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1. Livin' the Luxury Brown
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The renaissance R&B group from Minneapolis is back with another classic release! Livin' the Luxury Brown is a continuation of the R&B, rock, jazz alternative, hip-hop sound that the band developed in 1989 with their breakthrough album Meant to Be Mint, which included the hit single "Pretty Brown Eyes." Mint Condition continued to grow their loyal fan base with songs like "U Send Me Swingin'" on the album From the Mint Factory and the song "What Kind of Man Would I Be," their platinum single from the gold album Definition Of A Band. Including their last release, Life's Aquarium, Mint Condition has sold over 3.8 million records. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mint Condition / Living the Luxury Brown
Mint Condition has absolutely out done themselves with their latest release "Living the Luxury Brown". I Love this group for one they're talented enough to have a band they're not a Studio group these guys can play an instrument, where would our music industry be with out instruments? It's not sex, drugs and lifestyles that I'm going to the store to purchase but the soul of music in every form and these guys have it. Smooth listening, to Rock to jazz in one take one song. Ilove you Mint.....

5-0 out of 5 stars Back and better than ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Being a musician. I want to be in Mint Condition when I grow up!!! (OK I'm already grown and it's too late for that but if you sing or play you know what I mean.)They are the last R&B band. (Not to mention they'realso a jazz, rock and latin...bascially WHATEVER THEY WANT TO BE BAND!!) How do you pick favorites when ever song is the bomb in different way!! Luxury Brown is another benchmark album by the band that really SHOULD be setting the standard for R&B. I wish the rest of the Hip Hop and R&B acts out there didn't save all the live instruments for the road. Put some live drums on a uptempo cut.....Nuf Said. The world needs more tastes of the Mint !!!!!
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5-0 out of 5 stars The return of "REAL MUSIC"
Mint Condition. The name itself is the personification of excellence. I grew up on the Mint sound and I was somewhat surprised 2 hear the new single "I'm ready" playing on the radio one day while I was in art class. I just couldn't wait until the whole cd dropped and boy was i satisfied.
Mint Condition has always been known 4 their extremely beautiful ballads and they continue 2 create those ballads on "Livin' the Luxury Brown" I've always said that the best ballad Mint had ever done was the song "So Fine", but I think that there has 2 b an adjustment in that category now that "Livin'" has been released. I can truly say that my best song 2 date from Mint has 2 b "Fallin' Apart". This has 2 be the best slow jam that they have ever done. I like the way Mint combined rock with the slow jam enviornment. The song starts off as any other slow jam would and then it suddenly switches 2 the guitar thang and then it calms back down. This was really intresting 2 hear and it solidified itself in my heart as the best slow jam Mint has ever done.
Another 1 of my favorites on "Livin'" is 1 Wish. I kinda think that they included this song as a personal message 2 ex-Mint member Keri Lewis who' 4 some odd reason, decided 2 leave the band. " If I had the chance 2 do it all again, wouldn't have left my friends, wouldn't have left the band that I was in." Hmm.This song also has that rock flavor and Mint performs it so well.
Another favorite would b "Love Your Tears Away." This, again, shows Mint @ it's best.
"My Sista" is another 1 of my favorites. This song really caught my attention. The beat is just perfect and the lyrics r like icing on the cake. Other favorites include "Whoaa", "Half an Hour", especially the song "We got Us", hell, the whole cd is tight.
In this day and age of the garbage I call hip hop/ rap, it's really a relief 2 hear real music again. 1 thing I admire about Mint is that unlike other ole' school artist who combine 2days hip hop scene in2 the songs they create so that they may keep up with the ever-changing atmosphere of music, Mint sticks with what has made them 1 of the best , if not the best live , real music-playing bands out there. All I have 2 say is that I hope they continue 2 create the type of music that has made them the best @ what the do. Yall keep up the good work fellows. It was well worth the wait. And oh, don't make us wait another 6 years again dudes. That,s torture.

5-0 out of 5 stars I'M DOWN WITH THE MINT!!!
Mint Condition is Back!!! These Minneapolis boyz know how to JAM A PARTY! Wow. An eclectic set that runs the gamut of pop, soul, rock, blues, jazz. Whatever your taste, you will find it in this band's latest release.Definitely a better follow up to their previous one-off outing on the Elektra label, independent production is surely the way to go for these cats - brothers with an uncompromising vision for being true to themselves and their unique artistry. Had the pleasure of meeting them at an instore promotion recently, and they are as humble as you'd expect. Very glad that they have had the perserverance to stick it out in a very fickle "flavor of the week" industry. Track picks: "Sista", "Runaway", "Doormat", "Fallin Apart" & "We Got Us."As a bonus, check out the included in-concert dvd featuring the band doing their signature hits as well as cuts from the new cd.Excellent!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best releases of 2005
This is a tight and strong collection of songs MC put together. The musicianship is excellent. I like the different genres of music that MC covers, particularly the rock sound. I have a feeling that MC will do more rock songs on future releases, which is not a bad thing because songs like Runaway and Falling apart are awesome. My favorites songs are My sista, Love your tears, I'm Ready, Luxury Brown, Fallin apart, Runaway and Sad Girl. If you like real music played by real musicians then go get this cd. ... Read more


2. Don't Be Cruel
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Although his first solo record tanked, this release looked like the beginning of a superstar career. Brown, a former lead vocalist with New Edition (he was replaced by Johnny Gill, but both men participate in most NE reunions) has an appealing, if somewhat grainy, voice. It's a good match for the hip-hop beats that underpin some of the best songs here, especially "My Prerogative," which at the time sounded like an anthem. His ability to deftly merge R&B's upscale and hip-hop street esthetic (both Teddy Riley and Babyface produce tracks on this CD) changed the role of the rake hero. Sadly, this was Brown's lone significant musical moment as a solo artist. Except for marrying Whitney Houston, his life since has become a skein of self-destructive activities. --Martin Johnson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars It Was His Prerogative.
If you weren't at least a teenager in the late 1980s, then you'll most likely have a hard time believing that Bobby Brown made headlines for his hits and not for his embarrassing run-ins with the law. In retrospect, the success of this former New Edition member wasn't supposed to happen and it surprised all parties involved--even Brown himself. After the flop album "King of Stage," Brown had one more chance to prove himself as a solo artist, and nobody was sure if "Don't Be Cruel" would be a hit. Fortunately for him, it was. It skyrocketed to Number One on the album charts, spawned a string of Top Ten hits, and his onstage dance moves made him a new teen heartthrob. What's more, "Don't Be Cruel" is credited as an album that helped put two things on the map: a) new jack swing and b) LA Reid & Babyface, the production team who did a handful of the material on this album. However, his most familiar single was the Gene Griffin/Teddy Riley-produced "My Prerogative," which is just as slammin' a new jack groove as anything Guy ever recorded. The hits "Every Little Step" (whose original album version is way better than the single remix, in my mind), "Roni," and the ballad "Rock Wicthca" are all bonafide jams that have that late-1980s r&b feel, while the album cut "I'll Be Good to You" also stands out pretty well. "Don't Be Cruel" isn't a perfect album, though. Brown's vocal style is limited and the second half of the album loses a bit of steam. But it's an overall fun r&b record that proves Brown did indeed have a life well before he made headlines as Mr. Whitney Houston.

5-0 out of 5 stars new jack classics
Bobby Brown is credited for being the most commercially succcessful artist from the era now known as new jack swing. And with good reason too. Don't Be Cruel was his 2nd solo project that was in deep contrast to his 1st. It was more aggressive, harder-edged, and just a new artistic format overall. He always had a niche for rapping, even with new edition, and he truly shines on "dont be cruel", "my perogative", and "all day, all night". Not only did he prove that he could rap, but he also showed that he can croon too, as shown on classics like "roni", "rock witcha", and "i really love you girl". Overall, Brown showed his versatility and charisma, riding to the top of the r&b charts in the process. Brown may not have originated new jack swing, but he certainly is the one who popularized it, along with his cohorts new edition, guy, and al b. sure. If you are even a casual new jack fan, "Don't Be Cruel" is a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars real r&b music
usher is the only artist today that still uses this style. bobby brown is so talented i can't believe he stopped making music. this is as classic of a cd as michael jackson's off the wall. get you life together and get back to what you do best music. i can't wait to hear some new music from you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most influential R&B album of the last 15 years
When people think of the Bobby Brown these days, they think of the pathetic loser that's bringing down Whitney Houston's life and career; but at one time he was the biggest singer in the world. People were questioning his decision to leave New Edition; but it was the best move he could he could possibly make(and for New Edition; their post-Bobby album "Heartbreak" is a classic). This album is solely responsible for the raunchy bad boy R&B that is flooding the airwaves today; from Usher, B2K, Marques Houston, R.Kelly,Tyrese, Ginuwine and even Justin Timberlake owe B.Brown their careers. This has some of modern urban music's standards;"My Perogative"(which unfortunately be his life's theme song), "Roni"(MY SONG!), "Every Little Step", "On Our Own" and the anthemic title track. This will probably be Bobby's last shining moment in the spotlight; as the old saying goes: There's nothing worse in life to see than wasted potential.

