Mary* ‎– Mary

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All That I Can Say 5:30
Sexy 4:47
Deep Inside 5:26
Beautiful Ones 6:00
I'm In Love 4:50
Time 5:06
Memories 4:38
Don't Waste Your Time 4:12
Not Lookin' 5:27
Your Child 5:34
No Happy Holidays 5:18
The Love I Never Had 6:48
Give Me You 5:05
Let No Man Put Asunder 4:23

Versions (28)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
MCA2-11929 Mary* Mary(2xLP, Album) MCA Records MCA2-11929 US 1999 Sell This Version
11929, 111 929-1 Mary J. Blige Mary(2xLP, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records 11929, 111 929-1 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
FPBCD 237 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records FPBCD 237 South Africa 1999 Sell This Version
111 976-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records 111 976-2 Australasia 1999 Sell This Version
MCD -11976 Mary* Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records MCD -11976 Brazil 1999 Sell This Version
112 255-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records, Universal Music Australia 112 255-2 Australia 1999 Sell This Version
111 976-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records 111 976-2 Argentina 1999 Sell This Version
MCD11976, 111 976-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCD11976, 111 976-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
112 255-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records 112 255-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MCD11976, 111 976-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records MCD11976, 111 976-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MVCE-24168 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records MVCE-24168 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
MCAD-11929 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records MCAD-11929 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCAD-11929 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album) MCA Records MCAD-11929 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
088 112 156-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album + CD, Enh + Ltd, Dig) MCA Records 088 112 156-2 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCAD-11929 Mary* Mary(CD, Album, Club) MCA Records MCAD-11929 US 1999 Sell This Version
MCA5P-93026 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album, Ltd, Promo) MCA Records MCA5P-93026 US 1999 Sell This Version
111 929-2 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album, Promo) MCA Records 111 929-2 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
none Mary J. Blige Mary(CDr, Promo) MCA Records none UK 1999 Sell This Version
0088 111 976-4 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records 0088 111 976-4 India 1999 Sell This Version
359241 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records, Megastar 359241 Saudi Arabia 1999 Sell This Version
MCC11976/111 976-4 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records MCC11976/111 976-4 Poland 1999 Sell This Version
MCC11976/111 976-4 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records MCC11976/111 976-4 Europe 1999 Sell This Version
MCAC-11929 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records MCAC-11929 Canada 1999 Sell This Version
111 976-4, MCC11976 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records, MCA Records 111 976-4, MCC11976 Turkey 1999 Sell This Version
MCAC-11929 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) MCA Records MCAC-11929 US 1999 Sell This Version
112 255-4 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album, HiQ) MCA Records 112 255-4 Indonesia 1999 Sell This Version
FPBC 237 Mary J. Blige Mary(Cass, Album) Universal Music FPBC 237 South Africa 2000 Sell This Version
UICY-9769 Mary J. Blige Mary(CD, Album, RE) MCA Records UICY-9769 Japan 2004 Sell This Version

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brandosoul

brandosoul

October 28, 2020
referencing Mary, CD, Album, MVCE-24168
This rare Japanese edition of Mary J. Blige's 1999 album, Mary is noteworthy for including two bonus tracks that weren't featured on regular versions of this album: her duet cover of Stevie Wonder's "As" with George Michael and the evocative "Almost Gone" which also features Lalah Hathaway ad-libbing with Mary. As far as I know, "Almost Gone" is only exclusive to this Japanese edition and not available elsewhere. It is a true goldmine for Mary diehards. It's also key to note that because of the inclusion of these bonus tracks in the sequencing, several tracks were severely edited because of space constraints.
brandosoul

brandosoul

October 28, 2020
edited 3 months ago
referencing Mary, 2xLP, Album, MCA2-11929
By the end of the 90s, Mary J. Blige was met with the mercurial trends and clichés that were populating contemporary R&B and went a step ahead of every one of them, even if it meant purely embracing traditional soul influences. Her fourth release and final offering of the 90s, 1999's Mary remains a perfectly realized milestone of hip hop-inflected R&B edging closer toward the sophisticated currents of adult-oriented soul. To be more precise, it can be cited as Blige's lone full-length contribution to the burgeoning neo-soul (God, I hate that genre distinction) aesthetic/movement (to be fairer, it's a worthy companion to Lauryn Hill's 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' than it's credited for.) Even its cover, a beautiful monochromatic portrait of a natural Blige, barefaced and adorning African jewelry, suggests she was reaching something far more ethereal and concrete beyond the glitz and grit of the streets. Perhaps this album's most striking distinction, besides the newfound maturity and control that graced Blige's vocal presence, is its organic musical vision, where the rugged hip hop elements that defined her past work were tempered in favor of a breezier, mellow style that largely touched upon classic 1970s soul. It is no coincidence that the hip hop elements of her previous works are largely absent and replaced with more tasteful, crossover-orientated moves (Elton John, Eric Clapton, Denise Rich, Diane Warren, Babyface all show up in the liner notes). There's even a greater emphasis on live-sounding instrumentation that factored into the production, too. Mary's musical output was arguably never this soulful again even if her commercial profile rose subsequently. The Yonkers-raised chanteuse showed tremendous growth musically, and we were all the better for it.

This 1999 vinyl pressing is quite sublime. Because of Herb Powers Jr.'s mastering, I wonder if this was cut at Hit Factory or Sterling? Nicely spread out on two vinyl records, the music comes across so alive and spacious. It's apt to note that this includes a nice unfaded version of Mary's cover of The Gap Band's "I'm in Love." All CD pressings of this album include an edited version of the song with a fade-out because of CD space constraints. As an added bonus, the gorgeous front cover portrait of Mary looks stunning in its 12-inch glory.
andyv_69

andyv_69

September 29, 2020
referencing Mary, 2xLP, Album, MCA2-11929

another great album from Mary... Great pressing highly recommended... nicely done