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Album Review

When Maurice Starr uncovered the talents of a Roxbury vocal group in the early '80s, he envisioned a second Jackson 5. That was the direction he took New Edition in its early days, and this album includes such overt Jackson 5 ripoffs as "Candy Girl" and the title track. None of the toughness or street touches that emerged on their later material was evident on this slick, pop-oriented session. Ralph Tresvant, Ronald DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Bobby Brown were all aged 13 to 15 when this was released.

Customer Reviews

"Take a Pick, Baby Its Yours!"

Although young, they had the talent. 1983 was a very competitive year for black music and Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Shalamar, The Gap Band, and The Pointer Sisters were those no one can compete with and so were New Edition (1980s version of the Jackson 5) with thier classic bubble gum pop/soul hits. I love the #1 R&B title track of course as well as the #25 R&B hit, "Popcorn Love." Proper adolescent slow jams such as "Is This The End" and the album closer "Jealous Girl" were what sparked the album and I love the music video of the former and Soul Train performance of the latter (performed 1 year after the album's release). I dug all the other tracks from the album except for the boring, "Ohh Baby" 9 out of 10, but you can't win them all from boys ages 14 and 15. Since this album/cd is still in print (unlike many other old school albums), this is a must purchase/download for any NE fan. I'm glad I own this cd and their self titled and Heartbreak of which these three are their best!!


i love new edition, i wasn't even alive in the 80's. the 80's work of theirs is way better than the 90's!


Even though i was only 3 when this album came out I can't get even of New Edition!! They are soo fine.


Formed: 1982 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

New Edition's early, Jackson 5-inspired material made them the forerunners of two generations of teen pop (most of which was geared to white audiences). As they matured and progressed, they laid much of the groundwork for the fusion of hip-hop and R&B known as new jack swing. In fact, after New Edition drifted apart, all of its members had at least some significant success outside the group as part of the new jack movement, which helped ensure that their original incarnation would be remembered for...
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