5-0 out of 5 stars Every Little Step I Take...You Will Be There...
I don't remember what it was earlier this year ( prolly the radio ) talking about old Bobby Brown was about to drop again and how it would be better than 'Don't Be Cruel'. I bust out laughing...I thought 'Impossible...preposterous, ludicrous!" After all, this album was THE JOINT when it dropped. I don't care what anyone said if you didn't have this album you were an outsider, a joke, the laughing stock. IF you didn't know "Don't Be Cruel" by heart, forget about having friends.

"Ohoh, girl

As long as I've been givin' my love to you
You should be givin' me your love, too
But you just keep on actin' just like a fool
You know it ain't cool
Don't Be Cruel...cause I would never be that cruel to you...
Don't Be Cruel...girl you need to change your attitude!"

You know you had your little childhood relationship battles...I know you did. That was the jam...it was undeniable. 'Roni' was equally the jam.

"My heart belongs to tenderoni ( she's my only love!)
She's My Only Love ( My Heart)
The truth about Roni, she's a sweet ol' girl
About the sweetest little girl in the whole wild world
She'll make the toughest homeboy fall deep in love
Said once you had a Roni you will never give her up
She's a special kind of girl that makes her daddy feel proud
You know the kinda girl that stands out in crowds
Found a tender roni and the Roni is so right
I think I'm gonna love her for the rest of my life"

WHAT!? Known by heart by many. And those were just the semi-jams. Don't forget about 'My Prerogative', 'Rock Witcha' and 'Every Little Step'. Straight up JAMMIN. Funky, movin, grooving, and straight up smoove. The Hip Hop and R&B was PERFECTLY blended here and never since has it been surpassed...maybe equalized but not surpassed. Definitely (in my mind) the opal of the New Jack swing era. Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel...a MUST HAVE. ... Read more


3. Poison
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In 1990, it was still fairly novel to mix R&B songcraft with overpowering hip-hop beats, so this spinoff by New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe seemed innovative and exciting. Sadly it hasn't aged well. None of the three are compelling singers, and they lack the ability to plead for love effectively (anyone can demand love, but a true soulman has to convince a reluctant participant). Nor are they imaginative rappers--neither their words nor their delivery stand out. But this disc came before the likes of Missy Elliott, Puff Daddy, Jermaine Dupri, or Dallas Austin made a big impact on the scene. As such it's a fine document of black teenage lust during the Gulf War months. --Martin Johnson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars new jack at its best
i cant say enuff about bbd. from their spinoff debut in 1990 to their most recent release in 2000, they will truly be remembered as one of the most innovative acts in new jack swing. with that said, "poison" established that feat. not only was it a commercial success, but it triggered a domino-effect as everyone was beginning to tolerate new jack swing as the heart of urban music. in relation to the album, every single track feeds off the next. "dope" lets u know right off the bat that they are not new edition. the lyrics are harder-edge, the rapping is pleasant, and the beat is refreshing. it also sets the tone for the rest of the album with their harder-edge, sexually explicit lyrics on tracks like "do me!", "let me know sometihing", and "poison", among others. Towards the end, hints of new edition begin to surface with the surprisingly well-produced ballad "when will i see you smile again" and follows it up with a just as beautiful ballad "i do need you". the only sore thumb is the last track, poison (club version). I still think they could have crafted just one more ballad or two to make the album more complete. nevertheless, "poison" is the essential new jack album. If you enjoyed the new jack era and want to reminisce, "poison" is a must-have.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ain't Nut'in' Changed
After so many faceless, Guy soundalike albums came out in the late '80s to early-to mid-'90s (II D Extreme, Basic Black, Intro, Today, Arb, Le Gent, Force One Network, Lo-Key, Mind, Lorenzo, ect.), its important to give credit to the "new jack swing" era's most creative and imaginative figures, Bell Biv DeVoe. Formely of New Edition, the trio is comprised of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivens, and Ronnie DeVoe. Bell Biv DeVoe got a range of producers for its debut album, containing the popular, established hitmakers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Public Enemy producers Hank and Keith Shocklee. The results would be the most tough-minded, hard-edged blend of R&B/funk and hip-hop the era had ever seen. Poison was unlike anything New Edition had ever recorded, departing from the usual and customary Jackson 5-influenced "bubblegum soul" New Edition was originally known for. The sounds were funkier, and the hooks, lyrics, and vocals were sexier.

The overall arrangement would payoff. Poison hit No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 5 on the Billboard 200, unleashing five hits, two top five hits on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Poison" No. 3 and "Do Me" No. 3), and three top ten on the R&B charts ("B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?" No. 1, "She's Dope!" No. 9, "When Will I See You Smile Again?" No. 3). "Poison" was slingshoted by a driving skipping hip-hop beat. The song mixed their sweet, well-honed harmony singing with tough, aggressive R&B funk with even a blend of Rap. "Do Me!" "B.B.D. (Thought It Was Me)?" and "She's Dope!" followed the same route. B.B.D. returns close to the New Edition sound, with the excellent new jack ballads (two of the finest the genre has to offer) "When Will I See You Smile Again?" and "I Do Need You."

Along with Guy, Bobby Brown, and Keith Sweat, Bell Biv DeVoe delivered some of new jack swing's greatest material. While most "New Jacks" waisted their time trying to be Guy clones, Bell Biv DeVoe took a daring risk to distinguish their own sound and style and the results were un-describable. Unfortunately, the sounds of new jack swing wouldn't survive the '90s, but for the brief run new jack swing had (late-'80s-early-'90s) it was the finest music we had seen in the last twenty years, timeless. Poison is arguably the greatest new jack swing release, only to be rivaled by Bobby Brown's Don't Be Cruel, Guy's self-titled debut, Keith Sweat's Make it Last Forever, and to a lesser-degree Boyz II Men's Cooleyhighharmony, Troop's Attitude, and Tony Toni Tone's The Revival.

5-0 out of 5 stars old days
Aww I remember poison. That was the JAM! They were all good while it lasted.

5-0 out of 5 stars New Jack's Most Creative Outfit!
Bell Biv Devoe stormed onto the urban contemporary scene at the height of new jack swing. Coming off an impressive run with New Edition with "Heart Break" and Bobby Brown's breakthrough success with "Don't Be Cruel", their was so much anticipation for their debut release. It's safe to say the spin-off group answered the expectations more than they initially hoped for.

Debuting as the No. 1 r&b Album, "Poison" spun off FOUR hit singles, with two topping the charts, and was basically all the rage throughout 1990 and an early part of 1991. From the urgency of "Do Me!" to the pleading of "When Will I See You Smile Again" to the rawness of "She's Dope!" to the lighter convey of "I Do Need You", B.B.D. successfully departed from the bubblegum sound of New Edition that claimed there name to fame and was the one of the first new jack outfits to acquire a harder-edge. Many other urban and pop acts were to follow in their footsteps, but harder-edged "new jack swing" began on this monumental release. They single-handedly transformed new jack, and would domino-effect the genre's dominance of the urban audience for a couple of more years.

To add more prudence to their signficance, there is not a dud track. From the booty-shaking, be-boping, get-on-the-floor-and-dance new jack cuts to the slow-burning, convincing ballads, B.B.D. put together a hell of an album! Even the club version of "Poison" is distinguished from the original! Unfortunately, this would be the pinnacle of B.B.D.'s career, save for the babyface smash "Something In Your Eyes" on their sophomore release, and is essential for casual or die-hard new jack fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Posterity, Please!
All those new jacks out there somewhere... you know there's either a tape of this album under your beds, or else there should have been. With tracks like "Poison" and "BBD... I Thought It Was Me", Bel Biv Devoe hit the big time even if only for a short while.

Thing is, the time, the production, the place, it was all perfect. Over 13 years later, it's not as hard-hitting or as listenable as it was then, but respect must be paid. Some essential new jack tunes for a new jack era. ... Read more


4. The Collection: 1991-1998
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential!
This collection of great songs really is a must-have. Not only does it offer all the big hits Mint Condition enjoyed up to 98, it also includes a number of outstanding album tracks, and some not so common versions of popular singles. Not only is there "Breakin' My Heart" or "U Send Me Swinging" but also "My Dear" - and my absolute favorite "The Never That You'll Never Know". As their regular albums sometimes suffer from the occasional filler track, this CD really serves as the perfect concentrate, giving you the full flavor in one serving. As their earlier albums are quite hard to come by (especially outside the US), this is also the best possible introduction to the band for first-time buyers. As the Tonies have dissolved, Mint Condition are really the last remaining traditional and yet contemporary R&B BAND - and what a wealth of wonderful material they have already given us.

