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Genre: R&B & Soul - Soul / Artist: Whitney Houston / Audio CD released 2009-03-16 at Sony UK

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      12.06.2012 17:17
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      Ultimate Collection, The - Whitney Houston

      Ultimate Collection, The - Whitney Houston

      This CD came out in 2007 and is actually a collection of the best and biggest singles that Whitney ever released. "The Ultimate Collection" is a collection of 18 songs. In 2000 she already had a double disc called Greatest Hits. This CD is a display of her performance on the field of music from 1980 to now. Nobody can deny that she has a beautiful voice and beautiful songs.

      I Will Always Love You: R & B, Soul genre: the song was in the 1970 written by Dolly Parton. It was used in the film The Bodyguard and is probably the most famous song by Whitney Houston. Whitney begins to sing without music and from the second stanza comes soft gentle music. The rhythm is at first soft and compelling, but as it progresses, it is more and more towards the climax. The musical contribution swells and brings more shine to the music. Between two parts you can hear the saxophone which gives a little extra romance to the song.

      Saving All My Love For You: Pop, R & B, Soul genre: a Whitney Houston classic from the 80s. She sings a little sad and a very melancholy manner. She shows off all the capabilities of her voice and a variety she can bring with her voice. The beginning is a lonely strumming that later joined by her voice. Her voice is strong and clear and in the second half there will be occasional saxophone this time more in the background.

      Greatest Love of All: pop, R & B, Soul, it is a slow story and certainly not a traditional love story about two people who like each other. The song begins with an unforgettable opening line "I believe children are our future." The first stanza is entirely devoted to it.

      I believe the children are our future,
      Teach them well and let them lead the way
      Show them all the beauty They Possess Inside
      Give them a sense of pride to make it Easier
      Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be

      Her voice here is maximized, both the robustness and stability gives her vocal ability perfectly. The string accompaniment, piano, percussion and a romantic-sounding chorus make it all just wondering. The music is soft and melancholic.

      One Moment in Time: Blues and Pop: A song that was written in 1988 especially for the Summer Olympics. She sings with ease without much extra effort. The pace begins softly and accelerates slightly as it progresses. They used drums, orchestral strings in the background.

      I Wanna Dance with Somebody: Dance, pop, R & B here is both the pace and the generated contrasts with previous songs. Makes you want to dance. A pleasant change from the previous song and simply a hit.

      How will I know: Dance, electonic, pop, R & B music begins with a fairly long introduction with cheerful music. Very rhythmic with ups and downs. Use of common but also electronic music. Her voice is rhythmic and the tone is predominantly high. Powerful punches tone throughout the song, which is in the end a bit boring.

      The CD provides an overview of the music career of Whitney Houston. There are songs that I like to hear and things I do not. There is something for everyone really. The greatest hits of Whitney dating from the beginning of her career. Her turbulent private life overshadowed her success. In recent years she tried again with her comebacks, but it failed by voice problems. I'm not really a fan but there are songs that are dear to me.. Whitney for me is definitely one of the best singers that I admired for her vocal ability. It is a CD that is really worth listening too.

      Songs on the album

      1.I will Always Love You
      2. Saving All My Love For you
      3. Greatest Love of All
      4. One Moment in Time
      5. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
      6. How will I know
      7. So Emotional
      8. When you Believe (with Maria Carey)
      9. Where do Broken Hearts Go
      10. I'm your Baby Tonight
      11. Didn't We Almost Have it all
      12. Run to You
      13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
      14. If I Told You That (with George Michael)
      15.I Have Nothing
      16.I'm Every Woman
      17.It's Not Right But It's Okay
      18.My Love is Your Love

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      23.04.2010 13:26
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      A collection of 18 of Whitney Houston's best songs

      Introduction

      Released in 2007 'The Ultimate Collection' is a single disc collection of 18 of Whitney Houston's biggest and best single releases and songs. Having already released a double-disc 'Greatest Hits' collection in 2000 this later release lifts all-but-one of the tracks and only includes one 'new' song, essentially a rehash of the earlier release with a different cover and different track order the collection covers Whitney's career from the 1980's through to the mid 00's.

      Truth be told I have never really been a fan of the singer herself, her songs are magnificent don't get me wrong but I've always been cold towards the lady and ever since she made some very disparaging comments about my favourite artist - Madonna - way back in the 1980's I have always carried a grudge against her. I don't deny though that the woman can/could sing though and have to admit that some of her songs would rank amongst my personal all time favourites, her album and single sales are testament to her popularity and talent and although I still don't like her (my memory is long and my tolerance is short) The Ultimate Collection should form part of anybody's music collection.

