Here’s why this album should be in your collection!
Heart Break (1988) placed New Edition in direct competition against one of the group’s founding members.
Don’t Be Cruel, Bobby Brown’s second album, and Heart Break were released on the same day. Two of the industry’s most successful production teams competed: L.A. Reid and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmunds (Brown) versus Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (New Edition). Jellybean Johnson, a former band mate of Jam and Lewis in The Time, also served as a producer. Brown scored five hit singles and won a Grammy, but both albums were platinum by the fall of 1988.
Heart Break offered “Competition,” a reference to Brown; “Crucial,” “You’re Not My Kind of Girl,” and New Edition’s two greatest hits. “Can You Stand The Rain” featured Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, and newest member Johnny Gill sharing lead vocals. “If It Isn’t Love” became both a vocal and instrumental hit.
“Boys to Men” inspired a quartet from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania managed by New Edition member Michael Bivins. In 1997, Boyz II Men paid tribute to their musical idols with a cover of “Can You Stand The Rain.”
This album is available in vinyl, CD, and MP3 format from major vendors. Please consider purchasing it from a local independent record store.
Here’s an interesting fact!
Brown, Tresvant, and Gill maintained solo careers; the other New Edition members gained fame as Bell Biv Devoe. But the sextet often reassembled for studio recordings as well as concert tours-- with Boyz II Men.