- Audio CD (January 26, 2010)
- Original Release Date: January 26, 2010
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording remastered
- Label: Sony Legacy
- Run Time: 129 minutes
- ASIN: B002W1HBN4
- Average Customer Review: 238 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,324 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Deluxe Anniversary Edition
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Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two disc (CD + DVD) edition of the Pop/Soul diva's 1985 debut featuring five bonus tracks on the CD plus a bonus DVD containing four music videos, an interview with Whitney and Arista label head Clive Davis plus her first nationally televised performance from 1983. Released to coincide with the 25th Anniversary of the album, the CD includes the original album plus four bonus remixes and a live version of 'Greatest Love Of All'. Contains the massive hit singles 'How Will I Know', 'You Give Good Love', 'Saving All My Love For You' and 'Greatest Love Of All'.
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A 41-minute DVD accompanies the CD, including rare TV performance clips, special interviews from Houston and Arista record executive Clive Davis, and promotional music videos from the album. In his interview, Davis, who discovered Houston at an Upper West Side nightclub in New York, reveals the excitement he felt hearing Houston's voice for the first time, describing it as "a natural vocal gift."
That natural vocal gift lay the foundation for Whitney Houston's eponymously-titled first studio album, a blend of ballads, duets, and mid-tempo dance songs. The balladry yields the best moments on the album--the carefully-chosen material allowing Houston's powerful voice to soar effortlessly over incredible vocal heights in "You Give Good Love," "Saving All My Love for You," and "Greatest Love of All." It remains a feat that few contemporary singers in pop music have been able to match.
The album closes with the tender "Hold Me," Houston's duet with the late Teddy Pendergrass, a song that first appeared on Pendergrass' 1984 album Love Language (a full year prior to Houston's debut release).
(Collector's note: One minor oversight in the reissue was to include the more popular single remix of "How Will I Know" instead of the original mix of the song, which first appeared on early editions of the 1985 album. This now-elusive mix started differently and used an alternate vocal during the bridge solo.)
Greatest Hits of All: Saving All My Love for You, You Give Good Love, How Will I Know, Greatest Love of All
The songs were creative,the melodies were refreshing,the lyrics were inspiring and Whitney's voice sounds better than ever and really hits
the high notes to perfection.My only criticism was the duet "hold me" got a bit long and the verses were repetitive but that was not unusual given the time period the album was made but the song was still good.There are no fillers,every song is fun to listen to in its own way.Other albums made after this one were good,but this was a sentimental favorite with me because it captures Whitney at the top of her game.If you were to own just one album from her,this is a true masterpiece that I would highly recommend.