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I Have Always Loved Whitney, but this single disc is....
on January 21, 2013
just not cutting it for me. Maybe for an artist that was not as huge as Whitney, Michael, Madonna, Janet, Tina etc. This could of been Arista's time to shine, but no they released a deluxe edition internationally & a single disc greatest hits in the US. This was the time to make something 100% better than the first Greatest Hits album that was released in 2000.
First off, the sound quality of each song has been remastered, so that is a BIG plus for me. Now, we all know "You Give Good Love" was her first big break through single. Actually Whitney's first single is "Hold Me" with Teddy Pendergrass. The song was a #5 R&B Hit & #46 Pop Hit. This is the song that should of started the disc off. Her second single released from the debut album was "Thinking About You", but was a minor hit on the R&B charts at #10 and it still should of been included here. Now of course, we do recieve the 4 classic songs "You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know, & Greatest Love Of All". It would of been nice to include the original piano version of "Greatest Love Of All". They also could of included her international single "All At Once", which was a Top 5 hit in Italy & also recieved heavy airplay in the US. The song was also included in the first Greatest Hits album.
For the second album "Whitney!", we do recieve all of the classic songs (I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Didn't We Almost Have It All, So Emotional,& Where Do Broken Hearts Go?) in remastered form. The only single that was omitted was "Love Will Save The Day", but was included on the international deluxe edition. Also "I Know Him So Well" was another international single but did not have a major impact on the charts. Two other bonus tracks that would of been nice to include are "Just The Lonely Talking Again" & "Where You Are". The US edition does not recieve "One Moment In Time", but the international edition does? One Moment In Time was a #1 hit in the UK & #5 hit in the US, it should of been included here. Another bonus could of been to include "Do You Hear What I Hear?", which only recieved on the "I Will Always Love You" cd single in 1992.
From the "I'm Your Baby Tonight" album, the US version recieves the title cut & "All The Man I Need". The deluxe edition also recieves "My Name Is Not Susan" & "I Belong To You", which were both minor hits in the US. Am I the only person who noticed they did not include one of her most beautiful songs ever recorded titled "Miracle"? The song was a big hit in the US & should of been included here. Another single from the album was "We Didn't Know" with Stevie Wonder was a #20 hit on the US R&B Charts.
MOST IMPORTANT, they did not include her version of "The Star Spangled Banner". Whitney is the only artist to chart this song into the Top 10 ever.
They did include 3 singles from "The Bodyguard Soundtrack". We do recieve "I Will Always Love You, I'm Every Woman, & I Have Nothing". The deluxe edition also recieves "Run To You" & "Queen Of The Night". Both of those songs were minor hits in the US. As a bonus, it would of been nice to include "Jesus Loves Me" because it techinically was Whitney's last song she performed before her death. From the "Waiting to Exhale Soundtrack", we only recieve one track? They only give us "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)", and the international deluxe edition also recieves "Count On Me" with CeCe Winans. They didn't even bother to include "Why Does It Hurt So Bad?", which is a personal favorite of mine.
From soundtrack for "The Preacher's Wife", the US recieves "I Believe In You & Me" and the international deluxe edition also recieves "Step By Step". The latter song was a big hit in the US & was also one of Whitney's favorite songs. There was also another single from the album, "My Heart Is Calling". It was a minor hit in the US, charting at #77 pop & #35 r&b. In my opinion, it should of still been included here.
From her first studio album in 8 years, "My Love Is Your Love" the US edition only recieves the title cut. Are you serious? Where is "When You Believe", with Mariah Carey? Which was a major hit around the world, it was not included on either edition. The US edition does not include "Heartbreak Hotel", which was a way bigger hit in the US than the UK but it was put on the international edition. "It's Not Right But It's Ok" & "I Learned From The Best" were not included on the US edition, but were included on the deluxe edition. Both were major hits in both markets. I'm not sure why they included "If I Told You That" with George Michael, which was not a major hit. In my opinion, I would of rather they include "Could I Have This Kiss Forever?" with Enrique Igleasis. Another bonus from the first Greatest Hits album would of been "Fine".
It again slips here on both editions of the album. No songs were included from album "Just Whitney" or the holiday album "One Wish - The Holiday Album". I know "Just Whitney" did not have any break through singles, but "One Of Those Days" & "Try It On My Own" are two very underrated Whitney classic songs. Two other singles "Whatchulookinat" & "Love That Man" were minor hits, but no where to be found on either edition. She also had one single from the Christmas album titled "One Wish (For Christmas)", which was a Top 20 Adult Contemporary hit but again no where to be found.
Then for her final studio album titled "I Look To You", we only recieve a newly remixed version of the title cut with R. Kelly. They did include "Million Dollar Bill" on the deluxe edition, which should of also been included here because it was Whitney's final song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 before her death. Another song that recieved heavy airplay was "I Didn't Know My Own Strength", in which was a great inspirational song but again it was not included here. However, the only bonus we recieved was a called "Never Give Up". The song was recorded for the "I Look To You" album but did not make it to the final track list. They could of also included the duet with Akon titled "Like I Never Left". Also to note, there were also no songs included from the "Sparkle Soundtrack" either.
On the positive note, I do love that all the songs here are remastered and the linear notes included in the booklet. I give the album 3 stars. Mainly because it's Whitney.
Whitney Houston will always be one my favorite female vocalists of all time. Her untimely death was so shocking to me, just as the death of Michael Jackson shocked me. Two of the greatest artists of all time have now gone home to rest, but they have left behind some of the greatest recordings ever. God Bless You Whitney!