1989 The Jacksons – 2300 Jackson Street

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.

Tracks

1 Art Of Madness 5:06
2 Nothin (That Compares 2 U) 5:22
3 Maria 5:48
4 Private Affair 4:10
5 2300 Jackson Street 5:06
6 Harley 4:24
7 She 5:01
8 Alright With Me 3:25
9 Play It Up 4:52
10 Midnight Rendezvous 4:24
11 If You’d Only Believe 6:13

1 Art Of Madness

Drums (programming) Erich Bulling
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Michael Omartian
Programming Erich Bulling
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Jermaine Jackson
Vocals Tito Jackson

2 Nothin (That Compares 2 U)

Drums LA Reid
Percussion LA Reid
Guitar BabyFace
Keyboards BabyFace
Programming Donald Parks
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Randall Jackson
Vocals Jermaine Jackson

3 Maria

Drums (programming) Erich Bulling
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Acoustic Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Eugene Booker
Programming Erich Bulling
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Jermaine Jackson
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Jermaine Jackson

4 Private Affair

Drums (programming) Michael Omartian
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Michael Omartian
Programming Erich Bulling
Sax Larry Williams
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Vocals Jermaine Jackson
Vocals Tito Jackson

5 2300 Jackson Street

All (other) Instruments Teddy Riley
Guitar Paul  Jackson Jr
Programming Rhett Lawrence
Background Vocals Austin Brown
Background Vocals Autumn Jackson
Background Vocals Brandi Jackson
Background Vocals Brittany Jackson
Background Vocals Jaimy Jackson
Background Vocals Jeremy Jackson
Background Vocals Jermaine Jackson Jr
Background Vocals Jourdyn Jackson
Background Vocals Marlon Jackson Jr
Background Vocals Siggy Jackson
Background Vocals Stacee Brown
Background Vocals TJ Jackson
Background Vocals Taj Jackson
Background Vocals Taryll Jackson
Background Vocals Valencia Jackson
Background Vocals Yashi Brown
Vocals Jackie Jackson
Vocals Janet Jackson
Vocals Jermaine Jackson
Vocals Marlon Jackson
Vocals Michael Jackson
Vocals Rebbie Jackson
Vocals Tito Jackson

6 Harley

Bass (synthesizer) Attala Zane Gilles
Bass (synthesizer) Jeff Lorber
Drums (programming) Attala Zane Gilles
Drums (programming) Jeff Lorber
Synthesizer Julius Linsey
Synthesizer Jeff Lorber
Programming Ran Ballard
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Jermaine Jackson

7 She

All Instruments Teddy Riley
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Randall Jackson

8 Alright With Me

Drums Jonathan Moffett
Drums (programming) Erich Bulling
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Eugene Booker
Keyboards Jeff Lorber
Programming Larry Williams
Programming Erich Bulling
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Vocals Jermaine Jackson

9 Play It Up

Bass Nathan East
Drums Jonathan Moffett
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Attala Zane Gilles
Programming Attala Zane Gilles
Programming Ran Ballard
Sax Larry Williams
Sax Dan Higgins
Trumpet Gary Grant
Trumpet Chuck Findley
Trombone Bill Reichenbach
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Jermaine Jackson

10 Midnight Rendezvous

Drums Jeffrey Porcaro
Drums (programming) Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Keyboards Attala Zane Gilles
Programming Attala Zane Gilles
Percussion Paulinho Da Costa
Percussion Jackie Jackson
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Background Vocals Alex Brown
Background Vocals Lynn Davis
Vocals Jermaine Jackson
Vocals Jackie Jackson

11 If You’d Only Believe

Drums (programming) Erich Bulling
Acoustic Guitar Paul Jackson Jr
Piano Michael Omartian
Synthesizer Erich Bulling
Programming Michael Omartian
Background Vocals The Jacksons
Vocals Jermaine Jackson
Vocals Jackie Jackson