2300 Jackson Street is the seventeenth and final studio album by American group The Jacksons, and their final album for record label Epic, released in the United States on May 28, 1989 (see 1989 in music). This is the group’s first album without lead singer Michael Jackson, who had left the group along with older brother, Marlon Jackson. Their final album debuted at #59 on the Billboard 200 and at #14 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and would sell over half a million copies worldwide.
For most of this album, The Jacksons consisted of Jermaine, Jackie, Randy and Tito Jackson. Despite having left the group after the Victory Tour, Michael Jackson and Marlon Jackson made appearances on “2300 Jackson Street”. Rebbie and Janet also sang on the title track; middle sister La Toya was, at the time of this album, estranged from the family and did not appear on the song.
The Jacksons decided to enter new territory by working with new jack swing producers Teddy Riley and Gene Griffin on “She” and the title track (first collaboration with Michael, before the album Dangerous) and the team Antonio “L.A.” Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds on the single “Nothin’ (That Compares 2 U)”. The Jacksons co-produced four tracks with Attala Zane Giles, three songs were produced by Michael Omartian (one co-produced by The Jacksons), while “Maria” was produced by Jermaine Jackson. It features the harmonica solo by Lee Oskar from War.
The album’s title and cover photograph represent the Jacksons’ boyhood home in Gary, Indiana. 2300 Jackson Street received some notice in R&B venues (alongside the title track), but was largely ignored by pop audiences. Despite some promotion in the European market, the Jacksons did not tour to support the album. The group disbanded in early 1990, with Jermaine and Jackie returning to their solo careers. Randy formed his own group, Randy and The Gypsys, experiencing moderate success with their self-titled album that year.