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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, ‘Love Will Save The Day’ 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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– 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”.

– A quick typing – ‘David Morales’ – in the search box of our site should give you a certain idea of his legacy. And, by that, of the consideration we have for him. Standing among the most prolific but first and foremost talented producers/remixers of his generation. With his name firmly associated to a signature – the Def Mix Sound – and an alter ego – Frankie Knuckles. Themselves synonyms with some of the most brilliant episodes in the maturation of the contemporary groove.

A native New Yorker of Puerto Rican ancestry, David Morales grew up during Dance Music’s most influential era. Thus, unsurprisingly frequenting its legendary clubs such as The Loft and The Paradise Garage.

As a result, it wasn’t long before he started his own nightclub – the Ozone Layer – in Brooklyn, by the beginning of the 80’s. His residency which lasted until 1986 eventually leading him to spin at The Paradise Garage in 1983. The 80’s seeing him DJing later at Newark, NJ’s famous The Zanzibar. With the latter standing as the craddle of the famous Jersey Sound also known as Garage. But also joining forces with Frankie Knuckles and For The Record DJ Pool founder Judy Weinstein under the Def Mix Productions banner to help manage remix requests and handle artist business affairs.

All in all, on his own or along with Frankie Knuckles, David Morales has remixed and produced over 500 releases. With the list of those he happened to rework the music of givin’ a better idea of the impact he generated. And this way above the strict spheres of House Music. Eventually bringin’ fragments of his universe on ‘Mine To Give’ by the likes of British Junglist Photek along with Robert Owens. But also working along Brit-Soul / Acid Jazz activists. From James Taylor Quartet feat. Noel McCoy‘s ‘I Love The Life’. To the Brand New Heavies‘Never Stop’, Loose Ends‘Love’s Got Me’ and Imagination‘s ‘Instinctual’. Not to mention Lisa Stansfield‘s ‘8.3.1.’. And how to not think of Alison Limerick‘s ‘Where Love Lives’ or Incognito‘s ‘Always There’ among others?!?

Of course, David Morales made some noise in the House scene. Responsible for seminal tracks such as ‘I’ll Be Your Friend’, ‘Finally’ and ‘My Piece Of Heaven’, respectively for Robert Owens, CeCe Peniston and Ten City. This in addition to Ce Ce Rogers‘ ‘All Join Hands’, Inner City‘s ‘Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin” and Richard Rogers‘Can’t Stop Loving You’. If not Doug Lazy‘s ‘H.O.U.S.E.’.

But, just like Frankie Knuckles, he also created serious bridges with R&B names. Beginning with Mariah Carey (‘Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)’) with whom he established a long term working relationship. But also Luther Vandross (‘The Rush’) and Alexander O’Neal (‘What Is This Thing Called Love’). This in addition to Miles Jaye (‘Heaven’) and Whitney Houston (‘Love Will Save The Day’).

Meanwhile, under his own banner, Morales also made quite an impression. Beginning with his debut-album and single of the likes – ‘The Program’ – as David Morales & The Bad Yard Club back in 1993. But also ‘Needin’ U’ as The Face, five years later. And how to not remember ‘Golden Era’ along with Róisín Murphy? A cut which stood among the essential tracks of the year 2012… Or, more recently, ‘Lovin” as The Face feat. Kym Mazelle. And ‘There Must Be Love’ as fronted by Janice Robinson. This with remix courtesy of Nigel Lowis, which we welcomed as our Single Of The Week back then…

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