Whitney's greatest hits and misses

JANE STEVENSON

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WHITNEY: THE GREATEST HITS
Whitney Houston
(BMG/ARISTA)

With this week's release of a double greatest hits CD, Houston may start making headlines more for monster record sales than her behind-the-scenes antics.

Divided along the lines of Cool Down (ballads like Saving All My Love For You and I Will Always Love You) and Throw Down (dance number remixes of songs including I Wanna Dance With Somebody), this is a greatest hits package that makes good listening sense.

While I probably won't ever listen to Cool Down, it does contain some rarities, like Houston's duet with Jermaine Jackson on If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful, from his 1986 CD Precious Moments.

There's also two new duets. Toronto's own Deborah Cox fares better with Houston on Same Script, Different Cast than Enrique Iglesias does on the soppy Could I Have This Kiss Forever (Metro Mix).

As for Throw Down, you'll probably find yourself dancing in spite of yourself to It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix), Step By Step (Junior Vasquez Mix) and I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole Mix).

As for two new dance songs, George Michael enriches Houston's If I Told You That while Q-Tip's Fine falls flat.

Rarities on the Throw Down disc are her 1988 Summer Olympics theme, One Moment In Time, and her much-talked-about version of The Star Spangled Banner at the 1991 SuperBowl.

Just try singing along to that.

Track Listing Disc1
  01.You Give Good Love
  02.Saving All My Love For You
  03.Greatest Love Of All
  04.All At Once
  05.If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful (Duet With Jermaine Jackson)
  06.Didn't We Almost Have It All
  07.Where Do Broken Hearts Go
  08.All The Man That I Need
  09.Run To You
  10.I Have Nothing
  11.I Will Always Love You
  12.Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
  13.Why Does It Hurt So Bad
  14.I Believe In You And Me
  15.Heartbreak Hotel (Featuring Faith Evans, & Kelly Price)
  16.My Love Is Your Love
  17.Same Script, Different Cast (Duet With Deborah Cox)
  18.Could I Have This Kiss Forever (Duet With Enrique Iglesias) (Metro Mix)
  Disc2
  01.Fine
  02.If I Told You That (Whitney Houston & George Michael)
  03.It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)
  04.My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters Mix)
  05.Heartbreak Hotel (Featuring Faith Evans And Kelly Price) (Hex Nector Mix)
  06.I Learned From The Best (HQ2 Mix)
  07.Step By Step (Junour Vasquez Mix)
  08.I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole Mix)
  09.Queen Of The Night (CJ MacIntosh Mix)
  10.I Will Always Love You (Hex Rector Mix)
  11.Love Will Save The Day (Jellybean & David Morales Mix)
  12.I'm Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Mix)
  13.So Emotional (David Morales Mix)
  14.I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Junior Vasquez Mix)
  15.How Will I Know (Junior Vasquez Mix)
  16.Greatest Love Of All (Juniour Vasquez Mix)
  17.One Moment In Time
  18.The Star Spangled Banner (Performed Live 1/27/91 at Super Bowl XXV)
 


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