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. 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 (Jermaine Jackson; Michael Omartian; Bruce Sudano) 5:06
Nothin (BabyFace; LA Reid) 5:22
3  Maria (Jermaine Jackson; Paul Jackson Jr; Ray Grady) 5:48
4  Private Affair (Diane Warren) 4:10
2300 Jackson Street (The Jacksons;Gene Griffin; Aaron Hall) 0:00
6  Harley (The Jacksons; Attala Zane Giles) 4:24
7  She (Gene Griffin; Aaron Hall) 5:01
8  Alright With Me (Jackie Jackson; Jermaine Jackson; Tito Jackson; Attala Zane Giles) 3:25
9  Play It Up (The Jacksons; Attala Zane Giles) 4:52
10  Midnight Rendezvous (The Jacksons; Attala Zane Giles) 4:24
11  If You’d Only Believe (Jermaine Jackson; Billie Hughes; Roxanne Seeman) 6:13

Musicians

1 Art Of Madness

Drums (programming)Erich Bulling
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsMichael Omartian
ProgrammingErich Bulling
SaxLarry Williams
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsJermaine Jackson
VocalsTito Jackson


2 Nothin (That Compares 2 U)

DrumsLA Reid
GuitarBabyFace
KeyboardsBabyFace
ProgrammingDonald Parks
PercussionLA Reid
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsRandall Jackson
VocalsJermaine Jackson


3 Maria

Drums (programming)Erich Bulling
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Acoustic GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsEugene Booker
ProgrammingErich Bulling
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionJermaine Jackson
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsJermaine Jackson


4 Private Affair

Drums (programming)Michael Omartian
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsMichael Omartian
ProgrammingErich Bulling
SaxLarry Williams
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
Background VocalsAlex Brown
VocalsJermaine Jackson
VocalsTito Jackson


5 2300 Jackson Street

All (other) InstrumentsTeddy Riley
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
ProgrammingRhett Lawrence
Background VocalsAustin Brown
Background VocalsAutumn Jackson
Background VocalsBrandi Jackson
Background VocalsBrittany Jackson
Background VocalsJaimy Jackson
Background VocalsJeremy Jackson
Background VocalsJermaine Jackson Jr
Background VocalsJourdyn Jackson
Background VocalsMarlon Jackson Jr
Background VocalsSiggy Jackson
Background VocalsStacee Brown
Background VocalsTJ Jackson
Background VocalsTaj Jackson
Background VocalsTaryll Jackson
Background VocalsValencia Jackson
Background VocalsYashi Brown
VocalsJackie Jackson
VocalsJanet Jackson
VocalsJermaine Jackson
VocalsMarlon Jackson
VocalsMichael Jackson
VocalsRebbie Jackson
VocalsTito Jackson


6 Harley

Bass (synthesizer)Attala Zane Gilles
Bass (synthesizer)Jeff Lorber
Drums (programming)Attala Zane Gilles
Drums (programming)Jeff Lorber
SynthesizerJulius Linsey
SynthesizerJeff Lorber
ProgrammingRan Ballard
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsJermaine Jackson


7 She

All InstrumentsTeddy Riley
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsRandall Jackson


8 Alright With Me

DrumsJonathan Moffett
Drums (programming)Erich Bulling
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsEugene Booker
KeyboardsJeff Lorber
ProgrammingLarry Williams
ProgrammingErich Bulling
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
Background VocalsAlex Brown
VocalsJermaine Jackson


9 Play It Up

BassNathan East
DrumsJonathan Moffett
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsAttala Zane Gilles
ProgrammingAttala Zane Gilles
ProgrammingRan Ballard
SaxLarry Williams
SaxDan Higgins
TrumpetGary Grant
TrumpetChuck Findley
TromboneBill Reichenbach
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsJermaine Jackson


10 Midnight Rendezvous

DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
Drums (programming)Jeffrey Porcaro
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsAttala Zane Gilles
ProgrammingAttala Zane Gilles
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
PercussionJackie Jackson
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsLynn Davis
VocalsJermaine Jackson
VocalsJackie Jackson


11 If You’d Only Believe

Drums (programming)Erich Bulling
Acoustic GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
PianoMichael Omartian
SynthesizerErich Bulling
ProgrammingMichael Omartian
Background VocalsThe Jacksons
VocalsJermaine Jackson
VocalsJackie Jackson

Liner Notes

Producer – Michael Omartian (Tracks 1, 4, 11)
Producer – LA Reid (Track 2)
Producer – Babyface (Track 2)
Producer – Jermaine Jackson (Track 3)
Producer – The Jacksons (Tracks 5, 6, 8, 9, 10)
Producer – Gene Griffin (Tracks 5, 7)
Producer – Teddy Riley (Tracks 5, 7)
Co-producer – Attala Zane Giles (Tracks 6, 8, 9, 10)
Co-producer – The Jacksons (Track 11)
Arranged By – Michael Omartian (Tracks 1, 4, 11)
Arranged By – LA Reid (Track 2)
Arranged By – Babyface (Track 2)
Arranged By – Jermaine Jackson (Tracks 3, 6)
Arranged By – The Jacksons (Tracks 5, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By – Teddy Riley (Tracks 5, 7)
Arranged By – Attala Zane Giles (Tracks 6, 8, 9, 10)
Arranged By (Horns) – Larry Williams (Track 9)
Engineer – David Ahlert (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Engineer – Jon Gass (Track 2)
Engineer – Mark Richmond (Track 4)
Engineer – Mike Couzzi (Track 4)
Engineer – Dennis Mitchell (Tracks 5, 6)
Engineer – Jeff Lorenzen (Track 5)
Engineer – Larry Ferguson (Track 5)
Engineer – Marlon Jackson (Track 5)
Engineer – Susan Rogers (Tracks 6, 9, 10)
Engineer – Bob Brown (Track 6)
Engineer – Keith Cohen (Track 10)
Engineer (Mix) – Terry Christian (Track 11)
Engineer (Second) – Pee Wee Jackson (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11)
Engineer (Second) – Donnell Sullivan (Track 2)
Engineer (Second) – Mike Spring (Track 4)
Engineer (Second) – Joe Schiff (Track 8)
Mixed By – Keith Cohen (Tracks 1, 4, 5, 9)
Mixed By – Babyface (Track 2)
Mixed By – Babyface (Track 2)
Mixed By – Jackie Jackson (Tracks 3, 8)
Mixed By – Larry Ferguson (Tracks 3, 8)
Mixed By – Susan Rogers (Tracks 3, 9, 10)
Mixed By – Keith Cohen (Track 3)
Mixed By – Dennis Mitchell (Track 7)
Mixed By – Michael Omartian (Track 11)

Photography (House Photo) – Charles W. Burton
Photography By – Greg Gorman

Phonographic Copyright (p) – CBS Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – CBS Records Inc.
Copyright (c) – Epic
Record Company – CBS Inc.
Distributed By – CBS Records
Recorded At – Ponderosa Studios
Recorded At – Ice Cherri Studio
Recorded At – Experiment In Sound
Recorded At – Neighborhood Recording Studio
Recorded At – Westlake Studios
Recorded At – Larrabee Sound Studios
Recorded At – The Lighthouse
Recorded At – Elumba Studios
Recorded At – Studio 55, Los Angeles
Recorded At – Ocean Way Recording
Recorded At – Criteria Recording Studios
Mastered At – Future Disc