Boyz II Men’s ‘Cooleyhighharmony’ is their debut album produced by Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe and released on February 14, 1991 by Motown.
Track Listing : 1.Please Don’T Go (Nathan Morris) – 04:26 . 2.Lonely Heart (Nathan Morris) – 03:42 . 3.This Is My Heart (Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman) – 03:26 . 4.Uhh Ahh (Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris) – 03:51 . 5.It’S So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian) – 02:51 . 6.Motownphilly (Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman) – 03:55 . 7.Under Pressure (Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris) – 04:15 . 8.Sympin’ (Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman) – 04:25 . 9.Little Things (Troy Taylor) – 04:04 . 10.Your Love (Troy Taylor) – 05:50
Musicians : Boyz Ii Men . Nathan Morris – Vocals . Shawn Stockman – Vocals . Wanya Morris – Vocals . Nakia Keith – Vocals On (4) . Michael Mccary – Vocals . Wanya Morris – Vocals . Mark Nauseef – Vocals . Nicole Willis – Vocals On (2) . Dallas Austin – Drums On (9), Percussion, Piano On (1) . Michael Bivins – Rap On (6) . Jack Bruce – Bass, Vocals . Rick Criniti – Guitar On (3) . Trilok Gurtu – Voices . Walter Quintus – Onaiprah, Violin . Rick Sheppard – Keyboards, Programming . Troy Taylor – Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Percussion, Piano On (9 – 10)
Production : Produced By Michael Bivins, Dallas Austin, The Characters . S. Steve Berg – Engineer . Jim Hinger – Engineer . Dennis Mitchell – Engineer . Darin Prindle – Engineer . Chris Trevett – Engineer . Dave Way – Engineer
Package : Ulf V. Kanitz – Cover Design, Photography
Recorded May—November 1990.
Released On February 14, 1991 By Motown.
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At the same time, you take out the highlights and get an album that epitomizes middling quality. “Please Don’t Go” is pretty underrated as an opener and is a pretty good contemporary R&B track. I can see how some people wanting something along the lines of “Motownphilly” would have been disappointed in this. […]
In its original ten-song form, in fact, Cooleyhighharmony is a brisk 40-minute set built for front-to-back listening, though the sequencing is more natural with the “adagio” and “allegro” halves switched up. For many of those responsible for its multi-platinum status, it is the album of the early ’90s, “Uhh Ahh”‘s amusing libidinal melisma notwithstanding. […]