
Human Nature 4:06
I Just Can’t Stop Loving You 4:11
Bad 4:05
The Way You Make Me Feel 4:56
Dirty Diana 4:40
Smooth Criminal 4:17
Black Or White 3:18
You Are Not Alone 4:33
Earth Song 5:01
Blood On The Dance Floor 4:11
You Rock My World 4:25
Break Of Dawn 5:29
One More Chance 3:48

Singles and short films

One More Chance : released on November 22, 2003 (from the “Number Ones″ album)

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 83

Short film directed by : Nicolas Brandt (never completed because of Michael’s arest in the Arvizo case).

Date of shooting : November 17, 2003

Date of premiere : November 19, 2010

Official release :  Released on DVD in 2010 (Vision) and on Michael Jackson’s You Tube official page.

No promotion and no concerts because of the trial

Previous era : What More Can I Give (2003)

Next era : The Ultimate Collection (2004)

What More Can I Give (2003)

What More Can I Give (solo demo) :  Recorded in 1998 and sent to artists during the recording of 9/11 Charity song  in 2001. Leaked in 2017 but remains unreleased.

What More Can I Give : Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. 200 promo copies of the song were sent to the musicians who participated in the recording process, it was leaked in 2002 by WKTU-FM’s Program Director Frankie Blue and finally released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

Toda Para Ti : Spanish version of What More Can I Give. Recorded from September to November 2001.Sony refused to release it in 2001. Released digitally on October 27, 2003. The song was never released on CD or streaming platforms.

What More Can I Give (released digitally on October 27, 2003)

The short film was filmed during the recording of the song in September/October 2001. A first version was previewed on November 21, 2002 during the Bambi Awards in Berlin. A second version featuring new footage of Michael was premiered on October 27, 2003 during the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. The short film was never officially released on DVD or YouTube.

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

October 21, 2001 : Michael is in Washington DC where he participates at a TV concert for the victims of September 11. He performs “Man In The Mirror” and at the end, he sings “What More Can I Give” with all the artists of the night (including Usher & Mariah Carey) 

November 12, 2001 : Entertainment Tonight airs the first footage of the “What More Can I Give” video. The song is ready but Sony doesn’t want to release it. They also refuse to put commercials for Michael’s new album during the airing of his concert on CBS.

November 21, 2002 : Michael attends the Bambi Awards with Wiesner & Bashir where Boris Becker presents him the Pop Artist Of The Millenium award. During the ceremony, the video for “What More Can I Give” is premiered.

October 27, 2003 : “What More Can I Give” is made available as a download on the Internet. In the evening, Michael premieres the video of the song during the Radio Music Awards where Beyonce also presents him with the Humanitarian Award.


No tour.

Previous era : Invincible (2001)

Next era : Number Ones (2003)

We Are The World (1985)

Recording sessions : 

January 22, 1985 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder & Quincy Jones record a demo version of the song “We Are The World” at Kenny Rogers ‘Lion’s Share Recording Studio in L.A (Michael takes Emmanuel Lewis to the studio) and later they send the demo cassettes to all artistes involved in the recording.

January 28 : Two hours after the American Music Awards, Michael and 44 other artists (including Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, LaToya, Jackie, Marlon & Randy) gather secretly for 10 hours at the A&M Recording Studios in L.A to record “We Are The World”.

Label : CBS Epic Records

Release date : March 7, 1985

Track listing
Vinyl single

“We Are the World” (USA for Africa) – 7:14
“Grace” (Quincy Jones) – 4:56

Demos/Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions

We Are The World (demo) : Recorded in 1985 with John Barnes & released in 2004 (The Ultimate Collection Box Set).

Singles and short films

“We Are The World” (released on March 7, 1985) from the “We Are The World” album.

Peak on Hot 100 Billboard : 1

Short film directed by Tom Trbovich

Date of shooting : January 22, 1985

Date of premiere : March 1985

Official release : On VHS in 1985 and on DVD in 2010 (We Are the World: The Story Behind the Song) and on USA For Africa’s  You Tube official page.

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

April 1985 : Michael and seven members of USA For Africa are on the cover of Life Magazine.

April 8, 1985 : Michael and Lionel Richie are on the cover of Jet Magazine.

January 27, 1986 : Michael arrives half-way through the American Music Awards ceremony in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen are presented with awards for “We Are The World”. Katherine, LaToya, Rebbie & Janet also attend the ceremony. For the show’s conclusion, Michael joins many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya to sing “We Are The World”.

February 25, 1986 : Michael, Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones & Stevie attend the Grammy Awards where “We Are The World” wins four awards.


