Cooleyhighharmony

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Cooleyhighharmony
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Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released April 30, 1991 (US)
December 16, 1993 (US reissue)
May 26, 2009 (Expanded edition)
Recorded September – November 1990
1991–1992
Studio Doppler Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, and others
Genre New jack swing[1]
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)Christmas Interpretations1993
Singles from Cooleyhighharmony
  1. "Motownphilly"
    Released: April 30, 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: June 30, 1992
  6. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)"
    Released: November 10, 1992
Alternate covers
Cooleyhighharmony (reissue)
Cooleyhighharmony (reissue)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[6]

Cooleyhighharmony is the debut album by American R&B group Boyz II Men, originally released in the United States by Motown Records on April 30, 1991.

The album was mainly written by Boyz II Men members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman and extensively produced by Dallas Austin. The album's name is a tribute to a real high school in Chicago: Cooley Vocational High School.[7]

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 (1993 in the US) with remixes and the inclusion of two hit singles: the worldwide smash "End of the Road" from the Boomerang soundtrack and "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)" which was initially recorded for the TV mini-series The Jacksons: An American Dream. The US release also included a Spanish version of "End of the Road".

In 2009, a two-disc digitally remastered special edition of the album was released, containing remixes as well as two previously unreleased songs.[8]

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

Gospel duo Dawkins & Dawkins incorporated one of their doo-wop melodies from "Sympin'" in "No Doubt About It" from their album Necessary Measures.

Track listing

Original 1991 edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Please Don't Go" Nathan Morris Dallas Austin 4:26
2. "Lonely Heart" N. Morris Austin 3:42
3. "This Is My Heart" Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Austin 3:23
4. "Uhh Ahh" N. Morris, W. Morris, Michael Bivins Austin 3:51
5. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian Austin 2:51
6. "Motownphilly" Austin, Bivins, N. Morris, Stockman Austin 3:55
7. "Under Pressure" Austin, N. Morris Austin 4:13
8. "Sympin'" N. Morris, Stockman, Austin Austin 4:23
9. "Little Things" Troy Taylor The Characters (Troy Taylor & Charles Farrar) 4:01
10. "Your Love" Taylor The Characters 5:50
Total length: 40:25
1993 US reissue
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" N. Morris Austin 3:42
4. "This Is My Heart" Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Austin 3:23
5. "Uhh Ahh" (sequel version) N. Morris, W. Morris, Michael Bivins Boyz II Men, Fred Jenkins 4:15
6. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" Freddie Perren, Christine Yarian 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) Austin, Bivins, N. Morris, Stockman Camille Hinds, Steve Jervier, Paul Jervier 3:59
9. "Under Pressure" Austin, N. Morris Austin 4:13
10. "Sympin'" (remix – radio edit) Austin, N. Morris, Stockman, Bivins, W. Morris Rico Anderson 3:59
11. "Little Things" Troy Taylor The Characters 4:01
12. "Your Love" Taylor The Characters 5:50
13. "Motownphilly" (original album version) Austin, Bivins, N. Morris, Stockman Austin 3:55
14. "Sympin'" (original album version) N. Morris, Stockman, Austin Austin 4:23
15. "Uhh Ahh" (original album version) N. Morris, W. Morris, Bivins Austin 3:51
16. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (Radio Version) Perren, Yarian Rex Salas, Boyz II Men 3:06
17. "End of the Road" Reid, Babyface, Simmons Reid, Babyface, Simmons, co-producer 5:50
Total length: 64:23

2009 re-release

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

Personnel

  • Producer: Dallas Austin
  • Executive producers: Michael Bivins for Biv Entertainment, Vida Sparks
  • Executive chief administrator: Jheryl Busby

Recording and engineering

  • Dave Way
  • Dennis Mitchell
  • Darin Prindle
  • Chris Trevett
  • Steve Schwartzberg
  • Jim "Jiff" Hinger
  • Mark Partis

Additional personnel

  • 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

Mixing locations

  • Soundworks Studio, New York, NY
  • Soundtract Studio, New York, NY
  • Doppler Studios, Atlanta, GA

Charts

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 4
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 39
Canadian Albums (RPM) 11
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[12] 16
European Albums Chart (Billboard)[13] 30
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 20
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 38
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[16] 91
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[17] 4
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[18] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[19] 7
US Billboard 200[20] 3
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[21] 1
Zimbabwe Albums (ZIMA)[22] 3

Decade-end charts

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[23] 45

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[24] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[25] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[26] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[27] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[29] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

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

See also

References

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  2. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/r2551
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Boyz II Men". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  4. ^ Linden, Amy (1991-07-26). "Cooleyhighharmony Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  5. ^ Draper, Jason (July 2009). "Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". Record Collector. No. 364. Retrieved July 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ "Producer Dallas Austin talks about Boyz II Men's debut album, 'Cooleyhighharmony'". Wax Poetics. Retrieved 2016-03-09. 
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Boyz-II-Men-Cooleyhighharmony/release/2702908
  9. ^ https://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?artist=%22Cooleyhighharmony%22
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  13. ^ "Hits of the World – Eurochart". Billboard. December 5, 1992. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  14. ^ InfoDisc : Tout les Titres par Artiste Archived July 15, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.
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  20. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  21. ^ "Boyz II Men Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017.
  22. ^ Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000
  23. ^ 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. 
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1994 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony". Music Canada. Retrieved July 25, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Cooleyhighharmony" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
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