Mary CD (1999)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Specifications

Label Uni/mca
SKU 60327501
UPC 008811192921
UPC 14 00008811192921
Format CD
Release Date 8/17/1999
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Author Mary J. Blige
Compilation Appearance Show (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Waiting To Exhale
Compilation Appearance Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Compilation Appearance Love & Consequences
Compilation Appearance Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance 10th Year Anniversary
Compilation Appearance One Night Only
Compilation Appearance Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Mtv Unplugged (Explicit Version) (Live)
Compilation Appearance Nu Nation Project
Compilation Appearance Brown Sugar
Compilation Appearance Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Vol. 4-Very Special Christmas-Live (Live)
Compilation Appearance Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Barbershop 2 - Back In Business (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance Ironman (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Compilation Appearance Bobby-the Movie
Compilation Appearance Sacred Love
Compilation Appearance Curtis (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Twenty Five
Compilation Appearance Ecleftic-2 Sides Ii A Book
Compilation Appearance Call and Response
Compilation Appearance On My Radio
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance We The Best Forever
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dreams And Nightmares
Compilation Appearance DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance ICON:METHOD MAN(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Documentary (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Electric Circus (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Compilation Appearance Dr. Dre 2001 (Clean Version)
Compilation Appearance Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone
Compilation Appearance Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith
Compilation Appearance Precious:based On The Novel Push(ost)
Compilation Appearance Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
Compilation Appearance Rza Hits
Compilation Appearance Something on the Inside: An Inspirational Collection of Songs
Compilation Appearance TICAL(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance King Kong Of New York
Compilation Appearance Empire: Season One (ost)
Associated Artist/Work Father MC
Associated Artist/Work Method Man
Associated Artist/Work Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Technical Info
CatalogID 11929
Lable Name MCA (USA)
Released 08/17/1999
Original Release 1999
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 73m : 1s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811192921
Musical Guests
Lauryn Hill
Eric Clapton
Aretha Franklin
Jadakiss
K-Ci Hailey
Elton John
Paulinho DaCosta
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, K-Ci Hailey (vocals); Soulshock, Karlin, Kiyamma Griffin, Kevin Deane, Chucky Thompson, Rich Harrison, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Clapton, Jeff Mironov, Eli Lishinski, Soong Lee, Mike Scott, Paul Pesco, Mark Bowers (guitar); Dave Boruff (saxophone); Manuel Seal (piano, electric piano); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (Wurlitzer piano); Bryant Crockett (keyboards, programming); Rex Rideout, Don Kipping, Loris Holland (keyboards); Tom Barney, Nathan East, Eric Lorde, Paul Johnson, Chuck Domonico (bass); Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Cindy Mizell, Paulette McWilliams (background vocals).
Producers include: Lauryn Hill, Kevin Deane, Rich Harrison, Mary J. Blige, Babyface.
Engineers include: Carl Robinson, Manny Marroquin, Paul Boutin.
MARY was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. "All That I Can Say" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and for Best R&B Song. "Don't Waste Your Time" was nominated for the 2000 Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.
This edition of MARY includes a bonus enhanced audio CD which contains one unreleased song and multimedia computer files.
Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, K-Ci Hailey (vocals); Nas, DMX (rap vocals); Soulshock, Karlin, Kiyamma Griffin, Kevin Deane, Chucky Thompson, Rich Harrison, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis (various instruments); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, programming); Eric Clapton, Jeff Mironov, Eli Lishinski, Soong Lee, Mike Scott, Paul Pesco, Mark Bowers (guitar); Dave Boruff (saxophone); Manuel Seal (piano, electric piano); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (Wurlitzer piano); Bryant Crockett (keyboards, programming); Rex Rideout, Don Kipping, Loris Holland (keyboards); Tom Barney, Nathan East, Eric Lorde, Paul Johnson, Chuck Domonico (bass); Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Cindy Mizell, Paulette McWilliams (background vocals).
Producers include: Lauryn Hill, Kevin Deane, Rich Harrison, Mary J. Blige, Babyface.
Engineers include: Carl Robinson, Manny Marroquin, Paul Boutin.
Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals, background vocals); Dustin Adams, Terri Robinson (vocals, background vocals); Jadakiss (vocals); Soong Lee, Eric Clapton, Ell Lishinski, Jeff Mironov, Mike Scott , Paul Pesco (guitar); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum programming); Mark Bowers (electric guitar); Anatoly Rosinsky, Alan Grunfeld, Ronald Folsom, Bob Sanov, Joel Derouin, Bruce Dukov, Kathleen Lenski , Roger Wilkie, Armen Garabedian, Darius Campo, Berj Garabedian, Endre Granat (violin); David Low (viola, cello); Brian Dembow, Simon Oswell, Evan Wilson (viola); Larry Corbett, Dane Little (cello); Al Schmidt (recorder); Rev. Dave Boruff (saxophone); Gary Grant, Dave Trigg (trumpet, flugelhorn); Slyde Hyde, Bruce Otto (trombone); Manuel Seal, Jr. (piano, electric piano, keyboards); Elton John (piano); Gen Rubin (organ, Wurlitzer organ); Moise Laporte (keyboards, programming); Loris Holland, Rex Rideout (keyboards); Malik Pendleton (synthesizer); Big Mike Clemons, Michael Clemons, Chris "Daddy" Dave (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Kobie Brown, Gerald Isaac (programming); Che Pope (drum programming); Cindy Mizelle, Elisabeth Withers, Tara Geter-Tillman, Karlin, Lauryn Hill, Paulette McWilliams, Sharon Bryant, Audrey Wheeler (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; Commissioner Gordon; Edwin "Eddie Ed" Ramos; E'lyk; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Jamie Siegel; Yuri Zwadluk; Ben Garrison ; Jon Gass; Larry Alexander ; Malik Pendleton; Angela Piva; Soulshock; Steve Hodge; Warren Riker.
Recording information: Chung King Studios, NY; Electric Lady Studio, NY; Hit Factory, New York, NY; Quad Recording Studios, New Yor; Right Track Recording; Studio 22, New York, NY; Westlake Studios, Lo.
Photographer: Albert Watson .
Arrangers: Ike Lee III; Jim Wright; Jimmy Jam; Karlin; Lauryn Hill; Paul Riser; Soulshock; Terry Lewis; Gerald Isaac.
The queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige, returned with her third album, MARY, at a time when R&B was experiencing a surge in popularity. Blige collaborates with numerous producers and songwriters like Lauryn Hill ("All That I Can Say"), Babyface ("Don't Waste Your Time," which also features vocals from Aretha Franklin and Soulshack), and Karlin ("Time") to bring a more expansive sonic recipe to her music.
MARY is a dynamic, intricately arranged album that gives the singer a softer, more melodic sound than her tougher hip-hop sound of the early '90s. "Beautiful Ones" (produced by Chucky Thompson), "Not Lookin'" (a duet with K-Ci Hailey), and "The Love I Never Had" (produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis) are standout tracks.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.110) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."
Rolling Stone (9/2/99, p.110) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...superstar-packed.... Mary is moving away from the...sound of her earlier albums into a sound that's...more soulful, singing over a large live band or alongside Eric Clapton's guitar or Elton's piano. But she remains the queen of hip-hop soul..."
Spin (10/99, p.164) - 9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."
Spin (10/99, p.164) - 9 out of 10 - "...Emotionally gripping and stylistically diverse, this album should allow Blige to transcend the limited and somewhat apologetic 'Queen of Hip-Hop Soul' label..."
Entertainment Weekly (8/20-27/99, pp.123-4) - "...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B
Entertainment Weekly (8/20-27/99, pp.123-4) - "...Does what Mary J. Blige does best - making a heart-to-heart connection with her female fans by channelling the everyday insults and injuries of the love wars into passionate vocal art." - Rating: B
Q (1/00, p.83) - Included in Q Magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1999."
Q (9/99, p.101) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."
Q (9/99, p.101) - 4 stars (out of 5) - "...Whether freestyling over skipping, Timbaland-influenced beats on 'Beautiful One' or the straightforward swing of 'Your Child', Blige can turn from sassy to agonized to vulnerable in the space of a single phrase....The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul remains classy and invincible."
The Source (10/99, p.240) - "...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."
The Source (10/99, p.240) - "...when you take Mary's pure emotion...and place it over its rightful medium, something incredible is bound to happen....she dares to break the hip-hop soul template she helped create, and do something different. Something our loop-weary souls need."
Rap Pages (10/99, pp.144-5) - "...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: B
Rap Pages (10/99, pp.144-5) - "...It's sweet. It's consistent. It's personable. It's mature....A field trip of energy relative to all. And of course, each track is blessed with the influence of Hip-Hop soul, jazz and blues. Hail Mary!" - Rating: B
Disc 1
1 All That I Can Say - (featuring Lauryn Hill)
2 Sexy - (featuring Jadakiss From The Lox)
3 Deep Inside - (featuring Elton John)
4 Beautiful Ones
5 I'm In Love
6 Time
7 Memories
8 Don't Waste Your Time - (with Aretha Franklin)
9 Not Lookin' - (with K-Ci Hailey)
10 Your Child
11 No Happy Holidays
12 Love I Never Had, The
13 Give Me You - (featuring Eric Clapton)
14 Let No Man Put Asunder

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