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Reflections - A Retrospective

Mary J. BligeAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Reflections (I Remember) (New Mix)Mary J. Blige 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. We Ride (I See The Future)Mary J. Blige 3:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. You Know (New Mix)Mary J. Blige 3:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. King & Queen [feat. John Legend]Mary J. Blige 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. No More Drama (Edit)Mary J. Blige 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Family AffairMary J. Blige 4:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Real LoveMary J. Blige 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. No One Will DoMary J. Blige 4:47$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Be Without You (Kendu Mix)Mary J. Blige 4:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. I'm Goin' DownMary J. Blige 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. 911 [feat. Mary J. Blige]Wyclef Jean 4:19Album Only
listen12. Not Gon' CryMary J. Blige 4:50$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. My Life '06Mary J. Blige 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Be HappyMary J. Blige 5:38$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. I'll Be There For You/ You're All I Need To Get By (Razor Sharp Mix) [feat. Mary J. Blige]Method Man 3:41$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Seventeen years after Mary J. Blige’s breakthrough LP, My Life, the wiser R&B queen is back with a sequel: My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act 1). "The first My Life, I didn't understand why I was in so much pain," says Blige. "This one adds another level of understanding." The album’s critically acclaimed first single, “25/8” ... Read more in Amazon's Mary J. Blige Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 12, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000JU8HHE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,406 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Mary J Blige has done it again. Reflections: The Journey is the ultimate collection of her greatest hits and previously unreleased tracks. Showing the journey from her reign as the Queen Of Hip Hop and Soul and taking us into her evolution as a legend.

Mary J. fans are about as likely to put up with chain-pulling as the queen of hip-hop soul herself--which is why a good many of them have been quick to point out that this disc, exceptional as it is, doesn't quite equal a greatest hits package. Where among these favorites are biggies such as "Love @ 1st Sight," "You Remind Me," "Your Child," and "Dance for Me"? The answer is it doesn't much matter. Because Reflections, as its name suggests, is a mere dip in the Mary J. memory pool--a meatier hits package is likely on the way. There's no time like the present, then, for rolling with the latest on offer from R&B's reigning bruised-hearted lady. Threaded through evergreens like "Family Affair," "Not Gon' Cry," and "No More Drama" are four new tracks, not a one of which is a throwaway: "We Ride (I See the Future)" coasts on attitude and a hand-clappy beat; "King & Queen," a duet with John Legend, seems spun from some ecstatic fantasy; "You Know" breaks itself down to a dizzy-headed disco vibe; and opener "Reflections (I Remember)" is a proud look back on a lifetime of heartbreak and healing. It may not be as definitive a disc as some would like, but in determining whether to buy it, take a cue from Mary J.: don't hold back. --Tammy La Gorce

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Milestones! December 14, 2006
By Josh
Format:Audio CD
People seem to be a bit confused with this CD. It is NOT a Greatest Hits disc. Mary has been on several talk shows promoting Reflections (A Retrosepctive)and she has said that it was not intended to be a greatest hits. MJB has gone on to say that she wanted to put together a collection of songs that she gets a lot of emails and letters about, from her fans, telling her how much these peticular songs have impacted their lives.

With that being said, she has chosen some pretty big milestone songs in her career. Mary obviously included the song that put her on the map -"Real Love". Everyone knows this as her first bonafide hit and takes you back to that early 90's sound. She also took such great tracks as "I'm Going Down", "Be Happy", "Not Gon' Cry", the gut wrenching: "No More Drama", the song we ALL tore the dance floors up to: "Family Affair", and she also took us into the now and re-invented the classic "My Life" and also included the recent smash: "Be Without You".

Mary has 4 brand new songs on here with: "King & Queen" (Featuring John Legend), "You Know", "Reflections (I Remember)" and "We Ride (I See The Future)". All 4 are good but "Reflections" and "We Ride" are standout tracks that are 100% raw Mary!!! 2 very good midtempo songs that you will just warm up to immedietly.

