“The Velvet Rope” era (1997-1999)

Velvet Rope

Recording sessions : January-July 1998

Studios : Flyte Tyme, Edina studio

Label : Virgin Records

Release date : October 7, 1997

Original track listing 

“Interlude: Twisted Elegance”
“Velvet Rope” (featuring Vanessa-Mae)
“Got ’til It’s Gone” (featuring Q-Tip and Joni Mitchell)
“I-nterlude: Speaker Phone” (featuring Lisa Marie Presley)
-My Need”
“Interlude: Fasten Your Seatbelts”
“Go Deep”
“Free Xone”
“Interlude: Memory” 0:04
“Together Again”
“Interlude: Online”
“Interlude: Full”
“What About”
“Every Time”
“Tonight’s the Night”
“I Get Lonely”
“Rope Burn”
“Interlude: Sad”

“Can’t Be Stopped” (hidden track)

Demos/Alternate Versions

Together Again (Deeper) : Slower version with new vocals by Janet released in 1997 as a B side of the “Together Again” and used for an alternate version of the video.

Outtakes/unreleased tracks from the album’ sessions 

God’s Stepchild : Released in 1997 on The Velvet Rope’s Japanese Edition (bonus track)

Accept Me : Released in 1998 as a B side of “Every Time” single.

Others songs from this era 

Luv Me, Luv Me : A song by Jamaican-American reggae singer Shaggy featuring Janet is released as a single from the soundtrack to the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back. The song is re-recorded in 2000 with Samantha Cole’s vocals after Janet’s label withheld the song from being included on Shaggy’s next album.

What’s It Gonna Be : Background vocals recorded in 1998 and released in 1998 on Busta Rhymes”s “E.L.E (Extinction Level Event) “album.

Girlfriend/Boyfriend : Background vocals recorded in 1998 released in 1999 on Blackstreet’s “Finally” album.

I Know The Truth : Duet with Elton John recorded in 1998 and released in 1999 on Elton John’s “AIDA” album.

Ask For More : Recorded in 1998 and released in 1999 as part of a Pepsi contest.

Ask For More (duet with Ricky Martin) : Sung in spanish for the latin market. Remains unreleased.

Single and videos


The Velvet Rope Tour (1998-1999)

Previous era : « Design Of A Decade » era (1995)

Next era : « All For You’ era (2000-2002)

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