Monday, December 21, 2009
MISS JANET'S HOT COLLECTION OF CLASSICS
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: JANET JACKSON
5 ONE A SCALE OF 1-5
When I learned that Miss Janet was going to be releasing a greatest hits CD last month, I knew I had to get my copy, and after purchasing it at J&R Music world, I was suprised that she included her singles that top the US Pop, R&B and Dance charts as well as singles that peaked at # 1 in other countries around the world making it (with the exception of The Supremes 70's Anthology) one of the best compliations to be released by a legendary artist. Since she began to collaborate with former Tyme members Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Janet became an artist in her own right.
Her album "Control" made her the first female teenage to have a # 1 album as well as the first female artist to score 5 Top 5 hits from one album
Rhythm Nation 1814 was named the # 1 album of 1990 and is the only album to score 7 Top 5 Pop hits from one album, while her first world tour was dubbed as one of the best debut tours.
Her single "That's The Way Love Goes" was dubbed the summer hit of 1993 and was the highest rising single of that year.
She received two of the biggest recording deals from the same label.
Her single with brother Michael received the most nomintations from the MTV video awards.
In addition to her historic acheivements, she also inspire a legion of singers including Mya, Aaliyah, LeToya Luckett, Usher and Gay singers Jesse-O and J.R. as well as became a Gay Icon who's shows support to many Gay causes and charities and listening to this set reminds me of why we love Miss Janet.
Disk 1 opens with her breakthrough hit "What Have You Done For Me Lately?" which has a hot and funky rhythm section courtesy of the synsersizers performed by Janet, who also does a great job harmonizing with Melanie Andrews, who co-wrote the ballad "Let's Wait Awhile" which was another sign of her maturity and was used by many teachers as a way to teach their students that they don't have to rush into having sex. The former is followed by the hot track "Nasty," which was dubbed by many critics as the 1980's version of "Respect." In addition to the classical beats and horn riffs, the song has hot lyrics and a hot bridge where Janet lets the guys knows that she's not gonna be spoken to anyway and a hot call and response between Janet and members of the Time.
Cause privacy is my middle name
My last name is control
No my first name aint' baby!
Miss Jackson if you're nasty!!!!!!
Her first Pop top charter "When I Think of You" has a nice groove and cool lyrics about thinking about a person who you have feelings for, while "Control" has a hot spoken intro and a hot choral effect courtesy of the beats, bass and digital keyboards and lyrics that encourages people to take control of their lives and do things on their own terms. "The Pleasure Principal" captures Janet vocal ability with her singing mid and high range and ability to phrase to a dance groove soulfully, further demonstrated on trumpeter and former label head Herb Albert's classic "Diamonds" where she share vocals with session singer Lisa Keith. Jam & Lewis used the affect of having both singers singing neck to neck, with Janet's vocals out front. An technique that producer Frank Wilson used on The Supremes classic hit "Nathan Jones." This song contains hot trumpet solos by Albert and captures Janet's sassy side.
Don't want your money
Don't want your key
Love don't come for free
You send me some roses
But roses do die
You send me some candy
"Miss You Much" is still a song that has fans attempting to do the routine from the famous video that first aired twenty years ago. The song features her singing background in low range while she sings soulfully lead, while she showcases her serious side on "Rhythm Nation" that has a hot bass line, percussion, samples from Sly & the Family Stone's classic "Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again" and lrycis telling people that it's time to come together and make a difference in the world and we can do it with music!! The Motown-influenced "Escapade" is a favorite among the fans courtesy of the bass by Terry Lewis and fingersnaps by New Edition member Johnny Gill. A highlight in her concerts, further showing her sing melodies and harmony along with the remix version of "Alright" featuring rap by Heavy D and "Love Will Never Do (Without You)" which contains a trumpet solo by Albert. The remix of her # 2 ballad "Come Back To Me" has beautiful strings that makes listeners wanna either fall in love or think about their first loves.
