Whitney Houston: The Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition

Whitney Houston: The Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition

by Whitney Houston
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Whitney Houston: The Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886975890323
catalogNumber: 758903


Disc 1

  1. You Give Good Love
  2. Thinking About You
  3. Someone For Me
  4. Saving All My Love For You
  5. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do
  6. How Will I Know
  7. All At Once
  8. Take Good Care Of My Heart
  9. Greatest Love Of All
  10. Hold Me
  11. Thinking About You
  12. Someone For Me
  13. How Will I Know
  14. How Will I Know
  15. Greatest Love Of All [Live from the Arista Records 15th Anniversary Cel

Disc 2

  1. Conversations with Whitney Houston and Clive Davis
  2. Home [Versio
  3. I Am Changing [Live from the Arista Records 10th Anniversary Celebratio
  4. You Give Good Love [
  5. You Give Good Love
  6. Saving All My Love For You
  7. How Will I Know
  8. Greatest Love Of All

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   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
"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
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
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
Alan Light   Liner Notes,Interviewer

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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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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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