Whitney Houston: The Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As big a hit as it was -- and it was a multi-platinum blockbuster, spinning off several chart-toppers -- it's not easy to think of Whitney Houston's 1985 debut as the dawning of a new era, but it was. Arriving in the thick of MTV, when the slick sounds of yacht-soul were fading, Whitney Houston is the foundation of diva-pop, straddling clean, cheery R&B and big ballads designed with the adult contemporary audience in mind. Houston's background lay in the former -- actually, it was even riskier, encompassing a stint with the experimental Bill Laswell outfit Material -- and her benefactor Clive Davis knew all about selling records to the masses. Appealing as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
As big a hit as it was -- and it was a multi-platinum blockbuster, spinning off several chart-toppers -- it's not easy to think of Whitney Houston's 1985 debut as the dawning of a new era, but it was. Arriving in the thick of MTV, when the slick sounds of yacht-soul were fading, Whitney Houston is the foundation of diva-pop, straddling clean, cheery R&B and big ballads designed with the adult contemporary audience in mind. Houston's background lay in the former -- actually, it was even riskier, encompassing a stint with the experimental Bill Laswell outfit Material -- and her benefactor Clive Davis knew all about selling records to the masses. Appealing as this album is, Davis may never have imagined how Whitney Houston would shift tastes, pushing toward skyscraping ballads where the singer's affectations, not the songs, were paramount -- a move that later led to hollow records, but on Whitney Houston the songs were as important as the immaculate productions. Certainly, the showstopping "Greatest Love of All" provided the blueprint for decades of divas, but it's the only overblown moment here, with the rest of the ballads -- notably "Saving All My Love for You" and "You Give Good Love" -- burning slowly and seductively, but what really impresses a quarter century on are the lighter tracks, particularly the breakthrough single "How Will I Know" and the unheralded "Thinking About You," a dance/R&B hit co-written by Kashif that remains one of Whitney's purest pop pleasures. These joyful, rhythmic moments faded away from Houston's later work -- and also rarely surfaced on the records of those who followed her -- but their presence on this debut turns this into a fully rounded record, the rare debut that manages to telegraph every aspect of an artist's career in a mere ten songs. [The 2010 25th anniversary edition of Whitney Houston is expanded with five bonus tracks -- remixes of "Thinking About You," "Someone for Me," "How Will I Know," a live version of "Greatest Love of All" from 1990, and a superfluous a cappella mix of "How Will I Know" -- and a bonus DVD containing music videos from the album, new interviews, and best of all Whitney's star-making 1983 performance on The Merv Griffin Show.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/2010
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886975890323
  • Catalog Number: 758903
  • Sales rank: 15,524

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Give Good Love (4:36)
  2. 2 Thinking About You (5:28)
  3. 3 Someone For Me (5:01)
  4. 4 Saving All My Love For You (4:01)
  5. 5 Nobody Loves Me Like You Do - Jermaine Jackson (3:46)
  6. 6 How Will I Know (4:37)
  7. 7 All At Once (4:29)
  8. 8 Take Good Care Of My Heart - Jermaine Jackson (4:21)
  9. 9 Greatest Love Of All (4:58)
  10. 10 Hold Me - Teddy Pendergrass (6:05)
  11. 11 Thinking About You (7:16)
  12. 12 Someone For Me (7:25)
  13. 13 How Will I Know (4:00)
  14. 14 How Will I Know (6:32)
  15. 15 Greatest Love Of All [Live from the Arista Records 15th Anniversary Cel (7:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Conversations with Whitney Houston and Clive Davis
  2. 2 Home [Versio
  3. 3 I Am Changing [Live from the Arista Records 10th Anniversary Celebratio
  4. 4 You Give Good Love [
  5. 5 You Give Good Love
  6. 6 Saving All My Love For You
  7. 7 How Will I Know
  8. 8 Greatest Love Of All
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Whitney Houston Primary Artist, Interviewee
Jermaine Jackson Musician
Kashif Musician
Tom Scott Saxophone, Soloist
Bashiri Johnson Musician
Robbie Buchanan Musician
Mary Canty Musician
Cissy Houston Musician
Clive Davis Interviewee
Nathan East Musician
Preston Glass Musician
Ed Greene Musician
Dann Huff Musician
Paul Jackson Jr. Musician
Randy Kerber Musician
Yogi Lee Musician
J.T. Lewis Musician
Yvonne Lewis Musician
Richard Marx Musician
Timothy May Musician
Narada Michael Walden Musician
Steve Rucker Musician
Corrado Rustici Musician
Premik Russell Tubbs Musician
Oren Waters Musician
Ernie Watts Musician
Roy Wooten Musician
Julia Waters Musician
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Musician
Debbie Thomas Musician
Maxine Waters Musician
Lou Shelton Musician
Ira Siegal Musician
Greg Phillingaines Musician
Technical Credits
Whitney Houston Liner Notes
Jermaine Jackson Producer
Kashif Arranger, Composer, Producer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Michael Barbiero Engineer
Linda Creed Composer
Clive Davis Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Photo Courtesy
Steve Dorff Composer
Bruce Forest Remixing
Michael Hutchinson Engineer
Raymond Jones Composer
Abbey Konowitch Executive Producer
Alan Licht Liner Notes, Interviewer
Michael Mancini Engineer
Michael Masser Composer, Producer
George Merrill Composer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Jeffrey Osborne Composer
Shannon Rubicam Composer
Russell Schmitt Engineer
Mark Wilder Mastering
James Patrick Dunne Composer
Leo Sacks Producer
Brian Chin Producer
Frank Hilton Producer
Pamela Phillips-Oland Composer
Steven Saporta Executive Producer
Karen Bellone Producer
Arlene Phillips Choreographer
John "Jellybean" Benitez Remixing
Freddy Washington Composer
Pete McCann Composer
Brian Grant Direction
Michael Lindsay-Hogg Director
Stuart Orme Director
Anita Marisa Boriboon Art Direction
Tiagi Lambert Fashion Stylist
Tony Faske Producer
Peter Israelson Director
Lala Brothers Composer
Toni Yardley Producer
Glen Hoffman Director
Dann Davenport Art Direction
Beatrice Cardile Interviewer
Alan Coulthard Remixing
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