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- Released: June 29, 1987
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Arista
Q - 12/99, p.1604 stars out of 5 - "...kept the pop juggernaut moving with the spirited 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody'...over-stuffed with plinkety-plonk '80s synths..."
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Personnel: Whitney Houston (vocals, background vocals); Dann Huff, Ira Siegel, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Paul Pesco (guitar); Shambbu Neil Vineberg (acoustic guitar); Vincent Henry (saxophone); Kenny G (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, lyricon); Marc Russo (alto saxophone, horns); Premik Russell Tubbs, Wayne Wallace (horns); Robbie Buchanan (piano, Fender Rhodes piano); Frank Gayer Martin (piano, synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer, vibraphone); Randy Kerber (piano); Walter Afanasieff (keyboards, synthesizer, bass synthesizer); Kashif (keyboards, synthesizer, programming, background vocals); Ralph Shukett (keyboards, synthesizer); Preston Glass (keyboards, string synthesizer, bells, programming, percussion programming); Cory Lerios (synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer); Fred Zarr, Jack Waldman, Michael Boddicker (synthesizer); Corrado Rustici (guitar synthesizer); Roy Ayers (vibraphone); Narada Michael Walden (drums, percussion, drum programming); John "J.R." Robinson , Linden Aaron, John "4 Daddman" Robinson, Paul Leim (drums); Raul Rekow (congas); Greg "Gigi" Gonaway (tambourine); Paulinho Da Costa, Sammy Figueroa, Bashiri Johnson (percussion); Jellybean (drum programming); Bonbo Bob (percussion programming); Claytoven Richardson, Jim Gilstrup, Nikki Harris, Kitty Beethoven, Jennifer Hall, Jim Gilstrap, Kevin Dorsey , Myrna Matthews (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Michael Hutchinson; David Drazer; David Fraser; Darroll Gustamachio.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY; Devonshire Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Hitsville, Los Angeles, CA; Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Leed's L'Mobile, Los Angeles, CA; New Music Group Studios, Stamford, CT; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Plant Studios, Sausal; Right Track Studios, New York, NY; Sigma Sound Studios, New York, NY; Sound Track, New Yourk, NY; Soundworks Digital Studios, New York, NY; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA; Z Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Photographer: Richard Avedon.
Arrangers: Tony Cortez; Jack Waldman; Narada Michael Walden; Toni C.
Whitney Houston's second album sported a flirtier, sexier album cover and a shortened title, and, somewhat improbably, it became an even bigger hit than her 1985 debut. WHITNEY featured an impressive four Number One hits ("I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," and "So Emotional") and a fifth that went Top Ten, "Love Will Save the Day." Building on what had worked so well on her first record, the dance tracks are frothier and endearingly lighter, and the ballads are bigger and more dramatic, highlighting Houston's genuinely impressive vocal talents without resorting to overly bombastic singing (as she would on later albums). On WHITNEY, the diva shows surprising humility when it comes to her voice, and that restraint helps make it her most likable and consistently appealing set.
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