3-0 out of 5 stars 3-1/2 stars -- Not bad but could've been a better collection
If you don't own any of Mint Condition's albums (but I don't know why you WOULDN'T), then I guess this collection should suit you well. All your favorite songs are on here, like "Breakin' My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" and "So Fine". There are also two new tracks: "Deep In My Pockets" and "What You Bring to the Party" featuring a rap by someone named Lil' Buddy. But let's face it, those songs aren't the best songs the band has ever done. They really sound like filler, which is something that really doesn't need to be on a hits collection.

Another thing that gets me is that most of the songs on here are radio edits. Why can't we have the album versions? Isn't that why we BUY albums? If we wanted the radio versions, we would have listened to the radio! Oh well, there are still memorable songs like "The Never That You'll Never Know" and, of course, "U Send Me Swingin'".

When I first looked at the track listing, I was wondering why "If You Love Me" wasn't on here, but then I remembered that that song came out in '99, and this collection was made in '98. But as of '98, Mint Condition had only three albums out, and the fact that they had a hits collection already was a signal that their label, Perspective Records, was folding (which explains why many of the songs on here weren't singles).

All in all, this collection is fine, but if you REALLY want to enjoy Mint Condition, your best bet is to pick up their four albums instead.

Anthony Rupert

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM!!!!!!
This set is AWESOME!!!! I just received this album last week, and it is really on point!! I am a college student who is always stressed, and to be able to come home and listen to these guys' smooth sounds is more than I could ask. The only thing I wish is that there were other live songs on this cd. Otherwise, it's perfect!

Cop it!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Cream of the crop!
Well, what's there to say except this CD is off the chain! I allowed some of my less-informed friends to listen to my CD & mysteriously enough it has disappeared. I haven't been able to find it in any of the local stores, so I had to go online to recapture the magic. This group is the best there is in R&B today. They offer the diversest style of BLACK music with classic hits like Breaking My Heart to the mild rock sounds of Fidelity. They have never received the industry nods that's so well deserved, but I have faith in Perspective Records that they will continue to allow Mint Condition to bless us with their music, musicianship & vibe. Big Ups to Stokely, Larry, Kerry Ricky, Jeff & O'dell. Keep representin' for the true music fans!

5-0 out of 5 stars mint was meant to be listened to!!!!!
I have always loved Mint Condtion from day one (1991). Their first hit was Breaking my heart(Pretty brown eyes) ... Read more


5. Ralph Tresvant
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2-0 out of 5 stars Only A Few Songs Really Hit
Ralph Tresvant's debut album had the distinct challenge of matching or surpassing the success of Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill and Bell Biv DeVoe's post-NE projects. After years of duty as the group's lead singer, Ralph's time was now to breakthrough.

Unfortunately, the album doesn't do much to help. Aside from the classic #1 hit "Sensitivity", plus the moderate hits "Do What I Gotta Do" and "Stone Cold Gentleman", the remaining material just doesn't cut it for Ralph.

Ralph Tresvant was supposed to have the biggest solo success from New Edition. His silky vocals on the group's 1988 album "Heart Break" was proof of how much potential he had and with this album sort of lost.

Safe to say, Ralph was the only NE member to have better success with the group versus without.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ralph Tresvant
New Edition member Ralph Tresvant's self-titled debut album is great. It features the hits "Sensitivity," "Do What I Gotta Do," and "Stone Cold Gentleman." Tresvant's smooth soulful vocals are all over this album. Whether you like slow romantic ballads or fast jams, you will love this album. The album also features writers and producers like the hit-making team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Babyface, and L.A. Reid. The best tracks on the CD are "Sensitivity," "Stone Cold Gentleman," "Do What I Gotta Do," "I Love You (Just For You)," and "Alright Now" which was co-written by Michael Jackson. With all this, this album is a must buy!!! Go and check it out now!!

4-0 out of 5 stars His Only Success Outside Of New Edition!
Ralph Tresvant was great as lead singer of New Edition but on his own his two CD's were probably the weakest. The self-titled debut was definitely the better of the two! "Rated R", "Sensitivity" (both versions), "Do What I Got To Do" and "I Love You" (in my view) were the gems of this CD! Still, I think this was the last gasp of the New Jack Swing movement as it began to wind down at this time.

1-0 out of 5 stars one hit wonder
this album had two good songs at the most. ralph was good with new edition. it's apparently obvious that he can't stand alone. bobby should have been the lead for new edition. then we may never have seen this terrible album. ralph isn't that good of a singer. this shows that just because your the lead singer in a group doesn't mean you are the best. ralph is miles behind bobby.

4-0 out of 5 stars A gentler, kinder, more mature New Edition solo act
This CD was not a ground breaking chart topper. That is probably due to poor promotion. But the CD includes some songs that are noteworthy: Sensitivity, Stone Cold Gentleman, and Do What I Gotta Do.

Let's face it: singers of the age Ralph was when this CD came out are expected to be hyped and loud. In comparison, Ralph was smooth and mature.

It's Tresvant's maturity has stood the test of time. I can listen to this CD 10 years later and appreciate it. I can't say the same material from other post New Edition spin offs (Bobby Brown, BBD). ... Read more


6. Bobby Brown - Greatest Hits
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Many greatest hits packages are a nifty way of making a quickbuck off of fans' devotion, so let's put this particular offering inperspective. First off, ex-New Editionfrontman Bobby Brown put out one certified fabulous record, 1988'slandmark Don't Be Cruel.After that he released a few OK singles (most notably "On Our Own,"which is included in this collection). His songs produced prior to 1988 (with the exception, of course, of his years with New Edition) weredecent but strictly mainstream. Nothing compared to Brown and TeddyRiley's "new jack swing," the beat of the 80's. With that caveat, ifyou absolutely need to hear "Humping Around" or Bobby's duet with wifeyWhitney Houston, "Something In Common," then by all means buy this. Yet smart moneywould suggest that perhaps just buying Don't Be Cruel anddigging the sublime "Every Little Step" again would not only be morecost-effective, but also easier on the ears. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bobby at his best
This complation is B.Brown at his best.All of his hits are on here till homeboy started trippin. I highly recommned this CD for any NE fan.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Brown - the Glory Years
It's difficult to remember that Bobby Brown had a strong presence on the charts some dozen years ago. Say what you will about Brown (his run-ins with the law, his stormy marriage to Whitney), the truth of the matter is, this brutha had some slammin' jams back in the day. Bobby Brown benefited from the New Jack Swing craze more than any other artist, thanks to his collaborations mainly with Teddy Riley and Babyface. His signature hit "My Preoragtive," the ballad "Roni," and the catchy "Two Can Play That Game" show Brown in top form. True, he's not a very good singer, but he makes the most of what he has, and he does it well. Brown hasn't made so much of a ripple for much of the 1990s, but this great hits collection is a reminder of those glory years when he ruled the charts.

4-0 out of 5 stars Definitely the hits
remember when Bobby Brown was the icon of cool??? Yeah, he once was. These are his greatest and a nice collection for your own collection.

4-0 out of 5 stars if you love bobby you'll love this
I remember when b brown was the man if whitney said he was the king back in 89 few would have disagreed but bobby is smoked out right now bless his soul but for those who wanna know how good he was check this out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Features all his hits.
This album features all his top ten hits. Unfortunatley this album got very little press and did very poorly on the sales charts actually it didn't even chart but Bobby Brown has dissapeared from the scene and now New Edition wants to reunite AGAIN and wants him if I were him I wouldn't join. This album features the number 1 hits "My Prerogative" and "She Ain't Worth It". I recommend this album to the Bobby Brown fan but if you are you already have all these songs but if you're not this is the only album you'll need. ... Read more


7. Definition of a Band
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5-0 out of 5 stars The true "Definition of a Band"!!
It's rare to find such magnificent songwriting and use of melody as is found on "Definition of a Band". Mint Condition is the last of a dying breed in R&B music: musicians, singer-songwriters, and true talents. They are absolutely the most versatile band that I have ever heard.

From pure pop ballads like "What Kind of Man Would I Be?" and "You Don't Have To Hurt No More", to funky songs like "I Want It Again" and "Ain't Hookin' Me Up Enough", as well as the numerous jazz interludes and Caribbean rhythms sprinkled throughout the disc on tracks like "Asher In Rio" and "Definition of A Band", Mint Condition is in a class by itself as one of the few R&B groups left that are capable of creating ORIGINAL (non-sampled) melodies.

I don't understand why they don't get more attention from R&B music outlets (BET) and R&B radio. Stokley has the voice of an angel, and Keri Lewis and Jeffrey Allen are masters of songwriting and melody. If you have ever played a musical instrument or had even a simple music appreciation class, you'll realize how good these guys are.

In the current glut of R&B girl and guy singing groups, (Next, Dru-Hill, Boyz 2 Men, Destiny's Child, Xscape, etc.) Mint Condition's talents shine through: I'll take talented singer songwriters like Mint Condition over the marionette-like antics of most R&B singing groups any day of the week.

