Elsie Muniz

The Urban Latina.

Kandi and Tiny

Off The Hook: Unreleased demos from the early 2000s!


The Truth About Choice.


Another shelved R'n'B group from 1997


The First Lady of SoulPower.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Mary J. Blige: Miss Mary J Blige An Artist Of Her Generation: 8 Unreleased Bombs (Bootleg EU Vinyl Comp) (2000)

Here's another Mary J. bootleg comp on vinyl and the third and final one I could find.  This 12" comprises of remixes and rare tracks from between 1996-1999, including three remixes from the "My Life" album, a feature with Dr Dre from 1999 and two non-album cuts - the D'Angelo-produced "Everyday" (a b-side track from the "Share My World" era) and the festive track "Christmas In The City" with Angie Martinez (as featured on the 1997 A&M compilation "A Very Special Christmas 3.") I don't know if this compilation is related to the other two or not (the other two were found in the US, this one came from Europe) but there are definately a lot of good throwback tracks given a new lease of life here. The other two vinyls can be found HERE and HERE.

A1 Deep Inside (Mobb Deep Remix)
A2 Everyday
A3 The Message feat. Dr Dre & Rell
A4 All Night Long feat. LL Cool J
B1 I Love You feat. Smif-N-Wessun
B2 Love Is All We Need feat. Foxy Brown (Trackmasters Remix)
B3 I Want To Be With U feat. Lauryn Hill
B4 Christmas In The City feat. Angie Martinez

Listen: I Love You feat. Smif-N-Wessun

Listen: I Want To Be With U feat. Lauryn Hill

Mary J. Blige: 8 Unreleased Bullets (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (N/A)

This is the second record in my bootleg Mary J. 12" series and features a selection of rare features, mixes and tracks from throughout Blige's career during the 90s. There is no date of release though I believe possibly 2001, hence the disc number 'Mary2001'. Three of the tracks are mislabeled; the Supa Cat collaboration Dolly My Love is actually Dolly My Baby, 7 Days (Darkchild Remix) is basically the same remix version by Malik Pendleton off the single and has absolutely nothing to do with Jerkins and Paradise is Would You, a cast-off D'Angelo feature from the Share My World sessions that sounds as if it was possibly lifted off of the white label 12" that I also own from 1997. The Jerkins-produced Can't Get You Off My Mind features here in its remix form, which was previously only ever available as a

Mary J. Blige: Untitled (White Label Vinyl LP) (1997)

This vinyl LP is a white label release from 1997 and contains alternate takes and unreleased songs from Mary's "Share My World" album. Due to it being a bootleg and the songs being possibly unmastered versions, the sound quality isn't very good. It comes in a generic stickered white sleeve and being a white label release, doesn't have any track-listing or text on the vinyl itself, just handwritten letters denoting the A and B side. Some of the tracks are mislabelled; for instance, Share My Love is really Share My World and You Are My Everything is actually Everything. A lot of the tracks sound slightly different from the originals on the album, particularly I Can Love You (which does not feature Lil' Kim) and Love Is All We Need (which features a different rap verse to the released version.) Most appealing of all about this set, is

Mary J. Blige: Love Is All We Need (Midnite Mix) (Promo CDS) (MCA, 1997)

Love Is All We Need was the lead single off Blige's third album Share My World and was produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in 1996. The most well-known and popular remix of the song is the one done by the Trackmasters, which features different production and lyrical content to the original. To my knowledge, this exclusive alternate 'quiet storm' version was only ever available on this promotional CD and one other 5-track acetate. I believe that the remix was done by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis though I am not exactly sure. Though it says it features Nas, it features only his background talk and no rap.

