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Velvet Rope (1997)

Artist: Janet Jackson
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Format: CD
Sku: 60074877
UPC: 724384476229
UPC 14: 00724384476229
Release Date: 10/7/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Interlude-Twisted Elegance ~ Janet Jackson
2. Velvet Rope - (featuring Vanessa-Mae) ~ Janet Jackson
3. You ~ Janet Jackson
4. Got 'Til It's Gone - (featuring Q-Tip/Joni Mitchell) ~ Janet Jackson
5. Interlude-Speaker Phone ~ Janet Jackson
6. My Need ~ Janet Jackson
7. Interlude-Fasten Your Seatbelts ~ Janet Jackson
8. Go Deep ~ Janet Jackson
9. Free Xone ~ Janet Jackson
10. Interlude-Memory ~ Janet Jackson
11. Together Again ~ Janet Jackson
12. Interlude-Online ~ Janet Jackson
13. Empty ~ Janet Jackson
14. Interlude-Full ~ Janet Jackson
15. What About ~ Janet Jackson
16. Every Time ~ Janet Jackson
17. Tonight's The Night ~ Janet Jackson
18. I Get Lonely ~ Janet Jackson
19. Rope Burn ~ Janet Jackson
20. Anything ~ Janet Jackson
21. Interlude-Sad ~ Janet Jackson
22. Special ~ Janet Jackson

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Producers: Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, Janet Jackson.
Muze PNote Recorded at Flyte Tyme Studios, Edina, Minnesota.
Muze PNote "I Get Lonely" was nominated for the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Steve Hodge.
Muze PNote Recording information: Flyte Tyme studios, Edina, MN; Hit Factory Studios, N.Y., NY; Record Plant Studios, L.A., CA.
Muze PNote Photographers: Mario Testino; Ellen Von Unwerth.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Role: Miko Salone.
Muze PNote 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.

Engineer: Tim Lauber; Steve Hodge

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Q-Tip
Muze Guest Artist Vanessa-Mae
Muze Guest Artist Joni Mitchell

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations History Past Present & Future
Muze Music Compilations Powerballin (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Sex And The City Vol 2
Muze Music Compilations Blood On The Dance Floor/history In T
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Busta Rhymes
Muze Music Compilations For Colored Girls (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection

Associated Artists and Works

Jackson, Michael

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/06/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1997
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : CDV 2860
Music Label Name Label : Virgin
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00724384476229

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.

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