Whitney Houston CD (2002)

Artist: Whitney Houston

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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


Label Bmg/arista
SKU 60133961
UPC 078221821223
UPC 14 00078221821223
Format CD
Release Date 1/1/2002
Author Whitney Houston
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Associated Artist/Work Carey, Mariah
Associated Artist/Work Houston, Cissy
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Technical Info
CatalogID 8212
Lable Name Arista
Released 07/07/1985
Original Release 1985
Number of Discs 1
Length 47m : 23s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078221821223
Musical Guests
Cissy Houston
Roy Ayers
Paul Jackson, Jr.
Marcus Miller
Kenny G
Narada Michael Walden
Ray Wooten
Yogi Lee
Ira Siegel
J.T. Lewis
Bashiri Johnson
David Williams
Ed Greene
Ernie Watts
Freddie Washington
Greg Phillinganes
Album Notes and Credits
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).
Producers include: Narada Michael Walden; Jellybean, Kashif, Michael Masser.
Engineers include: Darroll Gustamachio, Michael DeLugg, Dean Burt.
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).
Audio Mixers: Michael Barbiero; Michael O'Reilly; Bill Bottrell; Bill Schnee.
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.
Arrangers: Kashif; Narada Michael Walden.
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
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'..."
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
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