1. Love Is All We Need Midnite Mix featuring Nas
2. Love Is All We Need LP Version - (slightly longer than the version on the album)

Listen: Love Is All We Need Midnite Mix featuring Nas

Mary J. Blige: Let No Man Put Asunder/Deep Inside/As (Promo CDM) (MCA, 1999)

This CD was issued on a promotional basis only in 1999 and features rare mixes of Let No Man Put Asunder, Deep Inside and As by Maurice Joshua, Hex Hector and others.  Aside from Hex's mix of Deep Inside and Maurice Joshua's 200 Proof mix of Let No Man Asunder, none of these mixes were ever issued on CD format or on a commercial basis in the UK, US or anywhere else. You can buy the double 12" set for about the price of a 6 pack of beer but the CD is one of those things that you'll only come across once in a blue moon (and promotional CD maxis like this are definitely a thing of the past!) Let No Man Put Asunder was only ever issued as a B-side track and the George Michael duet As was an international release only. The mixes are mostly of the dance/club genre, with the exception of Kiyamma Griffin's "Quan Funk" Mix of Let No Man Put Asunder and DJ Spinna's "Beyond Real" mix of As. Both are more of the R&B genre, and the "Quan Funk" mix  especially features a new slower vocal arrangement. Other notable mixes include track 1, which features a guest vocal by Rochelle Fleming (formally of the R&B girl group First Choice) and  track 5, which was mixed by Roy Davis Jr. 

1. Let No Man Put Asunder (Shelter Mix featuring Rochelle Fleming) Remixed by Timmy Regisford
2. Let No Man Put Asunder (200 Proof Mix) Remixed by Maurice Joshua
3. Let No Man Put Asunder (Quan Funk Mix) Remixed by Kiyamma Griffin
4. Deep Inside (Hex Hector Mix) Remixed by Hex Hector
5. Deep Inside (Roy's Love 4 Mary J Mix) Remixed by Roy Davis Jr.
6. Deep Inside (Shelter Mix) Remixed by Timmy Regisford
7. As (Maurice's Millennium Mix) Remixed by Maurice Joshua
8. As (Jonathan Peters Mix) Remixed by Jonathan Peters
9. As (Beyond Real Mix) Remixed by DJ Spinna

Listen: Let No Man Put Asunder (Quan Funk Mix)

Listen: Deep Inside (Roy's Love 4 Mary J Mix)

Mary J. Blige: Deep Inside (Remix) featuring Mobb Deep (Promo CDM) (MCA, 1999)

"Deep Inside" was Blige's second single to be lifted from her eponymous fourth album and featured replayed elements of Elton John's "Bennie And The Jets." The remix version features Mobb Deep and uses re-recorded vocals and alternate, darker production. I am unsure as to what the sample is (if there is one.) It does still state that it features replayed elements from "Bennie And The Jets", although it doesn't really sound reminiscent of it to me.

1. Remix No Rap
2. Clean Remix
3. Instrumental
4. Acappella

Listen: Clean Remix

Mary J. Blige: Everything (Remixes) (CDM) (MCA, 1997)

This CD features remixes of Blige's 1997 single "Everything" by Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri and Malik Pendleton (producer of "Seven Days" and "Let No Man Put Asunder".) that were previously only available on promo 12".  Three of the mixes use different production and re-sung vocals, notably Malik's "Quiet Mix" and Jermaine's "So So Def Remix", which samples "Hip-Hug-Her" by Booker T & The MG's. Quite unusually for Jerkins, his remix "I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky" (named after the sample it uses by 70s funk band Ripple) is the is the only remix out of the four that uses the original vocal-take.

1. So So Def Remix
2. Malik's Mix
3. The Quiet Mix
4. I Don't Know What It Is But It Sure Is Funky

Listen: Malik's Mix
Listen: The Quiet Mix

 Many thanks to Daniel for this contribution to my collection.

Faith Evans: 8 Unreleased Missiles (Bootleg EU Vinyl Comp) (N/A)

Now the First Lady gets a bootleg. As with the Mary J vinyls, this 12" features 8 'unreleased' songs, mainly features with other artists and two soundtrack cuts, the Kevin She'kspere' Briggs-produced "Best Man" (from the movie of the same name) and "I Just Can't" (from the High School High soundtrack.) Two of the more rarer songs are"Is It Real" (from the 1998 album NFL Jams 2 and featuring former Cincinnati Bengals player Jeff Blake) and a collaboration with  the Lost Boyz from 2000 "Got To Be Real 2000" (actually "Keep It Real" by DJ Hurricane featuring Faith Evans and the Lost Boyz, believe it or not available on iTunes.) Other than perhaps these, none of these tracks on this 12" are particularly rare, just hidden and/or forgotten. Though there is no date of release on this comp, I'm guessing it's from around 2000 judging by most of the dates from the material featured.

