Cooleyhighharmony

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Cooleyhighharmony
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released February 14, 1991 (US)
February 14, 1993 (UK)
Recorded September 1990 - January 1991
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 40:25
Language English
Label Motown
Producer Michael Bivins, Dallas Austin, The Characters
Boyz II Men chronology
Cooleyhighharmony
(1991)
Christmas Interpretations
(1993)
Singles from Cooleyhighharmony
  1. "Motownphilly"
    Released: May 24, 1991
  2. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
    Released: August 20, 1991
  3. "Uhh Ahh"
    Released: November 26, 1991
  4. "Please Don't Go"
    Released: March 17, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Cooleyhighharmony is the 1991 debut album by Motown group Boyz II Men. The album includes the hit singles "Motownphilly" and "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday", a G.C. Cameron cover from the Cooley High soundtrack.

Cooleyhighharmony debuted on the Billboard 200 at #58 but months later reached #3 on the US charts and #7 in the UK, and was reissued in 1993 with several new tracks and remixes, as well as the group's #1 US hit from the Boomerang soundtrack, "End of the Road". It primarily topped the Top R&B Albums chart for two weeks. In October 2004, Motownphilly appeared in popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, playing on fictional New Jack Swing radio station CSR 103.9.

On August 17, 2009 Cooleyhighharmony (Expanded Edition) the digitally remastered 2-disc special edition was released.[5] It was released in the United States on May 2009 by Hip-O Select,[6] and contains the 1993 17-track version of the album on the first disc and a 13-track second disc consisting of remixes as well as two previously unreleased songs produced by Troy Taylor and Charles Farrar.[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Please Don't Go" – 4:26
  2. "Lonely Heart" – 3:42
  3. "This Is My Heart" – 3:26
  4. "Uhh Ahh" – 3:51
  5. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" – 2:51
  6. "Motownphilly" – 3:55 (featuring Michael Bivins)
  7. "Under Pressure" – 4:15
  8. "Sympin'" – 4:25
  9. "Little Things" – 4:04
  10. "Your Love" – 5:50

Track listing (reissue)[edit]

"End Of The Road" from Cooleyhighharmony (1993 re-release)

Spanish language version from the same album

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Cooleyhighharmony [Reissue]
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released December 16, 1993
Recorded 1990 ~ 1993
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 64:23
Language English
Label Motown
Producer Michael Bivins, Dallas Austin, The Characters
Boyz II Men chronology
Cooleyhighharmony
(1991)
Christmas Interpretations
(1993)
Singles from Cooleyhighharmony
  1. "End of the Road"
    Released: July 7, 1992
  2. "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)"
    Released: November 10, 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[8]
  1. "Al Final del Camino (End of the Road)" [Spanish Version]
  2. "Please Don't Go"
  3. "Lonely Heart"
  4. "This Is My Heart"
  5. "Uhh Ahh" [Sequel Version]
  6. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"
  7. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)"
  8. "Motownphilly" [Remix Radio Edit]
  9. "Under Pressure"
  10. "Sympin'" [Remix Radio Edit]
  11. "Little Things"
  12. "Your Love"
  13. "Motownphilly" [Original Version]
  14. "Sympin'" [Original Version]
  15. "Uhh Ahh" [Original Version]
  16. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" [Radio Edit]
  17. "End of the Road" [LP Version]

Album information (1991 album)[edit]

Technical information[edit]

US release (CD)

Catalogue number: MOTD-6320
AAD
(P) © 1991 Motown Record Company, L.P., 6255 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028
Distributed by Uni Distribution Corp.

