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Jacksons – Torture (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on October 25th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1984

“Torture” is the second single released off the album Victory by the band, The Jacksons. Written by Jackie Jackson and fellow Motown veteran Kathy Wakefield, the song is about someone ending a relationship, and the torture that a person can receive whilst trying to end it. Jackie was originally going to sing the song with his brother, Michael, but Jackie’s role instead went to Jermaine Jackson, whose availability for the album was in question until the last minute. The rest of the Jacksons sang the chorus along with Michael and Jermaine.

The song received a mixed reaction from critics. The music video was most well known for Michael not being available, in which case a dummy had to be put in his place throughout the video. Paula Abdul choreographed the video, in which various scenes of torture are displayed, with the Jacksons being on the receiving end of most of the torture. The song peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it the second best selling single on the album, behind “State of Shock”. It also peaked at number 26 on the UK charts.

Reception for the song was mixed.The Philadelphia Inquirer said that the song was “a hard-rock dance tune with blaring synthesizers and buzzing guitars.” The reviewer however, didn’t like the song, summing up their distaste in one word, “Yawn.” The Sacramento Bee complimented Jackie Jackson for being the only person “besides Michael,” to “rise above the generic,” citing “Torture” as one of the two songs by Jackie that were more than exceptional on the album.

William Ruhlmann of Allmusic considered the song a “Track pick”, and mentioned that the song’s popularity probably had to do more with the fact that Michael Jackson was involved. “So, here one has the ludicrous situation of an album in which Marlon Jackson has as prominent a role as Michael Jackson. That’s how it sounded to listeners in 1984, anyway, and they weren’t fooled — “State of Shock”, on which Michael shared vocals with Mick Jagger, was a gold Top Ten hit, and “Torture”, which teamed Michael with Jermaine, made the Top 40, while the album went platinum. But the tracks by other group members went virtually ignored,” Ruhlmann said.

SIDE A:
Torture (12″ Dance Mix) 6:15

SIDE B:
Torture (Instrumental) 5:05

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Cover: Near Mint

CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1984 Torture U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #17
1984 Torture U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks #12
1984 Torture U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play #9

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Epic– 49 05075
Format: Vinyl, 12″
Country: US
Released: 1984
Genre: Electronic, Funk / Soul
Style: Funk
Credits: Mixed By – Bill Bottrell
Producer – Jackie Jackson

NOTES:
Also Available: the Epic lp “VICTORY” (QE 389946)

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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18 Responses to “Jacksons – Torture (US 12″)”

  1. bodyalive Says:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THESE RIPPING FROM VICTORY PAUL!!!!.
    IN MY OPINION 2 MORE SONGS FROM THIS ALBUM COULD HAVE BEEN 2 SINGLE HITS

    MARLON J. WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

    AND

    RANDY J ONE MORE CHANCE.

    CHECK EM OUT!| 🙂

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    bodyalive Reply:

    ALMOST FORGOT…

    DO YOU HAVE ALSO HAVE
    THE RARE 12” SINGLE FROM THIS ALBUM
    “BODY” BY MARLON?

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  2. Drake Says:

    Thanks for post!
    i was searching for this 12″ !!
    Great and rare version!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake 🙂

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  3. Spring Says:

    Thank you for the coninuation dear Paul! 🙂
    I think this house will dance with me again..))

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Have fun dancibg Spring 🙂

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  4. jbird Says:

    Hi Paul —

    Can we assume that all the repostings (like this one) are re-rips? As always, thanks much!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Jbird, yes this one is a re-rip. Enjoy 🙂

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  5. Surrealised Says:

    Cool Paul. Now we just need the Body 12 inch.

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  6. Chris Says:

    Paul, thank you so much for posting this. I loved this song when it came out, it is great to hear it again!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Chris. I loved it too when it was released :0

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  7. giorgio-greece Says:

    hey dj!!!!!

    how nice you’re torturing us!!!!!!!!

    thank u very much!!!!!!!

    love uuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!

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    giorgio-greece Reply:

    so excited i’ve been with this post,that i forgot to download it!!!!!

    ha!ha!ha!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol that’s funny Giorgio. I hope that you enjoy it 🙂

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  8. musicdivaSF Says:

    First you put us in a state of shock and now you torture us with this classic Jackson track. Oh the good ol’ days… Thank you Dj PaulT!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Lol you’re welcome MusicdivaSF. I was just wondering today where you were hadn’t heard from you in a while. Good to see you 🙂

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    musicdivaSF Reply:

    I’ve been vacation and just got back a week ago so it’s pretty much catching up with BTG’s posts. As always, it is good to be back in this retro-fantastic community Dj PaulT. 🙂

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  9. Johan Says:

    Thank you!!

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