Jackson Sisters Review
by Tim Sendra: This incredibly rare record from the Jackson Sisters is highly sought-after for the mid-'70s soul classic "Miracles." One listen to that track will tell you why as it is funky soul at its finest, sounding like a Jacksons cut from the same era. The youngest of the Jackson Sisters takes most of the lead vocals on the song. She sounds uncannily like a young Michael Jackson. It truly lives up to its classic status. The rest of the album is very good soul with a mix of up-tempo groovers, bubblegummy soul, and ballads. Many of the songs were written by soul vet Johnny Bristol, who turns in what should have been a big smash with the cute and bubbly "When Your Love Is Gone." The Sisters also cover some classics, turning in a disco-fied "Why Do Birds Fall in Love" and a fast and loose take on Aretha's "Rock Steady." Jackson Sisters is about as much fun as you could hope '70s soul could be. It's not hard to see why this is their only album -- there were no hits. It really is too bad though; they could have made more great records.
Originally from Compton, Los Angeles, the Jackson Sisters were one-hit wonders who briefly shone and made some noise in the early 1970s before quickly fading into obscurity. Their only US chart entry was ‘I Believe In Miracles,’ a funky slice of bubblegum soul with a catchy, sing-along chorus released on the Prophesy label that briefly saw them make the lower reaches of the R&B charts in September 1973. Even though the sisters ceased performing together in 1975, their greatest tune, ‘I Believe In Miracles’ began to live a charmed life. In 1988, the song was resurrected as part of the UK ‘Rare Groove’ scene which resulted in it denting the bottom end of the UK pop charts (it peaked at No. 72). British vocal group, The Pasadenas, cut their own version of the tune in 1989, and a year later, Public Enemy sampled ‘Miracles’ for their track, ’Can’t Do Nuttin’ For Ya Man.’