Candy Girl (album)

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Candy Girl
Studio album by New Edition
Released March 15, 1983
Recorded 1982-1983
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 43:40
Label Streetwise/Warlock
Producer Maurice Starr, Arthur Baker
New Edition chronology
Candy Girl
(1983)
New Edition
(1984)

Candy Girl is the debut album by New Edition, released on the Streetwise label, in 1983.

Production and conception[edit]

The title song was written and produced by Maurice Starr after seeing New Edition perform at a talent show. He signed them and had them record "Candy Girl" in a small studio in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The band members were between the ages of 13-15 when the song was released.[1][unreliable source?]

Singles[edit]

  • Their debut single, "Candy Girl" was New Edition's first single, it topped the UK Singles Chart and was the first number one single to include rapping.[1]
  • The second single, "Is This the End" didn't chart as well as their debut performing outside of the Top 40 in the UK and US.
  • Their third singles "Popcorn Love" and "Jealous Girl" both released as a double sided single charted outside of the top 100 in the US.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars
Robert Christgau B[2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Maurice Starr and Michael Jonzun, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gimme Your Love"     4:15
2. "She Gives Me a Bang"     4:00
3. "Is This the End"     4:11
4. "Pass the Beat"   Arthur Baker, Maurice Starr, M.C. Globe 4:38
5. "Popcorn Love"     4:52
6. "Candy Girl"     3:54
7. "Ooh Baby"   Arthur Baker, Tina Klein-Baker, Maurice Starr 3:56
8. "Should Never Have Told Me"     4:06
9. "Gotta Have Your Lovin'"   Arthur Baker, Maurice Starr, Michael Jonzun 4:50
10. "Jealous Girl"     4:58
Total length:
43:40

Production[edit]

  • Produced By Arthur Baker, Michael Jonzun & Maurice Starr
  • Engineered By Frank Heller, James Mace, Maurice Starr & Fred Torchio
  • Mixed By Arthur Baker, Frank Heller & Maurice Starr

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe: Lead & Backing Vocals
  • Tina B.: Additional Vocals
  • Frank Heller: Tambourine
  • Bashiri Johnson, Jimmy Johnson Jr.: Percussion
  • Arthur Baker: Drums, Sound Effects
  • Maurice Starr: Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Synthesizers, Drums, Vocoder, Backing Vocals
  • Gordon Worthy: Keyboards

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Candy Girl by New Edition Songfacts". Songfacts.com. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (September 27, 1983). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  • New Edition "Candy Girl" CD Liner Notes. 1983, Streetwise/Warlock Records.