No tour.

Previous era : Victory (1984)

Next era : Bad (1987)

Compilations/Special Editions/Soundtracks

Greatest Hits (Released on December 9, 1971)

A Collection of Michael Jackson’s Oldies (released on December 8, 1972)

The Best of Michael Jackson (Released on August 28, 1975)

Anthology (Released on June 15, 1976)

Joyful Jukebox Music (released on October 26, 1976)

The Wiz (Released on September 18, 1978)

Boogie (released on January 16, 1979)

One Day in Your Life (Released on March 25, 1981)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Released November 15, 1982)

18 Greatest Hits (Released on June 1983)

Farewell My Summer Love (Released on May 8, 1984)

The Great Love Songs of Michael Jackson (Released in 1984)

Anthology (Released on November 14, 1986)

The Jacksons: An American Dream (Released on September 29, 1992)

Children of the Light (released in May 1993)

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (Released June 20, 1995)

Soulsation! (released on June 20, 1995)

Jackson 5: The Ultimate Collection (released on August 15, 1995)

Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix (Released on May 20, 1997)

20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of The Jackson 5 (released on October 7, 1999)

Off the Wall – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Thriller – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Bad – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Dangerous – Special Edition (Released on October 16, 2001)

Love Songs (Released January 15, 2002)

Number Ones (Released November 18, 2003)

The Essential Jacksons (Released on March 9, 2004)

The Very Best of The Jacksons (Released on July 5, 2004)

The Jacksons Story (Released on July 20, 2004)

The Ultimate Collection (Released November 16, 2004)

The Essential Michael Jackson (Released on July 19, 2005)

Visionary: The Video Singles (Released on Released February 20, 2006)

Thriller 25 (Released on February 8, 2008)

King of Pop (Released on August 22, 2008)

The Motown Years (Released on September 9, 2008)

Posthumous release

The Definitive Collection (Released on August 25, 2009)

Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection (Released on September 1, 2009)

Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Released on October 26, 2009)

J Is for Jackson 5 (released on March 30, 2010)

Michael (Released on December 10, 2010)

Immortal (Released on November 18, 2011)

Come and Get It: The Rare Pearls (released on August 28, 2012)

Bad 25 (Released on September 18, 2012)

Xscape (Released on May 9, 2014)

Scream (Released on September 29, 2017)

Thriller 40 (Released on November 18, 2022)

Live Albums

Goin’ Back to Indiana

Released on September 29, 1971

Goin’ Back to Indiana is a live/soundtrack album by the Jackson 5 for Motown Records, taken from their September 16, 1971 ABC TV special of the same name. It is the Jackson 5’s sixth album overall, and was released on September 29, 1971. The Goin’ Back to Indiana television special featured comedians Bill Cosby and Tommy Smothers, singers Bobby Darin and Diana Ross, football players Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier and Ben Davidson, and basketball stars Bill Russell, Elgin Baylor, and Elvin Hayes. It also featured tracks recorded by the Jackson 5 during their May 29 “homecoming” concert at the Coliseum in Indianapolis, hence the show title.

Track listing

Jackson 5 during their filming of Goin’ Back to Indiana
“I Want You Back” (The Corporation) – 4:14
“Maybe Tomorrow” (The Corporation) – 4:15
“The Day Basketball Was Saved” (Bill Angelos, Buz Kohan, Dick DeBenedictis) – 7:59
“Stand!” (Sylvester Stewart) – 4:15
“I Want to Take You Higher” (Sylvester Stewart) – 2:13
“Feelin’ Alright” (originally by Traffic) (Dave Mason) – 4:12
Medley: “Walk On” (this version originally by Isaac Hayes) / “The Love You Save” (The Corporation) – 4:57
“Goin’ Back to Indiana” (The Corporation) – 4:47

In 2001, Motown Records remastered all Jackson 5 albums in a ‘Two Classic Albums/One CD’ series (much like they did in the late 1980s). This album was paired up with Lookin’ Through the Windows (1972). The bonus tracks were “Love Song” 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.

The Jackson 5 in Japan

Released in October 31, 1973 (Japan only) and October 31, 2004 (5,000 copy limited re-issue)

The Jackson 5 in Japan, also known as In Japan!, is the first live album released by the Jackson 5, culled from a live concert held in Japan in 1973. It was released in the UK in 1986 as Michael Jackson with the Jackson 5 Live; Motown did not release the album in the United States until a limited-edition version was released in 2004, via specialty reissue label Hip-O Select. A quadrophonic mix was released in Japan in 1975, marking an early release of the band’s material in surround sound. The album sold over a million copies worldwide.

