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Boyz II Men to reissue first two albums

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Boyz II Men’s 1991 debut Cooleyhighharmony turned 25 earlier this year, and to celebrate, Universal has announced it is reissuing the R&B group’s first two albums. The label will release the records on vinyl — the first time they’ve been available in that format — on August 19.

Unlike some reissue projects, both Cooleyhighharmony and its follow-up, 1994’s II, were extremely successful when initially released. Cooleyhighharmony spawned the hit singles “Motownphilly” and “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday,” both of which reached the top five on the Hot 100, and earned Boyz II Men a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

II maintained the group’s winning streak, with “I’ll Make Love to You” and “On Bended Knee” taking back-to-back turns at No. 1 on the Hot 100 in 1994. The record also won the first-ever Best R&B Album Grammy.

Cooleyhighharmony was reissued in 1992, 1993, and 2009, but this version sports the album’s original tracklisting and artwork. Meanwhile, the II reissue will be a double LP that includes Boyz II Men’s cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday” and the international edition bonus track “Fallin’.”

Whether they’re being covered by Fall Out Boy, the cast of Marshall, or Michelle Obama, Boyz II Men remain a considerable cultural force in 2016. Earlier this year, they received raves for their star turn in Grease: Live!