Motown publish Michael Jackson’s second solo album : ‘Ben’ featuring ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’ (1972)

Michael Jackson’s ‘Ben’ is his second studio album recorded while he was still a member of The Jackson 5 and released on August 4, 1972 by Motown.

Track listing : 1.Ben (Walter Scharf, Don Black) – 02:44 . 2.Greatest Show on Earth (Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino) – 02:48 . 3.People Make the World Go ‘Round (Thom Bell, Linda Creed) – 03:15 . 4.We’ve Got a Good Thing Going (The Corporation [Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy Jr., Deke Richards, Freddie Perren]) – 02:59 . 5.Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool (Gladys Hampton, Regina Adams, Ace Adams) – 02:59 . 6.My Girl (Smokey Robinson, Ronald White) – 03:08 . 7.What Goes Around Comes Around (Allen Levinsky, Arthur Stokes, Dana Meyers, Floyd Weatherspoon) – 03:33 . 8.In Our Small Way (Bea Verdi, Christine Yarian) – 03:39 . 9.Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day (Sylvia Moy, Henry Cosby, Stevie Wonder) – 03:21 . 10.You Can Cry on My Shoulder (Berry Gordy) – 02:39 .

Musicians : Michael Jackson – vocals .

Production Produced by Hal Davis, The Corporation, Byhal Davis, Berry Gordy, Jr., Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Bobby Taylor .

Recorded between November 1971 and February 1972 .

Released on August 4, 1972 by Motown.

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allmusic
Like much of the Motown empire at the time, the title track’s multimedia exposure, coupled with strong crossover appeal, insured that “Ben” scored the artist his first Pop Singles’ chart-topper. […]

Muzikal Mafia
Considered a collector’s item by many, Ben is a sugar-filled pop album whose lyrics and high notes quickly get irritating for the listener. Musically, it’s not one of the best albums I’ve ever heard, […]

RateYourMusic
Not very good-a lot of the songs here are ridiculously schlocky. I still have a soft spot for “Ben“, the song, though. His cover of The Stylistics’ “People Make the World Go ‘Round” is good, as is “Ben“‘s B-side “You Can Cry on My Shoulder”. […]

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