Track listing
Side A
“Introduction”/”We’re Gonna Have a Good Time” 3:39
“Lookin’ Through the Windows” (Clifton Davis) 3:52
“Got to Be There” (Elliot Willensky) 3:44
Medley: “I Want You Back”/”ABC”/”The Love You Save” (The Corporation) 2:59
“Daddy’s Home” (William Miller, James Sheppard) 5:23
“Superstition” (originally by Stevie Wonder) (Stevie Wonder) 3:17
Side B
“Ben” (Don Black, Walter Scharf) 2:54
“Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” (originally by the Temptations) (Norman Whitfield, Barrett Strong) 3:59
“That’s How Love Goes” (Wade Brown Jr., Johnny Bristol, David Jones Jr.) 4:46
“Never Can Say Goodbye” (Clifton Davis) 2:21
“Ain’t That Peculiar” (originally by Marvin Gaye) (Warren “Pete” Moore, William Robinson, Bobby Rogers) 5:28
“I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware) 6:30

The Jacksons Live!

Released on November 11, 1981

The Jacksons Live! (a.k.a. Live) is a live album by The Jacksons. It was released on November 11, 1981 by Epic Records. The album was recorded during the band’s North American concert 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, Providence, Atlanta, and New York City. The live album would go on to sell over two million copies worldwide.

Track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length

  1. “Opening/Can You Feel It” Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson 6:04
  2. “Things I Do for You” Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson 3:38
  3. “Off the Wall” Rod Temperton 4:00
  4. “Ben” Walter Scharf, Don Black 3:52
  5. “Heartbreak Hotel” Michael Jackson 4:40
  6. “She’s Out of My Life” Tom Bahler 4:48
  7. “Movie and Rap, Including Excerpts of: I Want You Back/Never Can Say Goodbye/Got to Be There” Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards, Clifton Davis, Elliot Willensky 3:04
  8. “Medley: I Want You Back/ABC/The Love You Save” Berry Gordy, Freddie Perren, Alphonzo Mizell, Deke Richards 2:55
  9. “I’ll Be There” Berry Gordy, Bob West, Willie Hutch, Hal Davis 3:12
  10. “Rock with You” Rod Temperton 3:59
  11. “Lovely One” Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 6:28
  12. “Workin’ Day and Night” Michael Jackson 6:53
  13. “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” Michael Jackson 4:22
  14. “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)” Michael Jackson, Randy Jackson 8:34

Posthumous release

Live at the Forum (The Jackson 5 album)

Released on June 21, 2010

Live at the Forum is a live album by American family musical group the Jackson 5. It was released on June 21, 2010. The live tracks contained in the album were mostly recorded on June 20, 1970 and August 26, 1972, during concerts at The Forum, in Inglewood, California. The 1970 concert was a record-breaking show of over 18,000 attending, with the group only having released two studio albums and a couple of singles out up to that point. This concert is an example of the group’s very early part of their career, on their first tour.

Track listing
Disc one

“Introduction” – 0:41
“I Want You Back” (The Corporation) – 3:08
“Feelin’ Alright” (Dave Mason) – 4:51
“Who’s Lovin’ You” (William “Smokey” Robinson Jr.) – 4:56
“Walk On” (Suzanne de Passe, Jackson 5) – 2:21
“Don’t Know Why I Love You” (Don Hunter, Stevie Wonder, Lula Hardaway, Paul Riser) 3:40
“Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah” (Ray Gilbert, Allie Wrubel) – 2:55
“ABC” (The Corporation) – 3:33
“Intro / It’s Your Thing” (Rudolph Isley, O’Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley) – 4:55
“I Found That Girl” (The Corporation) – 4:45
“There Was a Time” (James Brown) – 3:14
“Intro / Thank You Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin” (Sylvester Stewart) – 7:08
“The Love You Save” (The Corporation) – 3:32
“Mama’s Pearl” (Bonus Track) (The Corporation) – 3:10
Disc two

