The Velvet Rope

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Where janet., Ms. Jackson's third blockbuster album, implied sexuality with its teasing cover and seductive grooves, its sequel, The Velvet Rope, is sexually explicit, offering tales of bondage, body piercing, and bisexuality. Working with her mainstays Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson essentially reworks the hushed atmosphere of janet., without putting a new sonic spin on the material. With a running time of 70-plus minutes and 22 tracks, the album is simply too long, which is unfortunate, because there are good moments on The Velvet Rope.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Where janet., Ms. Jackson's third blockbuster album, implied sexuality with its teasing cover and seductive grooves, its sequel, The Velvet Rope, is sexually explicit, offering tales of bondage, body piercing, and bisexuality. Working with her mainstays Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson essentially reworks the hushed atmosphere of janet., without putting a new sonic spin on the material. With a running time of 70-plus minutes and 22 tracks, the album is simply too long, which is unfortunate, because there are good moments on The Velvet Rope.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/1997
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 724384476229
  • Catalog Number: 44762
  • Sales rank: 34,472

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Interlude: Twisted Elegance (0:41)
  2. 2 Velvet Rope - Vanessa-Mae (4:55)
  3. 3 You (4:42)
  4. 4 Got 'Til It's Gone - Q-Tip (4:01)
  5. 5 Interlude: Speaker Phone (0:54)
  6. 6 My Need (3:44)
  7. 7 Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts (0:19)
  8. 8 Go Deep (4:42)
  9. 9 Free Xone (4:57)
  10. 10 Interlude: Memory (0:04)
  11. 11 Together Again (5:01)
  12. 12 Interlude: Online (0:19)
  13. 13 Empty (4:32)
  14. 14 Interlude: Full (0:12)
  15. 15 What About (4:24)
  16. 16 Every Time (4:17)
  17. 17 Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright) (5:07)
  18. 18 I Get Lonely (5:17)
  19. 19 Rope Burn (4:15)
  20. 20 Anything (4:54)
  21. 21 Interlude: Sad (0:10)
  22. 22 Special (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Janet Jackson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell Track Performer
David Barry Guitar
Carolyn Daws Violin
Hanley Daws Violin
Charles Gray Viola
Camilla Heller Cello
Joshua Koestenbaum Cello
Alice Preves Viola
Q-Tip Rap, Track Performer
Nicholas Raths Guitar
Alexander Richbourg Vocals
Mike Scott Guitar
Daryl Skobba Cello
Mike Sobieski Violin
Daria Tedeschi Violin
Vanessa-Mae Violin, Track Performer
Tina Landon Vocals
Prof. T. Vocals
Gary Raynor Bass
Liz Sobieski Violin
James "Big Jim" Wright Organ, Keyboards, Vocals
Alyssa Hanson Vocals
Brenda Mickens Violin
Debbie Morrison Vocals
Dale Newton Cello
Willie R. Norwood Choir Director
Kelly Konno Vocals
Myrna Rain Viola
Rayvaline Harrell Choir Director
Shawnette Heard Vocals
Miko Salone Vocals
Leslie Shank Violin
Jan Chong Violin
Glen Donnellen Viola
Lynne Erickson Trumpet
United Children's Choir Choir, Chorus
Kenny Holmen Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Janet Jackson Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Joni Mitchell Composer
Lee Blaske String Arrangements
Rene Elizondo Composer, Executive Producer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Steve Hodge Engineer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer, Vocal Arrangements, rhythm arrangement
Alexander Richbourg drum programming, rhythm arrangement
James Harris Composer
Len Peltier Art Direction
Tim Lauber Engineer
James "Big Jim" Wright rhythm arrangement
Kamaal Fareed Composer
Miko Salone Contributor
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a closer look at a private lady

    This album chnaged the way i once viewed myself. It changed my thoughts about evrything. I love this album. It was a very open way of expression that i didn't expect from Janet. This was my 1st taste of her music (a whole album) and i must say it made me a fan. I hope she cont. 2 push the envelope and give people a since that they are not alone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janet's Best By Far

    This introspective, multi-faceted concept album takes you deep into Janet's previously untouched inner turmoil. Janet pulls back her own velvet rope, revealing a darker side of herself as she sheds her burdens and demonstrates a new depth and realness both personally and in songwriting. While the journey is not always as upbeat as in Janet's prior works, the openness and vulnerability acheived by the album's end makes the journey worth what Janet has made a very enjoyable ride. Especially notable : You, Got 'Til It's Gone, My Need, Empty, Anything.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good record

    The patch of this album from ''What About'' to the end is a really strong set of varied, interesting and challenging pop music. ''What about'' in particular is a brave, strong & moving portrait of an abusive relationship. ''Special'' is a sweet song with some amazing musical surprises. ''Tonight'' is an intriguing update on Rod Stewart's lecherous classic. <BR> Didn't expect to enjoy it so much, but I did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janet has outdone herself again!

    I love this CD, it is one many can relate to. It is filled with nice beats and heartfelt lyrics. 'The Velvet Rope' deserves all positive praise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Janet Jackson Shows Sensuality

    Janet Jackson went from being full-clothed until barely clothed. This lady went from passive to expressive sensuality. Although the album is long, it has perky moments and funky beats. This album is a definite must for long night of dancing or partying. Enjoy!

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