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Rhythm Nation 1814

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002GFN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
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1. Interlude: Pledge
2. Rhythm Nation
3. Interlude: T.V.
4. State Of The World
5. Interlude: Race
6. The Knowledge
7. Interlude: Let's Dance
8. Miss You Much
9. Interlude: Come Back Interlude
10. Love Will Never Do (Without You)
11. Livin' in a World (They Didn't Make )
12. Alright
13. Interlude: Hey Baby
14. Escapade
15. Interlude: No Acid
16. Black Cat
17. Lonely
18. Come Back to Me
19. Someday is Tonight
20. Livin'... In Complete Darkness

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This special DVD/CD combination package features the Rhythm Nation Combination DVD and the Rhythm Nation 1814 CD.

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Picking up where the breakthrough funk-pop of Control left off, Janet Jackson and her production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis laced Rhythm Nation with high-minded references to societal ills--seldom the favored province of dance music, but a daring attempt nonetheless. Songs like "State of the World" and "The Knowledge" follow in the tradition of "free your mind and your ass will follow." Still, aside from the title track, it was the pure pop fare and dance music that stormed the charts: "Escapade," "Love Will Never Do (Without You)," "Alright," and "Come Back to Me" concentrate on the politics of personal relationships, not public policy, while "Black Cat" burns the place down with a fierce burst of hard rock. Rhythm Nation 1814 doesn't necessarily hang together thematically, but it's so chock full of hits, you scarcely notice. --Daniel Durchholz


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Great album. Wrong format. If you order this hoping for an LP (vinyl) (a record) you will be greeted with the arrival of a CD. I returned this item. Sadly it would seem it is still mislabeled. Otherwise, the service was good, a full refund offered with apology.
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This edition of Janets creative apex, Rhythm Nation 1814, now comes with her collection of videos entitled "The Rhythm Nation" on DVD. I tell you, Janet has never been better than during this era that stretched from August of 1989 to well into 1991 and it's a classic that must always be available for the generations. Unfortunately she would sadly go downhill with the creative slide Janet, rebounding a bit with The Velvet Rope, before collapsing into musical limbo with the sorry All For You. I consider this Janets "Thriller".
The music is top-notch with sonic punch, loud slamming beats, strong vocals, both solo and chorus, and amazing and powerful songwriting and her first song she wrote all by herself "Black Cat" is truly angry and powerful especially with the loud crunchy heavy-metal guitars and sledgehammer beats. The albums theme, like we all know, is about how to counteract the wrongs in the world as the title track says. Not all of it is like this as some tracks are on the fun side. Alright fits into this category with it's stunning New Jack Swing beats, and cheering voices. Listening to this song, it makes me yearn so much for the Janet of this era again. Alright is Janet at the apex. The last three tracks are haunting ballads and far surpass almost every ballad she's done since(Not that they're all boring or bad). The first one, Lonely, is a dark haunting song with beautiful Spanish guitars and powerful lyrics and ambient atmosphere. The next one, Come Back To Me, continues the feel of Lonely but adding a bit of a more orchestral sound. There were two version both of which I like. The version on Design Of A Decade has dingling keyboards at the beginning, the parent album version has the haunting multilayered chorus at the beginning.
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I was never a huge Janet Jackson fan until I heard the song "Rhythm Nation". I picked up this album and listened to it. I was close-minded when I first bought the CD, thinking that the only song I would like would be "Rhythm Nation". But as I listened to more and more of the songs, I began to like more and more.
There are several songs on this album that sound the same. "Escapade" begins to sound like "Miss You Much" after a while, and so does "Love Will Never Do (Without You)". The disturbing "State of the World" is a rude awakening for our society, as is "Livin' In A World (They Didn't Make)".
Jackson's thin voice is well hidden with loud rhythms and excellent musical arrangements, which actually saves the album in a way. It is obvious that the beats and rhythms in this album play a very important role.
The highlights of the album are obviously "Rhythm Nation" in addition to "Black Cat", "Come Back To Me", and the unlikely "Someday Is Tonight". (After spending 3 hours in a car listening to this CD over and over, I found "Come Back To Me" and "Someday Is Tonight" to be actually the BEST songs on the album, with the exception of "Rhythm Nation".)
For your first Janet Jackson CD, invest a few dollars in "Rhythm Nation 1814". This is Jackson's strongest album.
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While "Control" was funky, "Janet" was sensual and "The Velvet Rope" was introspective, this album, released in the fall of 1989 was DEEP and raw in terms of its messages on some songs, the New Jack Swing beats that accompanied it, and Janet's own voice which showed much strength here on this album. As a matter of fact, it's Janet Jackson's best album ever. I really don't need to explain why because generally 10 million worldwide seemed to get the message. This album made you think, made you cry, made you fall in love, and made you dance. Janet followed behind Tina Turner, her brother Michael, Prince and Donna Summer by singing a full-fledged rock song. That song was put into the R&B, soul, ballads and hip-hop of the rest of the album and was a perfect mixture. This album also proved to people that "Control" wasn't a fluke and that Janet Jackson would truly be a mainstay. While not all the time political (it has its share of love and relationship songs), this album truly proved to people at the time that this legend-in-the-making had arrived...and she hasn't looked back since. If there's one reason why she should be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame years from now, this is it. It don't get better than this. This is the Janet I missed. You really wanna cop the best of Janet, go pick up "Control" and this one and it will take you back or for those who just saw Janet at the Super Bowl or those who thought her first record was "All For You", it's a great history lesson just to tell you who Janet Jackson truly is, this is it! Get the point? Good, let's dance.
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