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"Free at last / Out here on my own," Janet Jackson sings on the title track of her 1986 blockbuster, Control, an album about personal liberation, romantic longing, and, of all things, sexual responsibility. After two albums of middling dance-pop that were comfortably in the Jackson family mold, Janet dropped in on the burgeoning Minneapolis funk factory of producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and came up with five top 10 hits, including the opening triad of "Control," "Nasty," and "What Have You Done for Me Lately," as well as the yearning "When I Think of You" and "Let's Wait Awhile," that rare song (considering some of Janet's hits to come) about not having sex. In its own way, Control is the most convincing declaration of artistic independence since Stevie Wonder's "Music of My Mind." --Daniel Durchholz

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,316 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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One of my favorites from this song.
Plus the plea of independance on Control, or the love stories like Let's Wait Awhile and Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun).
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This is a classic album by Janet Jackson.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Manny Ramirez on May 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Not many people realize this, but Control was Janet Jackson's 3rd album, not her first. Her first 2 albums, Janet Jackson and Dreamstreet, had forgettable sales totals and both are sorta rare to find these days.... This album only has 9 tracks but there's no filler here. This was Janet's first album with what would become her partners in writing and producing in former Time members, James "Jimmy Jam" Harris III & Terry Lewis. They do a great job in reshaping her image into a funky pop princess. This album had 6 top 20 songs with 5 of those songs hitting the top 5 and each one of those 5 landing in a different position. All the songs are good but the highlights have to be Nasty, When I Think of You (the only #1 on the album), Let's Wait Awhile, He Doesn't Know That I'm Alive, and You Can Be Mine. The last 2 songs I named weren't even hits, but they were still ... brilliant plus you had great slammin' tracks like The Pleasure Principle, What Have You Done For Me Lately, and of course, the title track. Only Rhythm Nation was better--it still sounds electric today, just like it did 15 years ago. If you don't have this album, you need to do yourself a favor and go buy it right away.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on January 27, 2003
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It was 1985, her two previous albums were commercial duds, and showed little hope of Ms. Jackson making it big and emerging from her brother Michael's shadow. However in January of the following year, that was all dispelled. Going from a goody-two-shoes girl, into a tough, mature woman with attitude, Janet came blasting into the music world with her first essential masterpiece "Control" and also began a streak of music that would continue for 11 years until after 1998 when she sold out to the masses. This whole album has breathtaking sonic punch and maturity that holds up to this very day. Oh how I wish that music would set the clock back to 1986. Of course most of already know this, but this album spawned five top 10 singles, all of which deserved the success they got. True, more than half of the songs on here have been yanked off onto the Design Of A Decade collection but the ones that weren't though are still great enough to make this album a must-have. One of the shining reasons for this is the title track. Where as the version on there sounds exactly like the original on this album, the narrating ambient intro and doing that robbed the track of a good portion of it's power. For me, I prefer this version on "Control" because the declaration of independence that Janet expresses makes the original so much more fun, meaningful, and enjoyable. "Nasty" and "What Have You Done for Me Lately" I must admit, can be quite campy and adolescent for my taste but even these two marvelous tracks are far, FAR more mature and sophisticated than anything on the joke known as "All For You" (Bleh). "The Pleasure Principle" is a classic 80s jam with light industrial beats with an awesome video to accompany it with her dancing alone in the warehouse.Read more ›
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By P Magnum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Prior to the release of Control in 1986, Janet Jackson was best known as an actress and the youngest member of the Jackson family as opposed to a singer. Few people probably even knew that she had released two albums as they both were flops. That all changed when Control hit the scene. By employing the Minneapolis production team of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, she released an album of mature songs that as the title suggests, her wrestling control of her life and career. The songs had a hard edge and a defiance to them that showed she no longer was a little girl and somebody's puppet. The title track, "What Have You Done For Me Lately?", "Nasty", "The Pleasure Principle", "You Can Be Mine" are all statements for sexual control. Even in the sweet "Let's Wait Awhile", Ms. Jackson is calling the shots on how the relationship is moving. The album shot up to number one, contained 5 top ten singles (including the number one hit "When It Think Of You" which ironically doesn't fit into the demand for control theme) and brought Janet Jackson out of the Jackson family shadow and made her a major star in her own right.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By lenzino on February 5, 2008
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The 80s! Virtually where music was at it's finest and some of the world's biggest artist broke out to become legends. The biggest without a doubt was Micheal Jackson who by 1984 broke dozens of records with his monster hit "Thriller". From his videos to his performances, Micheal was everywhere and crowned the one of the greatest artists to ever live. It seems that there was no room for any of the other Jackson siblings to follow in his shadow, especially the youngest of the family, Janet! By 1985Janet was at an ultimate career low with both her albums "Janet Jackson" (1982) and "Dreamstreet" (1984) being huge flops. But Janet never let the overwhemling success of her big brother get in her way, firing her father as her manager and collaborating for the first with legendary producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Janet took "control" of not only career but he rlife and created one of the finest albums of the 80s. Filled with infectious beats, outspoken lyrics, wonderful arrangements, and Janet's sassy vocals, "Control" is an album that made the masses take notice at is scored Janet 5 top 10 singles, her first #1 hit, and selling over 14 million albums worldwide (5 million in the U.S.). This wonderful album can be sumed up like this:

Control-Beginning with the unforgettable monologue about her "control", the song takes off to pop paradise as the 80s funk and the bold lyrics mix mash to make great statement about what the album is all about.-5/5 stars

Nasty-One of Janet's first signature songs, with her declaring herself Ms. Jackson...if you're nasty for the first time and her sassy attitude as she sings through the pop/r&b groove, this is an undenible catchy hit and classic.
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