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After two solid but low-profile releases, Control turned 19-year-old Janet Jackson into an international superstar, second only to her brother Michael. Leaving the family nest to connect with former Prince protégés Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Jackson created a subtle concept album about feminine independence—from the take-no-prisoners electro-funk of "Nasty" to the shimmering delicacy of "Let's Wait Awhile." The mixture of vibrant, melodic pop and dance floor-ready R&B especially shines on the syncopated thwack of "What Have You Done for Me Lately."

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its finally remastered!!!!! now we can hear this album like it was heard over 20 something years ago!!!!


The blueprint

Groundbreaking and trendsetting

So glad to see this has finally been remastered digitally. It’s hard to believe the album celebrates a 30th anniversary this week. I bought it to complete my digital collection.

This is a must purchase album for any 80s music fan. Hit after hit after hit. This is one of the albums that introduced the world to “new jack swing” and helped usher in that musical movement. Great stuff!


Born: May 16, 1966 in Gary, IN

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Janet Jackson didn't merely emerge from the shadows of her famous brothers to become a superstar in her own right. Starting with her breakout 1986 album Control, she became one of the biggest pop stars of the '80s. Through the early 2000s, she was able to maintain her stature with impeccable quality control and stylistic evolution. Her singles, expertly crafted with indelible pop hooks and state-of-the-art production, consistently set or kept up with trends in contemporary R&B, demonstrated by an...
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