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Heaven

4.7 out of 5 stars 41 customer reviews

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While dated by its synthesized keyboard work, Heaven still stands as some of the best work BeBe and CeCe Winans have done. BeBe had a hand in writing each tune, with the exception of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water." The interplay of the two voices is striking amid the marriage of popular music's production values and Christian-based lyrics. Additionally, this disc laid a foundation that ushered in a new phase of contemporary gospel, paving the way for solo careers and the likes of Kirk Franklin and Sounds of Blackness. Heaven features longtime compatriot Whitney Houston as guest vocalist (nearly a decade later, CeCe and her old pal would have a hit with their track on the Waiting to Exhale soundtrack), and the duo caught some flak when some folks thought their material wasn't Christian enough. --Paige La Grone
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000002UTP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,296 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is a groundbreaking album to me. I have never been much of a fan of Contemporary Christian/Christian Rock/Christian Pop music-I've always thought that it was too cheesy and I didn't find it to match its message. (I always found traditional Gospel to have a more holy sound personally-it was a sound that I could identify more with. That's not to say that Christian Rock and similar genres have something wrong with them.) In fact, some time ago I listened to a couple of the songs on this album and didn't care for it back then. But last fall, something compelled me to pick up my mom's copy of the cassette and give it another try. I'm not sure what the cause was, but I do believe that whatever it was was of Divine origin. I enjoy the "Heaven" album (and lots of other Gospel music) like I enjoy almost no other music. It simply is like nothing that I've really heard before.

The album is very pop-there isn't much in the way of choirs or organs like in traditional Gospel music. That could be part of why I like it so much. I've always loved the music of the 1980's that was a little off-beat, a little underground. On top of the synthesized sounds are touching lyrics, sensitive vocals, and a heartfelt message of Christian love and devotion.

The album spawned four singles-"Heaven," "Celebrate New Life," "Lost Without You," and "Meantime." The title track has a sort of an ethereal "quiet storm" sound, with an alternately major and minor key. "Heavenly" percussion and synthesizers permeate the song. "Celebrate New Life" features Whitney Houston strongly in the background, with everyone singing sounding like they're having a lot of fun. I always find the song to be very sunny and energizing.
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Although I am only 14 years old, this album, Heaven, has become one of my favorite cd's. My father bought this cd about 10 years ago and I have loved it since he first played it. If you want a gospel cd that is classic and inspirational, I reccomend this one.
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Hold up.the light,the meaning of the song and Whitney Houston vocals with this powerful duo makes this song stand out on a already talented cd! Amiss Whitney's personal life her voice is so powerful and encourging for all of us to avoid being friends with harmful subatances that will harm us!Lost without you and You are also terrffic tracks.Plz get this cd its so inspirational and hold up the light 4 our angel,Whitney Houston!
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Released in 1989, "Heaven" was one of the most commercially successful inspirational music CDs ever made. Granted, this is NOT Gospel music in the traditional sense but songs like "Heaven", "Lost Without You", "Hold Up The Light" and "Don't Cry" can literally get you "up" even on "down" days because of their sheer beauty and uplifting messages. This is a timeless album that truly deserved every bit of its success. Enjoy!
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this album is amazing. I love 80s music and 80s rnb is great cause of the mixture of soul and electronic production. To say the synth work dates this album is an INJUSTICE. the production makes it timeless. It's the production and vocals that make this a truly special work. The fact that it's a gospel work and keeps it's level of crossover appeal is a sign of the quality of producer and artists to have a message delivered in a way to be accepted and enjoyed by a wider audience. If you love scritti politti you will think they did the production to this album, though I don't know if a scritti politti fan will find themselves at this review!
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It seems as though fans of urban contemporary gospel think that Mr. Franklin was the first to have success on both the gospel and pop charts. Back in the 60's and 70's, Edwin Hawkins and Andrae Crouch scored big with songs that appealed to a wide audience.
In the late 80's and early 90's no one was larger on the gospel charts than the Winans siblings. BeBe and CeCe's music was a blend of religious ambiguity that allowed it to be seen as both secular and sacred. Some may have had issues with that melding but it worked for the pair and brought them legions of fans.
1988's "Heaven" showcased the two with such memorable and inspiring tunes as the title cut, "Celebrate New Life", "Hold Up the Light" (with guest Whitney Houston)" and a jaw-dropping rendition of Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Waters" that puts the original to shame.
This is one album that supplies enough spiritual "food" to satisfy any "hunger".
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I bought this CD a few weeks ago, after searching for the artists on the Amazon site over a period of time. I remembered the song "Heaven" from the '80's and I was tirsty for the richness of their voice and the feeling that song brought to me. I can not explain it in words the feeling I get when listening to them. This song brings a feeling of His power and of the ever lasting life, without all the attachments that other gospel songs have. For me, it works very well. Perhaps others who are very spiritual, may feel this is not really gospel. In any even, I love this CD and thank God for bringing us the brother and sister who created it. The only reason I did not give this a five star is the other songs are not quite the same as this, though they give us another Heaven at the end! Lots of love to you all!
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