Mariah Carey

My All

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This maxi-single was the first of two released for Mariah Carey's chart-topper "My All" (the other featured a drastically altered hip-hop version titled "My All/Stay Awhile"). This single is more of an EP, featuring two versions of "My All" and remixes of three tracks from her album Butterfly. The first track is the original album version of "My All," which is a ballad. That is followed by the "Classic Club Mix" of "My All," in which the song is turned into a nine-minute dance track, complete with Spanish-styled acoustic guitars. Thankfully, "My All" is one of those ballads that, unlike many others of its time, lends itself surprisingly well to dance-remix treatment. The other three remixes aren't drastically different from the album versions, but to collectors that probably does not matter. The version of "Breakdown" included here, an R&B track that became an urban radio hit, features Bone Thugs-N-Harmony a little more prominently than the album version. There's also the Mobb Deep remix of "The Roof," which, save for the new rap, again sounds just like the original. Finally, there's an extended house mix of the dance track "Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)," which extends the almost too-short album version of the reprise into a full-blown, almost-ten minute house jam. This single almost plays like a Butterfly part two, featuring slightly altered versions (except for the "My All" dance mix) of album tracks, which, unless one is a diehard fan, is probably of little interest.

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