Whitney Houston

RainOnFire

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Despite considering myself a big fan of Whitney's, I'm only just getting familiar with all of her albums and there's actually some nice stuff to be found. The singles really tower over a lot of the material, but I'm happy to have found a few gems here and there.

I think My Love Is Your Love is her most accomplished album, and "In My Business" would've been a perfect single. It's easily her most consistent across the board. I also wish "If I Told You That" had been handled as well as the other singles because it should've been huge.

Whitney was surprising in the fact that, while the singles are indeed behemoths, some of the album tracks actually hold their own (namely "For the Love of You", "Just the Lonely Talking Again" and "Love Is a Contact Sport"). "Moment of Truth" should've replaced one of the ballads though, no question.

I don't have a ton of opinions on the rest of the albums, aside from I'm Your Baby Tonight which is an interesting case study because it seems like they had a lot of material but weren't able to streamline it into the final product. "Dancin' On the Smooth Edge" in particular is maybe the best-kept secret in her discography. "Feels So Good", "Takin' a Chance", and "Higher Love" make up some of the better material from that era and they were all b-sides (and the latter is frustratingly the only one not available online anywhere outside of YouTube, and I worry it's going to stay that way now that the Kygo version is definitive).
 
@RainOnFire you picked the two additional songs from Whitney they considered as singles!

There is evidence that some pressings of Whitney had a hype sticker with Just The Lonely Talking Again noted as a future single and there is a promo CD/12” with a similar cover as Love Will Save The Day. For The Love Of You was released as a 12” in the US with a similar cover to Didn’t We Almost Have It All - I haven’t been able to find a reason for this whether it was a promo only thing or was initially considered as a second single? Some 12” even have a pink sticker over the title changing it to Didn’t We Almost Have It All.

http://www.top40musiconcd.com/forum/printer_friendly_posts.asp?TID=557
 
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@RainOnFire you picked the two additional songs from Whitney they considered as singles!

There is evidence that some early pressings of Whitney had a hype sticker with Just The Lonely Talking Again noted as a future single and For The Love Of You was released as a 12” in the US with a similar cover to Didn’t We Almost Have It All - I haven’t been able to find a reason for this whether it was a promo only thing or was initially considered as a second single?
I believe that Just The Lonely Talking Again, was considered for single #2 of Whitney, but in the end they felt due it being another cover, an original track would be an better option.
 
I’m Your Baby Tonight era was tragic re singles... let's be honest!

First single dated on arrival had to be remixed for outside the US, seance single an admittedly nice cover and after that... filler getting single releases.
 
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Just the Lonely Talking Again and Moment of Truth are gorgeous and I prefer them to half the singles from the album.

I'm Your Baby Tonight is her best album to me (though My Love Is Your Love comes close) and I'm not sure what else they could have done singles-wise other than not release Miracle. The title track, All the Man That I Need, I Belong To You, and My Name Is Not Susan are the best songs on the album. Lover for Life is stunning but not sure single material. Maybe Anymore deserved a chance? I will say Dancin' On The Smooth Edge, Feels So Good, Higher Love, and Takin' a Chance (and now, Far Enough) deserved to be on the album over Miracle, We Didn't Know and maybe I'm Knockin' but even these three are all good-great.
 
So has the Whitney reissue been released? It’s all over my eBay suggestions and I’m sure I preordered it somewhere but can’t remember where now. HMV online?

EDIT: is 10 Feb the release date?

Excited!
 
@RainOnFire you picked the two additional songs from Whitney they considered as singles!

There is evidence that some pressings of Whitney had a hype sticker with Just The Lonely Talking Again noted as a future single and there is a promo CD/12” with a similar cover as Love Will Save The Day. For The Love Of You was released as a 12” in the US with a similar cover to Didn’t We Almost Have It All - I haven’t been able to find a reason for this whether it was a promo only thing or was initially considered as a second single? Some 12” even have a pink sticker over the title changing it to Didn’t We Almost Have It All.

http://www.top40musiconcd.com/forum/printer_friendly_posts.asp?TID=557
7" and 12" non promo copies of Just The Lonely Talking Again were pressed. I have a copy of the 12".
 
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