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Farewell My Summer Love

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Farewell My Summer Love
Compilation album by Michael Jackson
ReleasedMay 15, 1984
RecordedJanuary - September 1973
Michael Jackson chronology
18 Greatest Hits
Farewell My Summer Love
Looking Back to Yesterday
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Farewell My Summer Love is a compilation of archived Michael Jackson recordings from January to September 1973. The album was released by Motown Records in the U.S. on May 15, 1984.

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Album information

The nine songs featured on the album were reportedly lost by Motown but rediscovered in 1984.[2] To give the album a more contemporary sound, Motown remixed the songs and added all new musical overdubs. The task of playing the updated sound was given to musicians Tony Peluso, Michael Lovesmith and Steve Barri. Together with drummer Mike Baird, they recorded new guitar, keyboard, percussion drum parts for the songs. The album reached No. 46 on Billboard's pop album chart and No. 9 on the UK Albums Chart and sold over three million copies worldwide.[3] On July 9, 1984, the album was certified Gold by the BPI for selling at least 100,000 copies in the United Kingdom.[4]

The title song became a Top 40 hit in the US, reaching No. 38, and a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, reaching No. 7. At the time, Jackson was riding high on the success of his best-selling album Thriller. A follow-up single, "Touch the One You Love", was released in the US and backed by "Girl You're So Together", but it failed to chart. In the UK, however, "Girl You're So Together" was released as a single, with "Touch the One You Love" on the B-side, and became a top 40 hit.[5]

Like Jackson's 1981 compilation One Day in Your Life, Farewell My Summer Love has not seen an official re-release and is considered to be one of Jackson's rarest albums, although the title track is available on several of Jackson's greatest hits collections. In particular, The 1995 version of Anthology features the song "Farewell My Summer Love" in its 1984 remix, as well as "Melodie", "Don't Let It Get You Down", "Call on Me" and "To Make My Father Proud" in their original 1973 versions.[6] All nine undubbed versions, as well as the 1984 mixes, were finally released on Hello World: The Motown Solo Collection in June 2009. In 2018, Music on CD reissued the album with the nine tracks remastered. [7]

Track listing

1."Don't Let It Get You Down"Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards3:01
2."You've Really Got a Hold on Me"Smokey Robinson3:30
3."Melodie"Mel Larson, Jerry Marcellino, Deke Richards3:21
4."Touch the One You Love"Artie Wayne, George S. Clinton2:47
5."Girl You're So Together"Keni St. Lewis3:09
6."Farewell My Summer Love"Keni St. Lewis4:21
7."Call on Me"Fonce Mizell, Larry Mizell3:38
8."Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"Al Green, Teenie Hodges2:53
9."To Make My Father Proud"Bob Crewe, Larry Weiss4:04

Charted hits


  1. ^ a b "Farewell My Summer Love". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  2. ^ "Odds 'n' Ends". Evening Times. 1984-08-17. Retrieved 2010-11-12.
  3. ^ Chery, Carl: XXL: Michael Jackson Special Collecters Edition, page 100. American Press.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2016-06-11.
  5. ^ Halstead, Craig; Chris Cadman (2003). Michael Jackson: The Solo Years. Authors OnLine. ISBN 0-7552-0091-8.
  6. ^ Anthology (CD booklet). Michael Jackson. Motown. 1995. pp. 15–16.
  7. ^ "Michael Jackson Farewell My Summer Love – Music on CD". Retrieved 2018-11-27.


  1. ^ Cite error: The named reference :0 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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