Tag: MCA Records

STACYE AND KIMIKO

Following up yesterday’s post about the SUGAR BABES I’d said at the end that the failure of their debut album wasn’t quite the end. Three years later, in 1990, group members Stacie Irvin and Kimiko Whittaker released another album on MCA Records, without Patrice Lydia, now performing as a duo called Stacye and Kimiko. They…

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…

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…

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,…

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…