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by Janet Jackson
 

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In 1985, Janet Jackson was basically Michael Jackson's kid sister. Twelve months later she was Janet -- Ms. Jackson, if you please -- and the author of one of the strongest musical statements made by a black woman in pop music during the '80s. CONTROL is a recording of astonishing rhythmic vitality (a product of her producers, former Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry

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In 1985, Janet Jackson was basically Michael Jackson's kid sister. Twelve months later she was Janet -- Ms. Jackson, if you please -- and the author of one of the strongest musical statements made by a black woman in pop music during the '80s. CONTROL is a recording of astonishing rhythmic vitality (a product of her producers, former Time members Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) and assertive lyrics, defined by the aggression of "What Have You Done for Me Lately," "Nasty," and the title song. More laid back are "Pleasure Principle" and "When I Think of You," yet even these tracks affirm Jackson as a young woman in control of her own destiny -- a message that comes through loud and clear. This album became the template for Jackson's three subsequent conceptual efforts, just as its attitude became a requisite for subsequent pop divas.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis tailored their contemporary dance-pop to the emerging personality of Janet Jackson, who attempted to take control of her life on this record. In the course of that attempt, she came across as an aggressive, independent woman, notably on "What Have You Done for Me Lately." But the album was primarily a production showcase; it may have been tailored to Jackson's persona, but the real artists were Jam and Lewis.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0075021390522
catalogNumber:
3905
Rank:
2854

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Bells
Melanie Andrews   Background Vocals
Jerome Benton   Vocals
Spencer Bernard   Synthesizer,Guitar
Roger Dumas   Drums
Jimmy Jam   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jellybean Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Lisa Keith   Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals
Monte Moir   Synthesizer,Guitar,Drums
Nicholas Raths   Acoustic Guitar,12-string Guitar
Gwendolyn Traylor   Background Vocals
Mark Cardenas   Synthesizer
Troy Anthony   Saxophone
Geoff Bouchieiz   Guitar
Hami Wave   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Janet Jackson   Composer,Contributor
Melanie Andrews   Composer
Spencer Bernard   Composer
Roger Dumas   Programming
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Composer,Producer
James Harris   Composer
John McClasin   Producer

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Control 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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redBN More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Um, yea just came across this post and I must say that I can not agree with this post. The song is good and it comes off what was at the time Janet's real debut. Lets face it her first two albums "yes they were still called that back then" were less than stellar. But what I do not agree with is what was said about Ms. Andrews. I have first hand knowledge from someone whom I am very close to, that Ms. Andrews was/is nothing but a user and will stab one in the back to get what she wants. She should have played her cards better and walked the line a bit better and maybe Ms. Jackson would have kept her around, but clearly she didn't do that. She has a knack for hurting and lying to people and although it's never nice to hear about people having to struggle in their life, you should not point fingers at Ms. Jackson for not continuing that relationship, when in fact they should be pointed in NO one but Ms. Andrews direction. I have heard Ms. Andrews voice and I disagree that she would have had a bigger career had things gone better with Janet...insane.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
"Let's Wait Awhile" is probably one of the best songs on the album. Melanie also was one of Janet's backgound singers. What is not well known is the fact that her voice was so clean that Janet used her to enhance her own voice while recording. Listen carefully to this song and you will notice that in fact their are two singing at the same time. Also she contributed to Janet's dance steps creating new moves that set Janets apart from other artists. Today Melanie is still writing, and composing songs and some has been used by other artist like that of Earth Wind And Fire's comeback tour and album. "Very sucessful in Europe". She also has a dance studio teaching here style to the younger generation. Unfortunantly it has been a bumpy ride in her career, promoting and contributing not only to herself, but also those in the industry. It really is ashame that Janet elects not to continue that once great relationship they had. Melanie would today be a greater positive force in the world of music if she had.