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Centipede / Reaction [CD]

Rebbie Jackson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Superbird
  • ASIN: B0039L1JFC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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Rebbie Jackson is related to that famous Jackson family She
is the oldest being born on May 29, 1950 and has stayed in
the shadows, almost unheralded and certainly never
acclaimed in the manner of her brothers and sisters. These
are hitherto comparatively undiscovered albums, with quality
songs and distinctive vocal performances.
The 'Centipede' album reached 63 on the US charts and 13 on
the r&b charts. This was very much a family affair with
Rebbie's husband co-writing the song 'Come Alive Saturday
Night' with her brothers Randy and Tito. The latter also cowrote
'Hey Boy', with his wife and the biggest song on the
record was the title track, which was written, produced and
arranged by Michael Jackson, who also did the backing
vocals. Released as a single, it reached number 24 on the US
The next album, Reaction was produced by Tito Jackson,
with David Townsend and David Conley and reached number
54 on the R&B Charts. There were two great duets 'You Send
The Rain Away' saw Rebbie team up with Cheap Trick's Robin
Zander, and 'Tonight I'm Yours' had Isaac Hayes joining

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Underrated Of The Jackson Family 2 Jun 2010
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The eldest of the Jackson dynasty is also the most underrated and overlooked member, falling from the radar due to the phenomenon of her brothers and youngest sister.
But Rebbie, most people agree, has the best voice of all the Jackson girls. (Janet's obviously the most sucessful and is tremendously talented but just on singing ability alone Rebbie is superior)

Her voice is sweet and glamourous and yet she can really belt when she needs to, she has a great vocal range, and she exceeds on both the ballads and the up-tempo typical 1980's funky tracks.

The only thing that let her down was material. The songs, compared to her brothers' and sister's are not exactly brilliant. Though there are a few gems here and all the songs are catchy enough.

By far the best song on the cd is 'Centipede', written, arranged and composed by her most famous brother Michael Jackson. It was a hit on the American Charts back in 1984. Also a standout is the track 'You Send the Rain Away', a Whitney Houston esque ballad with a great hook. 'Ready For Love' is poppy and will get stuck in your head all day once you hear it :)

This collection is the best two albums in Rebbie's very short back catalogue, from her peak in the 1980s, and looking at the price it is really worth it to have them on the same cd.

Also worth a look is Rebbie's 1990's album 'Yours Faithfully'. Her vocals are as good as ever.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 31 May 2010
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Rebbie Jackson didn't have a great voice in the strict sense, but her vocals here are appealing and fit the songs. Musically it's typical 1980s pop/R&B, with some soul and bubblegum added for variety. Many of the tracks were co-written by members of the Jackson family, which should add appeal for fans of "The Jacksons". Some of the tracks are excellent, and all of it sounds at least good. Sound quality is good if unspectacular.

Overall, I'd easily recommend this for those curious about the musical output of this often-forgotten singer.
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2.0 out of 5 stars nice try but there is a vinyl suspect for this reissue 23 Jun 2010
By Mr. DjTenn - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm not going to get into much about the album 'cause if you're buying this cd, you probably know a lot about Centipede or Reaction. I will say that the Centipede album sounds like it's mastered from an original source tape. I didn't hear much distortion or the wow and flutter of vinyl. But Reaction is a whole other situation. Yes, it sounds fine, but, for example, you clearly hear clicks and pops, most noticeably on track 13--'you send the rain away.' But, then again, Reaction has major hiss and distortion throughout most of the songs.

I bought this cd primarily for the Centipede album. And, I stand behind my the suggestion that it's not a vinyl rip. But, "Reaction" is vinyl. But, what baffles me the most is that these companies have enough resources to at least remove hiss, clicks, and pops. Then, listen to a finish product before pressing them. It makes no sense why they put out such crappy product. I can do a much better job at remastering vinyl from my own home (and I have!).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two Excellent Albums From The Neglected Jackson 30 Aug 2012
By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
Even though Rebbie was the oldest of the Jackson siblings,it was actually her career that got going the last. Of the sisters LaToya made her debut in 1980,Janet two years later and Rebbie a couple years after that. Since she was entering into the music world during the midst of "Michaelmania" in his emmediate post Thriller years,it was only natural Mike would be the composer of the title song of her debut album. There isn't much about the first album here I haven't already said so I'll repeat it in part. The title tune has a strong electro funk pulse which Rebbie wraps her impressive voice around...well like a crawling centipede indeed. She also gets to mix it up in much the same way on the similarly part friendly groove of "Come Alive (It's Saturday Night)". "Hey Boy" finds her spreading her jazzy voice along to a very 70's style soul ballad that ups in tempo a little bit towards the end-her malismas and turns on this song are truly tasty. "Open Up To My Love" is one of the best songs on this overall wonderful album-nice midtempo soul with tasteful,80's friendly instrumentation and a really strong catchy hook.

