The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe

The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe

by Bell Biv DeVoe


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On the one hand, Bell Biv DeVoe deserves a good best-of compilation -- they were one of the freshest-sounding new jack swing acts to hit the charts during the style's early-'90s heyday. On the other hand, they only recorded two albums during that heyday (not counting a remix album), and their third wasn't released until after this 2000 compilation, The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe. Thus, listeners get five tracks from the group's blockbuster debut, Poison; six from their decent but less-inventive follow-up, Hootie Mack; the non-LP single "Gangsta"; and four tracks from the aforementioned remix album, WBBD-Bootcity!, including the otherwise-unavailable single "Word to the Mutha." Aside from Hootie Mack's "Something in Your Eyes" (an R&B Top Ten), all of the group's biggest hits came from Poison -- the crossover smashes "Poison" and "Do Me!," the R&B chart-topper "B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?," and the R&B Top Tens "When Will I See You Smile Again?" and "She's Dope." As such, casual fans might be just as happy with the mid-priced compilation 20th Century Masters -- The Millennium Collection, which -- even though it features fewer songs -- still has all their major hits, and costs a few dollars less. But for more devoted fans who want a generous BBD compilation, The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe does have all their best moments in one place, and makes for an excellent summary of why they were important to the development of '90s R&B.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2000
Label: Mca
UPC: 0008811236724
catalogNumber: 112367
Rank: 26251

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Performance Credits

Bell Biv DeVoe   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bell Biv DeVoe   Producer
D'La Vance   Producer
Timmy Gatling   Producer
Alton "Wokie" Stewart   Producer
Rico Anderson   Producer
Michael Bivins   Composer
Carl Bourelly   Producer
Ronnie DeVoe   Composer
Hiriam Hicks   Producer
Bret "Epic" Mazur   Composer
Cyrus Melchor   Producer
L.A. Reid   Producer
Louis Silas   Producer
Daryl Simmons   Producer
Chris Stokes   Producer
Anthony Velasquez   Producer
Kenyatta Kelo Williams   Producer
Richard Wolf   Composer
Jay Wright   Producer
Eric Sadler   Producer
A. Scott Galloway   Liner Notes,Annotation
Howard Hirsch   Producer
Ricky Bell   Composer
Lionel Caviness   Producer
Markpain   Producer

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