New Edition ‎– Count Me Out (1985)

New Edition is an R&B and pop group formed in Boston in 1978. The group reached its height of popularity during the 1980s. They were the progenitors of the boy band movement of the 1980s and 1990s and led the way for groups like New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync. The group recorded mostly as a quintet.

During the group’s first bout of fame in 1983, its members were Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, and Ralph Tresvant. Early hits included “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now” and “Mr. Telephone Man”.

New Edition’s third album, All for Love, was released in the latter half of 1985. While not duplicating the success of its predecessor, the album was certified platinum, and spawned the hit “Count Me Out” which was released in October 1985.

Under pressure from MCA and their management, the group voted Bobby Brown out in December 1985, due to behavioral problems.Brown embarked on a solo career in 1986, while New Edition continued to promote All for Love as a quartet. In spite of their financial and internal conflicts, New Edition continued to peak. During this era of the group’s evolution, the group appeared in the episode of Knight Rider titled “Knight Song”, performing “Count Me Out.”

The 12″ was remixed by Louil Silas Jr. and Taavi Mote.

Count Me Out (Extended Version)       6:25

Count Me Out (Instrumental)               6:25

Count Me Out (A Cappella)                 6:25

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New Edition ‎– Cool It Now (1984)

“Cool It Now” is a 1984 hit single by R&B/Pop group New Edition, and is the first single from their eponymous second album, New Edition. The song peaked at #4 in January, 1985 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With the group now signed to MCA Records, “Cool It Now” (and the album from which it came) was given more extensive and widespread promotion than any single from their previous album (which had been released through a smaller, independent label), and helped bring the group a bigger fan base. The song was the group’s first top 10 pop single, peaking at number four on the pop chart, and their second number one R&B hit.

The song is notable for a midsection rap recited by lead singer Ralph Tresvant, which calls out the rest of the group: “Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike.”

The UK were treated to remixes by John Morales & Sergio Munzibai for their 7″ and 12″ release of the single while the 12″ also added the original extended mixes by Louil Silas Jr.

Cool It Now (M&M Extended Mix)                    6:09

Cool It Now (M&M Extended Dub)                    6:40

Cool It Now (Original Mix)                                6:00

Cool It Now (Original Dub)                               9:00

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