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01 Jacksons – Wait: The Jacksons Perhaps at their best. Jackie’s lead vocals great. Michael & Jermaine exchange jabs in the backing vocals; to top it all off, Steve Lukather rips the songs with a killer solo.
02 Jacksons – Nothin‘…- LA & Babyface at their best. Great track and killer guitar solo by Face
03 Jackie Jackson – Stuck On You – Perhaps an underestimated vocal talent in the J Family??? Robert Brookins provides the production sparks on this track.
04 Luther Vandross – I Wonder – Great rhythm track. But most of all, amazing backing vocal arrangements. Paul Jackson, Jr.’s amazing guitar work also permeates the track
05 Gavin Christopher – You are who you love – Another System track I sneaked in the mix, as a System fanatic… The System didn’t write the song but produced it. It has that undeniable System sound.
06 Simply Red – It’s Only Love – I can listen to this song all day long and not get tired.
07 Sheena Easton – Fire And Rain – A super gem provided by Angela Winbush (sure you recognized the sound).
08 Prince – It – What else is there to say about this track?
09 Level 42 – Leaving Me Now – I remember those fall 1986 days when this song was released… ahhhh.
10 Babyface – I love you Babe – Everyone could get sense here that there was something in this guy that would erupt one day.
11 Damian – Love Come Near – The softer and more telling side of this late dynamic duo. They wrote this song, but Daryl Simmons and Kayo produced it.
12 Marlon Jackson – Don’t Go – reminds me of those Video Soul days with Donnie Simpson. Great, promising effort by another Jackson sibling.
13 Randy and the Gypsys – Luv Thang – He wanted to escape the family name recognition so he dropped the Jackson. Well, he should have used it. Great track, nevertheless, from a somewhat good solo effort. A&M Records could’ve pushed a bit more.
14 Jeffrey Osborne – You should be mine – A Classic.
15 Freddie Jackson – Tasty Love – I Love the TR 808 and this song is a good example of how to use it. I remember the model Beverly Johnson gracing the video for this song. wooooooo.
16 Kashif – Send me you love – Another gem for the master.
17 Lionel Richie – Love will conquer all – I remember the video of him cruising Pacific Coast Highway in a red conv. Mustang… I think Vanity’s sister was the video starlet in this one, but not sure.
18 Smokey Robinson – One Heartbeat – A great song from a great album. This takes me back to spring 1987. A great year for R&B music, and music in general.
19 The System – Midnight Special – A great lead single from their 1989 Rhythm & Romance album. Video was shot in Paris. This was the last System effort until they released ESP in 2000.
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