Category: New Edition

BELL BIV DEVOE – HOOTIE MACK

In 1993 Bell Biv DeVoe reunited to release their 2nd album of new material. They got many of the same producers, including Wolf & Epic and L.A. & Babyface, to try to recreate the magic of their debut. Sadly, they failed. Two singles were released from this album, ABOVE THE RIM, a rap song about…

BELL BIV DEVOE – POISON

And now here’s the biggest surprise to come out of the group New Edition. Ricky Bell, who had been an occasional co-lead singer in New Eeidtion, and Michael Bivens and Ronnie DeVoe, who had primarily been background singers and rappers, formed a trio, and released this album in 1990 on MCA Records, putting out the…

JOHNNY GILL – JOHNNY GILL (1990)

Before joining New Edition for their 1988 album HEARTBREAK, Johnny had already been a solo singer, and had released an album called Johnny Gill on Atlantic Records in 1983. In 1990 he released his 2nd solo album, also called Johnny Gill, on Motown Records which, with his new popularity, was a much bigger success. Gill…

RALPH TRESVANT – RALPH TRESVANT

From the moment New Edition debuted with the Jackson Five-inspired CANDY GIRL, primary lead singer Ralph Tresvant was being compared to Michael Jackson. I think many expected him to eventually be the solo star from that group. Ironically, he ended being the last to release a solo album, which he finally did with this self-titled…

BOBBY BROWN – FOREVER

In 1997, a year after reuniting with New Edition, for their album Home Again, Bobby had once again left the group, and then released his 4th solo album on MCA Records, titled FOREVER. For this album, Bobby handled the majority of songwriting and production himself. Unfortunately, I don’t think he was ready for that type…

BOBBY BROWN – BOBBY

In 1992, Bobby released this follow up to his hit album Don’t Be Cruel. Once again enlisting L.A. and Babyface, along with others, primarily Teddy Riley, this album fully embraced the musical style that became known as New Jack Swing. The five singles from this album were all fantastic. The uptempo tracks, HUMPIN’ AROUND, GET…

BOBBY BROWN – DON’T BE CRUEL

After the lackluster results of his debut solo album, KING OF STAGE, many would have thought that leaving New Edition was a huge mistake for Bobby Brown. But in 1988 he proved them all wrong with the release of his second album, DON’T BE CRUEL. This time enlisting the help of L. A. Reid and…

BOBBY BROWN – KING OF STAGE

Soon after recording the albums ALL FOR LOVE and CHRISTMAS ALL OVER THE WORLD, Bobby Brown left/was kicked out of New Edition. He signed a deal with MCA Records as a solo act, and released his debut solo album KING OF STAGE in 1986. It was primarily produced by Cameo frontman Larry Blackmon, and most…

NEW EDITION – ONE LOVE

In 2004 New Edition was once more a quintet, as Bobby Brown was out again, and they had left MCA Records and signed with Sean Combs’ Badboy Records. The result of which is this album ONE LOVE. The first single released from this album was HOT 2NIGHT, a mid-temp track where Ralph, Johnny, Ricky, and…

NEW EDITION – HOME AGAIN

In 1996, 8 years after their last album, New Edition finally reunited (after a string of successful solo projects…which I’ll get to later) for this album, HOME AGAIN. Bobby Brown rejoined the group, making them a sextet for the first (& so far, last) time. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis were brought back to produce…

NEW EDITION – HEARTBREAK

Released in 1988, this album was the first to feature Johnny Gill, who had joined the group to replace Bobby Brown as secondary lead singer, and was primarily produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who help the group foster a more mature sound, while maintaining the smooth R&B/Pop harmonies that originally launched them to…

NEW EDITION – UNDER THE BLUE MOON

After their last full major album, ALL FOR LOVE, New Edition (now officially a quartet, without Bobby Brown) had a major hit with a cover of The Penguins’ 1954 song EARTH ANGEL, which appeared on the soundtrack to the movie THE KARATE KID II. In the wake of that hit, someone got the bright idea…

NEW EDITION – ALL FOR LOVE

In 1985 New Edition released their 3rd album, ALL FOR LOVE. Featuring several of the same songwriters and producers as the previous album, and pretty much sticks to that formula. No new ground is broken here, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The most notable fact about this album is that in-between the time…

NEW EDITION – NEW EDITION

In 1984, New Edition released their 2nd album, simply titled NEW EDITION. By now they had dropped their previous management and record label and were signed to major label, MCA Records. This time they had a larger group of songwriters and producers who were able to provide the boys with a wider-range of material, although…

NEW EDITION – CANDY GIRL

New Edition is my favorite singing group of all time. I grew up idolizing these fellas, wishing I was a member of the group. Many hours at home were spent practicing their dance moves while watching their music videos on TV. Made up of Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens, and Ronnie Devoe,…