The Jacksons music catalog is revitalized with the release of a new remix and the upcoming expanded digital editions.
Today (March 19th) the group's 1980 single "Can You Feel It" will be remixed and released by producer / composer Greg Curtis. The track is produced by John McClain and developed by Jon Nettlesbey.
Curtis mixes in a drumline according to Nettlesbey's technique. Other newcomers come with the late Martin Luther King's 1968 speech The Drum Major Instinct at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Excerpts from the first opening speech of the 44th President of the USA, Barack Obama, are in the middle of the route. The track ends with King's infamous declaration: "Free at last, free at last; Thank God Almighty, free at last."
On Friday April 30th, expanded digital editions of the Jacksons' last three studio albums will be released through Epic Records and Legacy Recording (the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment). Triumph (1980), Victory (1984) and 2300 Jackson Street (1989) will also feature bonus tracks.
The group's first three albums with Epic Records were released on February 12th. The Jacksons (1976), Goin ’Places (1977) and Destiny (1978) were published expansively.
A 2 LP 12 ”vinyl edition from The Jacksons Live! will be released on March 26th. The album was recorded during their North American Triumph Tour in 1981.
This is neither John McClain nor Jon Nettlesbey's first moment with Jackson's music. McClain is the co-executor of Michael's estate and producer for Michael, while Nettlesbey developed for Michael's 2009 album This Is It. McClain's work with Michael dates back to MJ's 1979 album Off The Wall. Both Nettlesbey and McClain worked on the self-titled Michael album, which was released posthumously in 2010.
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In 1976, the group changed their name from The Jackson 5 to The Jacksons after hanging around with their previous label, Motown, which retained the rights to the group's original name. The group recorded six albums under Epic Records.
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