|Got to Be There|
|Released||January 24, 1972|
|Recorded||June – December 1971|
|Produced by||Hal David and Willie Hutch|
Got to Be There is Michael Jackson's first solo debut studio album. It sold over 2.1 million copies worldwide. The album was later remastered and reissued in 2009 as part of the 3-disc compilation Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection.
Motown released Jackson's solo album around the same time that another famous brother from a famous family was doing the same: Donny Osmond, who was hitting with songs like "Sweet & Innocent" and "Puppy Love". "Got To Be There" (at #8) and Osmond's "Hey Girl/I Knew You When" (at #9) were back-to-back on the Hot 100 on 15 January 1972. Jackson's and Osmond's debut efforts almost paralleled each other, as Jackson scored a hit with the title track and "Rockin' Robin", which like Osmond's "Puppy Love", was a remake of an old '50s rock song.
Those two hits were back-to-back on the Hot 100 at #5 and #6, respectively, on April 8, 1972. Jackson's "I Wanna Be Where You Are" (at #27) and Osmond's "Too Young" (at #28) would be back-to-back on the Hot 100 on June 24, 1972. The album also included covers of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", Carole King's "You've Got a Friend" and the Supremes' "Love Is Here and Now You're Gone".
The album peaked at number 14 on the US pop albums chart and number three on the US R&B album chart when it was released.
Rolling Stone (12/7/72, p.68) - "..slick, artful and every bit as good as the regular Jackson 5 product...a sweetly touching voice...innocence and utter professionalism...fascinating and finally irresistible.."
- Ain't No Sunshine
- I Wanna Be Where You Are
- Girl Don't Take Your Love from Me
- In Our Small Way
- Got to Be There
- Rockin' Robin
- Wings of My Love
- Maria (You Were the Only One)
- Love Is Here and Now You're Gone
- You've Got a Friend