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On this day in music history: July 6, 1984 - “Victory”, the fourteenth studio album by The Jacksons is released. Produced by Michael Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, David Paich, and Steve Porcaro, it is recorded at Soundcastle Studios, Can-Am Recorders, Hog Manor Studios, Sunset Sound, Bill Schnee Studios, The Village Recorder, Hollywood Sound, Ocean Way Recorders, Westlake Audio in Los Angeles, CA and A&R Studios in New York City from November 11, 1983 - May 7, 1984. Following The Jacksons reunion on the “Motown 25” television special in the Spring of 1983, the group will decide to record their first studio album since “Triumph” three years before. The album will be the only one to feature all six Jackson brothers, and is the last to feature Michael as lead vocalist. Though it is billed as a “Jacksons” album, behind the scenes tension between the brothers will make it less than a full fledged group effort. It will consist largely of solo tracks by each member, except for Jermaine, who will duet with Michael on one track, with Michael providing background vocals on three others. The album’s release is timed to coincide with the start of the group’s “Victory Tour” of the US which begins with a three night stand at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. It will spin off three singles including “State Of Shock” (featuring Mick Jagger) (#3 Pop, #4 R&B), “Torture” (#17 Pop, #12 R&B) and “Body” (#47 Pop, #39 R&B). The album cover artwork features a painting of the group by artist Michael Whelan that will be issued with two variations. Some copies of the gatefold sleeve will show a dove perched on Randy Jackson’s shoulder. Most pressings will have the bird airbrushed out of the image, making the rarer variant a sought after collector’s item among fans. “Victory” will peak at #4 on the Billboard Top 200, #2 on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA.

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