ABC (The Jackson 5 album)

ABC is the second studio album by the Jackson 5 and was issued on May 8, 1970, by Motown Records. It featured the No. 1 singles "ABC" and "The Love You Save". Also present on the LP are several notable album tracks, including a cover of Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You", "I Found That Girl" (the only lead song by brother Jermaine), and "The Young Folks", originally recorded by Diana Ross and the Supremes.

ABC
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 8, 1970 (1970-05-08)
Recorded1969–1970
Genre
Length38:45
LabelMotown
Producer
The Jackson 5 chronology
Diana Ross Presents The Jackson 5
(1969)
ABC
(1970)
Third Album
(1970)
Singles from ABC
  1. "ABC"
    Released: February 24, 1970
  2. "The Love You Save"
    Released: May 13, 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]
Rolling Stonefavorable[3]

The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart and at No. 1 on the Billboard Black Albums chart in the United States. It was ranked No. 98 on VH1's All-Time Albums Top 100 list. It remains one of the Jackson 5's most popular efforts. The title track was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals in 1971.

Re-releaseEdit

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 Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The bonus track was an outtake, "Oh, I've Been Blessed", a song also released on the rare 1979 outtakes album Boogie.

An alternate version of the title track appears on the CD Jackson 5 – I Want You Back! Unreleased Masters released in 2009.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Love You Save"The Corporation3:01
2."One More Chance"The Corporation2:59
3."ABC"The Corporation2:56
4."2-4-6-8"Leon Ware, Pam Sawyer2:55
5."(Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need"Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier, Edward Holland2:46
6."Don't Know Why I Love You"Lula Mae Hardaway, Don Hunter, Paul Riser, Stevie Wonder3:47
7."Never Had a Dream Come True"Stevie Wonder, Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby2:58
8."True Love Can Be Beautiful"Leonard Caston, Jr., Jeana Jackson, Bobby Taylor3:24
9."La-La (Means I Love You)"Thom Bell, William Hart3:26
10."I'll Bet You"George Clinton, Sidney Barnes, Theresa Lindsey3:20
11."I Found That Girl"The Corporation3:08
12."The Young Folks"George Gordy, Allen Story2:50

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1970) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[4] 14
Canadian Albums (RPM)[5] 25
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[6] 85
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 22
US Billboard 200[8] 4

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1970) Rank
U.S. Billboard Pop Albums[9] 53
U.S. Billboard Top Soul Albums[10] 9

SinglesEdit

Year Single US US

R&B

UK AUS
1970 "ABC" 1 1 8 14
"The Love You Save" 1 1 7 59

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ABC at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: J". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved February 27, 2019 – via robertchristgau.com.
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on 2009-04-21. Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  5. ^ "RPM: The Jackson 5 (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on 2017-10-14. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  7. ^ "The Jackson 5 Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ "The Jackson 5 US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums - Year-End". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-06-01.
  10. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Year-End". Billboard. Retrieved 2021-06-01.