Velvet Rope CD (1997)

Artist: Janet Jackson

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Label Emd/virgin
SKU 60074877
UPC 724384476229
UPC 14 00724384476229
Format CD
Release Date 10/7/1997
Author Janet Jackson
Associated Artist/Work Jackson, Michael
Associated Artist/Work Janet
Technical Info
Engineer Tim Lauber; Steve Hodge
CatalogID CDV 2860
Lable Name Virgin
Released 10/06/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 70m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724384476229
Musical Guests
Joni Mitchell
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Janet Jackson (vocals); Q-Tip (rap vocals); Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Mike Scott, Dave Barry, O. Nicholas Raths (guitar); Vanessa Mae, Hanley Daws, Brenda Mickens, Michael Sobieski, Elizabeth Sobieski, Carolyn Daws, Leslie Shank, Daria Tedeschi, Jan Chong (violin); Alice Preves, Myrna Rain, Glen Donnellen, Charles Gray (viola); Josh Koestenbaum, Daryl Skobba, Dale Newton, Camilla Heller (cello); Ken Holmen (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Lynne Erickson (trumpet); James "Big Jim" Wright (organ, keyboards, background vocals); Gary Raynor (bass); Alex Richbourg (drum programming, background vocals); Xavier Smith (drum programming); The United Children's Choir (background vocals); Joni Mitchell.
Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson.
Recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, Minnesota.
"I Get Lonely" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Janet Jackson (vocals, background vocals); James "Big Jim" Wright (vocals, organ, keyboards); Alexander Richbourg (vocals, drum programming); Debbie Morrison, Alyssa Hanson, Shawnette Heard, Tina Landon, Kelly Konno, Miko Salone, Prof. T. (vocals); Q-Tip (rap vocals); Nicholas Raths, David Barry , Mike Scott (guitar); Daria Tedeschi, Liz Sobieski, Hanley Daws, Leslie Shank, Brenda Mickens, Jan Chong, Mike Sobieski, Carolyn Daws, Vanessa-Mae (violin); Glen Donnellen, Myrna Rain, Alice Preves, Charles Gray (viola); Dale Newton, Joshua Koestenbaum, Camilla Heller, Daryl Skobba (cello); Kenny Holmen (flute, clarinet, saxophone); Lynne Erickson (trumpet).
Audio Mixer: Steve Hodge.
Recording information: Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; Hit Factory Studios, N.Y., NY; Record Plant Studios, L.A., CA.
Photographers: Mario Testino; Ellen Von Unwerth.
Unknown Contributor Role: Miko Salone.
In her most personal and emotionally revealing album to date, Janet Jackson tackles subjects close to her heart, including homophobia, abusive relationships, AIDS, and sexuality. THE VELVET ROPE is deftly produced by longtime Jackson collaborators Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who have a knack for injecting heavy, emotionally charged themes into musically flawless, stylistically innovative settings. The understated "Got 'Til It's Gone" features A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip and a sample of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." "What About," an edgy narrative from the perspective of an abused woman, contrasts a romantic, moonlit beach scene with memories of abuse. "Free Xone," highlights Jackson's open-minded perspective on sexuality: "Free to be/Who you really are/One rule/No rules." It is this expansiveness that marks THE VELVET ROPE as more than just another mainstream pop record.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/30/97, p.67) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...there's plenty of emotional navel gazing here, but there are also moments of unsullied pop's a testimonial to the record's merits that it's ultimately stronger than Jackson's sense of self-importance."
Spin (1/98, p.87) - Ranked #15 on Spin's list of the "Top 20 Albums Of The Year."
Entertainment Weekly (10/10/97, pp.89-90) - "...In the end, the most daring thing about THE VELVET ROPE isn't its sex talk but its honesty. Tempting as it may be to compare the album to similarly sultry stuff like Madonna's EROTICA, it's much closer in spirit to the unabashed emotionalism of Joni Mitchell's BLUE..." - Rating: A
Village Voice (2/24/98) - Ranked #24 in the Village Voice's 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll.
Disc 1
1 Interlude-Twisted Elegance
2 Velvet Rope - (featuring Vanessa-Mae)
3 You
4 Got 'Til It's Gone - (featuring Q-Tip/Joni Mitchell)
5 Interlude-Speaker Phone
6 My Need
7 Interlude-Fasten Your Seatbelts
8 Go Deep
9 Free Xone
10 Interlude-Memory
11 Together Again
12 Interlude-Online
13 Empty
14 Interlude-Full
15 What About
16 Every Time
17 Tonight's The Night
18 I Get Lonely
19 Rope Burn
20 Anything
21 Interlude-Sad
22 Special

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