My Life

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All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Perhaps the single finest moment in Sean "Puffy" Combs' musical career has been the production on this, Mary J. Blige's second proper album. The production is not exactly original, and there is evidence here of him borrowing wholesale from other songs. The melodic sources this time around, though, are so expertly incorporated into the music that they never seem to be intrusions, instead playing like inspired dialogues with soulsters from the past, connecting past legacies with a new one. This certainly isn't your parents' or grandparents' soul. But it is some of the finest modern soul of the '90s, backing away to a certain extent from the hip-hop/soul consolidation that...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stanton Swihart
Perhaps the single finest moment in Sean "Puffy" Combs' musical career has been the production on this, Mary J. Blige's second proper album. The production is not exactly original, and there is evidence here of him borrowing wholesale from other songs. The melodic sources this time around, though, are so expertly incorporated into the music that they never seem to be intrusions, instead playing like inspired dialogues with soulsters from the past, connecting past legacies with a new one. This certainly isn't your parents' or grandparents' soul. But it is some of the finest modern soul of the '90s, backing away to a certain extent from the hip-hop/soul consolidation that Blige introduced on her debut album. The hip-hop part of the combination takes a few steps into the background, allowing Blige's tortured soul to carry the album completely, and it does so with heartwrenching authority. My Life is, from beginning to end, a brilliant, wistful individual plea of desire. Blige took a huge leap in artistry by penning almost everything herself the major exception being Norman Whitfield's "I'm Going Down" in collaboration with co-producers Combs and multi-instrumentalist Chucky Thompson, and everything seems to leap directly from her gut. Blige's strain is sleekly modern and urban, and the grit in it comes from being streetwise and thoroughly realistic about the travails of life. My Life, nevertheless, emanates from some deep, dark place where both sadness and happiness cohabitate and turn into one single, beautiful sorrow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/1994
  • Label: Mca
  • UPC: 008811115623
  • Catalog Number: 11156
  • Sales rank: 3,445

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (1:04)
  2. 2 Mary Jane (All Night Long) (4:41)
  3. 3 You Bring Me Joy (4:14)
  4. 4 Marvin Interlude (0:40)
  5. 5 I'm the Only Woman (4:32)
  6. 6 K. Murray Interlude (0:24)
  7. 7 My Life (4:19)
  8. 8 You Gotta Believe (5:02)
  9. 9 I Never Wanna Live Without You (6:20)
  10. 10 I'm Going Down (3:44)
  11. 11 My Life (Interlude) (1:15)
  12. 12 Be with You (4:27)
  13. 13 Mary's Joint (5:02)
  14. 14 Don't Go (5:01)
  15. 15 I Love You (4:33)
  16. 16 No One Else (4:17)
  17. 17 Be Happy (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Paul Pesco Guitar
Victor Bailey Bass
Vincent Henry Alto Saxophone
Bruce Purse Trumpet
Big Bub Background Vocals
Gloria Agostini Harp
Regina Carter Violin
Frank Colon Percussion
Eileen Folson Cello
Mark Ledford Trumpet
Fred McFarlane Keyboards
Herb Middleton Keyboards, Multi Instruments
Darryl Pearson Bass
Lenny Underwood Piano
Faith Evans Background Vocals
Lesa Terry Violin
Diane Monroe Violin
Dalvin DeGrate Multi Instruments
K-Ci & JoJo Background Vocals
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Bob Brockmann Keyboards
Chucky Thompson Keyboards, Multi Instruments
Latonya J. Blige Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Sean "Puffy" Combs Producer, Executive Producer
André Harrell Executive Producer
Tony Maserati Engineer
Rob Paustian Engineer
Herb Powers Mastering
Richard Travali Engineer
Nasheim Myrick Programming, Engineer
Dalvin DeGrate Arranger
K-Ci & JoJo Arranger
Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander Producer, Engineer
Bob Brockmann Engineer
Chucky Thompson Producer
Tim Dawg Associate Executive Producer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary, Mary, Mary

    This is the best CD in the world if any woman were going through any problems and felt like giving up all you had to do was pop this CD in and just let it play from beginning to end. I am most definitely a Mary J. Blige fan so all her CDs are good to me, but this one took the cake she gave me hope and inspiration with the My Life CD. If this CD is not in your collection stop what you are doing and go buy it ASAP!!!!! Also I can't wait until her new CD come out in December because I will be first in line to buy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT CD

    I THINK THIS IS THE PERFECT ALBUM FOR ANYONE THAT IS GOING THROUGH SOMETHING THAT THEY WILL NEED SOMETHING TO LOOK UP 2........EXCELLENT CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    mary's my life album

    It is a good album and I love the song my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    one of her best

    everyone who likes mary will love this cd this is her best work yet...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MARY AT HER BEST

    Though every CD Ms. Blige releases is going to be a stellar performance in my eyes. 'My Life' is the best, I feel. I've bought this CD three or four times already because something always happens to it and I still don't have a copy of it. I'm purchasing a new one now though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She is the ''Queen'' of Hip Hop.

    She has a wonderful voice. She went through some hard times but, she's keepin' it real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's all I want

    I have always treasured the sharp voice that can go up and down, Mary really touches the spot with this song, she is in touch with her feeling and by listening you also are given the openess she is putting out more artist should be real......Thank you Mary J

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Her Absolute Best

    During the summer of 1995, Urban radio belonged to Mary J. Blige. Although there were only four single releases from this album, more than 8 tracks were consistently played all over the country. A perfect blend of hip hop and 70s soul, every track on this album works. Many critics and fans proclaim this to be her best album. One listen and you'll agree. TIDBITS: 'MY LIFE' was the # 1 R&B album of the Year on the BILLBOARD charts and was nominated for a Grammy Award and won several Soul Train Music Awards. Retail Singles included: BE HAPPY, I'M GOIN' DOWN, YOU BRING ME JOY / I LOVE YOU and in the U.K. - MARY JANE (ALL NIGHT LONG). The title track (MY LIFE) was one of the top ten urban radio songs of the year, although it was never released commercially as a single.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary Has Begun Her Ascent Up The Ladder Of Vocal Prowice

    Firstly, I have never heard the debut album for this lady. To get to the point, this album is a poor representation of Mary's vocal talent -even though it is said to be the better of her first two releases. Frankly, I love this album, because it touches all aspects of a person's psyche from the pensive

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    Posted August 19, 2009

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