Mary

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Barnes & Noble - Elliott Wilson
Few artists have as devoted a following as Mary J. Blige. Since she rocked the R&B and hip-hop worlds with her 1992 debut, WHAT'S THE 411, Blige has delivered soulful, heartbroken tales of love that strike a chord in the hearts of many a young woman. On her fourth album, MARY, Blige aims to broaden her horizons -- and her appeal -- as evidenced by some of this CD's high-profile guests. Elton John reworks his own classic "Bennie and the Jets" for Blige's "Deep Inside," while the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin meets the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul on "Don't Waste Your Time." But the best outside contribution comes from Lauryn Hill, who floats alongside Mary on the ...
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Barnes & Noble - Elliott Wilson
Few artists have as devoted a following as Mary J. Blige. Since she rocked the R&B and hip-hop worlds with her 1992 debut, WHAT'S THE 411, Blige has delivered soulful, heartbroken tales of love that strike a chord in the hearts of many a young woman. On her fourth album, MARY, Blige aims to broaden her horizons -- and her appeal -- as evidenced by some of this CD's high-profile guests. Elton John reworks his own classic "Bennie and the Jets" for Blige's "Deep Inside," while the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin meets the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul on "Don't Waste Your Time." But the best outside contribution comes from Lauryn Hill, who floats alongside Mary on the beautiful "All That I Can Say." This song sounds like it was discovered from a lost '70s Stevie Wonder session, and it's the kind of record that can help Mary bring together music fans of all ages.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Perhaps it was inevitable that Mary J. Blige would mature, toning down the raunchier elements of her persona that have been evident since her debut, while repositioning herself as a classicist soul singer. Even so, the sheer classiness of Mary, her fourth album, may come as a bit of a surprise. Blige made a conscious effort to create an album that recalled the classic dawning days of quiet storm yet worked as a unified, cohesive album. That meant that the more overt hip-hop elements have been subdued in favor of '70s soul. There's still grit in the music, but it's been glossed over with a polished production, and she now favors sophisticated songs, including material from such writers as Stevie Wonder, Bacharach/David, Lauryn Hill, and Elton John/Bernie Taupin. Some of these writers were collaborators and others contributed songs outright, but the amazing thing about the end result belongs to nobody else but Blige. It's different, to be sure, but still her -- and it's a rewarding, engaging way to mature. Blige's voice is richer and her skills have deepened, and her new songs, while not as streetwise, are worthy of her talents. Consequently, Mary is a thoroughly winning album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/17/1999
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811192921
  • Catalog Number: 11929
  • Sales rank: 38,032

