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Mariah Carey: A 90's Icon,
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This review is from: Essential Mariah Carey (Audio CD)
Okay, I know most people will cringe when they see it and go "Oh great! NOT yet another Greatest Hits CD by Mariah Carey! When she gonna release new material? She's flogging a dead horse!" But it is kinda a mixture of Mariah's other compilations albums (#1's, The Remixes, The Collections) and Mariah's 2001 Greatest Hits albums all rolled in together, yes it's only got Mariah at her highest of her career from the Sony/Columbia Records era, it features 4 of her first 5 #1s (Someday was replaced in this album with her song Vanishing which Sony Records never released but can be found on the "Mariah Carey" album and on both "Playlist: The Very Best Of Mariah Carey"/"The Collection" CDs so it's not an exact replica of Greatest Hits) it also replaces the original 1994 release of Anytime You Need A Friend (off of the 1993 release "Music Box") with the "C&C Club Remix" of the song, it also includes the hip-hop orientated song "The Roof (Back In Time)" but, however it's NOT the same as the one she released on her 1997 album "Butterfly", it is the rap remix which features Mobb Deep & Big Noyd, two other new songs on the album that weren't found on the original Greatest Hits or UK release of "The Essential" both album only singles "Close My Eyes" (found on "Butterfly") and "Bliss" (originally from her 1999 album "Rainbow" and on the Playlist: The Very Best Of Mariah Carey/The Collection album) Disc One consists of songs from 1990-1995 and Disc Two consists of songs from 1996-1999/2000, you can tell the album is a trip down memory lane where you see her change from an R&B singer to a hip-hop mama, you do wish that if they do make an yet another Mariah Carey compilation album what would it be? B Sides/Demos or an ultimate Remix album that features the "Someday" and "There's Got To Be A Way" remixes and other remixes like the reggae remix to "Always Be My Baby" and her "Never Too Far/Hero Medley" and her remixes from her comeback album (and her best album EVER) "The Emancipation Of Mimi", the follow up album "E=MC²" from 2008 and her 2009 album "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel" album (the "Angels Advocate" album should be re-reconsidered *HINT, HINT*) or an ultimate Greatest Hits which should be a 3 CD release (Disc One the 90's) (Disc Two the 00's) (Disc Three the 10's) but other than that a true R&B fan or Mariah Carey fan would definitely buy this album to add to their Mariah Carey Collection.