A1 Best Man*
A2 I Just Can't**
A3 Love Is Blind (Remix ft. Eve)***
A4 On My Mind (ft Color Me Bad)
B1 Got To Be Real 2000 (ft Lost Boyz)
B2 Georgy Porgy (ft Eric Benet)
B3 Is It Real (ft Jeff Blake)
B4 How's It Goin' Down (ft DMX)

*Produced by Kevin She'kspere Briggs
**Produced by Sean 'Diddy' Combs & Stevie J.
***Produced by Swizz Beatz

Listen: Is It Real feat. Jeff Blake

Faith Evans: You Gets No Love (CDM) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 2001)

This was the second single from Evans' third album Faithfully, and featured Sean "Diddy" Combs and rapper Loon. Combs also produced a remix to the song that sampled the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This), which featured re-sung vocals from Evans and rap verse from Bad Boy affiliated rapper G-Dep. There's also an additional rap section by Evans with explicit language. The language is censored on  track 1, but on the extended "Club" version without G-Dep (track 5), it is not.

1. Remix Featuring G-Dep
2. Radio Mix Featuring P. Diddy & Loon
3. Remix Instrumental
4. Radio Mix Instrumental
5. Extended Club Mix - No Rap

Listen: Remix Featuring G-Dep

Faith Evans: Love Like This (CDM) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 1998)


Love Like This was the lead single to Evans' sophomore album Keep The Faith and was again co-produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs. Combs also produced a remix for the song (Never Knew Love Like This), which used a different sample. It features the same vocals, but includes a rap by Bad Boy affiliated rapper Black Rob. On this CD, there's both versions of the song (remix and LP) and their instrumentals.

1. Never Knew Love Like This (Remix) feat. Black Rob
2. Love Like This (Album Version)
3. Never Knew Love Like This (Remix) (Instrumental)
4. Love Like This (Instrumental)

Listen: Never Knew Love Like This (Remix) feat. Black Rob

Faith Evans: Lately I (Promo CDM) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 1999)


Lately I was to be the final single from Keep The Faith, but was only ever issued promotionally in 1999. There are two versions on this promo, the original album version and a slower mix by Sean "Diddy" Combs (PD Version) with alternate production and re-sung vocals. Combs' version is definitely a marked improvement on the drab original, which was a joint effort between Bad Boy lead producer Stevie J. and David Foster. There's also the PD Version (Instrumental), which has a longer intro.

1. PD Version
2. Album Version
3. PD Version (Instrumental)
4. Call Out Research Hook#1
5. Call Out Research Hook#2

Listen: PD Version

Faith Evans: Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (CDM) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 1996)

This was Evans' third single from her debut album Faith and was again produced by Sean Combs and Chucky Thompson. A remix of the single featured re-sung lyrics, a rap from Queen Latifah and a sample of Chaka Khan's 1982 hit Ain't Nobody. On this CD, there's the album and remix versions (plus instrumentals of both), and Kissing You from the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack.

The remix version on this CD contains explicit lyrics. 

1. Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (Album Version)
2. Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (Puffy & Chucky Remix) (Club Version) (Feat. Queen Latifah)
3. Kissing You (Album Version)
4. Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (Puffy & Chucky Remix) (Instrumental)
5. Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (Album Instrumental)

Listen: Ain't Nobody (Who Could Love Me) (Puffy & Chucky Remix) (Club Version) (Feat. Queen Latifah) 

Faith Evans: You Used To Love Me (Promo CDM) (Bad Boy Entertainment, 1995)

This was Evans' debut single and was produced by Sean "Diddy" Combs and Chucky Thompson for her first album Faith. Remixes by Combs and Ali Shaheed Muhammad were promotional only in the US, and featured re-sung vocals and alternative production. There were two mixes produced by Combs, the main "Puff Daddy Mix," and a "Guitar Mix", which was basically musically identical to his original mix but with a guitar sample.

1. Puff Daddy Mix
2. Puff Daddy Guitar Mix
3. Ali Mix
4. Puff Daddy Instrumental

Listen: Puff Daddy Mix

Listen: Ali Mix