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Janet JacksonAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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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 (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,392 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album--It Really Got Her Career Started 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
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Janet's Statement 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Miss Jackson, If You're Nasty!" June 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
With two albums released, no one would ever suspect the youngest Jackson sibling would make an album like this. Her last two albums were flops, both produced by her father. She hooked up with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and together, they made history. No one saw this coming - Janet's career zoomed skyward.

"Control" is an incredible, funky album which became a landmark in Janet's career. All of the songs on the album are wonderful, but the album's title song is best remembered as her anthem.

The single 'What Have You Done For Me Lately' was her first single to reach the top 5 of the Billboard Top 100, and peaked at #4.

Her second single, 'Nasty', is probably her most remembered song, and started the phrase, "...Miss Jackson, If You're Nasty!...". The song reached #3.

The third single, 'When I Think Of You', peaked #1, and was her first #1 single. The song was incredibly successful.

Her fourth single, 'Control', her anthem, proved she was no longer held back by *cough*her father*cough* and that Jackson, then 20, is now running her life her way.

Her next single, dedicated to abstinence, was very close to being #1. 'Let's Wait Awhile' peaked at #2.

The sixth single, 'The Pleasure Principle', unfortunately reached #14.

The final single of the album, 'Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)', didn't do so well on the charts, but the song isn't so bad, she got to show off her ability to speak French!

The album is so magnificent, but there are 2 fillers and 9 tracks. I would definitley recommend this album to a friend, but if you're planning on listening to Janet for the first time, I would recommend "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814", or "The Velvet Rope".

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5.0 out of 5 stars I already know it Great.
I'm 57 yrs. of ago so when I pick out music, I already know it Great.
Published 11 days ago by JD Shelton
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Nostalgic, but have out grown it.
Published 1 month ago by Michelle Moffett
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my favorites
Published 2 months ago by mightymouse
4.0 out of 5 stars I love a good sale!
I love the song "Nasty" so when this album went on sale I just had to get it! I also like "Control", "What Have You Done For Me Lately" and "The... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I can't "Control"!!! myself listening to that song
However, I can control myself listing to the rest of the album.I remember when i first heard that record on NBA SuperStars bacc in 1990{it was on the Magic Johnson part... Read more
Published 4 months ago by SxS
5.0 out of 5 stars Janet Jackson
Great Album. This Is always a classic. If you don't got this in you should have in your collection you better get it.
Published 4 months ago by Fred S.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album...
A great album from a great performer. This was the first one that made all of us take notice that Ms. Jacson was unique among her siblings and her piers. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Markone
5.0 out of 5 stars YeSSSS
like "Let's Wait awhile", "Nasty", "Funny how time..." and "Pleasure Principle" and a whole lot more bring back the 80's like I can never leave. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rodney Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start Of A Great Career
What is there to say about an album that gets so much praise?? Ummm alot it turned Janet into a superstar and she never looked back but the story is much deeper than that Janet was... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Roger Rabbit
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I saw her in concert years ago, and lost this CD. I repurchased it, and I use it as workout music.
Published 8 months ago by Donna
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