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Just Whitney (2002)

Artist: Whitney Houston
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Format: CD
Sku: 60575923
UPC: 078221474726
UPC 14: 00078221474726
Release Date: 12/10/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. One Of Those Days ~ Whitney Houston
2. Tell Me No ~ Whitney Houston
3. Things You Say ~ Whitney Houston
4. My Love - (featuring Bobby Brown) ~ Whitney Houston
5. Love That Man ~ Whitney Houston
6. Try It On My Own ~ Whitney Houston
7. Dear John Letter ~ Whitney Houston
8. Unashamed ~ Whitney Houston
9. You Light Up My Life ~ Whitney Houston
10. Whatchulookinat ~ Whitney Houston
With over 120 million albums and 50 million singles sold worldwide, Whitney Houston has already established an unparalleled legacy for herself. Yet rather than bathe in past glory, the singer who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists now steps right back front and center with Just Whitney her first album of the 21st century. "This album for me is about surviving, raising a family, being a wife or girlfriend and all the challenges that go along with those things," says Ms. Houston. "These songs are more about creating a mood than about anything in particular." The A-list hitmakers and producers who contributed to this album were handpicked by Whitney and Arista President and CEO, Antonio "L.A." Reid. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Missy Elliott, Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs, Teddy Bishop and Gordon Chambers are among some of the producers who assisted Whitney in crafting an album that is a timely testament to her endurance as a musical icon. The album is a diverse blend of ballads including "Try It On My Own," (written by Babyface and Carole Bayer Sager), "My Love," in which Whitney duets with her husband Bobby Brown and a powerhouse remake of "You Light Up My Life" (originally released by Debbie Boone in 1977). Songs with hip grooves such as "Love That Man" and the old-school style jam "Things You Say" (which was written and produced by Missy Elliott) are also among the album's tracks.

"Has a refreshing old-school vibe.  Entertainment Weekly

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Whitney Houston (vocals); Michael Thompson, Greg Charley (guitar); Greg Phillanganes (piano); Wayne Linsy (Fender Rhodes piano); Teddy Bishop (keyboards, programming); Nathan East, Reggie Hamilton (bass); Ricky Lawson (drums); Babyface, Kenya Ivey, Gordon Chambers, Tweet, Sharlotte K. Gibson, Gary Houston, Sheree Ford-Payne, Latrelle Ford-Payne, Sonnie Giddieons, Antonique Smith (background vocals).
Muze PNote Producers include: Antonio "La" Reid, babyface, She'kspere, Missy Elliot.
Muze PNote DVD includes "Whatchulookinat" video and "Whitney Houston Megamix" video.
Muze PNote Personnel: Whitney Houston (vocals, background vocals); Greg Charley, Michael Hart Thompson (guitar); Babyface (acoustic guitar, keyboards, drum programming, background vocals); Greg Phillinganes (piano); Wayne Linsey (Fender Rhodes piano); Ted Bishop (keyboards, drum programming); Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs (midi); Ricky Lawson (drums); Troy Taylor (programming); Sharlotte Gibson, Antonique Smith , Latrelle, Gordon Chambers, Gary Houston, Sherree Ford-Payne, Tweet, Kenya Ivey (background vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Manny Marroquin; Jon Gass; Mick Guzauski.
Muze PNote Recording information: Atlanta Premier Recordings, Atlanta, GA; Brandon's Way Recording, LA, CA; Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA; Crossways Studios, NJ; Groove Factor Studios, Atlanta, GA; Silent Sound, Atlanta, GA; Sonikwire Studios, Irvine, CA; The Hit Factory-Criteria, Miami, FL; Westlake Studios, LA, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Sheryl Nields.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs.
Muze PNote Scads of personal drama may have been central to Whitney Houston's life subsequent to the release of 1998's MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE, but 2002's triumphant JUST WHITNEY proved to be a nice comeback. Surrounded by a top-shelf talent pool of producers including Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Babyface, and Missy Elliott, Houston struck gold. Highlights range from the playful "One of Those Days" (featuring a sample of The Isley Brothers' "Between the Sheets") and juicy Missy-penned-and-produced slow jam "Things You Say" (featuring harmonies by Tweet) to the defiant "Unashamed".
Muze PNote Unsurprisingly, this defensive attitude continues to pop up whether it's in the line "I'll live my life the way I feel/ No matter what I'll keep it real" punctuating "Try It On My Own" or the stand-by-my man Bobby Brown duet "My Love." Even Houston's cover of '70s schmaltzfest "You Light Up My Life" seems like an attempt to capture lightning in a bottle a la "I Will Always Love You." JUST WHITNEY proved to be a nice rebound for a massive talent whose recent public attention revolved far too little around her God-given musical talent.

Producer: Kenny Bereal; Charile "CSUN" Bereal; Gordon Chambers; Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs; Missy Elliott; Muhammad 2G; Rob Fusari; Babyface; Troy Taylor; Whitney Houston; Rickey Minor; Bobby Brown

Engineer: Terrence Cash; Mike White; Kevin Guarnieri; Cortez Farris; Scott Kieklak; Ted Bishop; Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs; Paul Boutin

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bobby Brown
Muze Guest Artist Babyface

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Waiting To Exhale
Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Fired Up! 2
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection0306
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Essential Teddy Pendergrass
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
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 Wow Gospel 2010
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 Platinum & Gold Collection
Muze Music Compilations Bodyguard (ost)
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Movies

Associated Artists and Works

Carey, Mariah
Houston, Cissy
Original Soundtrack
The Bodyguard [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
Sparks, Jordin
Tesca, Gary
Warwick, Dionne

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 12/10/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2002
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 14747
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 : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00078221474726

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, pp.79-80)
- "...In her third decade as a diva, Houston remains a formidable role model for IDOL wannabes, proving that a great voice goes a long way toward kicking adversity in the butt." - Rating: B-

Entertainment Weekly (12/13/02, pp.79-80)
- "...In her third decade as a diva, Houston remains a formidable role model for IDOL wannabes, proving that a great voice goes a long way toward kicking adversity in the butt." - Rating: B-

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