“Brand New Thing” (Jackson 5) – 3:01
“Medley: I Want You Back / ABC / Mama’s Pearl”^ (The Corporation) – 4:51
“Sugar Daddy” (The Corporation) – 2:57
“I’ll Be There” (Berry Gordy, Bob West, Hal Davis, Willie Hutch) – 4:04
“Introduction by Michael” – 1:56
“Goin’ Back to Indiana / Brand New Thing / Goin’ Back to Indiana” (The Corporation, The Jackson 5) – 3:55
“Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Paul Simon) – 2:21
“I Found That Girl” (The Corporation) – 3:41
“I’m So Happy” (The Corporation) – 2:59
“Lookin’ Through the Windows” (Clifton Davis) – 3:53
“Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) – 2:35
“Introduction by Jackie” – 0:22
“Ben” (Don Black, Walter Scharf) – 2:39
“Rockin’ Robin” (Jimmie Thomas) – 2:30
“Got to Be There” (Elliot Willensky) – 2:11
“You’ve Got a Friend” (Carole King) – 2:21
“Ain’t No Sunshine” (Bill Withers) – 5:29
“I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware) – 3:42
“Introduction by Jermaine” – 1:09
“That’s How Love Goes” (David H. Jones Jr., John Bristol, Wade Brown Jr.) – 3:16
“Never Can Say Goodbye” (Clifton Davis) – 4:43
“Walk On” (Suzanne de Passe, The Jackson 5) – 2:22
“The Love You Save” (The Corporation) – 3:48
“Intro / I Wanna Be Where You Are” (Bonus Track)^^ (Arthur “T-Boy” Ross, Leon Ware) – 4:14

^Previously issued, in part, on the soundtrack to The Jacksons: An American Dream in 1992.
^^Originally released on the soundtrack to Save the Children.

The band’s usual opening song, “Stand!”, was excluded from the release because the boys were having technical difficulties during the start of the 1970 show. Jermaine’s vocal microphone was off and his bass amplifier was inaudible, so the show had to be stopped for several minutes while the sound crew fixed everything.
“Mama’s Pearl” in disc one was taken from the group’s concert in Indiana on May 29, 1971. It is one of the five unreleased songs from that concert.
“Ain’t No Sunshine” was recorded the night after most of the second disc was recorded, at the San Diego International Sports Arena, August 27, 1972. It was edited into Michael’s solo set in the album’s track listing, whereas in the San Diego show, it was elsewhere in the setlist.

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988

Released on September 18, 2012

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988 is a live concert CD/DVD by American recording artist Michael Jackson released on September 18, 2012. It was included with the Bad 25 reissue, as well as by itself.

This particular concert took place on July 16, 1988, at Wembley Stadium in Wembley, London, to a sold-out crowd of 72,000, which included Diana, Princess of Wales and Charles, Prince of Wales. The DVD also includes “The Way You Make Me Feel”, from July 15 (the song was not performed on July 16 due to a late start of the show) and “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, and “Bad”, performed on September 26, 1987, in Yokohama, Japan. The Bad 25 deluxe package also contains a CD of the audio from the July 16 concert as well, with audio edited down to 80 minutes from the original two hours.

Track listing
All tracks are written by Michael Jackson, except where noted.

Live at Wembley July 16, 1988
No. Title Writer(s) Length

  1. “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” 6:32
  2. “This Place Hotel” 4:43
  3. “Another Part of Me” 4:24
  4. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You” (duet with Sheryl Crow) 4:55
  5. “She’s Out of My Life” Tom Bahler 3:53
  6. “I Want You Back/The Love You Save/I’ll Be There”
    Berry GordyFreddie PerrenAlphonzo MizellDeke RichardsBob WestWillie HutchHal Davis
  7. “Rock with You” Rod Temperton 4:23
  8. “Human Nature”
    Steve PorcaroJohn Bettis
  9. “Smooth Criminal” 6:24
  10. “Dirty Diana” 6:24
  11. “Thriller” Temperton 5:29
  12. “Bad Groove (The Band Jam Section)”
    Greg PhillinganesEric ClaptonJim GordonPhil CollinsMaurice GibbBarry GibbRobin GibbJackson
  13. “Workin’ Day and Night” 7:59
  14. “Beat It” 6:45
  15. “Billie Jean” 8:36
  16. “Bad” 10:06
  17. “Man in the Mirror”
    Siedah GarrettGlen Ballard
  18. “The Way You Make Me Feel” (Performed at Wembley Stadium, London on July 15, 1988) 5:22
  19. “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You/Bad” (duet with Sheryl Crow) (Performed at Yokohama Stadium, Yokohama on September 26, 1987) 11:23
    “Bad Groove (The Band Jam Section)” contains the following pieces:
    “Band Jam” (composed by Greg Phillinganes)
    “Layla” (composed by Eric Clapton and Jim Gordon)
    “Sussudio” (composed by Phil Collins)
    “You Win Again” (composed by Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb and Robin Gibb)
    “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” (composed by Michael Jackson)
    The “Bad Groove” interlude involved the band playing an extended instrumental of “It’s Gonna Be a Beautiful Night” by Prince from his 1987 album Sign o’ the Times, but was removed during editing of the DVD. Amateur audio of the performance, however, can be found online.