Control

Control

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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… See more details below

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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:
1232

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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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