Track information[edit]

Lead and background vocals: Boyz II Men
  1. "Please Don't Go" – 4:24 BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Piano and percussion: Dallas Austin
  2. "Lonely Heart" – 3:39 BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Female voice: Nichole Williams
  3. "This Is My Heart" – 3:23 BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Acoustic guitar: Rich Criniti of Blackeyed Susan
  4. "Uhh Ahh" – 3:49 ASCAP/BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins
    • Arranged by Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Female voice: Nakia Keith
  5. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" – 2:48 BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Boyz II Men
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
  6. "Motownphilly" – 3:55 ASCAP/BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Rap: Michael Bivins
  7. "Under Pressure" – 4:13 ASCAP/BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
  8. "Sympin'" – 4:23 ASCAP/BMI
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by: Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
  9. "Little Things" – 4:01 ASCAP
    • Produced by The Characters: Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar for Character Productions, Inc.
    • Written by Troy Taylor
    • Drums, percussion, bass, acoustic piano, and keys: Troy Taylor
    • Drums by: Dallas Austin
    • Drum programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Rhythm and vocal arrangement: Troy Taylor
  10. "Your Love" – 5:50 ASCAP
    • Produced by The Characters: Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar for Character Productions, Inc.
    • Written by Troy Taylor
    • Drums, percussion, bass, acoustic piano, and keys: Troy Taylor
    • Rhythm and vocal arrangement: Troy Taylor

Production information[edit]

  • Executive producers: Michael Bivins for Biv Entertainment, Vida Sparks
  • Executive boss[clarification needed] and chief administrator: Jheryl Busby
Recording location:
  • Studio 4, Philadelphia, PA
  • Soundworks Studio, New York, NY
  • Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA
Recording and miscellaneous engineers:
  • Dave Way
  • Dennis Mitchell
  • Darin Prindle
  • Chris Trevett
  • Steve Schwartzberg
  • Jim "Jiff" Hinger
  • Mark Partis
Produced by: Dallas Austin
Mixing locations:
  • Soundworks Studio, New York, NY
  • Soundtract Studio, New York, NY
  • Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA
Mastering: Chris Bellman
Mastering location: Bernie Grundman Mastering
Creative director: Michael Bivins
Art director: Stephen Meltzer
Design: Kaie Wellman
Assistant designer: Elizabeth Matbeny
A&R director: Vida Sparks
Assistant: Darrale Jones
Administrative assistant: Dianne Johnson
Photography: Butch Belaire
Hair and make-up: Helene Andersson
Stylist: Agnes Baddoo

Album information (1993 album)[edit]

Technical information[edit]

US release (CD)

  • Catalogue number: 314-530231-2
  • (P) 1991 Motown Record Company, L.P., Los Angeles, CA 90028 (Except tracks: 1, 7, 10, 17)
  • (P) © 1993 Motown Record Company, L.P., Los Angeles, CA 90028
  • Manufactured by PolyGram and Marketed by PolyGram Latino

Track information[edit]

