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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B000002GFE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,812 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Control
2. Nasty
3. What Have You Done For Me Lately
4. You Can Be Mine
5. The Pleasure Principle
6. When I Think Of You
7. He Doesn't Know I'm Alive
8. Let's Wait Awhile
9. Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)

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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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Far take it from today's Janet who chooses to showcase her sex appeal in today's sexually-charged universe but back in 1986, Janet Jackson eluded sex from her button-down black getup. And it was with her groundbreaking masterpiece, "Control", that the world finally began to look at the youngest member of music's royal family a little differently. While less edgier than brother Michael and rival Jody Watley on some levels, "Control" was an edgy record for its time mainly because of the funk beats that encompassed this album. Coming from Minneapolis funksters Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, this album not only became such a big success in the Black community but it had the Pop mainstream first embrace Janet. The love would continue for 15 years and pretty much dimmed by Janet's Super Bowl mishap but besides that, Janet was already an R&B veteran by this, her third album. Having already scored several R&B Top 40's in a period of four years, this record just truly blew up and it just proved to the world that the Jacksons weren't playing around. But because I had said that it wasn't as edgy as people had percieved it to be, it wasn't all on anger and wanting to be independent. In fact, songs like "You Can Be Mine", "When I Think of You", "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive" and "Funny How Time Flies" are the most care-free and in the case of the last song, deep songs that talked about love. But as for these triumphs of a song:
"Control"
"Nasty"
"What Have You Done For Me Lately"
"The Pleasure Principle"
"Let's Wait Awhile"
These songs fit into what Janet wanted to talk about: independence of anyone controlling her and independent of a relationship and also no pressures to fall in love in the case of the last song posted.
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Although Janet has been critically acclaimed for her more recent albums that showcase her sexual independence, her aggressiveness and rawness I would take CONTROL over VELVET ROPE or DAMITA JO anyday. This was a refreshing, light and totally fun album that was released when I was about four years old. Years later when I was on a reminiscent strike and wanted to purchase some old skool 80s music, I picked up her cassette of CONTROL and listened to it so much I almost wore a hole in the cellophane!
The stand-out songs for me are "Control," (the title cut, affirming her newly found independence from her parents' control and what is expected of her by society) "What Have You Done For Me Lately," (a great song about a young woman with a real lay-about of a boyfriend who ought to be putting more investmet in the relationship), "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive (one of the cutest, sweetest and most upbeat tunes I have heard about a puppylove crush), and, "Let's Wait Awhile" (this was before Janet decided that having sex was central to having an "adult" relationship and was actually putting some thought into taking responsiblity and not moving into something too quickly--this perspective is something long gone in her albums of today).
The sound is what I would best describe as "very 80s." This is not necessarily a bad quality either! I mean, the synthesized sound of the keyboard, the drums and the very "plugged in" sound really charge me whenever I put on the tape. It's fun and great for working out or getting your spirits up for a new day. I am not too proud to admit that I miss this kind of music. We definitely don't hear this kind of pure, innocent music anymore on the radio. It's all about how many men you can take home for the night, bragging about exploits, and talking trash.
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Those were the words that little Miss Jackson finally uttered out after so many years of her father,Joe Jackson,ruling her with an iron fist.But,let's go back a little.Before this breakthrough classic came out,Janet previously released two well...mediocre albums that just showed Janet as a cutesy,bubblegum type of girl,all because everyone wanted her to...but she didn't want to.Well,just like every other teenage girl would,Janet finally stood up and said "I'm not taking this anymore",with the help of veteran producers Jimmy Jam&Terry Lewis.So,Janet went out on her own and made an album on her grounds...and she made musical history with "Control".First and foremost,this album is definitely good for anyone who feels like they have been controlled all their lives,and want to dance to some damn catchy songs while they're at it.Some of the best "Declaration Of Independnce" and "I'm am woman,hear me roar!" tracks on this album are the hard-hitting title track,the mega hit "Nasty",and the question every girlfriend wants to know:"What Have You Done For Me Lately?".But,this is a great album for anyone who is in a relationship,too,examples being the ode to slowing it down "Let's Wait Awhile" and the terribly sad "He Doesn't Know I'm Alive".And,of course,the producing,just like every other Janet album to come:5.5/5 stars.Mostly because the beats are so easy to remember and are so fun to dance to.And Janet's voice may not be the best,but it's so sweet and so loveable that you'll enjoy hearing her sing as well.
The only bad thing about this CD is that there are only 9 songs,and most of them are singles,anyway!But,9 songs is still good in this landmark album.
The Verdict:The Album That Put Janet On The Map And The Album That Made Her Janet,And Not Just Michael Jackson's Sister.He ll,I Even Forgot They Were Related A Few Times!
Recommended:Definitely!
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