Victory (The Jacksons album)

Victory is the fifteenth studio album by the Jacksons. It was released by Epic Records on July 2, 1984. The album was the only album to include all six Jackson brothers together as an official group; also, it was the band's last album to be entirely recorded with lead singer Michael Jackson, as well as their first album to feature Jermaine Jackson since 1975's Moving Violation.

Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 2, 1984 (1984-07-02)
RecordedNovember 1983 – May 1984[1]
StudioA&R Recording (New York City)
Can-Am Recorders
Evergreen Studios
Hog Manor Studios
Image Recorders
The Ponderosa Studio
Record One Studio
Soundcastle Studios
Sunset Sound
The Villa
Westlake Audio
Bill Schnee Studio
Hollywood Sound
Ocean Way Studios
Sunset Sound Recorders
Village Recorders
(Los Angeles)[2]
The Jacksons chronology
The Jacksons Live!
2300 Jackson Street
Singles from Victory
  1. "State of Shock"
    Released: June 5, 1984
  2. "Torture"
    Released: September 30, 1984
  3. "Body"
    Released: November 21, 1984
  4. "Wait"
    Released: 1985
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars [3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars [4]

Victory has sold over 7 million copies worldwide and was certified 2× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in October 1984.[5] It peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and its most successful single "State of Shock" peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] Victory was supported by the Victory Tour, with Michael, who had recently released the world's all-time best-selling album, Thriller, prominently featured.

Shortly after the Victory Tour ended, Michael and Marlon Jackson quit the group. Jermaine, Tito, Randy and Jackie Jackson continued on as the Jacksons, and releasing one more album, 1989's 2300 Jackson Street (whose title track did feature all six Jackson brothers, along with their sisters Janet and Rebbie) before splitting up.


After a successful reunion on the Motown 25 television special in 1983, Jermaine Jackson decided to return to the group, having left Motown after nine years as a full-fledged soloist. His brothers had left Motown for Epic in 1975, but despite the reunion, the brothers rarely worked together on the album; it was mainly composed of solo songs the brothers had each worked on during that time. Each brother had a solo song on the album: Michael on "Be Not Always", Randy on “One More Chance” and “The Hurt", Tito on “We Can Change the World", Jackie on “Wait" and Marlon on “Body.” Jermaine only sings co-lead vocals with Michael on "Torture". He also performs ad-libs on "Wait" and is additionally named as a background vocalist on "One More Chance" and "The Hurt". "Torture" was originally planned to be a duet between Michael and Jackie (the song's writer), but when Jermaine officially re-joined the group, he took over the parts intended for Jackie (who can still be heard during the song's chorus and ad-libs).

The album only had two videos — for the songs "Torture" and "Body" — and neither Jermaine nor Michael appeared in either one. A wax dummy of Michael acted as a stand in for the "Torture" video.

Michael recorded "State of Shock", a duet originally recorded with Queen lead vocalist Freddie Mercury. The duo were unable to finish the track, so Michael ended up recording a second version of the track with Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.


Tensions reportedly grew between the brothers during the recording sessions and as a result, minimal publicity photography was done.

The album cover art was commissioned from famed illustrator Michael Whelan. On the first release of the record there was a white dove on Randy's shoulder (third from left). On later issues the bird was removed.[citation needed]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead singer(s)Length
1."Torture"Jackie, Kathy WakefieldJermaine, Michael, Jackie4:53
2."Wait"Jackie, David PaichJackie, Michael, Jermaine5:25
3."One More Chance"RandyRandy, Jermaine5:06
4."Be Not Always"MichaelMichael5:36
5."State of Shock" (With Mick Jagger)Michael, Randy HansenMichael, Mick Jagger4:30
6."We Can Change the World"Tito, Wayne ArnoldTito4:45
7."The Hurt"Michael, Randy, Paich, Steve PorcaroRandy5:26


  • Produced by: Jackie Jackson (track 1), David Paich, Steve Porcaro and Jackie Jackson (track 2), Randy Jackson (track 3), Michael Jackson (tracks 4 & 5), Tito Jackson (track 6), the Jacksons, David Paich and Steve Porcaro (track 7), Marlon Jackson (track 8)
  • Engineers: Brent Averil (track 5), Bill Bottrell (tracks 1, 3, 6–8), Tito Jackson (track 6), Tom Knox (tracks 2 & 7), Bruce Swedien (tracks 4 & 5)
  • Assistant engineers: Niko Bolas (track 2), Ollie Cotton (track 5), Paul Erickson (tracks 1, 3, 6–8), Bino Espinoza (tracks 1, 3, 6–8), Matt Forger (track 5), Stuart Furusho (track 2), Mitch Gibson (tracks 1, 3, 6, 8), Mike Hatcher (track 4), Shep Longsdale (tracks 2 & 7), Brian Malouf (track 7), Terry Stewart (track 2), John Van Nest (track 4)
  • Additional recordings technicians: Allen Sides, Ann Calnan, Brent Averill, Brian Malouf, Jermany Smith, Michael Schulman, Robin Laine
  • Mixing: Niko Bolas (track 2), Bill Bottrell (tracks 1, 3, 6–8), Greg Ladanyi (track 2), Bruce Swedien (tracks 4 & 5)