Lead and background vocals: Boyz II Men
  1. "Al Final del Camino (End of the Road)" [Spanish Version]
    • Mix engineer: Tony "Jiff" Peluso
  2. "Please Don't Go" – 4:24
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Piano and percussion: Dallas Austin
    Published by Mike Ten Publishing (BMI)
  3. "Lonely Heart" – 3:39
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written and arranged by Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Piano: Dallas Austin
    • Female voice: Nichole Williams
    Published by Mike Ten Publishing (BMI)
  4. "This Is My Heart" – 3:23
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Acoustic guitar: Rich Criniti of Blackeyed Susan
    Published by Mike Ten Publishing (BMI)
  5. "Uhh Ahh" [Sequel Version] – 4:13
    • Produced by Boyz II Men for Biv Entertainment
      • Co-produced by Fred Jenkins for Sunnyland Productions
    • Written by Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins
    • Arranged by Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Female voice: Nakia Keith
    Published by Biv Ten Publishing (ASCAP)/Mike Ten Publishing (BMI)
  6. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" [Original Version] – 2:48
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Boyz II Men
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    Published by Jobete Music
  7. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)" – 2:51
    • Produced by Boyz II Men for Biv Entertainment
    • Written by F. Parris
    Published by Llee Corp. (BMI)
  8. "Motownphilly" [Remix Radio Edit] – 3:59
    • Produced by Camille Hinds, Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier
    • Written by Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Rap: Michael Bivins
    Michael Bivins appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
    Published by Diva One Music/Biv Ten Publishing/Mike Ten Publishing (ASCAP/BMI)
  9. "Under Pressure" – 4:13
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Dallas Austin
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    Published by Diva One Music (ASCAP)
  10. "Sympin'" [Remix Radio Edit] – 3:59
    • Produced by Rico Anderson for Biv Entertainment
    • Written by Dallas Austin, Nathahn Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael Bivins, Wanya Morris
    • Arranged by Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    Published by Diva One Music/Biv Ten Publishing (BMI)
    • Rap: Michael Bivins
  11. "Little Things" – 4:01
    • Produced by The Characters: Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar for Character Productions, Inc.
    • Written by Troy Taylor
    • Drums, percussion, bass, acoustic piano, and keys: Troy Taylor
    • Drums by: Dallas Austin
    • Drum Programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Rhythm and vocal arrangement: Troy Taylor
    Published by Chrysalis Music/Kharatroy Music (ASCAP)
  12. "Your Love" – 5:50
    • Produced by The Characters: Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar for Character Productions, Inc.
    • Written by Troy Taylor
    • Drums, percussion, bass, acoustic piano, and keys: Troy Taylor
    • Rhythm and vocal arrangement: Troy Taylor
    Published by Chrysalis Music/Kharatroy Music (ASCAP)
  13. "Motownphilly" [Original Version] – 3:55
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Rap: Michael Bivins
    Michael Bivins appears courtesy of MCA Records, Inc.
    Published by Diva One Music/Biv Ten Publishing/Mike Ten Publishing (ASCAP/BMI)
  14. "Sympin'" [Original Version] – 4:23
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman
    • Arranged by Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Female voice: Nakia Keith
    Contains samples from the James Bond Theme
    Published by Biv Ten Publishing/Mike Ten Publishing (ASCAP/BMI)
  15. "Uhh Ahh" [Original Version] – 3:49
    • Produced by Dallas Austin for Diva One Productions
    • Written by Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins
    • Arranged by Wanya Morris, Nathan Morris
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    • Female voice: Nakia Keith
    Published by Biv Ten Publishing/Mike Ten Publishing (ASCAP/BMI)
  16. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" [Radio Version] – 3:06
    • Produced by Rex Salas, Boyz II Men
    • Written by Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian
    • Arranged by Dallas Austin, Boyz II Men
    • Sampling and MIDI programming: Rich Sheppard
    Published by Jobete Music
  17. "End of the Road" [LP Version] – 5:50
    • Produced by L.A. Reid, Babyface
      • Co-produced by Daryl Simmons
    • Written by L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons
    Published by Kear Music/Ensign Music Corp./Green Skirt Music (BMI)

Production information[edit]

  • Executive producer(s): Michael Bivins for Biv Entertainment, Vida Sparks
  • Executive producer (Track 7): Suzanne De Passe, Steve McKeever
  • Executive producer (Track 17): Antonio M. Reid, Kenneth B. Edmonds
  • Executive boss and chief administrator: Jheryl Busby

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 45

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Position[10]
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 4
Austrian Albums Chart 39
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Dutch Albums Chart 16
European Albums Chart[11] 30
French Albums Chart[12] 20
German Albums Chart 38
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 91
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 35
UK Albums Chart 7
U.S. Billboard 200 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[14] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[15] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[16] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[17] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[18] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Cooleyhighharmony (Expanded Edition)
Compilation album by Boyz II Men
Released May 26, 2009
Recorded 1990-1993, 2009
Genre R&B, new jack swing, soul
Language English, Spanish
Label Motown, Hip-O Select, UMG
Producer Michael Bivins, Dallas Austin, The Characters, Troy Taylor, Charles Farrar
Boyz II Men chronology
Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA
(2007)
Cooleyhighharmony (Expanded Edition)
(2009)
Love
(2009)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[19]

Album Information (2009, Expanded Edition)[edit]

Track listing[edit]

[20]

