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My Life (1994)

Artist: Mary J. Blige
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Format: CD
Sku: 60141565
UPC: 008811115623
UPC 14: 00008811115623
Release Date: 11/29/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Intro ~ Mary J. Blige
2. Mary Jane (All Night Long) ~ Mary J. Blige
3. You Bring Me Joy ~ Mary J. Blige
4. Marvin Interlude ~ Mary J. Blige
5. I'm The Only Woman ~ Mary J. Blige
6. K. Murray Interlude ~ Mary J. Blige
7. My Life ~ Mary J. Blige
8. You Gotta Believe ~ Mary J. Blige
9. I Never Wanna Live Without You ~ Mary J. Blige
10. I'm Goin' Down ~ Mary J. Blige
11. My Life Interlude ~ Mary J. Blige
12. Be With You ~ Mary J. Blige
13. Mary's Joint ~ Mary J. Blige
14. Don't Go ~ Mary J. Blige
15. I Love You ~ Mary J. Blige
16. No One Else ~ Mary J. Blige
17. Be Happy ~ Mary J. Blige

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Producers include: Chucky Thompson, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Nashiem Myrick, Herb Middleton, Mr. Dalvin.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Nashiem Myrick, Tony Maserati, Rich Travali.
Muze PNote Recorded at Sound On Sound Recording Studio, Axis Studios, Daddy's House, The Hit Factory and Clinton Recording Studios, New York, New York.
Muze PNote MY LIFE was nominated for a 1996 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Bob Brockmann; Charles "Prince Charles" Alexander ; Rob Paustian; Tony Maserati .
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographer: Sante d'Orazio.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Dalvin DeGrate; K-Ci & JoJo.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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."
Muze PNote 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.

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Keith Murray
Muze Guest Artist Jo-Jo Hailey
Muze Guest Artist K-Ci Hailey
Muze Guest Artist Big Bub
Muze Guest Artist Faith Evans
Muze Guest Artist Regina Carter

Artist Overview

New York native Mary J. Blige was one of the first female artists to successfully merge classic soul sounds with modern day hip-hop, resulting in a string of hit singles and albums in the 1990s and early 2000s. Her influence was felt quickly by other artists, namely Monica, Brandy, Kelly Price, and Faith Evans.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Waiting To Exhale
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Traffic Jams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
Muze Music Compilations Love & Consequences
Muze Music Compilations Notorious K.I.M. (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reasonable Doubt (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Stillmatic (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Flesh Of My Flesh-Blood Of My Blood (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ironman (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations Nu Nation Project
Muze Music Compilations Street Dreams (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Curtis (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Documentary (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Twenty Five
Muze Music Compilations Ecleftic-2 Sides Ii A Book
Muze Music Compilations Call and Response
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Help (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dreams And Nightmares
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Bobby-the Movie
Muze Music Compilations Music Inspired By The Film More Than(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations TICAL(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations King Kong Of New York
Muze Music Compilations ICON:METHOD MAN(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rock Of Ages (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations On My Radio
Muze Music Compilations Still Ghetto (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rza Hits
Muze Music Compilations Precious:based On The Novel Push(ost)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon 2:Legend Of Mr. Rager(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Man On The Moon II:legend Of Mr. Rage
Muze Music Compilations Empire: Season One (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Nina Revisited:tribute To Nina Simone

Associated Artists and Works

Father MC
Method Man
Smooth Jazz All Stars
The Smooth Jazz All Stars

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/22/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 11156
Music Label Name Label : MCA (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00008811115623

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..."

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