Rhythm Nation 1814

Rhythm Nation 1814

by Janet JacksonJanet Jackson


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After shocking the R&B world with 1986's Control -- a gutsy, risk-taking triumph that was a radical departure from her first two albums -- Michael and Jermaine Jackson's younger sister reached an even higher artistic plateau with the conceptual Rhythm Nation 1814. Once again, she enlists the help of Time graduates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (one of the more soulful production/songwriting teams of 1980s and '90s R&B) with wildly successful results. In 1989, protest songs were common in rap but rare in R&B -- Janet Jackson, following rap's lead, dares to address social and political topics on "The Knowledge," the disturbing "State of the World," and the poignant ballad "Living in a World" (which decries the reality of children being exposed to violence). Jackson's voice is wafer-thin, and she doesn't have much of a range -- but she definitely has lots of soul and spirit and uses it to maximum advantage on those gems as well as nonpolitical pieces ranging from the Prince-influenced funk/pop of "Miss You Much" and "Alright" to the caressing, silky ballads "Someday Is Tonight," "Alone," and "Come Back to Me" to the pop
ock smoker "Black Cat." For those purchasing their first Janet Jackson release, Rhythm Nation would be an even wiser investment than Control -- and that's saying a lot.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/1989
Label: A&M
UPC: 0075021392021
catalogNumber: 3920
Rank: 9213

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Jackson   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Herb Alpert   Trumpet,Horn,Brass
Johnny Gill   Percussion,Finger Snapping
Jesse Johnson   Guitar
Julie Ayer   Violin
David Barry   Guitar,Electric Guitar,12-string Guitar
Carolyn Daws   Violin
Hanley Daws   Violin
Rene Elizondo   Vocals,Background Vocals
James Greer   Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Hodge   Vocals,Background Vocals
Peter Howard   Cello
Jimmy Jam   Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Jellybean Johnson   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lisa Keith   Background Vocals
Kathy Kienzle   Harp
Joshua Koestenbaum   Cello
Jamial Lafleur   Vocals,Background Vocals
Terry Lewis   Bass,Percussion,Background Vocals
Tshaye Marks   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tarnika McDaniel   Background Vocals
John McLain   Guitar,Background Vocals
Shante Owens   Vocals,Background Vocals
Amy Powell   Voices
Randy Ran   Vocals,Background Vocals
Nicholas Raths   Guitar,Classical Guitar
Sonya Robinson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Clarice Rupert   Vocals,Background Vocals
Warlesha Ryan   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tamas Strasser   Viola
John Tartaglia   Viola
Reshard Taylor   Vocals,Background Vocals
John McClain   Vocals,Background Vocals
Tamika McDaniel   Vocals
Romuald Tecco   Concert Master
Hyacinthe Tlucek   Concert Master
Steve Wilson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anthony Thomas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Brown   Bass
Steve Barnett   Conductor

Technical Credits

Johnny Gill   Special Effects
Janet Jackson   Arranger,Producer
Lee Blaske   Arranger
David Eiland   Programming
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Programming,Producer
Jellybean Johnson   Producer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
John McClain   Producer
Richard Frankel   Art Direction,Cover Design

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