The JacksonsEdit

  • Randy Jackson – vocals; keyboards & synthesizer (tracks 1, 3, 7), percussion (track 1), drum programming (track 3), arrangements (track 3 & 7)
  • Jackie Jackson – vocals; horn arrangements (track 1), arrangements (tracks 1 & 2)
  • Michael Jackson – vocals; Linn LM-1 programming & handclaps (track 5), arrangements (tracks 4, 5, 7)
  • Marlon Jackson – vocals; keyboards, synthesizer, Linn LM-1 programming, & arrangements (track 8)
  • Tito Jackson – vocals; guitars (tracks 1 & 6), keyboards, synthesizer, drum programming, synthesizer programming, & arrangements (track 6)
  • Jermaine Jackson – vocals

Additional personnelEdit

Additional arrangements and artwork

  • Murray Adler – concertmaster (4)
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet and horn arrangements (1), string arrangements (4)
  • Derek Nakamoto – additional synth programming (6)
  • Painting by Michael Whelan
  • Photography by Mathew Rolston


The song "State of Shock" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, "Torture", reached No. 17, and "Body", the third single, became a moderate hit peaking at No. 47. The album peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in the week of August 4, 1984. The fourth single, "Wait", was released in 1985 in the UK, Canada and Brazil only - it is not known to have charted anywhere, and was possibly withdrawn. The single version of "Wait" is a remix which features a slap bassline in place of the original synth bass, as well as additional lead synth - and has never been released elsewhere.


Chart (1984) Peak
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report) [7] 9
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[8] 2
Canadian Albums (RPM) [9] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[10] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [11] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[12] 2
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[13] 5
Italian Albums (AFI) [14] 12
Japanese Albums (Oricon) [15] 5
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[16] 19
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[17] 6
Spanish Albums (AFE) [18] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 4
UK Albums (OCC) [21] 3
US Billboard 200 [22] 4
US Hot Black Albums [23] 3
Zimbabwean Albums (ZIMA) [24] 2


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 2× Platinum 220,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Remastered versionEdit

A remastered version was released in July 2009 in Japan only, with cardboard sleeve (mini LP) packaging. It was part of a six-album Jacksons cardboard sleeve (mini LP) reissue series, featuring the albums The Jacksons (1976), Goin' Places (1977), Destiny (1978), Triumph (1980), The Jacksons Live! (1981), and Victory (1984).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kit O'Toole (2015-10-01). Michael Jackson FAQ: All That's Left to Know About the King of Pop. Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781495045998. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  2. ^ The Jackson 5 - Victory (1984) album releases & credits at Discogs
  3. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "The Jackson 5 - Victory (1984) album review, credits & releases". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-11.
  4. ^ Brackett, N.; Hoard, C.D. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 410. ISBN 9780743201698. Retrieved 2014-12-10.
  5. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2012-06-29. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  6. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (doc). Australian Chart Book, St Ives, NSW. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  8. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  9. ^ "RPM: The Jacksons (albums)". RPM Magazine. Archived from the original on October 14, 2017. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  10. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  11. ^ Pennanen, Timo (2006). Sisältää hitin - levyt ja esittäjät Suomen musiikkilistoilla vuodesta 1972 (in Finnish) (1st ed.). Helsinki: Kustannusosakeyhtiö Otava. p. 263. ISBN 978-951-1-21053-5.
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  13. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  14. ^ "Hit Parade Italia - Gli album più venduti del 1984" (in Italian). Retrieved 2011-10-03.
  15. ^ Oricon Album Chart Book: Complete Edition 1970-2005. Roppongi, Tokyo: Oricon Entertainment. 2006. ISBN 4-87131-077-9.
  16. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  17. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  19. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  20. ^ " – The Jacksons – Victory". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  21. ^ "The Jacksons Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  22. ^ "The Jacksons US Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  23. ^ The Jackson 5 / The Jacksons Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums.
  24. ^ * Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Jacksons – Victory". Music Canada.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – The Jacksons – Victory". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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