(2009) Hello World - The Motown Solo Collection

Michael Jackson

... read moreReleased only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this...

03:52′:16″ 71 Songs

Disk 1

1
Ain't No Sunshine
Michael Jackson
4:13
2
I Wanna Be Where You Are
Michael Jackson
2:57
3
Girl Don't Take Your Love From Me
Michael Jackson
3:48
4
In Our Small Way
Michael Jackson
3:40
5
Got To Be There
Michael Jackson
3:23
6
Rockin' Robin
Michael Jackson
2:31
7
Wings Of My Love
Michael Jackson
3:21
8
Maria (You Were The Only One)
Michael Jackson
3:44
9
Love Is Here And Now You're Gone
Michael Jackson
2:52
10
You've Got A Friend
Michael Jackson
4:55
11
Ben (Single Version)
Michael Jackson
2:47
12
Greatest Show On Earth
Michael Jackson
2:49
13
People Make The World Go 'Round
Michael Jackson
3:16
14
We've Got A Good Thing Going
Michael Jackson
3:04
15
Everybody's Somebody's Fool
Michael Jackson
3:01
16
My Girl
Michael Jackson
3:08
17
What Goes Around Comes Around
Michael Jackson
3:32
18
In Our Small Way (With Countdown)
Michael Jackson
3:45
19
Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day
Michael Jackson
3:22
20
You Can Cry On My Shoulder
Michael Jackson
2:42
21
Don't Let It Get You Down
Michael Jackson
2:50
22
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Michael Jackson
3:23
23
Melodie
Michael Jackson
3:09
24
Touch The One You Love
Michael Jackson
2:50

Disk 2

1
With A Child's Heart
Michael Jackson
3:34
2
Up Again
Michael Jackson
2:47
3
All The Things You Are
Michael Jackson
2:59
4
Happy (Love Theme From "Lady Sings The Blues")
Michael Jackson
3:29
5
Too Young
Michael Jackson
3:47
6
Doggin' Around
Michael Jackson
2:52
7
Johnny Raven
Michael Jackson
3:31
8
Euphoria
Michael Jackson
2:48
9
Morning Glow
Michael Jackson
3:36
10
Music And Me
Michael Jackson
2:38
11
We're Almost There
Michael Jackson
3:47
12
Take Me Back
Michael Jackson
3:31
13
One Day In Your Life
Michael Jackson
4:13
14
Cinderella Stay Awhile
Michael Jackson
3:13
15
We've Got Forever
Michael Jackson
3:09
16
Just A Little Bit Of You
Michael Jackson
3:08
17
You Are There
Michael Jackson
3:25
18
Dapper Dan
Michael Jackson
3:08
19
Dear Michael
Michael Jackson
2:42
20
I'll Come Home To You
Michael Jackson
3:05
21
Girl You're So Together
Michael Jackson
2:59
22
Farewell My Summer Love (Original Mix)
Michael Jackson
3:37
23
Call On Me (Original Mix)
Michael Jackson
3:23

Disk 3

1
When I Come Of Age
Michael Jackson
2:42
2
Teenage Symphony
Michael Jackson
2:55
3
I Hear A Symphony
Michael Jackson
3:01
4
Give Me Half A Chance
Michael Jackson
3:28
5
Love's Gone Bad
Michael Jackson
3:08
6
Lonely Teardrops
Michael Jackson
2:45
7
You're Good For Me
Michael Jackson
3:17
8
That's What Love Is Made Of
Michael Jackson
3:27
9
I Like You The Way You Are (Don't Change Your Love)
Michael Jackson
2:56
10
Who's Looking For A Lover
Michael Jackson
2:52
11
I Was Made To Love Her
Michael Jackson
3:20
12
If 'N I Was God
Michael Jackson
3:04
13
To Make My Father Proud (Original Mix)
Michael Jackson
4:05
14
Here I Am (Come And Take Me) (Original Mix)
Michael Jackson
2:49
15
Twenty Five Miles
Michael Jackson
3:15
16
Don't Let It Get You Down
Michael Jackson
3:05
17
You've Really Got A Hold On Me
Michael Jackson
3:30
18
Melodie
Michael Jackson
3:19
19
Touch The One You Love
Michael Jackson
2:47
20
Girl You're So Together
Michael Jackson
3:09
21
Farewell My Summer Love
Michael Jackson
4:21
22
Call On Me
Michael Jackson
3:38
23
Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
Michael Jackson
2:56
24
To Make My Father Proud
Michael Jackson
4:04
Released 01 January 2009, This Compilation ℗ 2009 Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Review

Released only a matter of days after Michael Jackson's tragic June 2009 passing but in the works long before that, Hip-O Select's Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection collects the entirety of his solo recordings for Motown in a triple-disc set. Although Michael had some major hits during this period -- notably "Got to Be There," "Ben," and "Rockin' Robin," all Top Five hits on both the pop and Black Singles charts -- it's fair to call these years Jackson's awkward adolescence, perched partway between the preteen dynamo of the Jackson Five and the cool, confident entertainer of Off the Wall. Certainly, Jackson wasn't in artistic control on these four albums -- Got to Be There and Ben, both from 1972; 1973's Music & Me, 1975's Forever, Michael -- not picking the songs or having a hand in the arrangements, a point hammered home on Farewell My Summer Love where the vocal tracks of unreleased cuts were set to new, modern backing tracks in 1984 at the height of Thriller mania. Farewell in all its awkwardness is here, along with the original superior mixes of nine tracks and Looking Back to Yesterday, another Motown cash-in of unreleased recordings released at the peak of Jackson's popularity. Motown effectively emptied their vaults of rare Michael Jackson material during this time so there's nothing new here for collectors, but much of this material has been out of print for a long time, so it's useful putting the somewhat forgotten recordings of a major artist back in circulation even if the music doesn't hold any new insights. Essentially, these three discs confirm the basic narrative of Michael Jackson's career to be correct: he was drifting at Motown as a solo artist, trapped both by his adolescence and the unwillingness of the label to give him anything to do other than follow shifting trends from bubblegum soul to disco (in this sense, the stiff synthesized productions on Farewell don't seem out of line, they're merely another step in Motown's continued march through fashion). Naturally, the aforementioned big hits retain their power and there are some gems scattered throughout each of the discs -- and those gems come entirely from Jackson's pure, natural charisma -- which may be reason enough for serious fans to get this handsomely produced set, but this is more interesting as a history lesson than it is as entertainment. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine