Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
G.I.T.: Get It Together (1973) extended the careers of The Jackson Five.
By 1973, hits for the group were no longer automatic. Skywriter was good but failed to achieve the chart impact of previous albums. Motown executives ignored the group’s demands for more creative independence. The Jackson Five also had an identity problem. Michael’s solo success was building even as puberty was changing his voice. And when youngest brother Randy began performing regularly with them, they actually became the Jackson Six.
G.I.T. gave the brothers more of the creative flexibility (if not control) they had wanted. They shared lead vocal parts generously. As a result, Tito’s voice rises to the fore on “Hum Along and Dance” with Jackie, “Mama I Gotta Brand New Thing (Don’t Say No)” with Marlon, and on “Dancing Machine,” with Michael and Jermaine. “Dancing Machine” was released as a single in 1974. The song became such a monster hit that it became the title track on the next J5 album.
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Here’s an interesting fact!
When his brothers left Motown in 1976, Jermaine felt compelled to stay because his wife was Hazel Gordy, Berry’s daughter. The Jackson Five became simply, The Jacksons.