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 All That I Can Say - Lauryn Hill (5:30)
  2. 2 Sexy - Jadakiss (4:47)
  3. 3 Deep Inside (5:26)
  4. 4 Beautiful Ones (5:59)
  5. 5 I'm in Love (4:50)
  6. 6 Time (5:06)
  7. 7 Memories (4:38)
  8. 8 Don't Waste Your Time (4:12)
  9. 9 Not Lookin' (5:27)
  10. 10 Your Child (5:36)
  11. 11 No Happy Holidays (5:16)
  12. 12 The Love I Never Had (6:48)
  13. 13 Give Me You - Eric Clapton (5:03)
  14. 14 Let No Man Put Asunder (4:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Elton John Piano
Paul Pesco Guitar
Sharon Bryant Background Vocals
Audrey Wheeler Background Vocals
Bruce Dukov Violin
Tom Barney Bass
Chuck Berghofer Bass
Rev. Dave Boruff Saxophone
Darius Campo Violin
Eric Clapton Guitar
Larry Corbett Cello
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Chris "Daddy" Dave Drums
Kevin Deane Multi Instruments
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Nathan East Bass
Ronald Folsom Violin
Armen Garabedian Violin
Berj Garabedian Violin
Endre Granat Violin
Gary Grant Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Kiyamma Griffin Multi Instruments
Alan Grunfeld Violin
Loris Holland Keyboards
Jimmy Jam Multi Instruments
Paul Johnson Bass
Kathleen Lenski Violin
Terry Lewis Multi Instruments
Dane Little Cello
David Low Cello, Viola
Paulette McWilliams Background Vocals
Jeff Mironov Guitar
Cindy Mizelle Background Vocals
Simon Oswell Viola
Bruce Otto Trombone
Rex Rideout Keyboards
Terri Robinson Vocals, Background Vocals
Anatoly Rosinsky Violin
Bob Sanov Violin
Mike Scott Guitar
Manuel Seal Jr. Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Soulshock Multi Instruments
Roger Wilkie Violin
Evan Wilson Viola
Elisabeth Withers Background Vocals
Slyde Hyde Trombone
Karlin Background Vocals, Multi Instruments
Al Schmidt Recorder
Cedric "K-Ci" Hailey Track Performer
Malik Pendleton Synthesizer
Chucky Thompson Multi Instruments
Lauryn Hill Background Vocals
Chuck Domonico Bass
Dave Trigg Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dustin Adams Vocals, Background Vocals
Tara Geter-Tillman Background Vocals
Gen Rubin Organ, Wurlitzer
Big Mike Clemons Drums
Michael Clemons Drums
Moise Laporte Keyboards
Ell Lishinski Guitar
Jadakiss Vocals, Track Performer
Rich Harrison Multi Instruments
Soong Lee Guitar
Eric Lorde Bass
Mark Bowers Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Babyface Producer, drum programming
Larry Alexander Digital Editing
Mary J. Blige Composer, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Kevin Deane Producer
Kiyamma Griffin Producer
Steve Hodge Engineer
Ike Lee III Arranger, Producer
Jimmy Jam Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
George Karras Engineer
David Kennedy Engineer
Terry Lewis Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Manny Marroquin Engineer
Angela Piva Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Tony Prendatt Engineer
Paul Riser Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Manuel Seal Jr. Producer
Soulshock Arranger, Producer
Hank Shocklee Associate Executive Producer
Randy Waldman Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Karlin Arranger, Producer
Jim Caruso Engineer
Al Schmidt Engineer
Ken Lewis Engineer
Steve Mazur Engineer
Malik Pendleton Producer
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Engineer
Jason Goldstein Engineer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Paul Boutin Engineer
Lauryn Hill Arranger, Producer
Carl Robinson Engineer
Steve Eigner Engineer
Jim Wright Arranger
James "Big Jim" Wright rhythm arrangement
LaTonya Blige-DaCosta Associate Executive Producer
Che Pope drum programming
Russell A. Robinson Artwork
Big Mike Clemons Producer
Kirk Burrowes Executive Producer
Moise Laporte Programming, Producer
Ell Lishinski Engineer
Yuri Zwadluk Engineer
Kobie Brown Programming
Floyd Howard Producer
Mario DeArce Pro-Tools
Gerald Isaac Arranger, Programming, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Rich Harrison Producer
Michael "Wolf" Reaves Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MJB TRUE FAN

    I LOVED THIS ALBUM!! TRUE FANS OF THIS SOULFUL-HIP HOP DIVA ENJOYED SEEING A SOFTER SIDE OF THE SINGER.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ITS NOT ALL THAT

    I LIKED A LITTLE BIT OF THE ALBUM BUT SOME SONGS WERE JUST SHTTY!I HATED IT AND WAS VERY DISAPPOINTED I HOPE SHE DOES BETTER NEXT TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YOU DID IT AGAIN M - A- R- Y !!!! YOU GO GIRL...

    Hey Girl, I can't WAIT to see you in concert in K.C. Mo. @ STARLIGHT Theater Tues.7/2/02. I welcome you to Kansas City, and my sister (Diane) and I (Pamela D. Hill) wish that we could meet you in person!!! We Love You Mary...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STARBUTTERFLY23@HOTMAIL.COM

    I THINK THAT THE CD IS VERY NICE, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK MARYJ. IT GET'S HARD SOMTIME, BUT YOU WILL MAKE IT , MY FAVOR SONG IS GIVE ME YOU.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's Done It Again

    There are very few artists who can evolved into what Miss Blige has become. The vocalizations on this album are amazing and the artist contributions all click. Think Stevie Wonder's 'Songs In The Key Of Life' meets pop music. Mary has successfully combined the two genres and made them whole. This ties with 'My Life' as her best album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The very best Mary !

    Track label 'Deep iside' has made me feel whole again. This tune reminds me that I am a person. Mary, you have out done yourself with this track.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARY, MARY QUITE CONTRARY

    MARY J BLIGE HAS ONCE AGAIN PROVED THAT SHE IS THE QUEEN OF R&B. HER SOULFUL VOICE IS UNSURPASSED AND YOU CAN FEEL THE EMOTION ON EVERY TRACK. THIS CD IS DEFINITELY WORTH BUYING.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her best yet

    With her 5 studio album, Mary separates herself from the new and the up and coming. While others sing plain ole love songs and some preach to you Mary takes a different approach and becomes a true artist equipped with production credits. While My Life is her best album, Mary has the most artistic merit which makes it even better than the latter

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