By: John Armstrong
The New Edition Story: Chronicles the ups and downs of the legendary music group New Edition from their humble beginnings in Boston to individual solo success and everything in between.
If you ask anyone who grew up during the late seventies into the eighties who their favorite R&B group was at that time, you will definitely hear the name New Edition. From their catchy songs that captured the youthful virtue of the eighties to modernizing The Jackson Five formula for their generation. New Edition begin with five members of the group: Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, and Bobby Brown. The moment Bobby Brown went rogue the group recruited Johnny Gill and he joined the group filling Bobby’s role. At times they would be a group of six, depending on the mood of Bobby Brown.
New Edition added some elements of rock, hip-hop, freestyle, soul and disco to an R&B base that created a vibrant sound that matched New Edition’s vocals and contributed to the consistent sound they carried throughout their careers. And though the members struggled with the more formulaic portions of the album, it still didn’t discredit this dynamic roster’s talents and contributions that played a significant role in the success of this album.
The actors who starred in the film as the group of six, had done a phenominal job playing the roles of New Edition. Elijah Kelley (Ricky Bell), Bryshere Gray (Michael Bivins), Keith Powers (Ronnie DeVoe), Algee Smith (Ralph Tresvant), Luke James (Johnny Gill), Woody McClain (Bobby Brown). Whenever you get a chance you should binge on the series, it is only three episodes.