New Edition: Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell (vocals).
Personnel: Maurice Starr (guitar, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer, vocoder, bass guitar, drums); Gordon Worthy (keyboards); Arthur Baker (drums, sound effects); Frank Heller (tambourine); Jimmy Johnson, Jr. , Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Tina B. (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Frank Heller; Maurice Starr; Arthur Baker.
Recording information: Boston International Records; Century Three, Boston, MA; Unique Recording Studio, New York, NY.
Photographer: Gary Schultz.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Michael Bivins; Ralph Tresvant; Bobby Brown .
Arrangers: Maurice Starr; Michael Jonzun.
When Maurice Starr uncovered the talents of a Roxbury vocal group in the early '80s, he envisioned a second Jackson 5. That was the direction he took New Edition in its early days, and this album includes such overt Jackson 5 ripoffs as "Candy Girl" and the title track. None of the toughness or street touches that emerged on their later material was evident on this slick, pop-oriented session. Ralph Tresvant, Ronald DeVoe, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell, and Bobby Brown were all aged 13 to 15 when this was released. ~ Ron Wynn