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Jermaine Jackson (released internationally as Dynamite) is the tenth studio album by United States singer-songwriter Jermaine Jackson, released in 1984. It was his debut album with Arista after leaving Motown. The album features Whitney Houston and his brothers Michael, Tito and Randy. Overall, it stands as one of Jermaine Jackson's most commercially successful albums, selling over 900,000 copies in the US to date and being certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Jermaine Jackson
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 14, 1984 (1984-04-14)
Jermaine Jackson chronology
Let Me Tickle Your Fancy
Jermaine Jackson
Precious Moments
Singles from Jermaine Jackson
  1. "Sweetest Sweetest"
    Released: April 5, 1984 (1984-04-05)
  2. "Dynamite"
    Released: July 29, 1984 (1984-07-29)
  3. "Do What You Do"/"Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)"
    Released: December 21, 1984 (1984-12-21)



Jermaine Jackson was Jackson's first of numerous albums released with Arista Records, after leaving Motown, who he had been with for thirteen years. The album was released internationally under the title Dynamite.[1] The album went on to be Jermaine's second-most successful album in the United States, peaking at No. 19 — 13 places below Let's Get Serious — on the main Billboard album chart, but becoming the #1 R&B album on July 7, 1984.

The disc achieved Gold status, eventually surpassing 900,000 in US sales.[2] Internationally, it was Jackson's most successful album, peaking within the charts of four non-US territories. "When the Rain Begins to Fall", originally recorded for the soundtrack of Voyage of the Rock Aliens, was later included on the album after its success as a single.[1]

The album track "Take Good Care of My Heart" a duet with the then relatively unknown singer Whitney Houston was also the B-Side of the released "Dynamite" single, and, the song later appeared on the self-titled debut album of American R&B and pop singer Whitney Houston, released February 14, 1985 on Arista Records.

The album was re-issued in 2005 in the US with little difference compared to the original album. It was reissued again in Japan in 2009 with "When the Rain Begins to Fall" and two bonus tracks, and again in the US in 2012. This edition also contained "When the Rain Begins to Fall", both bonus tracks on the Japanese edition, as well as three more bonus tracks.[1]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic      [3]

Jason Elias from Allmusic gave the album a retrospective positive track-by-track view, saying "[Jermaine Jackson] has him doing a slickly produced variant of the R&B/pop his brother was making sound effortless." and concluded "While Jermaine Jackson's not a perfect album, despite the ground covered, it is a strong one."[4]


"Sweetest Sweetest" was released as the album's lead single throughout the globe — including the US where it performed poorly — and charted moderately in Belgium (Flanders), Netherlands, New Zealand and the UK. "Dynamite" was released as the album's second single, and became Jackson's fourth top 20-charting single, reaching No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] Internationally, the song performed less well, reaching No. 46 in France, and No. 19 in New Zealand. "Do What You Do", the album's third single, performed as one of Jackson's best-selling singles to date, reaching the top 20 in the US, as well as topping the Belgium (Flanders) chart, and reaching the top ten in Ireland, Netherlands, and the UK, where it was certified Silver by the BPI.[4][5] It also reached #40 in Germany, and #12 in France.

"When the Rain Begins to Fall", a duet with Pia Zadora, was originally recorded for the soundtrack of Voyage of the Rock Aliens, and went on to become one of both artists' best-selling singles. Although less successful in the US and UK (respectively peaking at No. 54 and No. 68), the song topped the charts of numerous European territories, including Belgium (Flanders), Netherlands, and France. The song also peaked within the top ten of Austria, Switzerland, and Italy. The song also went Gold in Germany, and Platinum in France.[6][7] Due to the success of the single, it was included on later pressings of the album.[1]

Track listingEdit

Original International Edition: Dynamite
1."Dynamite"Andrew Goldmark, Bruce Roberts6:01
2."Sweetest Sweetest"Arthur Jacobson, Ellison Chase, Robin Lerner4:05
3."Tell Me I'm Not Dreamin' (Too Good to Be True)" (featuring Michael Jackson)Bruce Sudano, Jay Gruska, Michael Omartian4:22
4."Escape from the Planet of the Ant Men" (featuring Tito Jackson and Randy Jackson)David Batteau, Don Freeman5:04
5."Come to Me (One Way or Another)"Jermaine Jackson5:17
6."Do What You Do"Larry Di Tomaso, Ralph Dino4:46
7."Take Good Care of My Heart" (Duet with Whitney Houston)Peter McCann, Steve Dorff4:17
8."Some Things are Private"Sudano, Omartian4:05
9."Oh Mother"Elliot Willensky, Jackson4:48
Re-release: Jermaine Jackson
1."Dynamite"Goldmark, Roberts6:01
2."Sweetest Sweetest"Jacobson, Chase, Lerner4:05
3."Tell Me I'm Not Dreaming (Too Good To Be True)" (featuring Michael Jackson)Sudano, Gruska, Omartian4:22
4."Escape from the Planet of the Ant Men" (featuring Tito Jackson and Randy Jackson)Batteau, Don Freeman5:04
5."When the Rain Begins to Fall" (Duet with Pia Zadora)Michael Bradley, Peggy March, Steve Wittmack4:06
6."Come to Me (One Way or Another)"Jackson5:17
7."Do What You Do"Tomaso, Dino4:46
8."Take Good Care of My Heart" (Duet with Whitney Houston)McCann, Dorff4:17
9."Some Things are Private"Sudano, Omartian4:05
10."Oh Mother"Willensky, Jackson4:48



  • Producers – Jermaine Jackson (Tracks 1, 2, 4-7 & 9); Michael Omartian (Tracks 3 & 8); Richard Rudolph (Tracks 4 & 6).
  • Executive Producer – Clive Davis
  • Engineers – Bill Bottrell, John Guess, Brian Malouf, Mike Schumann and Keith Seppanen.
  • Mixing – Bill Bottrell
  • Recorded at Soundcastle (Hollywood, CA); Yamaha Studios (Glendale, CA); Can-Am Recorders (Tarzana, CA); Lion Share Recording (Los Angeles, CA).
  • Art Direction and Design – Ria Lewerke
  • Photography – Leon Lecash



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Gold 50,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b c d Discogs - Jermaine Jackson, Dynamite
  2. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum: Jermaine Jackson". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ a b c "Jermaine Jackson". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Jermaine Jackson - BPI certifications". bpi. Archived from the original on 2009-09-24. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  6. ^ "Jermaine Jackson - BVMI certifications". bvmi. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  7. ^ "Jermaine Jackson - SNEP certifications". snep. Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved 2012-12-24.
  8. ^ "Dutch Albums Chart - June 16, 1984".
  9. ^ "New Zealand Albums Chart - September 8, 1984". Archived from the original on March 21, 2015.
  10. ^ "Swedish Albums Chart - June 26, 1984".
  11. ^ "UK Albums Chart - May 12, 1984".
  12. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jermaine Jackson – Jermaine Jackson". Music Canada.
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Jermaine Jackson – Jermaine Jackson". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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