More than 30 years ago, Janet Jackson took “Control” and went to the top of the Billboard charts, spinning vinyl into gold — and eventually platinum, 10-times over.
Now, Jackson’s breakthrough album has come full circle, spinning all that gold back into vinyl as the 10-million selling “Control” is reissued in two color options, black and translucent red.
Colors aside, both versions crackle and pop as they did when first released on Feb. 4, 1986 — the date cuts such as “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty” vaulted Jackson into standalone pop stardom, riding on lyrics that sprang from significant life changes, notably the annulment of her marriage to James DeBarge, the severing of family business affairs and the hiring of a new management team.
Then and now, the album deserves the artistic accolades it earns from critics and fans. Jackson’s fusion of rhythm and blues, rap, funk, disco and synthesized percussion stands matched by few artists (think Prince) even today.
A&M’s “aural revisitation” of Jackson’s seminal release is a must-have, and especially so if your original grooves haven’t quite withstood the more than three decades since its release.