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Ballads

Ballads

by Mary J. Blige
     
 
Mary J. Blige's first compilation, the Japan-only Ballads, collects some of her best slow jams, spanning all of her albums, and brings them together in a cohesive whole, making for an engaging and smooth listening experience, especially for lovers of quiet storm. Some of her ballad hits are not included, most notably her biggest, "Not Gon' Cry," but then again,

Overview

Mary J. Blige's first compilation, the Japan-only Ballads, collects some of her best slow jams, spanning all of her albums, and brings them together in a cohesive whole, making for an engaging and smooth listening experience, especially for lovers of quiet storm. Some of her ballad hits are not included, most notably her biggest, "Not Gon' Cry," but then again, this isn't necessarily a hits collection (and "You Remind Me," included here, is not really a ballad). A few non-album tracks make this compilation worthwhile for the collector, most impressive among them being her stunning cover of Stevie Wonder's "Overjoyed," which ranks among the best of Blige's recordings (and is completely unavailable in the U.S.). Blige's aching and tortured voice, coupled with Wonder's blissful lyrics about boundless happiness brought about by love, results in a heart-wrenching beauty of a ballad, and easily demonstrates why she is considered by many to be the most gifted American R&B singer to have emerged in the 1990s. Other treasures include her cover of "Natural Woman" from the New York Undercover soundtrack and her breezy, hip-hop-infused "Beautiful" from the soundtrack to How Stella Got Her Groove Back. Two live tracks are included, those being her duet with K-Ci Hailey, "I Don't Want to Do Anything" from Uptown MTV Unplugged, and another stunner -- her unforgettable rendition of "Misty Blue" from her live album, The Tour. This engaging collection also brings to mind that it's time for a U.S. Mary J.Blige hits compilation, and there are enough Blige non-album tracks and duets floating about to warrant a rarities collection as well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
Label:
Polygram Int'l
UPC:
4988005260475
catalogNumber:
1009

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Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary J. Blige   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Paul Pesco   Guitar
George Benson   Guitar
Audrey Wheeler   Background Vocals
Big Bub   Background Vocals
Shanice   Background Vocals
Tabitha Brace   Background Vocals
Lanar Brantley   Bass,Musical Direction
Mary Brown   Background Vocals
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Nathan East   Bass
Paulette McWilliams   Background Vocals
Herb Middleton   Keyboards
Terri Robinson   Background Vocals
Angel Rogers   Background Vocals
Mike Scott   Guitar
Manuel Seal   Piano,Electric Piano
Faith Evans   Background Vocals
Babyface   Keyboards
Malik Pendleton   Background Vocals
Sharon Bryant-Gallaway   Background Vocals
Dustin Adams   Background Vocals
Minio Class   fender rhodes
Michelle Matlock   Background Vocals
Jeff Motley   Keyboards
Chantell Jones   Background Vocals
Benny Pough   Announcer
Eric Lorde   Bass
Luke Austin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ralph Sutton   Engineer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Mary J. Blige   Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Producer
Steven Ett   Engineer
Mike Fonda   Engineer
Brad Gilderman   Engineer
Kiyamma Griffin   Producer
Steve Hodge   Engineer
Jimmy Jam   Arranger,Producer
George Karras   Engineer
Terry Lewis   Arranger,Producer
James Mtume   Producer
Tony Maserati   Engineer
Herb Middleton   Producer
Mark Morales   Producer,drum machine,Vocal Arrangements
Rob Paustian   Engineer
Darryl Pearson   Composer
Derrick Perkins   Engineer
Paul Riser   Arranger,String Arrangements
Manuel Seal   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Executive Producer
DeVante Swing   Composer,Producer
Richard Travali   Engineer
Stevie Wonder   Arranger,Producer
Nasheim Myrick   Engineer
Ken Lewis   Engineer
Babyface   Arranger,Producer,drum programming
Joel "JoJo" Hailey   Composer
Malik Pendleton   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Albert Watson   Cover Photo
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander   Engineer
Bob Brockmann   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer
Randy Walker   MIDI Programming
Eric Milteer   Vocal Arrangements
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Steve Eigner   Engineer
Chuck Orozco   Remote Recording Crew
Scott Peets   Remote Recording
John Protozko   Remote Recording Crew
Kirk Burrowes   Executive Producer
Gerald Isaac   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Booker T. Jones   Remote Recording

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