The Block (Deluxe Edition) CD (2008)

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The brand new New Kids on the Block album was really sparked when Donnie Wahlberg was in New York for a costume fitting for the upcoming film Righteous Kill that finds him living out another life-long dream by acting in a film alongside two of his greatest heroes, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino as well as 50 Cent. Finding himself around the block, Wahlberg visited the office of his longtime music lawyer who handed him a demo tape of a young singer-songwriter name Nazeree. Since the days of New Kids -- and his time producing hits in the early Nineties for his brother Mark as Markey Mark and The Funky Bunch -- Wahlberg has been handed a mountain of demos in his time and he took the offering with absolutely no expectations.

Putting the CD on while driving a few days later, Wahlberg heard two songs that spoke to him powerfully. "I got in the car in Boston on my birthday and I popped it in," he recalls." The first song was called "Click, Click, Click" and from the minute it started, it just grabbed me. I kept waiting for this kid to falter, but he never did. Not only that -- I immediately recognized that Joey McIntryre is going to love this record, Jordan Knight is going to love this record and I love this record. The music speaks to all of our sensibilities, but they're all totally different. It was hip-hop and honest enough for me. It was soulful enough for Jordan and pop and unselfish enough for Joe. It just had it all. I spent the next few hours driving up to girls at red lights and playing them the song. They said, `Is that your song?' I said `Not yet.'"


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 208666355
UPC 602517814035
UPC 14 00602517814035
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2008
Author New Kids On The Bloc
Associated Artist/Work NKOTBSB
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Technical Info
Engineer Chris Billias; Chris Godbey; Fernando Garibay; Keith Gretlein; Matty Green; Tom Syrowski; Hakim Abdoulsamad; Tony Terrebonne; Emanuel Kiriakou; Skye Lewin; Jeremy Page; Benjamin Chang; Perry Geyer; Teddy Riley; Adam Messinger; Aaron Pearce
Producer Fernando Garibay; Nasri Atweh; Hakim Abdoulsamad; Donnie Wahlberg; Emanuel Kiriakou; Adida Kavarro; RedOne; James "Polow Da Don" Jones; Rick Rock; Teddy Riley; Timbaland; Aliaune Thiam; Adam Messinger; Jerome "Jroc" Harmon; Aaron Pearce; Ne-Yo; Fernando G
CatalogID 001179572
Lable Name Interscope (USA)
Released 09/02/2008
Original Release 2008
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517814035
Musical Guests
Lady Gaga
Teddy Riley
Pussycat Dolls
New Edition
Album Notes and Credits
New Kids on the Block: Donnie Wahlberg (programming); Danny Wood, Joey McIntyre, Jordan Knight.
Personnel: New Kids on the Block (background vocals); RedOne (various instruments, programming, background vocals); Fernando Garibay (various instruments, programming); Rickrock, Hakim Abdulsamad, Adam Messinger, Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon, Aaron Pearce (various instruments); Emanuel Kiriakou (keyboards, programming); Joe Wolfe (keyboards); Tyler Thurmond (programming); Zukhan Bey (drum programming); Nasri Atweh, Joaquin Bynum, New Edition , Teddy Riley, The Pussycat Dolls (background vocals).
Programmer: Fernando Garibay.
Audio Mixers: Chris Godbey; Jean-Marie Horvat; Robert Orton; Adam Messinger.
Recording information: AMP Room, Nashville, TN; Bristol Studios, Boston, MA; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Cybersound Studios, Boston, MA; G2 Studios, Hollywood, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Hit Factory, Miami, FL; House Of Hits West, Studio City, CA; Night Bird Studio At The Sunset, West Hollywood, CA; No Excuses Studio, Santa Monica, CA; Sanctum Sound, Los Angeles, CA; Sunland Music Studio, Gambia; ZAC Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Editors: Matty Green; Pat Thrall.
Photographer: Olaf Heine.
Arranger: Fernando Garibay.
One of the pioneering and best-loved boy bands of the 1980s, the New Kids on the Block in their prime represented rosy-cheeked cuteness and innocent puppy love. In the long, album-less interim between 1994's FACE THE MUSIC and 2008's THE BLOCK, the Kids did a lot of growing up. The intervening 14 years have rubbed the teenaged glow off the group's sound and sensibility, and replaced it with a club-oriented vibe that is more concerned with sexing its listeners up than charming them with nostalgia.
From the opener "Click Click Click," which details a homemade photo shoot, it's clear that the emphasis is on adult themes, while "Grown Man" and "Big Girl Now" also sing the praises of adult fun. The album's sonic make-up is taken from contemporary R&B, radio-ready hip-hop, and digitized club music (the solo releases of fellow boy-band alum Justin Timberlake seems to be a touchstone), and a roster of guests, including Akon, Lady Gaga, and the Pussycat Dolls, help update THE BLOCK. The Kids don't bear much resemblance to their old selves, but longtime fans may still thrill to hear their favorite boy band back again.
Artist Bio
New Kids on the BlockFor once, all the rumors are actually true."The Right Stuff" really is -- at long last -- returning to your block. Thankfully, this time, it's all happening in the right way too.New Kids on the Block -- five now fully-grown men who forever defined what the modern boy band would look and sound like -- are back together for the very first time in nearly a decade and a half with their new album The Block.On a March afternoon, Jordan Knight, Jonathan Knight, Joey McIntyre, Donnie Wahlberg and Danny Wood gathered together, hanging tough all over again in a small Los Angeles studio looking a little older, but still youthful, fit and anxious to not simply celebrate their musical legacy, but also add something new and personally meaningful to it. In the late Eighties and early Nineties, while still teenagers themselves, New Kids on the Block became a phenomenon, selling over 70 million albums -- including the back-to-back international number one efforts, 1988's Hangin' Tough and 1990's Step by Step -- and a series of crossover smash R&B, pop hits like "You Got It (The Right Stuff)," "Cover Girl," "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)," "Hangin' Tough," "I'll Be Loving You," "Step by Step" and "Tonight" -- as well as countless number of concert tickets, t-shirts and even lunchboxes to primarily female kids around the world. Then under the guidance of producer Maurice Starr who had previously brought the world New Edition, the New Kids made a tremendous impact on the culture very quickly."I think history has looked upon us fondly," say McIntyre. "I wouldn't say we were important, but people do now see our place in pop history. We've read that we "begat the boy bands" like Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. And in a way, those groups have all made us more contemporary. They made us younger in a way by putting us in their generation. But hey, what about New Edition? There would be no New Kids without them. And of course, the Jackson Five begat New Edition. So I guess we were really just the first white boy band."
Disc 1
1 Click Click Click
2 Single
3 Big Girl Now - (featuring Lady Gaga)
4 Summertime
5 2 In The Morning
6 Grown Man - (featuring Teddy Riley/The Pussycat Dolls)
7 Dirty Dancing
8 Sexify My Love
9 Twisted
10 Full Service - (featuring New Edition)
11 Lights, Camera, Action
12 Put It On My Tab - (featuring Akon)
13 Stare At You
14 One Song
15 Don't Cry
16 Officially Over
17 Looking Like Danger
Product Attributes
Artist New Kids On The Bloc
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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