Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

by Whitney Houston


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/29/1985
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0888837166324
catalogNumber: 371663
Rank: 7738

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Whitney Houston   Primary Artist
Jermaine Jackson   Track Performer
Kashif   Track Performer
Bashiri Johnson   Track Performer
Robbie Buchanan   Track Performer
Cissy Houston   Track Performer
Nathan East   Track Performer
Preston Glass   Track Performer
Ed Greene   Track Performer
Dann Huff   Track Performer
Paul Jackson   Track Performer
Randy Kerber   Track Performer
Yogi Lee   Track Performer
J.T. Lewis   Track Performer
Yvonne Lewis   Track Performer
Richard Marx   Track Performer
Timothy May   Track Performer
Narada Michael Walden   Track Performer
Greg Phillinganes   Track Performer
Steve Rucker   Track Performer
Corrado Rustici   Track Performer
Premik Russell Tubbs   Track Performer
Oren Waters   Track Performer
Ernie Watts   Track Performer
Julia Waters   Track Performer
David Williams   Track Performer
Randy Jackson   Track Performer
"Ready" Freddie Washington   Track Performer
Ray Wooten   Track Performer
Debbie Thomas   Track Performer
John Barnes   Track Performer
Maxine Waters   Track Performer
Lou Shelton   Track Performer
John Robinson   Track Performer
Lala   Track Performer
Ira Siegal   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jermaine Jackson   Producer,Duet
Kashif   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Gerry Goffin   Composer
Linda Creed   Composer
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Steve Dorff   Composer
Raymond Jones   Composer
Michael Mancini   Engineer
Michael Masser   Composer,Producer
George Merrill   Composer
Narada Michael Walden   Producer
Michael O'Reilly   Engineer
Jeffrey Osborne   Composer
Shannon Rubicam   Composer
Russell Schmitt   Engineer
Donn Davenport   Art Direction
Pamela Phillips   Composer
Freddie Washington   Composer
Lala   Composer
Peter McCann   Composer
James P. Dunne   Composer
Mike Barbiero   Engineer

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