Performer: The Jackson 5
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: Universal's 2010 collection Icon 2 doubles the length of its cousin Icon, adding another 12 tracks and another disc to the 12-track original. The sequencing is roughly the same for the first disc, but after "Maybe Tomorrow," "Sugar Daddy" is added to the mix, and the disc digs deeper on solo cuts from both Michael ("Rockin' Robin," "With a Child's Heart," "Just a Little Bit of You," "One Day In Your Life") and Jermaine ( "That's How Love Goes," "Daddy's Home"), along with a handful of other Jackson 5 singles. This isn't quite as comprehensive a portrait as Universal's previous Anthology, but it's entertaining and well-sequenced, a good alternative for anybody considering the single-disc Icon but wants more music. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Gary, Indiana brothers Tito, Jermaine, Randy, Michael, and Marlon Jackson were the Jackson 5 (later known simply as the Jacksons). One of the most influential and successful vocal groups of all time, they became worldwide superstars before they hit their teens. The Jackson 5's music was a highly accessible mix of R&B and straight pop with enormous crossover appeal. The group's focus was on the prodigious talents of its lead singer, Michael, who even at nine years old sang with the authentic soul feel of a grown man. Michael's subsequent solo career made him one of the biggest-selling artists in history, but the work of the Jackson 5 remains a vital part of pop and R&B history.
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