Reflections: A Retrospective

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
From 1992's "You Remind Me" through 2006's "Take Me as I Am," Mary J. Blige netted 16 Top Ten R&B singles, making the end of 2006 the ideal time to produce an anthology collecting the singer's biggest hits. A 16-track disc with nothing but Top Ten hits would be undeniable -- though, admittedly, not faultless since the 15 years of highlights cannot be contained on one disc -- a rather thorough and pleasing collection that would have no problem selling steadily for several years. Unfortunately, Reflections A Retrospective is nowhere close to being that straightforward. A mere handful of the Top Ten hits are included; while obvious picks like "Be Happy," "Real Love," "Not...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
From 1992's "You Remind Me" through 2006's "Take Me as I Am," Mary J. Blige netted 16 Top Ten R&B singles, making the end of 2006 the ideal time to produce an anthology collecting the singer's biggest hits. A 16-track disc with nothing but Top Ten hits would be undeniable -- though, admittedly, not faultless since the 15 years of highlights cannot be contained on one disc -- a rather thorough and pleasing collection that would have no problem selling steadily for several years. Unfortunately, Reflections A Retrospective is nowhere close to being that straightforward. A mere handful of the Top Ten hits are included; while obvious picks like "Be Happy," "Real Love," "Not Gon' Cry," and "Be Without You" are present, a casual fan could rattle off just as many well-known songs that are not. For starters, there are "You Remind Me," "Sweet Thing," "Deep Inside," "Love @ 1st Sight," and "Take Me as I Am." Part of why the disc is missing so much is because over a quarter of it consists of new material; since Blige was still very active in 2006, the label found it necessary to maximize the sales potential by targeting the serious fans as much as the casual ones. By no means are the new songs poor, but none of them stand up to Blige's best singles. The same can be said of 2000's "911," where Blige guests for Wyclef Jean -- a well-chosen disc of Blige's best collaborations wouldn't include it. The other glaring gripe is the favoring of "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By"'s "Razor Sharp Mix" over the original. With all these issues, it's impossible to not think of the disc as a first volume in desperate need of a follow-up. One of many things authenticating Blige's greatness is that this disc, for all its foul-ups, remains a completely enjoyable if not completely satisfying listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517131552
  • Catalog Number: 000811202
  • Sales rank: 19,377

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Reflections (I Remember) (4:06)
  2. 2 We Ride (I See the Future) (3:57)
  3. 3 You Know (3:52)
  4. 4 King & Queen - John Legend (3:46)
  5. 5 No More Drama (4:27)
  6. 6 Family Affair (4:26)
  7. 7 Real Love (4:27)
  8. 8 No One Will Do (4:47)
  9. 9 Be Without You (4:06)
  10. 10 I'm Going Down (3:42)
  11. 11 911 - Wyclef Jean (4:19)
  12. 12 Not Gon' Cry (4:50)
  13. 13 My Life '06 (5:07)
  14. 14 Be Happy (5:38)
  15. 15 I'll Be There For You/You're All I Need to Get By - Method Man (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary J. Blige Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Babyface Various
Paul Pesco Guitar
Victor Bailey Bass, Bass Guitar
Vincent Henry Alto Saxophone
Bruce Purse Trumpet
Sid Page Strings
Gloria Agostini Harp
Charlie Bisharat Strings
Tabitha Brace Background Vocals
Jacqueline Brand Strings
Regina Carter Violin
Frank Colon Percussion
Brian Dembow Strings
Joel Derouin Strings
Ron Fair Organ, Guitar, Piano, Orchestra Bells
Eileen Folson Cello
Julie Gigante Strings
Alan Grunfeld Strings
Clayton Haslop Strings
Eric Hudson Bass, Bass Guitar
David Hurst Background Vocals
Jimmy Jam Various
Mark Ledford Trumpet
Terry Lewis Various
Fred McFarlane Keyboards
Terri Robinson Background Vocals
Mike Scott Guitar
Lenny Underwood Piano
Josefina Vergara Strings
Jimmy Wright Background Vocals
Method Man Rap
Eric Hall Horn
Robert "JJ" Smith Jr. Bass
Lesa Terry Violin
Diane Monroe Violin
Wyclef Jean Vocals
Chucky Thompson Various
Natalie Leggett Strings
Latonya J. Blige Background Vocals
Mike Elizondo Bass, Bass Guitar
James "Big Jim" Wright Organ, Background Vocals
Terry Robinson Background Vocals
Camara Kambon Keyboards
Loren Dawson Keyboards
Roberto Cani Strings
Samuel Formicola Strings
Bryan-Michael Cox Multi Instruments, Various
Jewelynn Green Background Vocals
Alyssa Park Strings
Songa Lee Strings
David "Sparky" Hughes Background Vocals
Sharief Hobley Guitar
John Legend Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Raymond Hinton Guitar
Tereza Stanislav Strings
Endre Genet Strings
Rexell Hardy Jr. Drums
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean Strings
Daniel Hall Horn
Phillip Levy Strings
Mario de León Strings
Lily Ho Chen Strings
Jim Wright Organ
Eileen Fiolsom Cello
E. Hudson Various
'Prince' Charles Alexander Flute
Mark C. Rooney Keyboards
Adam Burton Horn
Keyon Harold Horn
Robert 'JJ' Smith Bass Guitar
Kevin 'K-Dog' Johnson Drums
Jarell Banks Horn
Young Smoke Keyboards
Jessyca Wilson Background Vocals
Rexell Hardy Drums
Paul Pescoe Guitar
LaTonia Hughes Background Vocals
David Hughes Background Vocals
B. Cox Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Roy Ayers Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Dr. Dre Audio Production
Mary J. Blige Composer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Producer
Mary Brown Composer
Sean "Puffy" Combs Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ron Fair Vocal Arrangements, String Arrangements, Vocal Producer, String Conductor
Mike Fonda Engineer
Brad Gilderman Engineer
Steve Hodge Vocal Engineer
Eric Hudson Composer
Jimmy Jam Producer, Audio Production
Mark Ledford Producer
Terry Lewis Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bruce Miller Composer
Mark Morales Composer, Producer, drum machine, Vocal Arrangements, Audio Production
Norman Whitfield Composer
Andy Grassi Engineer
Prince Rakeem Audio Production
Nasheim Myrick Engineer
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Xavier Smith Assistant Vocal Engineer
Erika Ortiz Composer
Wyclef Jean Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Poke Audio Production
Chucky Thompson Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Vocal Producer
Randy Walker MIDI Programming
Jack Hersca Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Mike Elizondo Composer
Jan Fairchild Engineer
Andre Young Composer
Arlene DelValle Composer
Michael McCoy Engineer
Camara Kambon Composer
Johnta Austin Composer
Drew FitzGerald Art Direction
Chris Ribando Engineer
Jean C. Olivier Composer
Jason Perry Composer
Justice League Audio Production
J.P. Robinson Creative Assistance
Bryan-Michael Cox Composer, Programming, Producer, Audio Production
Kendu Isaacs Producer, Vocal Engineer, Audio Production
John Legend Producer, Audio Production
Katia Cadet Composer
Kendrick Dean Composer
Sean Garrett Composer
Danielle Demmerella Marketing Coordinator
Kendrick "Wyldcard" Dean Producer, Audio Production
E. Hudson Audio Production
Mark C. Rooney Audio Production
Young Smoke Audio Production
Alex Richburg drum programming
Sedeck Audio Production
Avenue (Rhino) drum programming, Audio Production
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