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Whitney Houston - The Greatest Hits
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I did not care for the mix and on disc 2. Disc 1 is outstanding Whitney Houston. I would have enjoy Disc 2 is she would have left out the mix.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I couldn't believe the track listing for the second disc when I read it-it's supposed to be a disc of dance mixes. CD's hold a maximum of less than 80 minutes of music-there are 18 tracks on disc two-that means severely edited dance mixes of about four minutes each. And some of them are real turkeys. Those tracks could have been omitted to make room for real dance mixes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2002
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
When I buy a greatest hits collection, I want to hear the *radio* versions. This is what I heard growing up in high school. Studying in college. And driving to work every morning. I heard Whitney singing the *radio* versions of her hits, and the radio versions are what put Whitney consistently in the Top 5 Billboard chart. INSTEAD, we are given stupid, boring, soulless remixes. CD#1 (slow ballads):5/5 CD#2 (remixes): 0/5. I'm *extremely* disappointed. :-(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I appreciate Whitney Houston's talent. Really, I do. Although she's decidedly not in the same league as Aretha or Barbra, as the liner notes here would have you believe, Houston does have a wondrous voice capable of soaring gospel transcendence, sweet balladry and dancefloor drama. But she is in desperate need of more interesting, challenging material, and nowhere is this better evidenced than this double-CD of her greatest hits. Disc 1 (subtitled "Cool Down") is overflowing with Love-Gone-Wrong ballads, and it's almost unlistenable. There are a few gems to be found ("Saving All My Love For You," "I Will Always Love You" and "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)"), but they are totally lost amidst dreck like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "All At Once." There's nothing in the production or in Houston's vocal delivery to distinguish one track from the next; hence, the songs on Disc 1 run together into one 78-minute-long listening nightmare. The disc's two new songs (superstar duets with Deborah Cox and Enrique Iglesias) are tepid. Only "My Love Is Your Love," with its shuffling, reggae-steeped beat and Houston's glowing vocal, really stands out from the crowd. Disc 2 ("Throw Down") is a bit more interesting if only because it includes different takes on Houston's uptempo material. Granted, many of these songs sound the same, too, and we really could have done without dance remixes of the ballads "I Will Always Love You" and "Greatest Love Of All." However, on the whole these tracks tend to work because of their novel arrangements and because the singer seems more motivated by The Beat than she does by the canned sentiments on Disc 1. Highlights are an urgent remix of "Love Will Save The Day" by David Morales; the definitive version of the Annie Lennox-penned "Step By Step," produced by Junior Vasquez; and of course, the cover of the Chaka Khan classic, "I'm Every Woman." These tracks, along with Wyclef Jean's "My Love Is Your Love," Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" and Babyface's "Exhale" from Disc 1, provide the best evidence of Whitney Houston's skill as a keen interpreter of R&B classics and songs composed by edgier artists. They also prove that a greatest hits package doesn't necessarily translate into a "best-of." Dance music fans should check out "The Unreleased Mixes," a limited edition four-record boxed set containing extended versions of the remixes included here on Disc 2. Otherwise, this release should be purchased by die-hard fans or completists only.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
When I was a little kid in the mid to late 1980's, Whitney Houston was the most popular female singer out there. I remember listening to many great songs she sang back then. But once "I'm Your Baby Tonight" was released, things started to go downhill a little, and once she started trying the silver screen, the quality of her songs went downhill fast. Whitney's downhill trend is not as severe as Mariah Carey's, but it is still very worrysome and disappointing. This album really ties all of it up into one collection, for better or worse.
The first half of Disc 1 is all about the good times Whitney had from 1985 to 1988. Her best work came during this timeframe, and my favorite tracks such as "Greatest Love of All" and "Didn't We Almost Have It All" shine there. They are then followed by lackluster hits from The Bodyguard soundtrack, Exhale (one song I had almost no respect for), and newer material from Whitney's newest album; these have moments but in the end are fairly forgettable, even though The Bodyguard hits may have been Whitney's most commercially successful songs ever.
Disc 2 disappointed. It was supposed to contain Whitney's more upbeat songs, such as "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance Somebody" - but these are all remixes and they are not the ones I remember from 1987! By putting remixes instead of originals, Disc 2 disappointed. The only gems are the two bonus tracks at the very end, particularly "One Moment In Time" from the NBC telecast of the 1988 Olympic Games.
The good material from Whitney's early years reflected favorably with me. The fact that the upbeat songs are remixes as opposed to originals (that's what the extra cost of the 2-disc set paid for), and that Whitney's more recent material is not as stellar, cut the rating down to 3 stars. I brought it down to 2 stars because I live in Concord, California, where Whitney cancelled her show 15 minutes before starting time; my city has yet to receive $100,000 from Whitney for the costs incurred, and it is forced to scrape more tax dollars from me while awaiting Whitney. That certainly doesn't reflect well on me, and the Concord fiasco is only part of the major fan relation and attitude problem Whitney is having; to me, it warranted taking another star away. The reason Whitney no longer rules the divadom is because of these problems; Celine Dion, the current reigning queen, has dealt with these issues in a much more pleasing manner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 22, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Whitney's 'Greatest Hits' CD set is nice, but it didn't blow me away completely.I picked it up only for the 'new' tracks, and most of the remixes are annoying.These remixes destroy the original songs, which should have been collected for this set.After dubbing the new tracks, I will sell this to someone or auction it off.I can make a better Whitney Houston 'retrospective' than Arista, and I will probably do so within 2 weeks!

THE FINAL VERDICT: 2 CD Set is Over Produced, Over Blown, and has Unnecessary Fluff that results in a forgettable tribute to one of the greatest voices in music history!

Real Whitney Lovers should PASS on this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Basically what is wrong witht the CD is that the first disc is just boring. Having all the ballad one after another just kills it. They are amazing songs to listen to, but 17 in row just makes it all sound bad and I can't even liten to the disc all the way through.
And there is the 2nd disc what is even the point of this? To ruin great songs. The remixes arn't even good. The only ones I like are the remixes to "My Love Is Your Love" and "How Will I Know". The original versions of the songs are so much better. This is not a greatest hits album. It just makes all her songs sound horrible.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you're looking for Whitney's greatest hits, buy the other albums. Even though most of our favorites are on this 2-disc album, many of them are remixes that sound horrible. Especially if you are a big fan of her hit, "I Will Always Love You," you will be terribly disappointed. Her previous hits were good, but this album kills most of them. Although the remixes have a great beat, many of them sound like they don't go with the lyrics at all. Whitney could have done better if she would have stayed with the originals that her fans have loved over the years!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I enjoy Whitney but I am not a huge fan so I was looking for a collection of greatest hits. Well most of the collection consists of songs I have never heard and don't really care much for and the ones that I would call hits are all, in my opinion, very bad remixes rather than original releases. If you are like me and just looking for a nice collection representative of a great artist's work, this is not the collection for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2014
Format: MP3 Music
The first CD is great, it is the all of her ballads. For some reason, they left these alone. BUT I wanted the dance tracks more! EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is REMIXED!! Wish I didn't buy it! To me, the whole point of a greatest hits collection is for the memories. To hear the songs that were "hits;" not some club-style remix! The ONLY reason I gave it 2 stars was for the first CD.
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