Friday, October 8, 2010

Around the World with "I Want You Back"

Over the years, I've collected copies of "I Want You Back" from all over the world, many of which were issued with picture sleeves. Most countries used the same two early pictures of the Jackson 5 for their picture sleeve. The most common photo was used by Denmark:

And Germany:

And Israel:

And the Netherlands:

And Sweden:

Spain used the same photo, too, but they also added the baby pictures of each of the five brothers. This is my all-time favorite sleeve:

France used another common photo from 1969:

And Turkey gave the same photo their own artistic spin, making it one of the oddest picture sleeves out there:

Italy used a variation on the Jackson 5's first LP sleeve:

As did Japan:

And Yugoslavia:

Portugal and Norway both used the same outtake from the Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 photo shoot.

South Africa issued the record without a picture sleeve, but considering that it came out during Apartheid, it's amazing that the record was issued at all.


  1. Wow! These are great. The Turkey sleeve is simply bizarre! Why those outfits? LOL! And the one in South Africa is pretty amazing when you think of when this was released. What a wonderful collection J5Collector! And thank you for sharing it with all of us.


  2. Wonder If they ever performed a FULL version of this song in 1972???

  3. I --- I'm----- jonsin' ---- jonsin'-----for more----- J5COLLECTOR! Enjoy the vacation but come back soon or I'll be layin in the gutter shakin'

    Sir Lev

  4. Your blog is a great find, the "bible" of Jackson, is serving me a big help. Thank you very much for sharing so much and good information :)

    I wonder if you know this album is beautiful but too expensive :(