1985 Whitney Houston – Whitney Houston

Houston, Whitney 1985Whitney Houston is the self-titled debut studio album by American singer Whitney Houston. It was released on February 14, 1985, by Arista Records. The album initially had a slow commercial response, but began getting more popular in the summer of 1985, and it eventually topped the Billboard 200 for 14 weeks in 1986, generated three number-one singles — “Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All” (a cover of “The Greatest Love of All”, originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson) — on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her first debut album as the first album to ever achieved as a solo female artist. The album in these very rare cases, it began to enjoyed the global success by a new black female artist, topping the albums chart in many countries such as Canada,Australia, Norway and Sweden, peaking at number 2 in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Switzerland. The album was certified diamond for shipments of 10 million units or more on March 16, 1999, and later 13× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on July 29, 1999 making it one of the top 100 best-selling albums in the United States. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.

In 1986, at the 28th Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston received four nominations; including Album of the Year and won one, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You”. For the 29th Grammy Awards of 1987, the album earned one nomination for Record of the Year for “Greatest Love of All”. In 2003, the album was ranked number 254 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

In honor of its 25th anniversary, the album was reissued as Whitney Houston – The Deluxe Anniversary Edition on January 26, 2010, an expanded edition with five bonus tracks including the a cappella version of “How Will I Know” and the original 12-inch remixes, a booklet tracking the history of the original album, along with a DVD of live performances and interviews by Whitney Houston and Clive DavisThemify Builder Placeholder

Tracks

1  You Give Good Love (LaForrest Cope) 4:37
2  Thinking About You (Kashif; LaForrest Cope) 5:24
3  Someone For Me (Fred Washington; Raymond Jones) 5:00
Saving All My Love For You (Gerry Goffin; Michael Masser) 4:01
5  Nobody Loves Me Like You Do (James Dunne; Pamela Phillips Oland) 3:48
6  How Will I Know (George Merrill; Shannon Rubicam) 4:36
7  All At Once (Jeffrey Osborne; Michael Masser) 4:29
8  Take Good Care Of My Heart (Peter McCann; Steve Dorff) 4:16
Greatest Love Of All (Linda Creed; Michael Masser) 4:51
10  Hold Me (Linda Creed; Michael Masser) 6:00

Musicians

1 You Give Good Love

DrumsJT Lewis
GuitarIra Siegel
KeyboardsKashif
PercussionBashiri Johnson
PercussionRoy Wooten
Background VocalsLaForrest Cope
Background VocalsYogi Lee


2 Thinking About You

DrumsJT Lewis
GuitarIra Siegel
KeyboardsKashif
PercussionBashiri Johnson
PercussionRoy Wooten
Background VocalsLaForrest Cope
Background VocalsYogi Lee


3 Someone For Me

BassFred Washington
BassNathan East
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsSteve Rucker
GuitarDavid Williams
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarTim May
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsJohn Barnes
SaxErnie Watts
VocalsJermaine Jackson


4 Saving All My Love For You

BassNathan East
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsRichard Marx
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters


5 Nobody Loves Me Like You Do

BassNathan East
BassFred Washington
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsSteve Rucker
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsJohn Barnes
SaxErnie Watts


6 How Will I Know

BassRandy Jackson
DrumsMichael Walden
GuitarCorrado Rustici
KeyboardsPreston Glass
SaxPremik Russell Tubbs
Background VocalsCissy Houston
Background VocalsMary Canty
Background VocalsYvonne Lewis


7 All At Once

BassNathan East
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsRichard Marx
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters


8 Take Good Care Of My Heart

BassNathan East
BassFred Washington
DrumsEd Greene
DrumsJR Robinson
DrumsSteve Rucker
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarTim May
GuitarDavid Williams
KeyboardsGreg Phillinganes
KeyboardsJohn Barnes
SaxErnie Watts


9 Greatest Love Of All

BassNathan East
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsRichard Marx
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters


10 Hold Me

BassNathan East
GuitarDann Huff
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
GuitarLouie Shelton
KeyboardsRobbie Buchanan
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
Background VocalsRichard Marx
Background VocalsDebbie Thomas
Background VocalsJulia Tillman Waters
Background VocalsMaxine Willard Waters
Background VocalsOren Waters

 

Liner Notes

Producer – Kashif (Tracks 1, 2)
Producer – Jermaine Jackson (Tracks 3, 5, 8)
Producer – Michael Masser (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 10)
Producer – Narada Michael Walden (Track 6)
Producer (Executive) – Clive Davis
Arranged By – Kashif (Tracks 1, 2)
Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden (Track 6)
Mixed By – Michael O’Reilly (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 5)
Mixed By – Bill Botrell (Tracks 3, 5, 8)
Mixed By – Bill Schnee (Tracks 4, 7, 9, 10)
Mixed By – Michael Barbiero (Track 6)

Art Direction – Donn Davenport
Photography By – Garry Gross

Manufactured By – Arista Records, Inc.
Phonographic Copyright (p) – Arista Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – Arista Records, Inc.
Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
Mastered At – The Mastering Lab