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Cooleyhighharmony
Cooleyhighharmony
is the debut album by American R&B group Boyz II Men, originally released in the United States by Motown
Motown
Records on April 30, 1991. The album was mainly written by Boyz II Men
Boyz II Men
members Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris
Wanya Morris
and Shawn Stockman
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
Cooleyhighharmony
debuted at #58 on the Billboard 200
Billboard 200
and eventually peaked at #3. The album includes the Billboard Hot 100
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
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.

Contents

1 Track listing

1.1 2009 re-release

2 Personnel 3 Charts

3.1 Decade-end charts

4 Certifications 5 See also 6 References

Track listing[edit]

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[edit] 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.

Disc 1

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Please Don't Go"   4:26

2. "Lonely Heart"   3:42

3. "This Is My Heart" Daryl Simmons 3:23

4. "Uhh Ahh" Dallas Austin 3:51

5. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday"   2:51

6. "Motownphilly"   3:55

7. "Under Pressure"   4:13

8. "Sympin'"   4:23

9. "Little Things"   4:01

10. "Your Love"   5:50

11. "End of the Road"   5:50

12. "In the Still of the Night (I'll Remember)"   2:51

13. "Uhh Ahh" (sequel version)   4:15

14. "Motownphilly" (remix – radio edit)   3:59

15. "Sympin'" (remix – radio edit)   3:59

16. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (radio version)   3:06

17. "Al Final del Camino" ("End of the Road" Spanish version)   5:51

Disc 2

No. Title Length

1. "Just a Cover" (previously unreleased) 5:24

2. "Can't Be Liked" (previously unreleased) 5:50

3. "Motownphilly" (12" version) 5:39

4. "Motownphilly" (12" dub) 4:09

5. "Motownphilly" (Quiet Storm Mix) 4:06

6. "Under Pressure" (Groovy Remix) (previously unreleased in the US) 6:23

7. "Under Pressure" (extended remix) (previously unreleased in the US) 6:32

8. "Sympin'" (Remix) 5:00

9. "Sympin'" (remix – radio edit without rap) 4:17

10. "Uhh Ahh" (remix) 4:50

11. "Uhh Ahh" (sequel version – with French girl) 4:50

12. "Uhh Ahh" (sequel version – a cappella) 4:50

13. "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" (gospel version with dedication) 4:15

Personnel[edit]

Producer: Dallas Austin Executive producers: Michael Bivins
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[edit]

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[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position

US Billboard 200[23] 45

Certifications[edit]

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[edit]

List of number-one R&B albums of 1991 (U.S.)

References[edit]

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Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 17, 2017. ^ Zimbabwe. Kimberley, C. Zimbabwe: albums chart book. Harare: C. Kimberley, 2000 ^ 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.  ^ " ARIA Charts
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Boyz II Men

Nathan Morris Shawn Stockman Wanya Morris

Marc Nelson Michael McCary

Studio albums

Cooleyhighharmony II Evolution Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya Full Circle Throwback, Vol. 1 The Remedy Motown: Hitsville USA Love Twenty Collide

Compilation albums

Christmas Interpretations The Remix Collection The Ballad Collection Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection Winter/Reflections Covered: Winter The Millennium Collection: The Best of Boyz II Men

Singles

"Motownphilly" "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" "Uhh Ahh" "Please Don't Go" "End of the Road" "In the Still of the Nite (I'll Remember)" "Let It Snow" "I'll Make Love to You" "On Bended Knee" "Thank You" "Water Runs Dry" "One Sweet Day" "Brokenhearted" "Hey Lover" "4 Seasons of Loneliness" "A Song for Mama" "Doin' Just Fine" "I Will Get There" "Pass You By" "Thank You in Advance" "The Color of Love" "Relax Your Mind" "What You Won't Do for Love" "The Tracks of My Tears" "Just My Imagination" "War" "Mercy Mercy Me" "I Can't Make You Love Me" "Iris" "If You Leave Me Now"

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