Original album
  1. "Please Don't Go 4:26
  2. "Lonely Heart 3:42
  3. "This Is My Heart 3:26
  4. "Uhh Ahh 3:51
  5. "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday 2:51
  6. "Motownphilly 3:55
  7. "Under Pressure 4:14
  8. "Sympin 4:24
  9. "Little Things 4:04
  10. "Your Love 5:54
  11. "End Of The Road 5:51
  12. "In The Still Of The Night (I'll Remember) 2:51
  13. "Uhh Ahh (Sequel Version) 4:16
  14. "Motownphilly (Remix Radio Edit) 3:53
  15. "Sympin (Remix Radio Edit) 4:00
  16. "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Radio Version) 3:09
  17. "Al Final Del Camino (End Of The Road, Spanish Mix) 5:50
Bonus disc
  1. "Just A Cover Up 5:25
  2. "Can't Be Liked 5:52
  3. "Motownphilly (12" Version) 5:41
  4. "Motownphilly (12" Dub) 4:09
  5. "Motownohilly (Quiet Storm Mix) 4:07
  6. "Under Pressure (Groovy Remix) 6:34
  7. "Under Pressure (Extended Remix) 6:33
  8. "Sympin (Remix Version) 5:02
  9. "Sympin (Remix Radio Edit Without Rap) 4:18
  10. "Uhh Ahh (Remix Version) 4:51
  11. "Uhh Ahh (Sequel Version With French Girl) 4:51
  12. "Uhh Ahh (Sequel Version Acappella) 4:52
  13. "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday (Gospel Version With Dedication) 4:15

Credits[edit]

[21]

  • Aaron Bobby Campbell Overdubs, Programming
  • Agnes Baddoo Stylist
  • Amy Linden Liner Notes
  • Camelle Hinds Producer
  • Charles Farrar Producer
  • Chris Bellman Mastering
  • Chris Trevett Mixing, Engineer
  • Dallas Austin Mixing, Percussion, Arranger, Remixing, Piano, Producer
  • Darin Prindle Mixing, Engineer
  • Darrale Jones Assistant
  • Daryl Simmons Producer
  • Dave Way Mixing, Engineer
  • David Roth Photography
  • Dennis Mitchell Mixing, Engineer
  • Fred Jenkins Remixing, Overdubs, Remix Producer, Programming
  • Greg Ross Package Design
  • Harry Weinger Producer
  • Helene Andersson Hair Stylist, Make-Up
  • Jim Hinger Mixing, Engineer
  • K.C. Porter Producer
  • L.A. Reid Producer
  • Mark Partis Mixing, Engineer
  • Michael Bivins Rap, Arranger, Creative Director
  • Michael McCary Group Member
  • Michele Horie Art Direction
  • Nakia Keith Voices
  • Nathan Morris Arranger, Group Member
  • P. Jervier Producer
  • Rex Salas Remixing
  • Rick Criniti Guitar (Acoustic)
  • Rick Sheppard Programming, Sampling
  • Rico Anderson Producer, Remix Producer, Remixing
  • Ryan Null Photo Coordination
  • S. Steve Berg Mixing, Engineer
  • Seth Foster Digital Remastering
  • Shawn Stockman Group Member, Arranger
  • Steve Jervier Producer
  • Steve McKeever Executive Producer
  • Steve Meltzer Art Direction
  • Suzanne de Passe Executive Producer
  • Tony Scott Rap
  • Troy Taylor Rhythm Arrangements, Piano, Keyboards, Vocal Arrangement, Percussion, Drums, Producer, Bass
  • Vida Sparks Executive Producer, A&R
  • Wanya Morris Arranger, Group Member

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r2551
  2. ^ Linden, Amy (1991-07-26). "Cooleyhighharmony Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Boyz II Men". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 100. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  5. ^ "Buy Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony - Expanded Edition online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Play.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  6. ^ "Cooleyhighharmony - Expanded Edition: Boyz II Men: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  7. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1563145
  8. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r189105
  9. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  10. ^ http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Boyz+II+Men&titel=Cooleyhighharmony&cat=a
  11. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=KRAEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=5 December 1992|accessdate=25 July 2012
  12. ^ InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste
  13. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/154394/ranking/cd_album/
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1994 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  15. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  17. ^ "British album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Cooleyhighharmony in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  18. ^ "American album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  19. ^ "Cooleyhighharmony". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  20. ^ "Cooleyhighharmony (Expanded Edition) by Boyz II Men - BlueBeat.com: Play Free Music". BlueBeat.com. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 
  21. ^ "Boyz II Men - Cooleyhighharmony Exp +Used CD available for Swap". Swapacd.com. 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2012-02-10.