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The Ballads

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2009 collection of heart-tugging musical moments from one of the most successful female vocalists of all time. Mariah Carey has sold in excess of 200 million albums worldwide. She made her recording debut in 1990 with Columbia Records becoming the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. For the first time on one CD, Mariah Carey - The Ballads contains many instantly recognizable tracks including 'Hero', 'Without You' and 'Vision Of Love'. Hear 'em and weep!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hero
  2. One Sweet Day - Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men
  3. Vision of Love
  4. Without You
  5. Can't Let Go
  6. Love Takes Time
  7. I'll Be There
  8. Thank God I Found You - Mariah Carey feat. Joe & Nas
  9. Endless Love - Luther Vandross duet with Mariah Carey
  10. I Still Believe
  11. My All
  12. The Roof
  13. When You Believe - Whitney Houston Duet With Mariah Carey
  14. Anytime You Need a Friend
  15. Always Be My Baby
  16. Dreamlover
  17. How Much - Mariah Carey feat. Usher
  18. Reflections (Care Enough)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • ASIN: B001KL3GYU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By [KNDY] Dennis A. Amith TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
During the 1990's, I was a big fan of Mariah Carey's music. I absolute loved her music, her voice and I just felt that she was just a beautiful person gifted with an amazing voice.

And with her domination throughout the years when she was part of the Columbia label, there were so many ballads released during that time period which I have listened to so many times. I tend to feel that these older classics really showcased her vocals. Songs such as the elegant track "Hero", to the sad but wonderful duet with Boyz II Men for "One Sweet Day", her remake of Nilsson's 1972 hit "Without You" which she brought such an amazing emotional depth to and just to think that she decided to cover the song after hearing it at a restaurant. Then there's "Endless Love" which features a duet with Luther Vandross, her cover of Brenda K. Starr's "I Still Believe", the beautiful acoustic and slow beat "I Give My All" and the remarkable duet with Whitney Houston for "When You Believe".

The compilation also features live tracks and upbeat tracks. The live performance of Mariah Carey's "I'll Be There" is included especially memorable upbeat tracks such as "Dreamlover", "Always Be My Baby", "Thank God I Found You" featuring Joe and Nas which takes the music and "Make it Last" words from the old school jam by Keith Sweat but with new lyrics and the upbeat "How Much" with Usher and many more.

So, there are a lot of hit songs on this album!

"MARIAH THE BALLADS" is a fantastic compilation. But is it worth it if you own her other albums or her greatest hits album?
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By Jon Jae on November 8, 2008
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I got my copy of the cd today. This compilation is more for the hard core fans to add to their collection. Of the 18 tracks, 6 songs aren't exactly what you call ballads - "Always Be My Baby", "How Much", "Dreamlover", "Thank God I Found You (Remix)", "The Roof" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You". I was pleasantly surprised though to hear "Reflections" on the album given that it was released under Virgin Records' "Glitter". However, it lacked (Columbia released) ballads like "Love Takes Time", "I Don't Wanna Cry", "Never Forget You", "Forever", "Whenever You Call", "Butterfly" & "Can't Take That Away". And if they really wanted a Christmas song because of the timing of the release of the compilation, they should have instead included "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)".
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Mariah Carey has always been a wonderful singer; and this CD offers us many of her best hits with a few lesser known numbers all on one single CD. The quality of the sound is excellent and I really like the artwork as well. Mariah can take a song and infuse so much energy and emotion into it that you can instinctively tell she possesses a singular talent. This is a great CD for her fans and anyone just getting to know the artistry of Mariah Carey.

"Hero" is a major highlight of this album; Mariah sings this with great sensitivity and I really like "Hero." The music that accompanies her fits in just right with her vocals, too. Then we get "One Sweet Day;" this ballad tugs at my heartstrings whenever I hear it and I could never tire of hearing Mariah sing this--and she gets wonderful help from Boyz II Men. Listen also for "Vision Of Love;" this elegant love song features Mariah squarely front and center--right where she deserves to be! Mariah performs "Vision Of Love" without a superfluous note.

"Love Takes Time" has Mariah singing her heart out; and that's grand. The music fits in perfectly; I love that percussion in particular. "I'll Be There" gets a very tender interpretation from Mariah who aces this seemingly effortlessly. Of course, we know it really wasn't so easy--but Mariah Carey's talent always carries her through. Similarly, Luther Vandross joins Mariah for a sensual duet on "Endless Love;" and "Endless Love" is also another highlight of this CD.

"I Still Believe" is simply awesome to hear; and I really like "When You Believe" which features Whitney Houston singing with Mariah for quite a positive effect. "Anytime You Need A Friend" is a very pretty melody with a very fine choir to backup Mariah--not that she needs backup, but it does sound great.
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This would make a decent first purchase for someone without any of Mariah's better albums or compilations. It combines some of our favorite ballads onto on convenient disc.

"Endless Love" (duet with the great Luther Vandross), "Hero," and "Without You" are the quintessential pieces while tracks like "The Roof" and "How Much" stick out as filler.

There are better compilations out there such as Mariah Carey - #1s (Essential Groups & Artists), which contains one of my favorite ballads "Whenever You Call" (duet with Brian MckNight) - one that should have definitely been included on this The Ballads CD collection had music rights not been a factor.

Most diehard Mariah fans have the tracks on this Ballads CD already, so unless you are without an MP3 player with playlist functionality, you can safely pass on this one.
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