Mint Condition if you are reading this: PLEASE, schedule a concert at the House of Blues in L.A. in 1999! =] I can't wait for them to make a visit to L.A.!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Serious musicianship; serious rythm & blues
We have long been in an age where it is no longer an obligation to play an instrumenet or know anyone that does when it comes to R&B. Outside of Alicia Keys and The Roots, those days are sort of gone. That's why this record is so killer! Mint Condition is a band of multi-faceted group who are great songwriters and amongst the smokin'ist musicians you've heard!

This CD is a gold-mine of original songs - some standards like "What Kind of Man Would I Be" and some scorchin' funk cuts like "Let Me Be The One" (my absolute favorite cut with an old school feel). Over this 19 song disc (a few tracks are jazzy interludes of about a minute each) you, the listener, will have gotten the feeling that you've approached R&B from every possible angle - the slow jam, the mid-tempo pop, the old school funk, and the more slick pop-R&B (there's even a song - "Sometimes" - that almost sounds a bit metal).

Among the things I should say about this disk is that Stokely (the lead singer, drummer, and misc. instrumentalist) and Kerry Lewis (keyboard player and principle songwriter) are absolutely smoking musicians - absolutely smoking. And that is another things we get on the disc - improvisation. There are quite a few good solos (for quite a few instruments) to bring in a more jazzy feel. Needless to say, it is well done indeed.

This album, quite simply, is a piece of R&B history!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Quintessential Band
"Definition of a Band" is truly a work of art...from the dynamic Intro with Chris "Daddy" Dave's and Stokley's incomparable drumming to the very end. They are of the same caliber as Earth Wind & Fire but unique in their own right. They are definitely masters at their craft and deserve so much more recognition, praise and awards...all in due time.

If you're looking a CD that has wonderfully profound lyrics, music with substance and authenticity, ballads that rock and a lead singer with a phenomenal voice, then I highly recommend this CD (which is my favorite...although I own all of their other CDs and love them as well).

5-0 out of 5 stars The Baddest CD of All Time!
This is my favorite older cd. (outside of Janet, of course)
You've got to get it. I want Mint Condition to come back. There's no one out there like them, especially with Barry White being gone. I don't know of another BAND/Orch that has such beautiful music. Somebody please find these fellas. I need them for my romantic dinner!!! I'm wearing this cd out...this is my second copy. smile. Really!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars These guys are serious...
...ly good! They are serious musicians, one of the few to emerge in the last 20 years or so. This CD is SO GOOD, you won't believe it. I absolultely love "Change your Mind", "Ain't Hooking Me Up Enough", "I Want It Again" and "Missing". Sadly, the only song from this recording that received airplay was, in my opinion, mediocre for Mint. Stokey is so crispy and clean with the vocals, their musicianship is truly stellar. I wait with "baited breath" each year, anticipating the return of the Mint. ... Read more


8. From the Mint Factory
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5-0 out of 5 stars Best R&B album of my generation
I love this album!!! That's basically all I can say about this album. Every song on this album is timeless. M.C. will go down as the most overlooked group in music history. U send me swinging, someone to love, and the intense "So Fine". Whoa, this whole album was off the hook. I first heard this album when I was like a freshman in highschool over ten years ago and till this day will argue anyone who believes this isn't the best album, and or group to ever hit the music scene. I pray to god Mint Condition puts out one more album true music fans are waiting for.

4-0 out of 5 stars (4-1/2 stars) A delicious offering for your musical appetite
Although I enjoyed listening to songs like "Breakin' My Heart" and "Forever In Your Eyes" from Mint Condition's first album Meant To Be Mint, I wasn't really interested in buying it. But I got a wake up call when I heard tracks from this album. From The Mint Factory is a very good album, contrary to popular opinion from my friends (this came out when I was in seventh grade, and it wasn't cool for guys to be listening to any non-rap albums).

Things start out right with the intro, "Welcome To The Mint Factory". That's one thing I've always enjoyed about this band: even the interludes are entertaining. There's also the innovative "My High" and the catchy "Gumbo". But let's not forget about the full-fledged songs. There are smooth ballads like "So Fine" and the low-pitched but still enjoyable "10 Million Strong", as well as my two favorite tracks, "U Send Me Swingin'" (who DOESN'T like that song?) and "Always".

Since I didn't hear much of Mint Condition's first album except for the two aforementioned singles, I was a little skeptical when I found out that some songs on here are uptempo. But the fast songs are actually good. "If The Feeling's Right" is irresistibly catchy, and "Nobody Does It Betta" is another one of those so-simple-yet-so-dope songs...the lyrics ("If you don't feel good/Then I don't feel good/Don't you know I love you so crazy"), the production, and the vocals.

So, this sophomore offering from Mint Condition is enough to keep anyone happy. They've never made anything close to a bad CD, and while Definition Of A Band remains their best work, this album, as well as their other albums, isn't far behind. Pick it up.

5-0 out of 5 stars Mint Condition Rocks!
Mint Condition is by far the best R&B band in history and while they have been terribly ignored by mainstream attention, they have created a level of music no group has ever touched.

I became an instant fan in 1991 and I continue to be a true blue fan. No Mint Condition album has ever disappointed me and it's because every effort put into them is straight from the heart. This album was one of my favorites because it contained " So Fine " one of the most beautiful ballads I've ever heard. From the minute the album begans, Stokley's heavenly vocals takes you from the grips of Heaven to unchanted waters with blues and jazz sequences only Mint Condition could create. This is a MUST buy for Mint Condition fans and like their other albums, you get your money's worth and more!

Long Live The Mint!

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Underrated Band in History!
Mint Condition is my favorite R&B Group period. It is a damn shame that a band as talented as them have not gotten the props they deserve. Unlike their other R&B counterparts they write,produce,and play live instruments.They probably could not point out a beat machine if their lives depended on it.This album is filled with classic MC songs such as the hypnotic ballad"You send me swingin."Which is one of my favorite songs of all time and other classic songs such as "Someone to love","Always","So Fine", and the mid tempo infectious "Nobody does it better." Which is a song that should be based on their music. This is a sick Cd from start to finish. What bothers me most about the music industry is that Talented bands like MC don't recieve substantial video or radio play.However, artist such as Tyrese and Tank who really have no talent recieve ample airplay, and end up going platinum off that "One" hot song they have on their whole cd.It just goes to show how watered down the industry has become and how you really don't need talent to make it in the industry. At least with MC you can rest assuure that with any one of their cd's you are definitely going to get a double dose of great instrumentation, heartfelt ballads and lyrics, and the complete embodiement of what a band or group should be. This album as well as all the other albums will definitely stand the test of time! Real music always does. Nobody does it like Mint Condition!,ya dig!

5-0 out of 5 stars STILL SWINGING to this one!!
If I were looking up the word "band" in the dictionary, I would want to see a picture of Mint Condition next to it; truly they are the definition of a band. This CD still sounds as good as it did when it was first released, as only a timeless classic could.
You wanna jam, put it on; you wanna slow it down, put it on again. My favorite is "U send me Swinging" but there's so much more here. Try "Good for your Heart," "So Fine," and "10 million Strong" just to whet your appetite. Stokley is mighty fine on vocals and drums and the rest of the band isn't bad either. If you don't have a copy of this CD, then shame on you, you're missing out. ... Read more


9. C.M.B.
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1-0 out of 5 stars Don't touch this with a 15 foot pole
Color Me Badd and New Kids On The Block were the reason for the Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC in the late '90s (aka: the downfall of the music industry). I listened to the first song and I had a good laugh. The song doesn't even make sense. "We can do it till we both wake up" ??? Why would they be sleeping during sex?? That doesn't make any sense. And anyway if anyone cares this song made VH1's '50 Worst Songs Of All Time' list. LOL Peace out, sexer upers.

3-0 out of 5 stars flash back
Wow I remember this group when they were hot. The afro - american that would always try to wear sexy vests to stand out. Makes me laugh now, Anyway I think their music was good r and b pop. I kinda miss them. They are better than backstreet boys could ever be.

5-0 out of 5 stars First Cd I Ever Listened To Without Skipping a Track
I got this cd when I was twelve, now I am twenty-three and still listen to this album. I listen to "Thinkin Back", which makes me reflect on certain things that happened with girls I dated. I listen to "I Ador Mi Amor", just for how beautiful it is to think of loving someone that strongly. "Roll the Dice" is a great song, one that actually makes you realize you have to take chances in life, it's not about always doing what is sure to be safe and easy. The big hits at the time "I Wanna Sex You Up" and "All for Love" were the reason I wanted the cd back then, but now just serve as fillers in between the previously mentioned songs and other r and b songs like "Slow Motion" and "Heartbreaker". The cd has some typical "boy band" sounds to it, but it also has some powerful and energetic beats. I recommend it to anyone looking for something to listen to when you are home alone and just wanna chill out.

4-0 out of 5 stars Within it's range, an excellent album
CMB rode the crest of their (New Jack City featured hit) biggest hit "I Wanna Sex You Up" to the hilt, and it all culminates on this album.

