My Life CD (1994)

Artist: Mary J. Blige

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Product Overview


Label Uni/mca
SKU 60141565
UPC 008811115623
UPC 14 00008811115623
Format CD
Release Date 11/29/1994
Author Mary J. Blige
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
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
Artist Influence Anita Baker
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Janet Jackson
Artist Influence Marvin Gaye
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Sade
Artist Influence Teena Marie
Artist Influence Whitney Houston
Artist Contemporary Aaliyah
Artist Contemporary Adina Howard
Artist Contemporary Brian McKnight
Artist Contemporary Changing Faces
Artist Contemporary Donell Jones
Artist Contemporary En Vogue
Artist Contemporary Faith Evans
Artist Contemporary Jill Scott
Artist Contemporary Jodeci
Artist Contemporary Kelly Price
Artist Contemporary Mariah Carey
Artist Contemporary Monica
Artist Contemporary R. Kelly
Artist Contemporary Shae Jones
Artist Contemporary SWV
Artist Contemporary TLC
Artist Contemporary Toni Braxton
Artist Contemporary Usher
Artist Contemporary Vanessa Williams (R&B)
Artist Follower Alicia Keys
Artist Follower Allure
Artist Follower Angie Fisher
Artist Follower Ashanti
Artist Follower Brandy
Artist Follower Cha Cha
Artist Follower Chrisette Michele
Artist Follower Ciara
Artist Follower Destiny's Child
Artist Follower Erykah Badu
Artist Follower Faith Evans
Artist Follower K. Michelle
Artist Follower Kelly Price
Artist Follower Keri Hilson
Artist Follower Keyshia Cole
Artist Follower Marsha Ambrosius
Artist Follower Monica
Artist Follower Nuttin' Nyce
Artist Follower Rihanna
Artist Follower Shae Jones
Technical Info
CatalogID 11156
Lable Name MCA
Released 12/22/1994
Original Release 1994
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 65m : 26s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00008811115623
Musical Guests
Keith Murray
Jo-Jo Hailey
K-Ci Hailey
Big Bub
Faith Evans
Regina Carter
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Mary J. Blige, Keith Murray (vocals); Chucky Thompson, Herb Middleton (various instruments); "Bassy" Bob Brockmann (strings, keyboards, programming); Regina Carter, Diane Monroe, Lesa Terry (violin); Eileen Folson (cello); Gloria Agostini (harp); "Prince" Charles Alexander (flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Mark "Led" Ledford, Bruce Purse (trumpet); Lenny Underwood (piano); Victor Bailey (bass); Kevin "K-Dog" Johnson (drums); LaTonya J. Blige, Faith Evans, Big Bub (background vocals); JoJo Hailey, K-Ci Hailey.
Producers include: Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, Herb Middleton, Mr. Dalvin.
Engineers include: Nashiem Myrick, Tony Maserati, Rich Travali.
Recorded at Sound On Sound Recording Studio, Axis Studios, Daddy's House, The Hit Factory and Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York.
MY LIFE was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
Personnel: Mary J. Blige (vocals, background vocals); Paul Pesco (guitar); Gloria Agostini (harp); Regina Carter , Diane Monroe, Lesa Terry (violin); Eileen Folson (cello); Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander (flute, piccolo, tenor saxophone); Vincent Henry (alto saxophone); Mark Ledford, Bruce Purse (trumpet); Lenny Underwood (piano); Chucky Thompson, Fred McFarlane, Bob Brockmann, Herb Middleton (keyboards); Frank Colon (percussion); Nasheim Myrick (programming); Latonya J. Blige, Faith Evans, K-Ci & JoJo, Big Bub (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bob Brockmann; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Rob Paustian; Tony Maserati .
Recording information: Axis Studios, New York, NY; Clinton Recording Studios, Inc., New York, NY; Daddy's House Recording Studios, New York, NY; Hit Factory Studios, New York, NY; Sound On Sound Recording, Inc., New York, NY.
Photographer: Sante d'Orazio.
Arrangers: Dalvin DeGrate; K-Ci & JoJo.
The immediate success of her triple-platinum debut WHAT'S THE 411? put Mary J. Blige in a singular class as a soul-hop visionary, and opened the door for other hip-hop-influenced R&B acts. Yet as the follow-up approached, the nature of her talent began to be questioned, and the strength of her debut became an obstacle.
If Blige heard all those rumors, she must've decided that musical revenge is the best payback of all. Thus, MY LIFE comes across as another ground-breaking venture, linking R&B's new and old schools, filling the airwaves with delightful harmonies AND hip-hop samples. When Blige connects with her music's roots, she doesn't pussy-foot around soul's perimeters searching for eligible influences--so "You Bring Me Joy," "My Life" and "Be Happy" sample such luminaries as Barry White, Roy Ayers and Curtis Mayfield, respectively. The reconstruction of the Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long" is (Mary Jane) Blige's shout-out to the funky '80s, while "Don't Go" is a feminist retort to Guy's "Goodbye."
Even though much of the album's musical direction is steered by producers Sean "Puffy" Combs and Chucky Thompson, Blige is the dominant songwriter here. And that's the main reason MY LIFE turns out to be such a statement of purpose--a 17-song diary full of Blige's life, love, and struggles in defending her title as the queen of hip-hop soul.
Artist Overview
Initially called the "new Chaka Khan" or "Aretha Franklin," Mary J. Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she added new flavors to R&B that inspired a generation of musicians. Rightfully dubbed "the queen of hip-hop soul," Blige was both street-tough and beautiful, and as she exorcized her demons and softened her style, she remained a hero to thousands of girls who grew up with a similarly tough background. After debuting in 1992 with the multi-platinum What's the 411?, Blige effectively progressed throughout her career, whether she worked with Puff Daddy, Chucky Thompson, the Neptunes, Babyface, or Disclosure. Almost all of her albums topped Billboard's R&B chart -- proof of her enduring relevance. ~ Stacia Proefrock
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (10/31/02, p.136) - Ranked # 17 in Rolling Stone's "Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums" - "...Opaque, seductive..."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.74) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Spin (9/99, p.156) - Ranked #72 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Entertainment Weekly (11/25/94, p.77) - "...more serious than her crossover 1992 debut....[Mary J. Blige] continues soaring to soulful heights over streetwise beats..." - Rating: B
Vibe (12/99, p.160) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Musician (3/95, p.88) - "As the album's intro makes plain, even Blige's own camp worried whether she could `do it again,' and to be honest, she doesn't--she does it better....She...knows how to work a groove..."
NME (Magazine) (1/7/95, p.34) - 7 (out of 10) - "...In rap, the beats sometimes seem irrelevant compared to the chat: here they reign supreme. Blige is telling her audience she grew up the same way they did, listened to the same things, was influenced by the same situations. That's what makes her so beloved..."
Disc 1
1 Intro
2 Mary Jane (All Night Long)
3 You Bring Me Joy
4 Marvin Interlude
5 I'm The Only Woman
6 K. Murray Interlude
7 My Life
8 You Gotta Believe
9 I Never Wanna Live Without You
10 I'm Goin' Down
11 My Life Interlude
12 Be With You
13 Mary's Joint
14 Don't Go
15 I Love You
16 No One Else
17 Be Happy
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