Under the Blue Moon

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Under the Blue Moon
Studio album by New Edition
Released November 24, 1986
Recorded 1986
Genre R&B
Length 33:31
Label MCA
Producer Bill Dernn, Freddie Perren, Ric Wyatt, Jr.
New Edition chronology
Christmas All Over the World
Under the Blue Moon
Heart Break

Under the Blue Moon is a concept album released by R&B/pop group New Edition by MCA on November 24, 1986. Their fourth album and third with MCA and first album after New Edition member Bobby Brown was voted out of the group, the group was going through a transitional phase during this period. It is their only album as a quartet. The album reached number 43 on the Billboard 200, and number 18 on the R&B albums chart. It was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).



New Edition recorded their cover version of "Earth Angel" for the soundtrack to the 1986 film The Karate Kid Part II. At the time of its recording, the cover was intended to be a one-off endeavor, but the popularity of the film and its soundtrack helped make the song a minor chart hit. This spawned the idea for the group to record an entire album of covers of popular doo-wop songs.[1]

Release and reaction[edit]

The album went gold primarily because of the airplay received by "Earth Angel" and marked the end of the group's management and production obligation to Jump & Shoot Productions, leaving them free to sign a subsequent new deal directly with MCA Records.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Earth Angel" (Curtis Williams, Dootsie Williams) (3:59)
  2. "A Million to One" (Phil Medley) (2:34)
  3. "Duke of Earl" (Eugene Dixon, Earl Edwards, Bernice Williams) (3:02)
  4. "(Hey There) Lonely Girl" (Leon Carr, Earl Shuman) (3:39)
  5. "A Thousand Miles Away" (William Miller, James Sheppard) (2:56)
  6. "What's Your Name?" (Claude Johnson) (4:36)
  7. "Tears on My Pillow" (Sylvester Bradford, Al Lewis) (3:56)
  8. "Blue Moon" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) (2:23)
  9. "Since I Don't Have You" (Jimmy Beaumont, Joe Rock) (2:47)
  10. "Bring Back the Memories" (Freddie Perren, Richard Wyatt, Jr.) (3:39)



Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[3] 13
US Billboard 200 43
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 11


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

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