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Format: CD
Sku: 60133961
UPC: 078221821223
UPC 14: 00078221821223
Release Date: 1/1/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. You Give Good Love ~ Whitney Houston
2. Thinking About You ~ Whitney Houston
3. Someone For Me ~ Whitney Houston
4. Saving All My Love For You ~ Whitney Houston
5. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do ~ Whitney Houston
6. How Will I Know ~ Whitney Houston
7. All At Once ~ Whitney Houston
8. Take Good Care Of My Heart ~ Whitney Houston
9. Greatest Love Of All ~ Whitney Houston
10. Hold Me ~ Whitney Houston
Whitney was signed to Arista Records by Clive Davis in 1983. Her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston, released in 1985, yielded a string of hits including "You Give Good Love" and three consecutive #1 singles, "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," and a song that has become a veritable anthem, "The Greatest Love of All." Not only did the album establish her as an important new recording artist, but it went on to sell over 13 million copies in the U.S., plus several million abroad. This LP set the record as the biggest selling debut album by a solo artist

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston (vocals); Michael Gibbs (conductor); Shambbu Neil Vineberg (acoustic guitar); Paul Pesco, Ira Siegel, Dan Huff, Corrado Rustici, Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Kenny G, Vincent Henry (saxophone); Jerry Hey, Marc Russo, Wayne Wallace (horns); Robbie Buchanan (Fender Rhodes piano); Preston Glass (keyboards, string synthesizer, percussion, programming); Kashif, Ralph Schukett, Walter "Baby Love" Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer); Randy Jackson (synthesizer, bass); Jack Waldman, Fred Zarr (synthesizer); Roy Ayers (vibraphone); Marcus Miller, Nathan East (bass); Narada Michael Walden, Paul Leim (drums); Greg "Gigi" Gonaway (electronic drums, tambourine); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote Producers include: Narada Michael Walden; Jellybean, Kashif, Michael Masser.
Muze PNote Engineers include: Darroll Gustamachio, Michael DeLugg, Dean Burt.
Muze PNote Personnel: Whitney Houston (vocals); Cissy Houston, Julia Tillman Waters, Jermaine Jackson, Maxine Willard Waters, Oren Waters, Teddy Pendergrass, Yvonne Lewis (vocals); Dann Huff, David Williams , Ira Siegel, Timothy May (guitar); John Barnes (clarinet); Ernie Watts, Tom Scott (saxophone); Robbie Buchanan, Randy Kerber (keyboards); John "J.R." Robinson , Ed Greene (drums); Bashiri Johnson (percussion).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Michael O'Reilly; Bill Bottrell; Bill Schnee.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Whitney Houston; Roy Wooten; John "J.R." Robinson ; David Williams ; Deborah Thomas; David Williams ; Fred Washington ; Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington ; Mary Canty; Julia Tillman Waters; Michael Mancini; Greg Phillinganes; Ira Siegel; Joe Lala; Kashif; La La; Maxine Willard Waters; Michael Masser; Michael O'Reilly; Paul Jackson, Jr. ; Randy Jackson ; Timothy May ; Yvonne Lewis.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Kashif; Narada Michael Walden.
Muze PNote 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.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Cissy Houston
Muze Guest Artist Roy Ayers
Muze Guest Artist Kashif
Muze Guest Artist Paul Jackson, Jr.
Muze Guest Artist Marcus Miller
Muze Guest Artist Kenny G
Muze Guest Artist Narada Michael Walden
Muze Guest Artist Lala
Muze Guest Artist Ray Wooten
Muze Guest Artist Yogi Lee
Muze Guest Artist Ira Siegel
Muze Guest Artist J.T. Lewis
Muze Guest Artist Bashiri Johnson
Muze Guest Artist David Williams
Muze Guest Artist Ed Greene
Muze Guest Artist Ernie Watts
Muze Guest Artist Freddie Washington
Muze Guest Artist Greg Phillinganes
Muze Guest Artist Jermain

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Very Special Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Waiting To Exhale
Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection0306
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs 3
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1980'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call The 80S Volume
Muze Music Compilations Easy 80S
Muze Music Compilations Slow Grind
Muze Music Compilations Sparkle (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations This Is The End (Ost)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Box Set Series:teddy Pendergrass
Muze Music Compilations Bodyguard (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Movies
Muze Music Compilations Essential Teddy Pendergrass
Muze Music Compilations Wow Gospel 2010
Muze Music Compilations Platinum & Gold Collection
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Fired Up! 2

Associated Artists and Works

Carey, Mariah
Houston, Cissy
Original Soundtrack
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Warwick, Dionne

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 07/07/1985
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1985
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8212
Music Label Name Label : Arista
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00078221821223

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.69)
- "[A] delightful 1985 debut -- which featured gigantic hits like 'Greatest Love of All'..."

Q (12/99, p.160)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...remains one of her best, featuring 'How Will I Know' and the genuinely moving tour-de-force, 'Greatest Love Of All'..."

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