The bad: I have ALWAYS loved the song: "I'll Be There for You/You're All I Need to Get By" but, why did they have to remix it??? I do not like this remix at all! I wish they would have just remastered the original and put that one on here instead of this bland remix. PLUS Method Man is all edited - UGH! In my opinion, I feel there are just a few songs on here that could have been excluded to make room for a couple different songs that I am sure have made more of an impact of Mary fans.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Where Are The Hits? December 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First let me state that whomever formulated this track-list must have little knowledge of MJB's long explosive 15 year career. They failed to add all of the obvious choices. The record company should've also known better than to package a MJB "Reflection" in just fifteen tracks. There's just too much material to fit on one CD.

Where is 'Love No Limit' from 'What's the 411?'

Where is 'I Can Love You', 'Seven Days', 'Missing You', & 'You Are Everything' from 'Share My World'?

Where is 'All That I Can Say', 'Deep Inside', & 'Your Child' from 'Mary'?

Where is 'PMS' & 'Rainy Dayz' from 'No More Drama'?

Where is 'Ooh' & 'Love @ First Sight' From 'Love & Life'?

That is a lot of essential Mary cuts that were excluded, many of which were bonafide hits and will be missed by those who knew them. I could have done without 'Be Without You' & 'No One Will Do', both of which never sat in the vault long enough for us to miss them. They were both unnecessary inclusions seeing as how they were both released on 'The Breakthrough' less than a year ago.

I also hate when they remix tracks on greatest hits packages. I could have done without the 'You're All I Need' remix. Whitney did the same thing for her greatest hits CD and it suffered because of it.

Bottom line: This is not a definitive collection. Nowhere near it. They really dropped the ball on this one. The new cuts are alright, but I could have done without all the padding and they could have added more essentials.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Great CD but missing tracks December 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
The long awaited and highly anticipated greatest hits collections has finally arrived. The one but very important criticism I have is why is the North American version 3 tracks short!! It's missing the key singles like the duet with George Michael "As" as well as the one with U2 and the coveted MJB Da MVP. I urge all fans to petition Geffen to release Mary's cds with their full tracklistings. After all, did she not gain international status from support here at home!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic December 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When I first heard about this CD coming out I thought I was going to get remastered versions of the hits from her early albums, to replace to poor sounding quality of the original albums. When I picked the album up today I was extremely disappointed. There's only 15 tracks (should have been a double CD for all the hits she has), and there's only 8 or 9 hits from Mary's albums. The other songs include 4 new tracks, a remix she did with Method Man on his first CD, 911 with Wyclef that was on his album a few years back, and then 8 or 9 of her own actual hits. I agree with the other reviews, I feel like I got ripped off and they'll release the "real" greatest hits album in the next couple of years. Save your money, unless you're a die hard fan and just want the couple of new songs.

When will record companies learn how to release a hits collection? Hits collections should include all of an artists' big hits (or as many as they can fit on 2 discs), and the songs should be the versions that were released as singles (except for bleeping out words). I've bought multiple hits albums from artists looking for the version of a song that I really liked, rather than the crappy album version that couldn't be released as a single because it was mediocre so it had to be totally reworked. But you almost always end up with the album versions, or crappy remixes or live versions instead of the song as it was released to the radio/video. Get your crap together guys, and give the fans what they want. And if you want to throw on a fan favorite remix or live track, put the single version on as well instead of replacing the good version with a sub par track.
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You get a full range of MJB,
On this CD you get a little of everything,
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Published 6 months ago by Val G.
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME
Awesome! Mary J has done it again!! Such a great price and such great music! I highly recommend this CD! A+++
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mary J. Blige journey
This is Mary at her best, to hear all the music from her beginning to present with a new single included. True Mary fans will appreciate this cd
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mary j blige story is a soulful one but where is the rest of it
The label dropped the ball on this. Blige has had many hits and memorable songs over her career, and this is the best they could come up with? First, having four new tracks is overkill. One or two should be sufficient. While the album hits on Mary's career landmarks, everything else is... Read More
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