Whitney CD (2002)

Artist: Whitney Houston

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Product Overview

With the highly anticipated release of her second album Whitney in 1987, she made history as the first female artist to enter the Billboard album charts at #1. Whitney featured a new stream of #1 chart-toppers, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn’t We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" — this established Whitney as the only artist ever to have seven consecutive #1 hits, surpassing a record previously set by The Beatles and The Bee Gees.


Label Bmg/arista
SKU 60134018
UPC 078221840521
UPC 14 00078221840521
Format CD
Release Date 1/1/2002
Sales Rank 591
Author Whitney Houston
Associated Artist/Work Carey, Mariah
Associated Artist/Work Houston, Cissy
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sparks, Jordin
Associated Artist/Work Tesca, Gary
Associated Artist/Work Warwick, Dionne
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence Cissy Houston
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Dionne Warwick
Artist Influence Donna Summer (Vocals)
Artist Influence Esther Phillips
Artist Influence Evelyn "Champagne" King
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Stevie Wonder
Artist Influence Teddy Pendergrass
Artist Influence The Abyssinian Baptist Choir
Artist Influence The Sweet Inspirations
Artist Influence Tina Turner
Artist Influence Wilson Pickett
Artist Contemporary Anita Baker
Artist Contemporary Celine Dion
Artist Contemporary Christina Aguilera
Artist Contemporary En Vogue
Artist Contemporary George Michael
Artist Contemporary Gloria Estefan
Artist Contemporary Janet Jackson
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Holliday (Singer/Actress)
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Rush
Artist Contemporary Karyn White
Artist Contemporary Lionel Richie
Artist Contemporary Luther Vandross
Artist Contemporary Madonna
Artist Contemporary Mariah Carey
Artist Contemporary Michael Jackson
Artist Contemporary Natalie Cole
Artist Contemporary Thelma Houston
Artist Contemporary TLC
Artist Contemporary Toni Braxton
Artist Contemporary Vanessa Williams (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Will to Power
Artist Follower Aaliyah
Artist Follower Ariana Grande
Artist Follower Beyonc?
Artist Follower Blanca
Artist Follower Brandy
Artist Follower Britney Spears
Artist Follower Christina Aguilera
Artist Follower Deborah Cox
Artist Follower Destiny's Child
Artist Follower Faith Hill
Artist Follower Fifth Harmony
Artist Follower Fleur East
Artist Follower Heather Headley
Artist Follower Idina Menzel
Artist Follower Jennifer Hudson
Artist Follower Jennifer Lopez
Artist Follower Lauryn Hill
Artist Follower Mary J. Blige
Artist Follower Mickey Guyton
Artist Follower Monica
Artist Follower Natalie La Rose
Artist Follower R. Kelly
Artist Follower Sam Smith (UK)
Artist Follower SWV
Artist Follower V. Bozeman
Artist Follower Xscape
Technical Info
Engineer Michael Hutchinson; Fred Law; Dean Burt; Dennis MacKay; Dave Fraser; David Drazer; Michael Mancini; Gordon Lyon; Russ Terrana; James Dougherty; David Fraser; Doc Dougherty; Darroll Gustamachio; Jay Rifkin; Jim Boyer; Ken Kessie; Lincoln Clapp; Maureen Dro
Producer Jellybean Benitez; Kashif; Michael Masser; Narada Michael Walden
CatalogID ARCD-8405
Lable Name Arista
Released 06/29/1987
Original Release 1987
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 53m : 9s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00078221840521
Musical Guests
Cissy Houston
Kenny G
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Whitney Houston (vocals, background vocals); Dann Huff, Ira Siegel, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Paul Pesco (guitar); Shambbu Neil Vineberg (acoustic guitar); Vincent Henry (saxophone); Kenny G (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, lyricon); Marc Russo (alto saxophone, horns); Premik Russell Tubbs, Wayne Wallace (horns); Robbie Buchanan (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Frank Gayer Martin (piano, synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer, vibraphone); Randy Kerber (piano); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer); Kashif (keyboards, synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Ralph Shukett (keyboards, synthesizer); Preston Glass (keyboards, string synthesizer, bells, programming, percussion programming); Cory Lerios (synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer); Fred Zarr, Jack Waldman, Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); Corrado Rustici (guitar synthesizer); Roy Ayers (vibraphone); Narada Michael Walden (drums, percussion, drum programming); John "J.R." Robinson , Linden Aaron, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Paul Leim (drums); Raul Rekow (congas); Greg "Gigi" Gonaway (tambourine); Paulinho Da Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Jellybean (drum programming); Bonbo Bob (percussion programming); Claytoven Richardson, Jim Gilstrup, Nikki Harris, Kitty Beethoven, Jennifer Hall, Jim Gilstrap, Kevin Dorsey , Myrna Matthews (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael Hutchinson; David Drazer; David Fraser; Darroll Gustamachio.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Devonshire Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Hitsville, Los Angeles, CA; Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Leed's L'Mobile, Los Angeles, CA; New Music Group Studios, Stamford, CT; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Plant Studios, Sausal; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Sigma Sound Studios, New York, NY; Sound Track, New Yourk, NY; Soundworks Digital Studios, New York, NY; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA; Z Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer: Richard Avedon.
Arrangers: Tony Cortez; Jack Waldman; Narada Michael Walden; Toni C.
Whitney Houston's second album sported a flirtier, sexier album cover and a shortened title, and, somewhat improbably, it became an even bigger hit than her 1985 debut. WHITNEY featured an impressive four Number One hits ("I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "So Emotional") and a fifth that went Top Ten, "Love Will Save the Day." Building on what had worked so well on her first record, the dance tracks are frothier and endearingly lighter, and the ballads are bigger and more dramatic, highlighting Houston's genuinely impressive vocal talents without resorting to overly bombastic singing (as she would on later albums). On WHITNEY, the diva shows surprising humility when it comes to her voice, and that restraint helps make it her most likable and consistently appealing set.
Artist Overview
As the daughter of gospel/R&B singer Cissy Houston, Whitney Houston was literally born to sing. Initially a back-up vocalist and fashion model, Houston leapt to solo stardom with her self-titled debut in 1985. Well into the next decade, she remained one of the most successful pop artists, racking up movie roles (THE BODYGUARD, WAITING TO EXHALE), platinum album sales, and the kind of admiration reserved for the very best in the music industry. The pop diva seemed to weather a rocky marriage to Bobby Brown (whom she ultimately divorced) and a severe drug addiction, but died in a Beverly Hills hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards in February 2012.
Professional Reviews
Q (12/99, p.160) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...kept the pop juggernaut moving with the spirited 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'...over-stuffed with plinkety-plonk '80s synths..."
Disc 1
1 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
2 Just The Lonely Talking Again
3 Love Will Save The Day
4 Didn't We Almost Have It All
5 So Emotional
6 Where You Are
7 Love Is A Contact Sport
8 You're Still My Man
9 For The Love Of You
10 Where Do Broken Hearts Go
11 I Know Him So Well
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