Don’t Take It Personal

Don’t Take It Personal
Arista Records, 1989

1. Climb Out
2. Don't Take It Personal
3. Make It Easy On Love (Duet With Miki Howard)
4. So Right
5. I'd Like To Get To Know You
6. Two Ships (In The Night)
7. Rise To The Occasion (Duet With La La)
8. Feel The Need
9. Next To You
10. Don't Make Me Wait

In September 1989, four months after the release of The Jacksons album 2300 Jackson Street, Jermaine released Don’t Take It Personal. However for this album Jermaine wasn’t allowed as much involvement in the writing and producing of the songs by Clive Davis, owner of Arista Records, who had his vision of what the album Don’t Take It Personal should sound like. The album had decent charts results, reaching #18 in the R&B charts and #115 in the Pop charts.

In August 1989 the first single from the album was released, which was the title track “Don’t Take It Personal”. The single became a huge hit and it gave Jermaine another R&B #1 hit after “Let’s Get Serious” from 1980. The song released on the B-side is the track “Clean Up Your Act”, which Jermaine recorded for the soundtrack of the movie I’m Gonna Git You Sucka.
The second single from the album was “Two Ships (In The Night)”, a song co-written by Jermaine that did decent in the charts peeking at #21 in the R&B charts.
“I’d Like To Get To Know You” was released as third single in the U.S. in April of 1990 with the not before released track “Spare To Rod, Love The Child”. Without a music video to accompany the single, it reached #27 in the R&B charts.

Other notable tracks on the album are the duet “Make It Easy On Love” with Miki Howard,  the highly danceable "(C’mon) Feel The Need", and the balled "Don’t Make Me Wait".

Credit goes to Maarten Mulder for the discography information.


Don't Take It Personal
Clean Up Your Act
Arista, 1989
Two Ships (In The Night)
Next To You
Arista, 1990
I'd Like To Get To Know You 
Spare The Rod, Love The 
Child (unreleased)
Arista, 1990

Music videos