by Bell Biv DeVoe


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With so many faceless, sound-alike albums having come out of the "new jack swing" hybrid in the late '80s and early to mid-'90s, it's important to give credit to the form's more creative and imaginative figures. Along with Guy and Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe (a New Edition spin-off trio comprised of Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe) delivered some of new jack swing's most worthwhile material. A hard-edged, tough-minded blend of R&B/funk and hip-hop, Poison was (like Brown's Don't Be Cruel) a radical departure from the Jackson 5-influenced "bubblegum soul" New Edition was originally known for. Defined by their urgency, rawness, and vitality, "Poison," "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," "Dope!," and "Do Me!" are considered new jack swing classics and are indeed among the best the style has to offer. Taking a break from the CD's overall aggression, BBD moves closer to New Edition's sound with the decent, though far from outstanding, ballads "When Will I See You Again?" and "I Do Need You." While other "new jacks" were content to simply emulate Guy, the distinctive BBD deserves applause for daring to stake out its own territory.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/1990
Label: Mca Special Products
UPC: 0076732638729
catalogNumber: 6387

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bell Biv DeVoe   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Multi Instruments
Timmy Gatling   Keyboards
Jean-Paul Bourelly   Guitar
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Background Vocals
Michael Bivins   Vocals
Carl Bourelly   Keyboards
Ronnie DeVoe   Vocals
Freeze   Multi Instruments
Richard Wolf   Multi Instruments
Howard Hirsch   Keyboards
Ricky Bell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bell Biv DeVoe   Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Remixing,Art Direction
D'La Vance   Producer
Timmy Gatling   drum programming
Peter Arata   Remixing
Carl Bourelly   Arranger,Producer
Freeze   Producer
Jay Henry   Engineer
Hiriam Hicks   Producer
Roney Hooks   Arranger
Rod Hui   Engineer
Nick Sansano   Engineer
Keith Shocklee   Producer
Hank Shocklee   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Louis Silas   Producer,Executive Producer,Remixing
Jamey Staub   Engineer
Kurt Upper   Engineer
Kirk Yano   Engineer
Howard Hirsch   drum programming
Barbara Milne   Engineer
Chris Floberg   Programming
Dan Wood   Engineer
Sherman Foote   Programming

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Poison 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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