Tag: Bobby Brown

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…

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 – 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 – 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,…