#1's [Import Bonus Tracks]

#1's [Import Bonus Tracks]

by Mariah Carey

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Overview

Protest as she may -- and she does, claiming in the liner notes that #1's is "not a greatest hits album! It's too soon, I haven't been recording long enough for that!" -- it's hard to view #1's, Mariah Carey's first compilation, as anything other than a greatest-hits album. Carey was fortunate enough to have nearly every single she released top the pop charts. Between 1990's "Vision of Love," and 1998's "My All," all but four commercially released singles ("Anytime You Need a Friend," "Can't Let Go," "Make It Happen," and "Without You") hit number one, with only a handful of radio-only singles ("Butterfly," "Breakdown") making the airwaves, not the charts. That leaves 12 big hits on #1's: all number ones. Since Carey's singles always dominate her albums, it comes as no surprise that #1's is her best, most consistent album, filled with songs that represent state-of-the-art '90s adult contemporary and pop-oriented urban soul. That said, it isn't a perfect overview -- a couple of good singles are missing because of the self-imposed "#1 rule," plus, the Ol' Dirty Bastard mix of "Fantasy" is strong, but fans familiar with the radio single will be disappointed that the chorus is completely missing on this version. The album is also padded with a personal favorite (her Brian McKnight duet "Whenever You Call," taken from Butterfly) and three new songs -- the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Sweetheart," the Whitney Houston duet "When You Believe" (taken from The Prince of Egypt soundtrack), and "I Still Believe" (a remake of a Brenda K. Starr) tune -- which are all fine, but not particularly memorable. Still, that's hardly enough to bring down a thoroughly entertaining compilation that will stand as her best record until the "official" hits collection is released. [The import edition includes bonus tracks.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2000
Label: Sbme Import
UPC: 4988009882093
catalogNumber: 8820
Rank: 176013

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mariah Carey   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Shanice Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Trey Lorenz   Background Vocals
David Cole   Background Vocals
Lynn Davis   Choir, Chorus
Sheila E.   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Melvin Edmonds   Choir, Chorus
Mark Kibble   Choir, Chorus
Ricky Lawson   Drums
Patrique McMillian   Vocals
Geno Morris   Vocals
Greg Phillinganes   Piano
Eric Rigler   Pipe,Low Whistle
Damon Thomas   Choir Conductor
Michael Hart Thompson   Guitar
William Ross   Conductor
Sharlotte Gibson   Choir, Chorus
Melonie Daniels   Background Vocals
Kelly Price   Background Vocals
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Mase   Vocals
Shanrae Price   Background Vocals
Dion Allen   Choir, Chorus
Mary Ann Tatum   Background Vocals
Vearline Board   Choir, Chorus
Krystal Wilson   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Walton   Choir, Chorus
Kevon Edmonds   Choir, Chorus
Sy Smith   Choir, Chorus
Daryl Hawes   Choir, Chorus
Kenya Ivey   Choir, Chorus
Lisa Ivey   Choir, Chorus
Nathan Ivey   Choir, Chorus
Tavia Ivey   Choir, Chorus
J. Valentine   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer
Adrian Belew   Composer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Rainy Davis   Composer
Sass Jordan   Composer
David Morales   Composer
Tim Boyle   Engineer
Bob Cadway   Engineer
Beppe Cantarelli   Composer
Mariah Carey   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Vocal Arrangements
Dana Jon Chappelle   Engineer
Robert Clivillés   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Cole   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sean "Puffy" Combs   Composer,Producer,Remixing
Hal Davis   Composer
Patrick Dillett   Engineer
Jermaine Dupri   Composer
Tom Evans   Composer
Chris Frantz   Composer
Brian Frye   Engineer
David Gleeson   Engineer
Berry Gordy   Composer
Pete Ham   Composer
Jay Healy   Engineer
Willie Hutch   Composer
Acar S. Key   Engineer
Rhett Lawrence   Producer
Michael Masser   Composer
Michael McCary   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Bruce Miller   Engineer
Nathan Morris   Composer
Wanya Morris   Composer
Don Murray   Engineer
Bob Rosa   Engineer
Manuel Seal   Composer
Mark Smith   Live Sound
Steven Stanley   Composer
Shawn Stockman   Composer
Phil Tan   Engineer
Chris Toland   Arranger
Richard Travali   Engineer
Rick Wake   Arranger,Producer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Hans Zimmer   Orchestral Arrangements
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Christopher Austopchuk   Art Direction
William Ross   Orchestral Arrangements
Ummah   Producer
Paul Boutin   Engineer
Ben Margulies   Composer
Scott Widney   Monitors
Antonina Armato   Composer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Pete Warner   Composer
B.J. Robinson   Composer
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Mike Mason   Producer
Stephen Schwartz   Composer
Pete Karem   Engineer
Dave Hall   Composer
Steven "Steven J." Jordan   Producer
Bob West   Composer
June Shellene   Composer

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