"Play Me (I'm A Jukebox)" showcases Rebbie in a very Minneapolis-type setting-she even adds some sassy rapping to the setting;for a woman who is a devout Jehovah's Witness this song is very openly erotic. She obviously has a strong affinity for Prince's sound because,as Chaka Khan and earlier The Pointer Sisters had done she covered his "I Feel For You";nobody can probably beat Chaka's famous reinvention of the same vintage but like the Pointers Rebbie retains the original's upbeat music (the instrumentation is even very similar) and the use of her higher voice and the rocking guitar solo in the middle really help that feel along. "A Fork In The Road" is beautiful with it's 60's soul ballad feel and Rebbie's yearning voice throughout. The album ends in a great way with the peppy,very 80's Jackson-sounding groove that will have you bobbing and singing right along! The second album here 'Reaction' is a very different matter. Less explorative and adventurous than her debut she settles right into heavy synth/freestyle dance numbers the likes of the title song,"Ain't No Way To Love" and "Ticket To Love" ". These songs actually still maintain a strong sense of groove to both of them. The ballads "You Send The Rain Away" with Robin Zander finds her in Whitney Houston territory while "Tonight I'm Yours" with the late great Ike Hayes settles down for some straight up mid 80's cinematic soul ballad sensuality.

"If Yo Don't Call (I Don't Care" and "Lessons In The Fine Art Of Love" are finely tunes funky pop tracks,very much in the spirit of her debut While "Always Wanting Something" is my favorite on this set-with it's jazzy atmospherics and slick urban production is reminds me of nothing short than Anita Baker's breakthrough work during this period of time. All in all two excellent and ecclectic mid 80's dance/funk-pop on these sets,with Rebbie's gospel vocal fire more than providing the icing on the cake. There's only one flaw with this CD I don't want to admit to. While 'Centipede' is remastered from it's original analog tapes,at least a couple of cuts on 'Reaction' are clearly cleaned up from a vinyl dub of some sort. And not much either as the crackle of vinyl is more than obvious,especially on the first ballad. Some of the tracks don't sound that way. Perhaps the heavier dance numbers just hid it better and it's all recorded from vinyl. Or some of the tracks on the master tapes were damaged or lost. Either way,aside from audiophiles this won't take away from the excellent quality of the music on these sets.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good 25 Jun 2010
By Retro_Saiyan - Published on Amazon.com
I had never heard of Rebbie Jackson before, but bought this out of curiousity and was pleasantly surprised. Rebbie Jackson actually has a good singing voice and it helps that she is supported on these two albums by first-rate musicians and songwriters. Speaking of which, quite a few tracks on this CD are written by other members of the Jackson family. Though uneven, it's still an enjoyable release recommendable to fans of well-made 1980s R&B/pop.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hit Debut and A Sophomore Slump All in the Same Package. 20 Jun 2010
By Starr - Published on Amazon.com
Upon listening to "Centipede," you're thrusted right back to 1984 when this song was a HUGE hit on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. Another minor hit single followed with a tender rendering of "A Fork in the Road," written by William "Smokey" Robinson.

In 1986, Jackson came back with her sophomore album, "Reaction," which featured a harder-hitting first single in the killer title cut courtesy of Surface's David "Pic" Conley, but it failed to catch fire. Sad, because "Reaction" was such a tight joint and so representative of what was being heard and played on dancefloors during that time. An extended mix of it was made available to the public and Radio as well and it was completely slept on despite how funky and aggressive it was.

The rest, unfortunately borders on light, cutesy, mediocre R&B/Pop musings that don't live up to its album's title. To call either of these "hit" albums would be an outright lie where neither possess much commercial fare other than in the singles ("Centipede" and "Reaction.") Jackson DOES, however, boast a pitch-perfect voice that's stronger than Janet's and LaToya's (but whose voice ISN'T?) Rebbie's got some grit and some soul in hers though.

Additionally, it's misleading that Martha Wash performed the bridge on "Centipede" and NOT Jackson (as is believed.) Wash's voice was dubbed over Jackson's for the video and was not credited on the track. The first time I heard "Centipede," I was blown away! I REALLY believed that there was a Jackson out there who had inCREDIBLE lung power! This is not so. It's Wash's pipes that are heard and NOT Jackson's. The same thing is so for the choruses of "Reaction." Another POWERFUL VOCALIST adept at hitting notes in the higher (belted) registers was employed to finish the notes.

Although the chart position for the single, "Centipede" was R&B #4 most likely due to the fact that her brother Michael's production along with his contributed vocals are heard throughout the song, the rest of the lot failed to generate any significant heat. Either way, both are fair albums that could have benefitted from more consistent, all around production and/or song selections. Jam & Lewis could have EASILY brought her some pre-Janet fame.

In my opinion, "Reaction" would be the better of the two albums as there is not much here that rises above mediocrity. Both albums are bland and not much is very memorable or exciting other than the two title tracks.
She certainly did perform better on her Columbia swansong, "R.U. Tuff Enuff" in 1988 with further production from David "Pic" Conley and David Townsend on the first hit single, "Plaything."
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good buy 19 Aug 2010
By Jamie Sleep - Published on Amazon.com
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Good buy at a great price. Worth listening to, not the best of the Jacksons, but talented in her own right.
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