      Rather than dissect each track and turn this into an epic review I will list the tracklisting and pick out my personal highlights from the 18 songs that feature here and share my thoughts on my choices:

      1. I will Always Love You
      2. Saving All My Love For you
      3. Greatest Love of All
      4. One Moment in Time
      5. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
      6. How will I know
      7. So Emotional
      8. When you Believe (with Maria Carey)
      9. Where do Broken Hearts Go
      10. I'm your Baby Tonight
      11. Didn't We Almost Have it all
      12. Run to You
      13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
      14. If I Told You That (with George Michael)
      15. I Have Nothing
      16. I'm Every Woman
      17. It's Not Right But It's Okay
      18. My Love is Your Love

      Opinion

      The 80's songs all bring back memories of my school days with "Saving all my Love" "Greatest Love of all" and "I Wanna Dance" all evoking strong feelings within me. I adored "Greatest Love of all" the first time I heard it and even today it remains a personal favourite, though the song is about learning to 'love yourself' with that being the 'greatest love of all' I remember the song featuring at many a wedding I attended back in the late 80's with couples adopting it as 'their song' and indeed when I got engaged back in 2001 this song was the first to be played at our engagement party. It isn't a traditional love song about two people but is often thought of in that way - Whitney's voice is incredible here and truly shows off her vocal ability with an epic sounding chorus full of strings and percussion with a memorable opening line "I believe that children are our future" - if any song was representative of her early talent it would be "Greatest Love of All"

      Similarly "Saving All My Love For You" is another classic 80's Whitney song, a slower track than "Greatest" and another than shows off Whitney's voice in all its glory, it was a song that used to be played at my school disco as the 'slow dance' and I remember swaying along to the song with my then girlfriend not knowing where to put my hands! - the song has a surprising subject matter when you consider the words with the singer being the 'other woman' in a relationship with a married/taken man - "A few stolen moments are all that we share, you've got your family and they need you there" she sings in a rather wistful and melancholy manner before declaring that she is saving all her love for him. Another true 80's classic which although probably a bit cheesy nowadays is still another of my favourites.

      Although Whitney's voice is naturally drawn to and suits ballads she can deliver some foot stomping dance numbers when she wants to and "So Emotional" and "I wanna dance" are both great examples of quicker paced, fun songs. "So Emotional" trips along in a non-offensive way and although is as cheesy as a block of cheddar it is still a joy to listen to even now and the opening spoken lyric of "I don't know why I like it - I just do" makes me smile every time I hear it.

      Back to familiar and trusted ballad territory "Didn't we almost have it all" is without doubt my favourite ever Whitney song. A sweeping, sad song that lyrically is about a relationship break up Whitney's vocals are sublime here, full of anguish and regret she powers her way through the song rarely pausing for breath. In my list of favourite songs by any artist this would feature high in the rankings as it is, for me, as close to perfection as you can get. Everything from the production, the lyrics and the delivery is flawless and although this song often gets overlooked by people when they mention Whitney ("I will always love you" and "Greatest Love of all" being her most 'famous' songs) this one for me is the singer at her all time best.

      Written by Dolly Parton to mark the end of her business partnership with Porter Wagoner way back in the early 70's "I Will Always Love You" is perhaps Whitney's most famous song. Featured in the film "The Bodyguard" in which Whitney starred with Kevin Costner the song spent a 'gazillion' weeks at number 1 in the UK charts back in 1992. Overplayed extensively and literally everywhere at the time the single sold in its millions and you really couldn't escape the song back in the early 90's. A different arrangement to Parton's original the song showcases Whitney's range to the max and is without doubt superb, a gentle beginning to the song it builds in intensity before the chorus is belted out with ear-splitting clarity. The song has been in the news again recently with Whitney attempting to sing the song live whilst on tour, sadly her well documented drug and alcohol addiction has affected her voice so badly (although a 'cold' was blamed) that her attempts to reach the high notes during the song failed abysmally and YouTube footage captures the cringe worthy moments on film. Ironically the song was written as a break-up and a 'farewell' song but has been adopted as a joyous, wedding track thanks to Whitney's version although if you listen to the lyrics the song is clearly about leaving someone but sending them nothing but good wishes on the way. A misinterpreted song in my opinion it always raises an eyebrow when I hear it played at weddings as it clearly isn't a happy song!

      There are a couple of collaborations on the collection "When you Believe" is a duet with Mariah Carey and although the song is nice enough the two seem to be fighting for the spotlight with both singers oversinging their parts and Carey fitting as many budgie-like twitterings as she possibly can. The song was later covered by Leon Jackson as the winners single from the X factor but neither version is particularly groundbreaking truth be told. "If I Told you That" is the better of the two collaborations with Whitney teaming up with George Michael and rather than oversinging over each other the song is a 'proper' duet with each singer singing their parts and blending their voices with nice harmonies, still a rather forgettable inclusion on the disc but worth mentioning for fans of GM.