The hard rocking self-penned "Black Cat" is my all time favorite song by Janet who shows the kids that she can hang just as hard as the male rockers. What I love about this song is how she and co-producer Jellybean Johnson was able to add elements of Gospel with the organ and bass synsersizers by Jam, guitars by him and Dave Barry, who tear this song up along with the lyrics about a guy who's out gang banging and acting like a fool. Her duet with Luther Vandross on "The Best Things In Life Are Free" shows that both singers and Divas were able to complient each other vocally with their natural tones and ranges, while New Edition/Bell-Biv-Devoe members Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe spit some hot verses while Ralph Tresvant belts out the title of the song. Who can't forget the classic smooth flowing-romantic "That's The Way Love Goes?" This song still has the smooth flowing Jazzy groove, poetic and seductive lyrics, that has many couples using this song when they're making love.
Disk 2 starts off with the hard hitting Dance classic "If" which has a hot combo of Rock, Dance and Soul courtesy of the beats, piano riffs and sampling of The Supremes 1969 hit "Someday We'll Be Together" followed by her Oscar-nominated ballad "Again" and the R.Kelly remix of "Anytime, Anyplace" which has a smooth R&B groove, which is just as good as the original version. Her historic duet with brother Michael on "Scream" is my 5th favorite duet of all time. This song has hot rock guitars, funky bass, effects of glass breaking, and aggressive vocals and lyrics that tells the tabloids to stop fucking with them by telling false stories about them and to leave them alone (something they need to). I would have prefered the version where they sing stop fuckin' with me was featured, but I'm grateful that this duet has finally been included on a greatest hits package. Another favorite is the Jazz flavored "Got Til It's Gone" with rapper Q-Tip has a hot groove courtesy of the sampling of Joni Mitchell's classic "Big Yellow Taxi" bass and the DJ scatching, while "Together Again" is a touching song that solitude her as a Gay Icon. Recorded to House music, the song was written as a tribute to many of Janet's fans who had died from AIDS, and still get spins at clubs during Gay Pride along with the Middle Easter flavored "All Night, Don't Stop." "Really Doesn't Matter" is a great song about loving a person for what they have to offer on the inside instead of the outside (something that people needs to start checking for). In addition to the lyrics, the song has some hog DJ Scratching, beats and multi-tracking of Janet's vocals that gives the song an inspirational feel. She shows her seductive side on Busta Rhymes' gold single "What's It Gonna Be" performing a hot call and response with the crazy ass rapper during the chorus and bridge. "All For You" will have classic Soul and Disco fans on the dance floor getting their groove on at family gatherings. The song contains samples of Changes' classic hit "The Glow of Love" and lyrics about approaching that person that captures your eye and offering them a good time. The song has a hot chant and samples from various classic dance songs including her sister's Rebbie's debut single "Centepede" and Janet's hits "The Pleasure Principal" and "Go Deep."
All my girls at the party
Look at that body
Shakin' that thing
Like you never did see
Got a nice package alright
I guess I'm gonna have to ride it tonite.
Her duet with St. Louis rapper Nelly has a nice mixture of Pop, R&B, Hip-Hop and classic Soul courtesy of the keyboards, bass, ad-libs by Janet's ex Jermaine Dupri, who co-produced the song with Jam & Lewis and Janet, who performes a nice harmony with the sexy Midwestern hearthrob who raps and sings in midrange that makes the song sexy, and intimate along with Janet's singing the harmony of The SOS Band's classic "Tell Me If You Still Care" which was sampled for the song. "Feedback" is a hot song that showed the fans, the clones and ignorant ass critics that a woman in her 40's can put out hot music and that she doesn't have to limit herself either. Produced by Rodney Jerkins, the song has hot beats, keyboards and computered vocals blended with janet's vocals that gives makes the song sassy along with the lyrics that lets the people know that she still has people showing her love.
The CD closes with her current single "Make Me" which she co-wrote with Jerkins. The song has a great groove and lyrics and melodies from hers previous hits as well as her brothers.
Miss Janet did a great job putting together a hot greatest hits compliation, that showcases how far she's come from being the youngest of Pop music's famous royal family. This set shows that she's no longer anybody's kid sister; she's simply known as Janet (Miss Jackson if you're nasty or shady) Rhythm Nation's Pop Princess and a TRUE Gay Icon!
This review is decicated to the true Janet fans and to the memory of her brother Michael, who adored his sister.