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Genre: Soul/R&B
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 6-FEB-1989

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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 (February 17, 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GFE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (185 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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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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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Yes, it's hard to be in the shadows of THE Michael Jackson, especially when you are his little sister but Janet made her mark as the poster child for all younger sibs to even, shockingly, outdo their older siblings. It's a shame that today when we think of Janet we think of Super Bowl, no airplay and Jermaine Dupri-gross...but before all that Janet came out with an album that shocked the world and made Madonna sit in the back burner for awhile.

With two failed albums prior, Janet had recruited top-notch funk producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (who had done some awesome stuff with Cherrelle, SOS Band, Alexander O'Neal and Patti Austin beforehand)to help her reinvent herself for her thrid effort. What came out of that was a top-notch pop, R&B, dance outfit that spawned six hit singles and of course Janet Jackson frenzy.

With the opening chords of "Control" with Janet stating her posistion, you know that this album is going to be hard. With strident beats and smooth vocals, Janet delivers. "Nasty" follows with the sharp, "Gimmie Beat!" and it sure does give a beat! Catchy lyrics and a song that women love to sing (I've done it on many occasions:) and men love to hate as well as "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" with it's punchy chords and driving keyboards. My favorite song off of this whole CD (and favorite Janet song for that matter) is "The Pleasure Principle". I absolutely think this is THE dance song and if you've seen the music video, it makes the song even better. The keyboarding is slick and the drum machine is slamming. If you haven't gotten up to dance, you sure will when this tune pops on.
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