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Whitney Houston: Live: Her Greatest Performances [CD/DVD]

Track List

>Home [The Merv Griffin Show]
>You Give Good Love [Live from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson]
>How Will I Know [The Brit Awards]
>One Moment in Time [The 31st Annual Grammy Awards]
>Greatest Love of All [That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert]
>I Wanna Dance with Somebody [That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert]
>Star Spangled Banner [Live from Super Bowl XXV], The - (featuring Florida Orchestra)
>All the Man That I Need [Live from Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston]
>I'm Your Baby Tonight [Live from Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston]
>Song for You [Live from Welcome Home Heroes], A
>Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing [Live from The 21st Annual American Music Awards]
>I'm Every Woman [Live from The Concert for a New South Africa]
>I Will Always Love You [Live from The Concert for a New South Africa]
>My Love Is Your Love [Live from Late Show with David Letterman]
>I Believe in You and Me [Live from The 16th Annual World Music Awards]
>I Didn't Know My Own Strength [Live from The Oprah Winfrey Show Season Premiere Part II - Whitney Houston's Show Stopping Surprise]
>Home [The Merv Griffin Show]
>You Give Good Love [Live from The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson]
>How Will I Know [The Brit Awards]
>One Moment in Time [The 31st Annual Grammy Awards]
>Greatest Love of All [That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert]
>I Wanna Dance with Somebody [That's What Friends Are For: Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert]
>Star Spangled Banner [Live from Super Bowl XXV] [DVD], The - (featuring Florida Orchestra)
>All the Man That I Need [Live from Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston]
>I'm Your Baby Tonight [Live from Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston]
>Song for You [Live from Welcome Home Heroes] [DVD], A
>Medley: I Loves You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing [Live from The 21st Annual American Music Awards]
>I'm Every Woman [Live from The Concert for a New South Africa]
>I Will Always Love You [Live from The Concert for a New South Africa]
>My Love is Your Love - (studio)
>My Love is Your Love [Live From Late Show With David Letterman]
>When You Believe - (featuring Mariah Carey)
>I Believe In You and Me [Live From the 16th Annual World Music Awards]
>I Didn't Know My Own Strength [Live From the Oprah Winfrey Show Season Premiere Part Ii - Whitney Houston's Show Stopping Surprise]

Album Notes

Audio Mixer: Thom Cadley.

Liner Note Author: Alan Light.

Photographers: Mike Zagaris; Kevin Mazur; Marc Bryan-Brown; Randee St. Nicholas; David Corio; Alain Benainous; Ton Tom; Rudi Keuntje.

"You won't forget that name -- Whitney Houston!" So said the prophet Merv Griffin back in 1983, after Houston had her singular way with "Home," a song from The Wiz, on his nationally televised talk show. At the time, the singer was only 19, almost two years away from releasing her debut album, yet the Arista label's Clive Davis was effusive as he spoke with Griffin about his new signing. Houston fulfilled all the promise. She went on to pop dominance and set a new standard for vocal proficiency. Given the many years that separated one studio album from another, it's surprising that a live album didn't materialize until 2014. This isn't a typical live set, as it compiles performances at special events and on television programs, ranging from her debut on The Merv Griffin Show to her 2009 appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Despite the chronological order of the selections, it's a bit disjointed due to the variety of sources and circumstances. For the 1987 Brit Awards, she performed "How Will I Know" on her own, over the instrumental, which made for an odd interaction with the recorded background vocalists. On the more organic and deeply resonant end, there's "One Moment in Time," from the 31st Grammy Awards in 1989, where she was in complete, casual command while prompting viewers to wonder how so much power and emotion can come from one human body. Many of of her big hits are represented beside an assortment of one-offs, like a 1991 version of "Song for You," from her Welcome Home Heroes cable special, that is much different from the one recorded for I Look to You. Most famously, there's "The Star Spangled Banner," performed at Super Bowl XXV in 1991, twice released as a charity single. It's unfortunate that Houston wasn't recorded at her peak in an intimate setting -- with little more than a small band and perhaps a gospel choir in support -- for the sake of releasing a cohesive live recording. Even so, Her Greatest Performances is no small consolation for longtime fans. ~ Andy Kellman



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