Friday, November 1, 2013

Mariah Carey: The Greatest Unreleased Tracks Vol. 1 (Bootleg Vinyl Comp) (2008)

More unofficial vinyl from Carey, again featuring rare remixes and b-side tracks from mostly her Islands Records back catalog. Again, none of the tracks are really unreleased, except for perhaps track 1 Side Effects (Remix) and which is basically identical to the album version but features a verse from Busta Rhymes instead of Young Jeezy. I don’t know if it is official or not. The song was never officially released as a single but did chart at number ninety three on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Other official remixes include the “love/hate” remix of Touch My Body featuring The-Dream and the So So Def remix of Bye Bye featuring Jay-Z. Again, both use the original instrumentation and aren’t really remixes per se, just different re-hashes of the same old song with a guest artist (producers really got lazy at around this time), but I believe Carey did re-record some additional ad-libs over Jay-Z’s verse on the
latter song. On the reverse side is Just Blaze’s “Street” remix of Boy (I Need You) and the fantastic remix of Shake It Off featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy. The remix of Boy (I Need You) is pretty much the same as the original album version again but there are a few subtle differences, such as different sound effects and additional vocalization. The two b-side tracks were recorded during the Charmbracelet era and featured on special editions of the album. Both were produced by Jermaine Dupri and Channel 7. Again, the sound quality of the record isn’t great, particularly on the final track There Goes My Heart where the sibilance in Carey's vocals is appalling. As with the previous record, it is a fault with the recoding/mastering process or a manufacturing defect and nothing at all to do with my record player. 

1. Side Effects (Remix) feat. Busta Rhymes
2. Touch My Body (Remix) feat. The-Dream
3. Bye Bye (Remix) feat. Jay-Z & Jermaine Dupri
4. Boy (I Need You) (Remix) feat. Cam'Ron & Juelz Santana
5. Shake It Off (Remix) feat. Jay-Z & Young Jeezy
6. Miss You feat. Jadakiss
7. There Goes My Heart

Listen: Side Effects (Remix) feat. Busta Rhymes

Listen: Boy (I Need You) (Remix) feat. Cam'Ron & Juelz Santana