This is one of my favorite classic rock songs and I’m a big classic rock fan, not just physically. And one reason why it is one of my favorite classic rocks, is because of the singer and Janet Jackson simply nailed this song and I don’t know anyone that could’ve done a better job of singing this song other than maybe Tina Turner. And another reason why this is one of my favorite classic rock songs, is because it’s sung by someone who is not a classic rock singer, at least full-time. Janet is primarily a rhythm and blues singer and does a great job. But here she shows her great versatility.
I think the really great talented singers can sing more than just one style of music. Tina Turner would be a great example of that who is both a rhythm and blues and classic rock singer and also combines those two great sounds into blues rock. Eric Clapton and Dave Matthews does the same thing and I’m big fans of both. Janet with Black Cat becomes a rock star in the real sense. Not in the pop culture sense of someone considered awesome or cool. But someone who is a great singer rock singer. Who has great material and delivers it beautifully.
One of the best classic Rock songs I’ve ever heard, just listen to the guitar and it comes from a rhythm and blues singer. Which might sound strange, but if you listen to lets say the rock band Aerosmith and how Joe Perry sounds on guitar and then listen to Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Jimmi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, and then listen to a Janet Jackson, or a Aretha Franklin, the Blues Brothers, the sounds are very similar.
The beat is similar, but different enough that you know that it’s two styles of music and not one style with two different names. I think it would have been a stretch for Janet to play and sing to country or classical music, but rhythm and blues and classic rock and perhaps even hard rock, are very similar. Which is one reason I love both and are really the only two sounds of music that I listen to at all.
I’ll listen to Aerosmith just to hear Joe Perry on guitar. And Aerosmith is a great classic rock band and they’re more than just Joe Perry, but Perry alone by himself I believe is all you need to hear to know that they’re a great band. Janet sounds like a great rocker chick here and I believe at least part of that has to do from going to r and b to classic rock.
A great version and you really get to see Janet Jackson’s versatility in her music adding classic rock to her rhythm and blues sound. Black Cat really is a classic rock if not hard rock sound that is performed by a rhythm and blues band. But where you also get Janet’s performance and dance team. You generally don’t see classic rock and hard rock bands with dancers and with vocalist dancing around on the stage and doing rehearsed dances. It’s generally a lead vocalist singing on stage and moving around to some extent and moving with their bandmates, but you generally don’t see them dancing around together. Blues rock is where you mix in classic rock like say something from Aerosmith and mix that in with rhythm and blues. Like something from Janet Jackson, to use as an example. The Dave Matthews band does that, Bruce Springsteen does this, Eric Clapton does this, Elvis Presley did that, Jim Morrison and The Doors did that combination. But with Black Cat you get a classic or hard rock song and sound played by r&b band with an r&B singer. And they did a great job with that.