In truth, it's not all that bad for disposable pop, and as the other reviews state, it was far more honest than any of the other pop albums in the charts at that time. Chart hits "I Wanna...", "All 4 Love", and "I Adore Mi Amore" were the most celebrated, but "Slow Motion" was undeniably funky (featuring Bootsy Collins in the video, if I recall!), and "Thinkin' Back", while certainly a b-side at heart, was a nice bit of a-cappella singing at a time when we were all getting hammered with the BoysIIMen overkill.

CMB would go on to have another few hits ("Time And Chance,"Forever Love" and my personal fave "Choose"), but if you put them in the category of soul, a la Kool And the Gang, they don't rate too badly, even after all these years.

1-0 out of 5 stars OK, Where Are My Crayons?
...subtitled "OK, You Badd. Really. Badd. As in 'not good' Badd."

I used to cringe when group came out with "I Wanna.." and all the little girls in the neighborhood seemed to know the words to it. 'Course, nowadays we have stuff that is much more provocative than this, but I had to let you know that this is where the demise of western civilization as we know it originated. I mean it. ... Read more


10. Johnny Gill [Motown]
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It's telling when an artist releases two self-titled recordings a mere seven years apart. Gill has a great voice, but for the most part he remains in search of good material and effective production. This eponymous effort for Motown (the first was for Atlantic in '83) is his best effort. Gill was simply the finest voice to pass through the New Edition aggregation. His impassioned baritone gives lust a rare urgency and repentance an unusual poignancy (if not outright credibility). The teams of L.A. Reid and Babyface or Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis produced the best tracks on this record, and "Rub You the Right Way," is a minor classic. Gill has yet to match this disc, but in the right company, he will. --Martin Johnson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars WHERRRRRRRRRRRRRE'S JOHNNY?
Come on, now. The LSG projects (Levert, Sweat & Gill) are cool but I wanna hear a whole J.G. album. When is this cat going to get back in the studio and lay down some more funky tracks? These new kids could learn a thing or two from J.G. 4real.

This album is filled with body shakin'grooves like "Rub You the Right Way" and "Fairweather Friend", and sensual, romantic midtempos and ballads like "Wrap My Body Tight" and the timeless, "My My My" (when he sings, "Put on your red dress..." it's all over!)

J.G. has a powerful, commanding voice that can be just as smooth. Very few artists have the ability to convey such emotion in a song that they can bring a listener to tears. "Giving My All to You" is the one track on here that does that for me. From the melody, to the lyrics, to his intense delivery, it is a gem.

Definitely scoop this up if you want a spicy serving of old school soul. Peace. CLB.

5-0 out of 5 stars All I can say is My,My,My.
Johnny Gill,My homeboy After finding success with hit R&B Group New Edition J.G. Released his third solo album which was actually his second self-titled album(his first didn't do to well his sophmore effort Chemistry also failed to please audience).This is probably one of the best R&B New Jack Swing Album I have ever heard I was only about 4 years old when I first heard My,My,My I really didn't care for the song but now 13 years later having hearing it on the radio(yes they still play it on the radio)I have to say This is probably one of my favorite ballads ever if I have to rank my favorite R&B Ballads of all time This would be somewhere in the top 3.Of Course the album has some enjoyable uptempo dance songs including the very funky Rub You The Right Way.One of my favorite NJS dance songs ever although not catchy and not memorable its still one of my favorite dance songs ever.Other Great Dance songs on this album include Fairweather Friend,Wrap My Body Tight,and Never Know Love.Now back to the ballads 2 other ballads that really standout on this album including Feel So Much Better and Lady Dujour.Lady Dujour alongside with My,My,My is another one of my favorite ballads off the album Ok now the title of the song may sound cheesy but when you get to listen to this song You'll be wanting to hit the rewind button on this song over and over and over again.Back in 1990 it was all about Johnny Gill although other members of New Edition released some #1 hits back in 1990 as well this album really stood out the most.I give it 5 out of 5 stars and I hope J.G. Comes back and do another solo album its been too long.I also highly recommend Al B. Sure's In Effect Mode,Babyface's Tender Lover,and Johnny Gill's Let's Get the Mood Right.

5-0 out of 5 stars Perfection! This is what an album is supposed to be!
We all may remember JG from New Edition's "N.E. Heartbreak" album, or from his timeless duets with Stacy Lattisaw, "Perfect Combination". But, he has to be best remembered as the powerful voice that shined on "My My My".

This album has to be one of the best solo albums I have EVER heard. It has a perfect mix of uptempo songs and ballads, with some wonderful production and instrumentation, with some classic lyrics with poweful delivery. Need I say more?

The uptempo songs are ultimate classics on any true R&B fan's list. "Rub You the Right Way" has a seriously powerful delivery along with an infectious hook. "Fairweather Friend" has some serious vocal with another catchy hook. "Wrap My Body Tight" has to be the best uptempo song on the album, with another catchy delivery and lovely production. Don't we remember these classics from the early 90s? I know I do!

The ballads here all deliver well and could, at anytime, be played at the time of some serious lovemaking. Of course we all know the classic song "My My My" is timeless, with its melodic saxophone in the background as well as Johnny wooing us over with his voice. "Let's Spend the Night" is another classic song for the bedroom. Johnny tests his falsetto and delivers, much like Phillip Bailey of Earth, Wind, and Fire. "Feels So Much Better" is another good song with some lovely lyrics and vocals. "Giving My All To You" has to be the best song on the album with its powerful performance. I know the instrumentals to this song are probably good by themselves. "Lady Dujour" is an ode to your mate, and the lyrics here never falter.

Johnny was the ultimate crooner back in the early 90s, even though the R&B market was saturated with others back then. Johnny stood out above them with his churchy vocals and Billboard-topping singles. Even so, the album never dips below the singles' peak. Cop this album if you want something seriously worth calling R&B!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the Greatest R&B CDs Ever
I'll never forget the first time I heard "Rub You the Right Way"...I was finishing up my junior year in high school and I heard this song on the radio one night. Everything about that song - the vocals, the sound effects, background music, etc. was absolutely enthralling to me. I remember thinking to myself that I had to have that song! The interesting thing is that a remix of the song became real popular (at first I hated it but now I love it as much or more than the regular version), and although not available on this album, you can find it on the JG compilation, "Favorites" (highly recommended).

Anyway, even if the rest of the album was subpar, "Rub You the Right Way" made it a worthy purchase. But this album also had "My, My, My", "Fairweather Friend" (featuring great backup vocals by the sultry and sexy Karyn White), "Wrap My Body Tight", and "Lady Dujour" - most were huge R&B hits and some were minor pop hits (but none got as high as "Rub"). However, the last couple of tracks on the album really showcases how great a singer Gill really is, especially "Let's Spend the Night" which is my 2nd favorite track on this album.

This album was a monster. Everyone knew that Gill was a major talent, but he just never had the material or producers it seemed to make a major impact (this was his 3rd solo album, first for Motown, plus he had replaced Bobby Brown in New Edition). That all changed with this album as he had great producers in Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis as well as LA Reid and Babyface. The bad thing is that this album was so powerful that it was unrealistic to expect Gill to ever top it. Almost 15 years later, there still really has never been a R&B CD that can compare to this one, IMO. And even though Johnny has been singing some with Keith Sweat and Gerald Levert plus he participated in the New Edition reunion thing since this album, he has been inactive for awhile. Here's hoping that one of the greatest singing voices I have ever heard gets back in the studio with top-notch talent around him like it was on this album. He has been missed.

5-0 out of 5 stars I gave away my cassette for this CD
I've wanted this Cd for a number of years!

I love Johnny's singing style-So manly! It takes me back to a time where artist really wanted the fans to enjoy their God given talents!! The lyrics are just wonderful and inspiring!
If I could turn back the music clock's hands of time......
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11. Levert.Sweat.Gill
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4-0 out of 5 stars Good CD but whats up with all these rappers
This CD is just like Keith Sweats new solo CD "Didn't See Me Coming" (just recently released in November 2000). Like Keiths new CD, theres just too many rappers on this CD. Its a great idea to put some of the greatest R&B singers on here like Keith Sweat, Gerald Levert, and Johnny Gill. There are five songs on this CD that stand out, though. They are Door #1, Round & Round, My Body, Love Hurts, and Where Would We Go. Those songs don't have any rappers whatsoever and they are just pure, classic R&B. You will enjoy those songs if you buy this CD. The Side of My Bed is also a pretty good song, too. If you don't have this CD, please go get it.

4-0 out of 5 stars lsg
Keith Sweat is the heart and soul of this cd and group. He's the best by far.

4-0 out of 5 stars __
Keith Sweat is the heart and soul of this group.

