The Best

The Best

by Janet Jackson

CD(Dutch Import)

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The Best

Number Ones -- released as The Best in some territories outside the U.S. -- replaces Design of a Decade, released 14 years prior. Excepting the new song "Make Me" (hard neo-disco/funk excellence), each song here was indeed a number one hit on Billboard's various charts, though "Got 'Til It's Gone" sneaks through a side door via the Japanese charts. One number one, oddly, is missing: "So Excited," a perfectly fine 2006 single that topped the club chart. This set is more thorough with 1986-1996, too, adding Herb Alpert's "Diamonds" (which would not have been out of place on Control, given Jam & Lewis' production and Janet's precedence over Alpert's trumpet), as well as "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (with Luther Vandross), all the smashes off janet., and "Scream" (with her brother). Say what you want about Janet peaking with Jam & Lewis during the latter half of the '80s -- to be fair, the argument is valid -- but she did rack up a career's worth of solid hits during the years that followed. Even if they were not as sonically innovative and lacked the same amount of pop appeal of the Control/Rhythm Nation-era singles, they clearly made a significant impact and have aged well. Four of the songs first compiled on Design of a Decade appear in slightly different forms, which could make a minor difference for the fans who are most hardcore. This includes the 7" video version of "Alright," the album version of "Control," the "short solo single version" of "Black Cat," and what is likely the single edit of "Rhythm Nation." [Some editions of The Best contained bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 03/11/2011
Label: Edge J26181
UPC: 0602527254326
catalogNumber: 72543
Rank: 36090

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Herb Alpert   Trumpet,Soloist
Nuno Bettencourt   Rhythm Guitar
Jimmy Jam   Overdubs
Lisa Keith   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Overdubs
Derek Organ   Drums
Antoinette Roberson   Background Vocals
Heavy D   Vocals

Technical Credits

Janet Jackson   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Darrell "Delite" Allamby   Producer
Melanie Andrews   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Lee Blaske   String Arrangements
Dewey Bunnell   Composer
Busta Rhymes   Arranger
Jermaine Dupri   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Wayne Garfield   Composer
Steve Hodge   Remixing
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Jellybean Johnson   Producer,Remix Consultant
LROC   Producer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Horn Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Mauro Malavasi   Composer
Monte Moir   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements,rhythm arrangement
Shep Pettibone   Remixing
James Phillips   Composer
Antoinette Roberson   Composer
Michael Wagener   Remixing
Harry Weinger   Compilation Supervisor
Steve Wiese   Producer
John McClain   Executive Producer
Rodney Jerkins   Composer,Producer
James Harris   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Kenneth Crear   Management
Cornell Haynes   Composer
Darrel Allamby   Composer
Goh Hatoda   Remixing
Michaela Shiloh   Composer
Tasleema Yasin   Composer
Thomas Lumpkins   Composer
Trevor Smith   Composer
Davide Romani   Composer

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