      There are songs for everyone on the collection; if like me you were aware of Whitney at the beginning of her career you will recognise some of the biggest songs of the 80's and early 90's here. Her troubled private life has overshadowed and potentially ruined the attempted comebacks she has tried over the past few years with album and single sales never matching her earlier successes and her latest tour has had mixed reactions from fans and critics. Whilst I still wouldn't consider myself to be a fan I do appreciate good music and even I cannot deny that when she was on form she was phenomenal. Mariah and Christina are nothing compared to Whitney when she was at her best and for me it was a shame that the path she chose took her away from the music and resulted in her becoming a shadow of her former self. Madonna still has 'it' 25 years later and so Whitney should have 'it' too - Both women are female Icons that emerged in the 1980's and Whitney is by far the better singer of the two yet their careers and longevity in the music business are poles apart.

      A collection of ballads and up-tempo tracks that cover Whitney's career are an absolute bargain at the price of £2.99 which this CD is currently on offer for from Amazon. Fair enough it is a rehash of the earlier Greatest Hits collection and an obvious money making release from her record company but this time all the songs are on a single disc and apart from a couple of tracks that I personally don't like it is still an essential part of my music collection that gets a regular play.

      For me then "The Ultimate Collection" deserves a perfect 5/5 dooyoo star rating and comes highly recommended even if I'm not a fan of the singer herself.

      Thanks for reading my review.

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        05.05.2009 21:53
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        One of the best singers in the world and a fantastic album

        Whitney Housten is one of the greatest female vocalists of all time and one of my all time favourite singers. She is one of the world's best selling music artists having sold over 140 million albums and 50 million singles worldwide. She is known as 'The Voice' for her amazingly powerful pop-gospel vocals.

        I first began to listen to her music when I was a teenager when my best friend and I used to turn up her songs to full volume and blast our voices out along to it together! I've since bought her album The Ultimate Collection which is a compilation of some of her greatest hits on one CD, released in October 2007, and contains her biggest hit 'I Will Always Love You' which is one of the best selling singles in music history.

        The album cover is just a simple white background with a picture of Whitney looking very gorgeous and stunning I must say. For a 46 year old woman (as she was at the time of this CDs release) she looks wonderful. There are also a couple of cute photos inside the sleeve from the start of her singing career.

        ~ Song list ~

        1. I Will Always Love You (1992)
        2. Saving All My Love For You (1985)
        3. Greatest Love Of All (1985)
        4. One Moment In Time (1988)
        5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Love Me) (1987)
        6. How Will I Know (1985)
        7. So Emotional (1987)
        8. When You Believe (duel with Mariah Carey) (1998)
        9. Where Do Broken Hearts Go (1987)
        10. I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990)
        11. Didn't We Almost Have It All (1987)
        12. Run To You (1992)
        13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) (1995)
        14. If I Told You That (duel with George Michael) (2000)
        15. I Have Nothing (1992)
        16. I'm Every Woman (1992)
        17. It's Not Right But It's Okay (1998)
        18. My Love Is Your Love (1998)

        A lot of the songs on this album are upbeat tracks that you can have a good dance to especially I Wanna Dance With Somebody which is my very favourite old time song and will have me on the dance floor every time I hear it without a doubt. There's also a lot of her slower lovey-dovey or sadder tracks on here so it's also a great album when you're feeling either in love or broken hearted! Or it's brilliant just for a great sing when you're home alone and feel like blaring your voice out!

        If you're a Whitney Housten fan I'd definitely recommend this album as it contains her most popular and greatest songs. Her Greatest Hits album contains a lot more songs some of which are not well-known so the Ultimate Collection I think is a better collection of her main and best ones.

        Executive Producer: Clive Davis
        Released by Artista Records (part of Sony BMG Music Entertainment)

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 I Will Always Love You
        2 Saving All My Love For You
        3 Greatest Love Of All
        4 One Moment In Time
        5 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
        6 How Will I Know
        7 So Emotional
        8 When You Believe - Houston, Whitney & Mariah Carey
        9 Where Do Broken Hearts Go
        10 I'm Your Baby Tonight
        11 Didn't We Almost Have It All
        12 Run To You
        13 Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
        14 If I Told You That - Houston, Whitney & George Michael
        15 I Have Nothing
        16 I'm Every Woman
        17 It's Not Right But It's Okay
        18 My Love Is Your Love