5-0 out of 5 stars My body Naw the whole cd baby
What's up every body my name is Queenie and I just love that song MY BODY because when I listen to that song just makes me get in the mood to do just any thing to one of my men if I had one so to all people with lovers take care of your woman or man when you hear this song I LOVE YOU LSG

3-0 out of 5 stars good trio. songs are okay.
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12. Life's Aquarium
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The world has plenty of R&B vocalists, but when it comes to actual R&B bands--you know, the ones with actual musicians playing actual instruments--the pickings are on the slim side. With Tony Toni Tone AWOL, Mint Condition are not only the template for contemporary R&B bands but practically the only contenders in the category. Yet the lack of competition hasn't made them any less eager or hungry. In fact, the band's fifth CD, its first on Elektra, is its most focused to date. Written and produced by the band, Life's Aquarium finds Mint Condition in a more sexually aggressive mood than on their previous CDs. That assertiveness is evident on cuts such as the rugged "Touch That Body," the jittery bump-and-grind of "Who Can You Trust," and the soft wet kisses of "Pretty Lady" (the latter featuring a cameo from the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson). Where once Mint Condition showed off their chops by launching into extended but aimless jazz-fusion riffs, or tried to impress the listener with chord changes and arpeggios straight out of a music-comp course, they now bypass the showboating and stick to simple but effective songs. All of which makes Life's Aquarium satisfying, soulful, and the best music to date from a band that has earned its stripes. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True Fan
Life's Aqaurium is an exellent album. The ballads are of MC's standard. Full of life and energy, this album is one of MC's best. I highly recommend. I love Mint Condition. I own every album and I buy every single released. I am a musician myself and I have to comment on what people have been saying about this latest album being a disappointment because of the samples and drum programming. I can agree to some extent, but being a songwriter, one should use whatever resources available to reach a wide variety of audiences. It makes the next song that much more interesting and breaks the same old same old. At least MC uses variation, unlike many many other artist. Besides, music is a business and many people dont look at it that way, but wake up, there is an industry for it. I have heard MC perform and to hear the songs, that were programmed, live made the experience much better and it really showcases these guys' talents. Now ask yourself. Would you want to pay $25 and up at a concert to hear a band or group to sound exactly like they do on your cd or tape? That would defeat the purpose. No one would pay to see a band if they could just pop in their cd. MC uses variety to satisfy different tastes in music, which is the purpose of being a musician. Thats the only way artists stay around. Thats not selling out. Anyway, if you are a Mint fan, you wont be disappointed with this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I Must Admit...
Not too many artists out there have to ability to sing a ballad so beatifully it can cause chills. When I first heard "This Minute Right Now" I was blown away.

Mint Condition is known for intricate instrumentation and deep lyrics on their ballads. This album does not disappoint. From the beautifully arranged strings on "If You Love Me" to the acoustic guitar and finger snaps on "Just the Man", Mint continues to use subtle sensuality where many artists are blatant and unimaginative.

"Touch That Body" will have you up and dancing. "Pretty Lady" with Charlie Wilson is a sassy duet that bridges the generation gap. "Who Can You Trust" and "Be Like That Sometimes" both have universal messages we can relate to; its hard to trust when people aren't always what they seem. "Spanish Eyes" sparkles with a Latin flow and even un poco Espanol, spoken and sung on the track. "Leave Me Alone" is that one rock joint that MC always always throws in their ecclectic mixes. "Is This Pain Our Pleasure" is a bouncy track speaking on the love/hate aspects of relationships.

Throughout the album I was looking for the INTERLUDES and was about to give up until I found the hidden tracks at the end. I won't reveal names, you just have to get this joint and find it yoself! :o)

Overall, Life's Aquarium gets much love. I can't wait for the next album to drop and hopefully they'll put actual live in concert tracks on it because NO ONE can "break it down" like Mint.

Peace. CLB.

3-0 out of 5 stars They JUST Missed The Mark...
When I first picked up this album, I would've never guessed how close Mint Condition were to coming up with their first 5-star effort in their entire recording history. I'm serious, the only gripe I had with Life's Aquarium which also continues to drive me up the wall with this band is the fact that THEY DON'T PLAY AS A BAND OFTEN ENOUGH! As a result the few cuts that sound like they were mainly done with the aid of studio gimmickry made for some unnecessary filler. Shoot, I was feelin' Mint ALL THE WAY on Be Like That Sometimes (was hoping Chris "Daddy" Dave would handle the drumming on this one and not some state-of-the-art beat machine though), Pretty Lady, If You Love Me, Spanish Eyes, Is This Pain Our Pleasure (live drums would've been PERFECT on this cut as well!), This Day This Minute Right Now, Just The Man For You, and Leave Me Alone (ending to this one should've been done properly IMHO) because those were the songs I truly felt they would be able to pull off on stage. Even the bonus tracks were hittin' it with the island-flavored instrumental DeCuervo's Revenge and the downright funky If We Play Our Cards Right (my favorite cut on the whole album!). I was left wondering why those two weren't included on the original track sequence in the first place.

Other songs like Touch That Body, Who Can You Trust (despite engaging lyrical content), Call Me, and Tonight sound so inferior to the Mint's overall musical talents that they were better off being shelved for the integrity of the album. That said, Life's Aquarium still remains a good listen for the most part. I just wish the band was able to keep the live vibe going throughout this time around. Maybe they will on their next project, if that happens anytime soon...

4-0 out of 5 stars Great, but something's missing...
Most artists would fail when Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis would leave their sides (ask Solo). But Mint Condition still kept their music intact, in a way. While Life's Aquarium isn't their BEST record (that award goes to 1996's Definition of a Band), the songs on here are still doggone good.

For lovers of those classic ballads that they belt out, try "If You Love Me", "Is This Pain Our Pleasure", and "This Day, This Minute, Right Now" on for size. But it's on my favorite track, "Pretty Lady", as well as the most introspective track, "Is This Pain Our Pleasure", where you see classic Mint. Uptempo tracks are also good, like the rock-influenced "Leave Me Alone".

I would still listen to this album, but I seem to overlook this album and go to their first three albums instead. The reason is because although Jam and Lewis, who disbanded their label that Mint was on, didn't leave the band hopeless, this album is missing that Mint Condition quality. There's no blazing drum solo from Stokeley to open the album, no long guitar solos, no six- or seven-minute songs--you know, all the stuff that makes Mint Condition Mint Condition. Maybe they grew up, or it was the effect from switching record labels. Oh well, this album from one of the still-standing R&B bands is still worth a listen.

5-0 out of 5 stars What a BAND!!!!
With this CD, Mint Condition continues to impress me with thier talents!! Every CD that they release improves on the previous one, and this one is no exception.'Life's Aquarium' includes those trademark sounds you'd come to expect from Stokely & Co., and they expand on their formula.The highlight(s) of this CD are THE BALLADS, and my personal favorites are: 'This Day This Minute Right Now', 'Just The Man For You', and the song 'If You Love Me' makes you think of other Mint ballads.The UPTEMPO cuts are cool too, and I really like 'Pretty Lady' (w/Charlie Wilson), 'Call Me', and 'Is This Pain Our Pleasure'.OVERALL, you I reccomend this CD if you like REAL MUSIC, not the junk from today's 'so-called' artists!! ... Read more


13. Bobby
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5-0 out of 5 stars Probably The Best Album He Did...
I gave the album 5 stars because this is the best recording Bobby Brown ever put out. Sure, 1988's "Don't Be Cruel" was a classic, it had some good songs on it. This album, 1992's "Bobby" had even more good tracks. It's the kind of album where on almost every track you can dance to. The first single, "Humpin' Around", reminds me of "My Perogative" a little bit, I like the track. Other grooves include "Two Can Play That Game", "Get Away", "Til The End Of Time", "Good Enough", and my personal favorite, "That's The Way Love Is", probably the album's best track. If only he didn't get into that drug ..., he probably would have still been great as he was then.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Brown - Bobby...
I got this CD as an R&B fan, not a Bobby Brown fan. I had never heard him much other than his hits like "My Prerogative". After listening to it I was surprised at how talented he was and think this is a decent album. So my review won't be able to compare with his past work, but rather other R&B.
"Humpin' Around" is a real catchy song. This is definitely the most well-known and probably the best beat on the album. "Two Can Play That Game" is another upbeat song, with Bobby giving a girl a taste of her own medicine. "Get Away" is yet another catchy song. This beat is funkier than the others and Bobby addresses his celebrity status with his desire to have time to himself. "Til The End of Time" sounds more like a traditional R&B song. "Pretty Little Girl" shows Bobby singing about how he wants a strong woman with a head on her shoulders rather than just something pretty to look at. "One More Night" has a really catchy beat that is used on rap albums every so often. "Something In Common" is a great song with Whitney Houston. Still the listener questions this song with all the problems they have had. "That's The Way Love Is" gets back to the really upbeat party songs. With "Storm Away" Bobby addresses his best subject matter of the album.
All in all this is a solid album. It is not without its downsides though. The CD is way too long. With 14 tracks it is over 70 minutes long. The shortest song on the album is 4:50 and many are over 6 minutes long. However this album should satisfy most R&B fans.

