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Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey [Original recording remastered]

Mariah Carey Audio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B002ZXMZE4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dreamlover
2. Bliss
3. Melt Away
4. Breakdown (Featuring Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone)
5. Make It Happen
6. Outside
7. Vanishing
8. Looking In
9. Emotions
10. Babydoll
11. I Am Free
12. Fantasy (Feat. O.D.B.)
13. Underneath The Stars
14. Rainbow (Interlude)

Editorial Reviews

Welcome to the Playlist series. Painstakingly compiled by the artists and the music nuts at Legacy Recordings, these collections truly represent an artists' complete body of work. We've fished through hundreds-thousands-of tracks to cherry pick the perfect playlists. Not just the hits (anyone can find those). The life changing cuts. The out-of-print tracks. The fan favorites everyone loves. The songs that make the artist who they are.

You’ll no doubt enjoy the sound of the beautifully remastered songs on this CD (as opposed to MP3's that contain less information, which translate into compromised sound). But we think the thing you'll appreciate most about this Playlist is that even though you didn't make it, you might wish you did.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a "Greatest Hits" But Still Has Amazing Songs January 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Okay... so maybe this isn't a collection of the very best Mariah has to offer. If you wanted Mariah's greatest hits, then you should get "Mariah Carey: Greatest Hits." Or perhaps you should go download the songs you want individually. What this CD is, is a compilation album containing some of Mariah's personal favorites from her Columbia days. Songs that may have never been commercially released but were "hits" with the fans as well. No, not everyone is going to be ecstatic about the songs chosen for this CD, but they are still great songs. The album goes to show that songs don't need to spend 14 weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in order to be good. In fact, only 3 of these tracks made it to #1. Still, anyone that appreciates music cannot deny the power of the haunting vocals of "Vanishing" or the vulnerability of "Looking In." You can also listen to Mariah trying to find herself, both artistically ("Babydoll") and personally ("Outside"). The bottom line is, you don't have to get the CD if you don't want to (it shows the tracklist so it's not exactly false advertising), but if you do, you get 14 great Mariah songs for $6.99.
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4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than The Ballads March 27, 2010
By rmcrae
Format:Audio CD
This is the compilation Sony should've released instead of the redundant Ballads collection. Mariah had a hand in the song choices this time around, picking Columbia owned non singles that mean the most to her. It's great to find Underneath the Stars, Babydoll, Breakdown, and Looking In on one disc, but singles like Fantasy, Emotions, and Dreamlover have been featured on almost every other compilation. They've could've traded them in for other non singles like Fourth of July, Petals, and Close My Eyes. Still a great sampler for casual listeners.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lesser-Known Songs March 22, 2011
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This compilation is great for summing up some of Mariah's most memorable songs during the first 10 years of her career, even if it doesn't amount, in my opinion, to a "Best Of." I think that someday, there should be a mixture of her songs released which were never put out as singles. These are almost without exception my favorites of hers, the ones which the majority of people never hear (and why, I think, Mariah is so underrated artistically). That wish will probably remain a pipedream of many fans, though.

This CD comes close, including surprising tracks, like the beautiful "Rainbow Interlude" (sadly, though, is better with "Petals" preceding it as it was on the Rainbow album), the very sensual "Bliss" (one of my personal favorites of hers) and "Babydoll", as well as some introspection in "Outside," "Looking in," and "I Am Free." It even includes probably the best song from her debut album, "Vanishing," which she wrote when she was still a teenager. "Vanishing" is one of those songs that you need to hear at least once -- the lyrics are intelligent but vague enough that you can put your own interpretation to it -- just as any good poetry should be.

However, I notice that there are a couple of songs on here which are on just about every other compilation. Most notoriously, "Dreamlover," no matter how quintessentially Mariah this song is, it is overplayed STILL, almost 20 years post-release. I realize they had to include some of her better-known songs on here to attract more of an audience, but I feel the compilation could have been stronger without those songs, and replaced with some of her other songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MARIAH CAREY IS THE QUEEN OF MUSIC!!! March 2, 2010
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Overview On A Long Last Career November 23, 2012
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This Very Best Of Mariah Carey is a great place to start if you are just getting into her music. Yes you could do the greatest hits which has more tracks but this collection gives you a great overview of her work without breaking the bank. It's contains fourteen tracks that you will enjoy. It has everything you except from Mariah the ballads, r&b, and pop. You won't find any of her def jam singles here because this is from her columbia days. The thing you can depend on is the voice is front and center. For someone who is just getting into Mariah work this is a good place to start your collection then you can go to the greatest hits if you want it's up to you depending on how much money you want to spend on her. But for me like every Mariah fan had to have the album to add to my collection because I have been a fan since I was younger. But it truly up to you if you want to get it because if you love the songs you will want it if you don't have all the albums but if you already have all the albums then it's up to you but I will tell you this. This is one of my favorite Mariah album I own in my collection and I love putting it on and just hearing the voice fill the air.
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