Cooleyhighharmony

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Cooleyhighharmony
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released 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
(1993)
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. Executive produced by Michael Bivins of New Edition and Bell Biv DeVoe, the album features 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 producer(s): Michael Bivins for Biv Entertainment, Vida Sparks
Executive boss 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.