(1998) The Tour

Mary J. Blige

... read moreThe hype that surrounded Mary J. Blige in 1992 was definitely excessive, and those who exalted her as the "new Chaka Khan" did both Khan and Blige an unforgivable disservice (few could live up to such a title). But as the 1990s progressed, Blige really did evolve into one of the decade's most...

01:10′:32″ 24 Songs

1
Intro / Mary J. Blige / The Tour (Live)
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0:37
2
Real Love (Live)
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1:30
3
You Remind Me (Live)
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0:37
4
Reminisce (Live)
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2:39
5
Sweet Thing (Live)
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4:53
6
Mary Jane (All Night Long) (Live)
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2:20
7
Love No Limit (Live)
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3:16
8
Summer Madness (Live)
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1:42
9
My Life (Live)
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2:21
10
You Gotta Believe (Live)
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2:27
11
Slow Down (Live)
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1:51
12
Mary's Joint (Live)
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1:30
13
I'm The Only Woman (Live)
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2:04
14
Share My World (Live)
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1:59
15
I'm Goin' Down (Live)
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3:16
16
Thank You Lord (Live / Interlude)
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1:17
17
I Can Love You (Live)
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3:44
18
Keep Your Head (Live)
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1:10
19
Everything (Live)
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6:34
20
Seven Days (Live)
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4:24
21
Not Gon' Cry (Live)
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5:37
22
Missing You (Live)
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6:47
23
Day Dreaming (Live)
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2:49
24
Misty Blue (Live)
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5:08
Released 01 January 1998, ℗ 1998 Geffen Records

Review

The hype that surrounded Mary J. Blige in 1992 was definitely excessive, and those who exalted her as the "new Chaka Khan" did both Khan and Blige an unforgivable disservice (few could live up to such a title). But as the 1990s progressed, Blige really did evolve into one of the decade's most appealing R&B vocalists, and she's in good to excellent form on The Tour, which was recorded on her Share My World Tour of 1997-98. The very fact that a live urban contemporary album came out in the late 1990s was quite surprising; after all, R&B had become so technology-driven and studio-oriented that few R&B artists even bothered to make live albums anymore. But Blige was an exception, and she proves herself capable of taking it to the stage on passionate versions of such hits as "My Life," "Mary Jane (All Night Long)," "Reminisce," and "Mary's Joint." Blige could have done without the male band member who tries to function as her onstage cheerleader, but even so, this is an impressive release that her followers will want. ~ Alex Henderson