Monday, January 11, 2010
N.E. FLASHBACK-CLASSIC RADIO GROUP BY ORIGINAL BOSTON QUINTET
I'M LEAVING YOU AGAIN
WRITTEN BY RICKY BELL & RALPH TRESVANT
1984 MCA RECORDS
When New Edition released their self-title for MCA Records in 1984, many teenagers and college students played the album including the classic radio hit "I'm Leaving You Again," a smooth ballad written by group members Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant, who showcased his maturing vocals on this song that's a favorite among the fans, who, like myself wish that it was released as a single. (His phrasing improved during the song). This first time I heard this song was at one of my neighbor's birthday party, and when I heard the intro I took noticed and fell in love with the song to the point of taping it constantly.
What makes this song beautiful are the keyboard riffs that was sampled for Bow Wow & Ciara's 2005 top charting ballad "Like You," beats and lyrics about telling a girl that though I love to spend time with you, remember I'm in the music industry and I have to go out on the road due to the popular demand of the fans.
Girl I'm leaving you again
And I thought I tell you in
I know how you must feel
But if your love is for real
Try to understand that
I'm in popular demand
Another great part of the song is the ending which has a cute classic soul/do-wop rhyme, while Tresvant performs a falsetto ad-lib.
This is my all time favorite song by New Edition, which showed that they were able to create a beautiful song about trying to balance a love life and a career as a professional singers, and hopefully it will serve as a guide for guys who wanna maintain both. It's also a great song to play at parties.
FACTS ABOUT THIS SONG
1. The song wasn't released as a single, but it was a radio hit meaning that it received lots of air play on radio including 98.7 Kiss FM in New York City. It did become a hit in 2005 when rapper Bow Wow and ex-girlfriend singer Ciara sampled this classic for their ballad "Like You," which topped the R&B chars and peaked at # 3 on the Pop charts, going gold with sales of over 500, 000 copies.
2. The song was co-written by group member Ricky Bell and Ralph Tresvant, and it was one of two songs the group wrote on their self-titled double platinum release. The other song was "Kinda Girls We Like" which was written by the whole group.