Cooleyhighharmony

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Cooleyhighharmony
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released February 14, 1991 (US)
December 16, 1993 (US Reissue)
May 26, 2009 (Expanded Edition)
Recorded September 1990 - January 1991
Genre R&B, new jack swing
Length 40:25
Language English
Label Motown
Producer Michael Bivins (ex), Vida Sparks (ex) 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
  5. "End of the Road"
    Released: July 7, 1992
  6. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)"
    Released: November 10, 1992
Alternate covers
Cooleyhighharmony (Reissue)
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 debut album by American R&B/pop group Boyz II Men, originally released in the United States by Motown Records on February 14, 1991.

The album was mainly written by Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman and extensively produced by Dallas Austin.

Cooleyhighharmony debuted at #58 on the Billboard 200 and eventually peaked at #3. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 Singles, "Motownphilly" (#3), and "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (#2).

The album was re-released internationally in 1992 with remixes and the inclusion of hit single "End of the Road", which was initially recorded for the Boomerang soundtrack. "End of the Road" spent a record-breaking 13 weeks at #1 in the US, and reached #1 in Australia, United Kingdom, among others.

The album was given another re-release in the US in 1993 to include "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)" which was recorded for The Jacksons: An American Dream soundtrack and peaked at #3.

In 2009, a 2-disc digitally remastered special edition of the album was released, containing remixes as well as two previously unreleased songs.[5]

Cooleyhighharmony has been certified 9x Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over 9 million units in the US.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original Track Listing (1991)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Please Don't Go"   Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 4:26
2. "Lonely Heart"   Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 3:42
3. "This Is My Heart"   Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Dallas Austin 3:23
4. "Uhh Ahh"   Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins Dallas Austin 3:51
5. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"   Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian Dallas Austin 2:51
6. "Motownphilly"   Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman Dallas Austin 3:55
7. "Under Pressure"   Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 4:13
8. "Sympin'"   Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin Dallas Austin 4:23
9. "Little Things"   Troy Taylor The Characters (Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar) 4:01
10. "Your Love"   Troy Taylor The Characters 5:50
Total length:
40:25
1993 Reissue (USA)
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Al Final del Camino" (End of the Road - Spanish Version) Babyface, Antonio "L.A." Reid, Daryl Simmons K. C. Porter 5:51
2. "Please Don't Go"   Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 4:26
3. "Lonely Heart"   Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 3:42
4. "This Is My Heart"   Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Dallas Austin 3:23
5. "Uhh Ahh" (Sequel Version) Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins Boyz II Men, Fred Jenkins 4:15
6. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"   Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian Dalla Austin 2:48
7. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)"   Fred Parris Boyz II Men 2:51
8. "Motownphilly" (Remix - Radio Edit) Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman Camille Hinds, Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier 3:59
9. "Under Pressure"   Dallas Austin, Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 4:13
10. "Sympin'" (Remix - Radio Edit) Dallas Austin, Nathahn Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael Bivins, Wanya Morris Rico Anderson 3:59
11. "Little Things"   Troy Taylor The Characters 4:01
12. "Your Love"   Troy Taylor The Characters 5:50
13. "Motownphilly" (Original Album Version) Dallas Austin, Michael Bivins, Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman Dallas Austin 3:55
14. "Sympin'" (Original Album Version) Nathan Morris, Shawn Stockman, Dallas Austin Dallas Austin 4:23
15. "Uhh Ahh" (Original Album Version) Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Michael Bivins Dallas Austin 3:51
16. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (Radio Version) Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian Rex Salas, Boyz II Men 3:06
17. "End of the Road"   L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons L.A. Reid, Babyface, Daryl Simmons, co-producer 5:50
Total length:
64:23

2009 Re-Release[edit]

In 2009, a 2-disc digitally remastered special edition of the album was released by Hip-O Select Records. It contains the 1993 reissued version of the album, plus additional remixes and two previously unreleased tracks.

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
Position[7]
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 4
Austrian Albums Chart 39
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Dutch Albums Chart 16
European Albums Chart[8] 30
French Albums Chart[9] 20
German Albums Chart 38
Japanese Albums Chart[10] 91
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 35
UK Albums Chart 7
U.S. Billboard 200 3

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 45

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[12] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Gold 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[16] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

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

Personnel[edit]

  • Executive producers: Michael Bivins for Biv Entertainment, Vida Sparks
  • Executive boss[clarification needed] and chief administrator: Jheryl Busby
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

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. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Boyz-II-Men-Cooleyhighharmony/release/2702908
  6. ^ http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Cooleyhighharmony%22
  7. ^ http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Boyz+II+Men&titel=Cooleyhighharmony&cat=a
  8. ^ 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
  9. ^ InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste
  10. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/154394/ranking/cd_album/
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1994 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ "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
  16. ^ "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