This article is from the Mariah Carey FAQ, by Kade Hansson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
There is are a few instrumental or karaoke albums available, but they are not
officially endorsed. See question F4. Additionally, MIDI music files are
readily available on the net (see G8). For the musically inclined, sheet
music is available. Question M2h has a list of songbooks.
Rachid Guernane has indicated that the avid Mariah fan can track down true
instrumental versions (that is the exact same backing tracks Mariah sings to)
of some songs. The instrumental tracks he has been able to find:
Against All Odds
[from the Japanese 5" CD single.]
All I Want For Christmas Is You
[from the Merry Christmas CD Plus, used in the introduction
to the interactive session.]
[from the US/European/Australian 5" CD single & the Japanese
3" CD single.]
[from a rare French compilation.]
Sweetheart/ The Story Instrumental
[from the US promo CD single & the Japanese 5" CD single.]
When You Believe
[from the US CD single.]
DVD (see question T3) would provide the ideal format for delivering such
material. However, to my knowledge, there is no DVD containing karaoke
versions of Mariah Carey's songs. However, Mariah Carey's music DVDs (see question M2f)
do include synchronised lyrics, and many audio receivers allow vocals to be
suppressed. There may also be laserdiscs available with Mariah Carey songs on
them, so check in a laserdisc catalogue.
I myself have a long-standing project to create a karaoke machine based on a
computer and a CD player, but I wouldn't wait for that. If you are
interested, e-mail me and I'll tell you how it's coming along.