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The Best of Bell Biv DeVoe

Bell Biv DeVoe 9/26/2000


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. ~ Steve Huey
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Poison Bell Biv DeVoe 4:21
  3. 2 Do Me! Bell Biv DeVoe 4:32
  4. 3 B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me) Bell Biv DeVoe 4:33
  5. 4 When Will I See You Smile Again? Bell Biv DeVoe 5:3
  6. 5 She's Dope! [AKA Dope!] Bell Biv DeVoe 3:42
  7. 6 Gangsta Bell Biv DeVoe 4:28
  8. 7 Above the Rim Bell Biv DeVoe 3:37
  9. 8 Something in Your Eyes Bell Biv DeVoe 3:38
  10. 9 Show Me the Way Bell Biv DeVoe 3:44
  11. 10 Nickel Bell Biv DeVoe 4:49
  12. 11 Hootie Mack Bell Biv DeVoe 4:5
  13. 12 Ghetto Booty Bell Biv DeVoe 4:9
  14. 13 Word to the Mutha! Bell Biv DeVoe 6:37
  15. 14 Ain't Nut'in' Changed [Remix] Bell Biv DeVoe 2:22
  16. 15 Poison [Remix] Bell Biv DeVoe 6:12
  17. 16 Do Me [Remix] Bell Biv DeVoe 5:23

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