Fri. Feb. 23, 2018

Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day (Remix)

Lost but not least! Whitney Houston – Love Will Save The Day (The Underground Mix) (Arista)

Lets get way back in the day. In Spring 1987 to be more precise, at a time when Whitney Houston was readying herself to unleash her second album. An album titled ‘Whitney’ speakin’ of which many critics said it had too many similarities with her previous effort. With Rolling Stone eventually sayin’: “the narrow channel through which this talent has been directed is frustrating” With this after havin’ welcomed her “one of the most exciting new voices in years” 2 years before…

So predictable from this kind of press as a matter of fact. Although time would aptly speak for itself soon after. With Houston becomin’ the first woman in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. But also the first female artist to generate 4 #1 singles from one album. Meanwhile selling over 9 millions copies Stateside and a total of 20 millions worldwide. With thanks to the memorable ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’. Not to mention ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘So Emotional’, and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’. But what about ‘Love Will Save The Day’???

Well, I would tend to think ‘Love Will Save The Day’ got released after the battle. At a time when the album had obviously already delivered its juice for the Arista execs. Strange to see though how despite its social connotation and undeniable evergreen message, it didn’t reach a bigger status at the time. And I’m not even talkin’ about its Underground Mix. The latter only seeing the light as a limited promo 12″ Stateside. Given like an early infectious House feel by producer John Jellybean Benitez along with David Morales. Meanwhile creating the ideal environment for Roy Ayers‘ lush jazzy vibraphone parts to take their whole dimension over a bumpin’ bassline…

Jellybean eventually released a boiling cover version of ‘Love Will Save The Day’ on his own label back in 2004. With Jaqué takin’ the centerstage along with producer Marlon D and Dennis Ferrer on keyboards…

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Overview
Lookin’ back, Whitney Houston‘s life sadly had everything of a screenplay for a tragedy film. Meanwhile showcasing the fantastic raise of a talent talent that nothing seemed to be able to stop at the time. Then the progresive fall of a Goodess taken into her internal evils.

Superlatives are just missing to properly depict this exceptional character. From her family surroundings. She was the daughter of Gospel singer Cissy Houston who herself was the cousin of Dionne Warwick. And her honorary aunt was Aretha Franklin, whom she met at age 8 or 9 when her mother took her to a recording studio. Then she would have the chance to meet Arista CEO Clive Davis who literally took her under his wing. Turning her into a multi-million record selling artist. With thanks to her one of a kind vocal mezzo-soprano voice. Not to mention her beauty – she had been a fashion model for some time – comin’ up as so to say the icing on the cake…

Whitney most likely got her tuition when touring nightclubs where her mom during her teenage years. She eventually became a backup singer on Michael Zager Band‘s single ‘Life’s A Party’ back in 1977 at the age of 14. This before delivering background vocals for Chaka Khan and Lou Rawls the year after. Doin’ TV commercials (remember Canada Dry), she appeared on Material‘s second album ‘One Down’ in 1982. Eventually takin’ the lead vocals on ‘Memories’ featuring Archie Shepp on saxophone.

Houston signed a record deal with Arista back in 1983. But she would have to wait until February 1985 to see her debut-album hitting the streets. This on the heels of the vibrant ‘Hold Me’ which she’d recorded the year before with Teddy Pendergrass. A success that would lead to countless others along with time.

To make this short (with a fully comprehensive bio at your disposal on Wikipedia), Whitney Houston released a total of 7 albums. With her latest – ‘I Look To You’ – back in 2009. Meanwhile, she heavily contributed to 3 original soundtrack albums. Beginning with ‘The Bodyguard’ back in 1993. But also ‘Waiting To Exhale’, ‘The Preacher’s Wife’ and ‘Cinderella’.

Houston‘s versatility allowed her to embrace almost every kind of atmospheres. Touching the bottom of hearts and souls with vibrant ballads such as ‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘Greatest Love Of All’ or ‘I Will Always Love You’ among others. As able to fire things up on uptempo gems. With cuts such as ‘So Emotional’ but also the overlooked ‘Love Will Save The Day’ being the first coming to mind. Not to mention her cover version of Chaka Khan‘s classic ‘I’m Every Woman’. Or the firing ‘It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be’ that saw her sharing the duties with Aretha Franklin back in 1989 to name but a few…

By the early 2000’s, in other words about 10 years after her marriage with former New Edition member, Bobby Brown, the image of Whitney Houston had already started altering itself. Turning from the one of a ‘good girl’ which she’d seen as throughout the 80’s and 90’s into the one of an elusive moody person. Unable to respond to her obligations at times. Eventually cancelling performances or rendez-vous at the very last moment. With ongoing rumors of her using drugs with her husband. She went into rehab and eventually divorced in February 2007. But she unfortunately never managed to get back on her feet. With, as would have sung Neil Young, ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ forever…

On Feb. 11, 2012, Houston was found unconscious in Suite 434 at the Beverly Hills, CA Hilton Hotel, submerged in a bathtub. The paramedics arrived at approximately 03:30pm PST, eventually performing a CPR before pronoucing her death 25 minutes later.
On Mar. 22, 2012, the L.A. County coroner’s office reported the cause of Houston‘s death was drowning in addition “effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use”.

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