All for Love (New Edition album)

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All for Love
Studio album by New Edition
Released November 8, 1985
Recorded April–September 1985
Studio Studio Sound Recorders
(North Hollywood, California)
Genre R&B, soul, pop
Length 45:15
Label MCA
Producer George Tobin
Vincent Brantley
Richard Rudolph
Michael Sembello
Rick Timas
Freddie Perren
New Edition chronology
New Edition
All for Love
Christmas All Over the World

All for Love is the third studio album by American R&B quintet New Edition, released by MCA Records on November 8, 1985. The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Also, this would be the final studio album to feature original group member Bobby Brown, who would shortly depart for a solo career until he would later return for their 1996 comeback album with the group, Home Again.



By Spring 1985, New Edition was one of the biggest pop acts in the world after the success of their self-titled second album released the year before. However, the group was now in mortgage to MCA Records, as a result of having borrowed money from the label to disentangle themselves from a stifling production deal they mistakenly signed during the recording of their previous album.[1] As a result, All for Love would become the first in a cluster of albums the group would be forced to record during this period to work off its debt.

Background and Brown's Departure[edit]

While most of the members were comfortable with the group's direction, Bobby Brown was becoming increasingly discontent with its bubblegum pop image.[1] Brown was also agitated at having not been more prominently featured as a lead vocalist on the album.[1] Vincent Brantley, the album's main producer, had originally sought to give Brown more solo spots. However, MCA balked at this idea — insisting that Ralph Tresvant continue to be used on principal vocals. During a national tour to promote the album, Brown often cut in on Tresvant's leads, performing more raunchily onstage compared to his band mates and angering the group's management. Growing tension between Brown and his band mates eventually reached a standoff, which contributed to his being terminated from the group in December 1985.[1] Following Brown's departure, New Edition would continue to promote All for Love as a quartet.[1]

Release and reaction[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Count Me Out" (Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas) (5:37)
  2. "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)" (Christine Perren, Richard Wyatt, Jr.) (4:05)
  3. "Sweet Thing" (Richard Rudolph, Danny Sembello, Randy Waldman) (4:13)
  4. "With You All the Way" (Carl Wurtz) (3:30)
  5. "Let's Be Friends" (David Conley, Bernard Jackson, David Townsend) (4:19)
  6. "Kickback" (Vincent Brantley, Rick Timas) (3:25)
  7. "Tonight's Your Night" (John Duarte, Mark Paul) (3:34)
  8. "Whispers in Bed" (John Duarte, Mark Paul) (3:40)
  9. "Who Do You Trust?" (David Batteau, Danny Sembello) (4:10)
  10. "School" (Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant) (4:52)
  11. "All for Love" (John Duarte, Mark Paul) (3:50)

Non Album B-sides[edit]

  • "Good Boys" (Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell) (3:50)
  • "Sneakin' Around" (Ralph Tresvant, D. Eastman, B. Hart) (3:20)


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[3] 50
US Billboard 200[4] 32
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[4] 13


Year Single Chart positions[5]
1985 "Count Me Out" 51 2
1986 "A Little Bit of Love (Is All It Takes)" 38 3
"With You All the Way" 51 7


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[6] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Adams, Dart. "Where It All Started: 25th Anniversary Retrospective Of Bobby Brown's "Don't Be Cruel" & New Edition's "Heart Break"". The Urban Daily. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Ron. New Edition: All For Love > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 07 October 2011.
  3. ^ "New Zealand Albums Chart - February 16, 1986". 
  4. ^ a b "New Edition US albums chart history". Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  5. ^ "New Edition US singles chart history". Retrieved 2011-10-07. 
  6. ^ "American album certifications – New Edition – All for Love". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH