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Whitney Houston
     

Whitney Houston

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by Whitney Houston
 

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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

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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 some 20-plus years 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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1990
Label:
Arista
UPC:
0078221821223
catalogNumber:
8212

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jermaine Jackson   Vocals,Track Performer
Teddy Pendergrass   Vocals,Track Performer
Tom Scott   Saxophone
Louie Shelton   Track Performer
John Barnes   Clarinet,Track Performer
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion,Track Performer
Robbie Buchanan   Keyboards,Track Performer
Cissy Houston   Vocals,Track Performer
Nathan East   Bass,Track Performer
Preston Glass   Track Performer
Ed Greene   Drums,Track Performer
Dann Huff   Guitar,Track Performer
Paul Jackson   Track Performer
Randy Kerber   Keyboards,Track Performer
Yogi Lee   Track Performer
J.T. Lewis   Track Performer
Yvonne Lewis   Vocals
Richard Marx   Track Performer
Timothy May   Guitar,Track Performer
Narada Michael Walden   Track Performer
Greg Phillinganes   Track Performer
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Steve Rucker   Track Performer
Corrado Rustici   Track Performer
Julia Tillman Waters   Vocals
Ira Siegel   Guitar
Premik Russell Tubbs   Track Performer
Maxine Willard Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Oren Waters   Vocals,Track Performer
Ernie Watts   Saxophone,Track Performer
David Williams   Guitar,Track Performer
Julia Waters   Track Performer
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Track Performer
Ray Wooten   Track Performer
David E. Williams   Track Performer
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Track Performer
Debbie Thomas   Track Performer
Lou Shelton   Track Performer
John Robinson   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Whitney Houston   Contributor
Jermaine Jackson   Producer,Duet
Kashif   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Contributor
La   Contributor
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Michael Barbiero   Engineer
Mary Canty   Contributor
Linda Creed   Composer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Paul Jackson   Contributor
Raymond Jones   Composer
Joe Lala   Contributor
Yvonne Lewis   Contributor
Michael Mancini   Engineer,Contributor
Michael Masser   Composer,Producer,Contributor
Timothy May   Contributor
George Merrill   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Arranger,Producer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer,Contributor
Jeffrey Osborne   Composer
Greg Phillinganes   Contributor
John "J.R." Robinson   Contributor
Shannon Rubicam   Composer
Julia Tillman Waters   Contributor
Russell Schmitt   Engineer
Ira Siegel   Contributor
Deborah Thomas   Contributor
Fred Washington   Contributor
Maxine Willard Waters   Contributor
David Williams   Contributor
Roy Wooten   Contributor
James Patrick Dunne   Composer
David Williams   Contributor
Randy Jackson   Contributor
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Contributor
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Pamela Phillips-Oland   Composer
Freddy Washington   Composer
Pete McCann   Composer
Tiagi Lambert   Fashion Stylist
Lala Brothers   Composer

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Whitney Houston 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very touching and wonderful
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When Whitney´s debut album was realized in spring 1985 i was just 11 years old and i fell for her voice wow she is incredible and that big powerhouse voice of hers no one can beat Whitney not then and not now. The songs on this album isn´t all my faves but my all time favorit songs here are The Greatest Love Of All,All At Once,How Will I Know Take care Of My Heart and You Give Good Love. I Recommend This album to all fans of Whitney and divas such as Celine and Mariah Carey.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Whitney's debut album would've have to be one of her greatest work ever. It's got upbeat songs like "How Will I Know" and "Thinking About You" and the soulful ballads like "Greatest Love of All" and "Saving All My Love For You." Whitney sounds so soulful and she is one of the strongest female singers of all time.
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