4-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Brown is GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bobby Brown's third album features some of the best songs to get your groove on to. Silky Smooth "Good Enough" is my fav on this album. "Humpin Around" is what always got the party bumpin' while fresh tunes like "Get Away" and "Two Can Play That Game" kept the ladies on the dance floor. I feel bad for Bobby in what he has gone through but I still think he is the king of hip-hop and R&B. I wish he would come out and release another album or perform on TV or somethin. Haven't heard from him in like 5 years. Why isn't he makin another album? He was on top and just stops makin music. Bobby should get back to what he's good at, to help get rid of all the bad attention he gets. Your still the man Bobby Brown! Don't you forget that!

5-0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!
I'm a very BIG Bobby Brown fan. I loved his "Don't be Cruel" and "Bobby" CD's. I think Bobby gets a bad wrap. His personal life, I don't think, should have anything to do with the music he makes. He's very creative. I really like to watch him dance. He's the best.! BOBBY! Make another CD! Thanks.

2-0 out of 5 stars good music wack vocals = a 2
Bobby Brown lost his flavor on this record.the songs Produced By New Jack Swing King Teddy Riley two can play that game,get away,till the end of time are tight as is the LA&Babyface cut good enough.but the problem is the wack singing of Brown.he sounds flat.it wasn't as bad on this disc as it is now.now he is a tone deaf.also while the album has highlights it has downs as well.besides Bobby's bad singing some of the music make this album Don't be cruel part 2.with the right voice this album would have been done better. ... Read more


14. WBBD-Bootcity! TheRemix Album
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4-0 out of 5 stars Finally, A Distinguished Remix Album!
Anchored by B.B.D.'s reunion with fellow members of New Edition on "Word To The Mutha", the trio surprisingly turned out a decent remix album. During this time, a barrage of remix albums were hitting the shelfs, having the same intentions of B.B.D., milk out all of their enormous popularity in a logistical manner. For most, it failed. But for B.B.D., it worked. Like "Poison", the trio manufactured another inventive album with a smash hit to prove its credibility.

To no surprise, the smash cut is the highlight, but other gems include Do Me! (smooth version), which is noticeably more interesting than the original, and the electronic/house version of "Let Me Know Somethin!", which is reminiscent of Snap! or C & C Music Factory. Also of note is the creative radio-style program format they use to portray the album, with D.J. interludes and a very interesting interview mid-way through the set.

If B.B.D. had another smash single from this set, i would have definitely marked it a 5, as "Word To The Mutha" merits 3 stars alone. Nevertheless, their work is still commendable. For all intents and purposes, B.B.D. succeeded in tying their fans over into their long-anticipated sophomore follow-up. They achieved platinum standing and, coinciding with a enonymous smash in "Poison", became one of the leading figures of new jack swing. Needless to say, if you already have "Poison", it would be a wise investment to purchase this album as well.

4-0 out of 5 stars Part Interview / Part Remix Album
"WBBD-Bootcity!" is part interview, part remix album, redoing all of BBD's songs from their 1990 release, "Poison." The first track on here (aptly named "Intro/D.J. Opening") opens with a sample of "Iesha" by Another Bad Creation, followed by the DJ's opening, then swings right in to "Word to the Mutha!" The same DJ breaks in again at the end of tracks 4, 6, and 11, in addition to tracks 1 and 7. Track #7, with "Uhh Ahh" by Boyz II Men appropriately playing in the background (considering the conversation topic), contains a brief interview of the band, talking about high heels, women's "figures," and basketball (really deep interview, I know ;).

The music alternates between being rough and thug-ish (#3: "Ain't Nut'in' Changed"), highly sexual (two versions of "Do Me"--#5: a smooth, slower remix; and #10: a faster, more synthed version), and romantic (#6: "I Do Need You" and #11: "When Will I See You Smile Again?"), without pushing its PG-13 limit. Like the front cover states, this group/CD is ideal for listeners who like "hip-hop, smoothed out on the r&b tip, with a pop feel appeal to it."

5-0 out of 5 stars The Dopest Remix Cd Ever Made!
Forget what you here nowdays, New Edition and BBD where the first groups that started mixing Hip Hop & R & B. This cd is probably the best pure example of it. With the smooth lead locals of Ricky Bell and the b-boy raps of Ron Devoe & Michael Bivens, BBD proves they were as good as any mixing the 2. This is probably the only remix cd I've ever bought that doesn't have a bad or mediocre mix on it. The mixes for "Do Me (Smooth)," "Do Me (Mental,) "She's Dope," "Word To The Mutha," "Let Me Know Something," & "When Can I See You Smile Again?" are as tight as any remix you'll ever come across. The best mix on this joint is the quiet storm "I Do Need You." The mix is guaranteed to get he mood right. I think this mix tape is actually slightly better than the original lp version. Hip Hop , smoothed out on the r&b tip, with a pop feel appeal to it. You can't front, there are few acts that bring it better than BBD. Peep this, steal it, cop it, just get it!

5-0 out of 5 stars BBD will be back
After succes with New Edition and their first album, BBD released this hot remix album. Mainly it's just remix's of the songs on the Posion album. The stand out song is the blazin remix to Word To The Mutha.The song featured the first time that all six members of New Edition were heard in a song. If you're a BBD fan cop this album and look for Ricky's debut solo album in stores now , a new BBD album this spring albums from Ron Devoe,Johhny Gill and Ralph Tresvant all in 2001. ... Read more


15. Let's Get the Mood Right
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5-0 out of 5 stars Johnny Gill pours intense energy into his work.....
As a longtime follower of Johnny Gill's music, every song he performs, especially on this CD, overflows with words and feelings of passion and intense emotions. He leaves no room for the weak at heart. Johnny's sings beyond the boundaries of the usual ho-hum relationship and explores the deeper, more ardent depths love. Thank you Mr. Gill!

5-0 out of 5 stars JOHNNY, where are you?
Johnny is by far, the best male vocalist of this generation. He and Maxwell both put such emotion into the words they write and sing. This cd is truly a gem. You know you are listening to something special when you put it on and you don't skip a song. I actually find myself repeating a couple of them. The title of this cd says it all... "Let's Get The Mood Right". That, Johnny did. This is definitely great late night music for setting the mood. It is also good relaxation music after a hard days work. The best songs on the cd have to be the Babyface written title track. One cannot forget to mention the song, "Maybe"(what a great song title)and it's haunting melody (you will find yourself humming it all day long and not even notice it!). The track that takes the cake, hands down, has to be "Take Me (I'm Yours)", which in my opinion, a lot of us men can relate to. Trust me, that song is about 7 and a half minutes of pure heaven! Johnny definitely put his heart and soul into this project. It is a shame he hasn't put anything out since. If you are a mature listener then you HAVE to purchase this. You will not be dissapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars amazing!!!
This is a masterpiece this is a great cd from start to finish Johnny delivers on every song on this cd and I really do enjoy this is a nice cd to listen to when you are making love to your man or either taking a nice bubble bath I really do like and enjoy this cd so therefore I would recommend anyone who likes Johnny Gill to purchase this cd it really sets the mood right this is a very overlooked underrated cd so therefore do yourself a favor and purchase this cd !!!

2-0 out of 5 stars His Voice carrys this Hit&Miss set:2&Half for me
Johnny Gill is One of the Best Vocalists I've heard over the past 20 plus Years but alot of the time the Words&Music don't match His overall presentation. I dig the cut with Him&Roger Troutman&also R.Kelly's "Someone to Love".but the up-tempo cuts don't move me at all.this Album though isn't balanced out with much else that matches some of the better material&this set suffers from that.but if Johnny Gill ever got the right Stuff to work with He would Be scary.

3-0 out of 5 stars As much as I love Johnny Gill...
Remember back in 1996 when everyone came back to New Edition for their reunion album? Then Bobby Brown said he could make more money by himself, and everyone said he was coming off too cocky. Well, Johnny Gill released a new solo album at the same time New Edition's Home Again came out, so wasn't he being a little cocky himself? Yeah, everyone knows Johnny can do his thing solo, but to be honest, this wasn't his best album.

Take the Babyface-penned title track, for example. The song sounds fine until you get to the chorus: "Let's get the mood right/Turn on your heart light." Turn on your heart light? That's too cheesy, even for Babyface. And "Love In An Elevator" is full of corny lyrics like "They say there's no luck on the thirteenth floor/But I found love and so much more" and "Like The Staples, I wanna take you there." "Simply Say I Love You" is okay, but the album said Stevie Wonder is featured in this song. Maybe it's just me, but I don't remember hearing Stevie in that song.

The only songs that really stand out are "Maybe" and "It's Your Body". The latter features Roger Troutman, and we all know that slow Roger Troutman songs are irresistible. The thing that really brings the other slow songs down is that they all talk about the same thing: sex, sex, and more sex. The sleepy production doesn't make things better, either.

Another problem on this album are the corny uptempo songs, especially the very last track, "So Gentle". It features a rap from Ron DeVoe, so you know what the main problem is. But the thing is that the preceding song "I Know You Want Me" features uninspired rapping from some other guy, and his rapping is actually worse than Ron's.

