All the Number Ones

All the Number Ones

by New EditionNew Edition


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An excellent idea that might be slightly disappointing in the execution, All the Number Ones collects 18 singles that topped Billboard magazine's R&B charts, all performed either by New Edition or its members in their various outside projects. That results in a terrific, endlessly playable collection of urban pop-soul and new jack swing, but it also means that several of the collective's best-known songs are left off simply because they didn't top the R&B charts. Missing in action are Bobby Brown's "Roni" and "Rock Wit'cha," Bell Biv DeVoe's "Do Me!," Johnny Gill's "Fairweather Friend," and Ralph Tresvant's "Stone Cold Gentleman" and "Do What I Gotta Do," plus a bevy of New Edition hits. In fact, it might have been an even better idea to gather the biggest hits by the various New Edition spin-offs and leave the parent group's output alone; such an approach would have erased the contrast between the early New Edition bubblegum singles that lead off this collection and the grittier, funkier new jack hits that follow. Still, at least these omissions are due to the compilation's stated intent (collecting All the Number Ones and nothing else), rather than a record-company marketing tactic. Even casual fans will undoubtedly miss at least a couple of the aforementioned hits, but really, what is here makes for a great listen and a fine introduction to one of the most influential R&B family trees of the '80s and early '90s.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/09/2000
Label: Hip-O Records
UPC: 0601215759822
catalogNumber: 157598
Rank: 841

Album Credits

Performance Credits

New Edition   Primary Artist
Bell Biv DeVoe   Track Performer
Johnny Gill   Track Performer
Stacy Lattisaw   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Babyface   Composer,Producer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Gene Griffin   Producer
LeMel Humes   Producer
Jimmy Jam   Producer
Terry Lewis   Producer
Ray Parker   Composer,Producer
L.A. Reid   Composer,Producer
Keith Shocklee   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Producer
Daryl Simmons   Composer,Producer
Maurice Starr   Arranger,Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Larry White   Producer
Eric Sadler   Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Albert Watson   Cover Photo
Silky   Producer
Stylz   Composer
Laura Graven   Art Direction

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