I still like Johnny Gill, but this album seems like it was rushed. And the strong adlibs he's known for usually adds feeling to the songs, but here it seems like they're trying to hide the questionable material. You're better off getting the solo albums he made before this. ... Read more


16. Dance!...Ya Know It!
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5-0 out of 5 stars Bobby Brown: The David Ruffin of the 90's
Bobby Brown knew how to get the crowds pumping. Hitting the charts in 1983 with New Edition was just the beginning. With hits like Candy Girl, Cool it Now, and his trade mark song Mr. Telephoneman, New Edition was put on the map. In 1985, Brown left the group for solo stardom. His first hit Girlfriend hit number one in 1986. Returning with the numberone albums Don't Be Cruel and Bobby, Brown showed he can still put on a show with out N.E. at his side. .... In 1996 Brown returned to the music scene with N.E. and his replacement, super star Johnny Gill. Brown's attitude and other members missing shows, the N.E. reunion flopped despite their album going double platinum. Brown left the group again and his next album didn't make the charts. ... Hopefully Bobby Brown will get his life straight and he can comeback either as a solo artist or even better; another New Edition album. Because N.E. is best when all six members are on board.

3-0 out of 5 stars He danced but who knew it............
While I will say that Bobby in my opinion is one of the most influential singers in R&B, as well as boy band history the album lacked. The true standouts where Roni, Rock withcha and perhaps on our own. I give a vote of content for every little step though too. I applaud Bobby he does have great vocals but who new this album would lack the enthusiam he displayed with Don't be cruel.All and all I gave it three stars. Being twenty-two I guess I listening to the album made me wish he was still with N.E. If you're a fan as am I you'll enjoy at least three or four songs. My opinion but it if you like but Don't be cruel is still number one! ... Read more


17. Provocative
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Of the six young men who have been part of the New Edition, Washington, D.C.-native Johnny Gill has far and away the best voice. And 1990's Johnny Gill is still the best album anyone connected with the New Edition has ever made. Provocative revisits the formula of that triumph--handing over the creative responsibilities once again to the two hottest songwriter/producer teams in R&B, the macho Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and the romantic L.A. Reid and Babyface. This time, though, we get the formula instead of the triumph. All the pieces are there--the roof-rattling vocals, the industrial-strength beats, and the sumptuous synth harmonies--but there's no sense of a personality behind the machinery. Gill proves that he can growl and shout in sync with the slamming beats like any neo-disco-man, but Lewis's lyrics sound like the lines that single men on the prowl serve up in bars, and there's nothing in Gill's vocal to indicate that the words are anything but a line. Gill is still an impressive singer. "I Got You," written, produced, and sung by Boyz II Men, is blessed with appealing melodies and lush harmony singing, and "Long Way from Home" by L.A. Reid and Babyface is a truly romantic song that finds Gill finally opening up his heart to reassure a distant lover. He'll have to do that far more often if he wants to create the great soul music his voice makes possible. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Will someone give this man a record deal?
Johnny Gill is a storm waiting too long to happen. Ever since his debut in the early eighties, his is a talent that has not been recognized by the masses. His modest successes as a solo artist, a duet partner (with Stacy Lattisaw), and a group member (New Edition) have yet to make him the superstar that he so richly deserves. The title of "Baby Luther" is warranted for he and Vandross share the same quality of interpreting a song.

"Provocative" shows Gill in a variety of formats, from dance ("The Floor") to romantic ballads ("Quiet Time to Play") to the sacred ("I Know Where I Stand"). It's on the latter that Gill presents a voice that is destined for the stage.

A fun ditty is "A Cute, Sweet Love Addiction", written by Jam & Lewis, paying homage to Tyrone Davis's "If I Could Turn Back Time".

5-0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Album
I love this album, it is as good as his 1990 album. My favoorite songs are "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addition", "The Floor", "I Got You", "Provocative" and more. Johnny show a lot spunk and energy here, you can tell he is having a good time. They did a really great job on the production of this album, it whips azz compared to most pop/r&b around now. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys soulful, funky, sexy, & smooth R&B. ... Read more


18. Meant to Be Mint
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2-0 out of 5 stars Pretty AVerage
While Mint Follows The Great Minneapolis Trail here it's Not As Powerful.The Slow Jams Take over more than anything else.Breaking My Heart(Pretty Brown eyes) is in a Class unto itself.They haven't Followed The Minneapolis Sound Up With Strong Grooves here.but you Since this Group will be Around.it's a Average Start but they have Promise.

4-0 out of 5 stars too short to review
i believe the song "pretty brown eyes" by mint condition is a great song. however new reviewers will find it hard to tell because the sample is too short and doesn't highlight the gooooood part of the song. this is the internet! let's keep it real, play atleast half of the song(that's if you want it to sell).

5-0 out of 5 stars PRETTYYYYYYY BROWNS EYES :)
Im charlotte.!!! Awwwwwwwwwww i LOVE these songs....IT REMINDS ME of me & MY boyfriend Lewis and 'forever in your eyes'....reminds me when we 1st met christmas time. We kinda braking up at the mo though....but these two songs sends me back to ma much happier memorys of him. I still love him and i always will, it brings tears to ma eyes. But hey..This is a must buy album and anyone who is in love must have this album...

5-0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC???
Today i was jus lookin through my cd collection for something to listen to...i run into the mint condition page...as i listen i think...WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO GOOD MUSIC??? This is the first effort of the great Mint Condition...A MUST HAVE...

4-0 out of 5 stars I love it....takes me back.
I love this C.D! I was looking for used C.D's to sell and this one is staying right here. I bought it the same year it came out and Pretty Brown Eyes still sounds good. Forever In Your Eyes will most probably be my Wedding song. To all them players... this is a must have in your C.D collection if you want to get along with your lady. Trust me... it does good things for you. Just play those two songs...and you'll see what I'm talking about.PLaya play on.:) ... Read more


19. The Best of Color Me Badd
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2-0 out of 5 stars Greatest Dodges
This so-called GREATEST is anything but. Sure it has some key songs like Sex You Up and I Adore, but it's missing key jams like Forever Love, Let's Start With Forever, Slow Motion, The Bells( the Originals remake written by marvin gaye)make you want to use the disc for a beer coaster. Giant Records should know better than to put an unfinished compilation up for sale. Sounds like somebody has it out for these guys not to include ALL their GREATEST.

3-0 out of 5 stars A "nice" collection
This is a very "nice" collection but it doesn't get 5 stars due 2 the fact that I felt some good songs were missing.
but it's still a good collection though!

5-0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
Bottom line I loved this whole cd.
If u like color me bad. This is the
cd to get. Thanks again M7

3-0 out of 5 stars Something's missing!
I can't believe they came out with a Greatest Hits album and left off Forever Love from the Mo' Money soundtrack. Forever Love definately competes for their best song. They should have also considered Slow Motion and Time and Chance. With only 12 tracks to start with, the selections seem to be a little thin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collaboration
Color Me Badd blends do-wop and R&B harmonies beautifully in this 12 track "Best Of" colllection. ... Read more


20. 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection
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3-0 out of 5 stars pretty Good for the time period
back in 90 BBD was doing pretty good for themselves.there songs&Albums represented the Mix of New Jack Swing with Hip-Hop&Pop.a few of there Songs were catchy but as far as given them a Century Salute?? Naw I don't think so.find you a Disc that Captures all the Solo Work of New Edition Combined but this Set has more than what you need.

5-0 out of 5 stars Innovators
These tracks were the original fusion of Hip-hop and R&B and
still have tons of flava. After BBD showed the way with these jams, soul singers like Mary J. Blige and R.Kelley started to lay down vocals over hip-hop tracks and everyone else followed
(and still follows to this day).
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5-0 out of 5 stars HOT TRACKS !!!
THIS IS THE CREAM OF THE CROP OD THE THEIR FIRST TWO ALBUMS . DO NOT BE FOOLED BY HATERS THAT TRY TO CONVINCE YOU THAT THIS IS NOT WORTH IT BECAUSE IT IS ... SKIP BUYING THEIR DEBUT CD UNLESS YOU ARE A FANATIC . BUT, MOST DEFINATELY BUY THEIR SECOND CD "HOOTIE MACK" THE ALBUM TRACKS ARE GREAT . SIGNED MUSIC FAN.

1-0 out of 5 stars Whatever ???
You gotta be kidding !! The Best Of Bell Biv Devoe, is a joke, right ?? After 2 CDs on MCA (the recent CD from last year shipped plastic!!!!), they have enough material for a BBD compilation.BBD wasn't a 'legendary' group, like New Edition, so this CD should be given away to customers.
DO NOT PAY for this or any BBD CD!! Most of these dated 80's songs can be found on 'Poison' & thier followup CDs can also be found in cut out bargain bins of most stores!!...
These Millenium CDs from Universal really make me believe that someone is on 'the pipe' over there, and with all of these countless New Edition-Related compilations & anthologies being released, you'd probably agree with me.
My Verdict-This CD is a waste of retail space!! ... Read more


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