WHITNEY HOUSTON R.I.P. 1963-2012

February 13, 2012 – 10:51 am

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WHITNEY HOUSTON
Norfolk New York 1991 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia; March 31, 1991. Audio ripped from Welcome Home Heroes With Whitney Houston DVD/VHS? Excellent soundboard. Live at Madison Square Gardens, New York, NY; July 23, 1991. Excellent FM?

On February 11, 2012, Whitney Houston was found dead in a bath tub in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. She was 48. According to Foxnews, prescription drugs had been found in the hotel room just hours before a huge Grammy party she was to attend. Local police said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent”. On Feb 9 16, Houston had visited singers Brandy and Monica, together with Clive Davis, at their rehearsals for Davis’ pre-Grammy Awards party. A reporter for the Los Angeles Times reported that Houston was reeking of alcohol and looked very bloated and disheveled, wearing mismatched clothing with her hair dripping of either water or sweat.

In Houston’s obituary, music writer and publicist Holly Gleason wrote:

Whitney Houston, the most unilateral girl singer possibly ever, had graduated to the ranks of inescapable, but was still capable of turning in truly monstrously great vocal performances. She slayed “The National Anthem” on a regular basis. She performed with her aunt and mother on a gospel medley and left jaws slack. Yet, there was something ravaging the grown woman’s psyche. Never mind the theoretical alliance with r&b’s hottest male star, nor their small daughter Bobby Christina. Like George Jones and Tammy Wynette before them - right down to a self-tribute-named-daughter named Tamela Georgette - she and Brown seemed hell-bent on conflict, destruction, consumption and being lashed together with a love that would ultimately eviscerate them…

Whitney Houston: effortless, gracious, glorious. She was glamorous even in a pair of beat-up jeans, hair a mess and giant sunglasses hiding heaven knew. She could sing circles around all of them - and had a knack for finding songs that spoke to feelings even larger than her voice - a gargantuan instrument - seemed to carry. It was all so sad. The train wreck her life became. The music and film careers she eschewed. The chaos the public seemingly would never know. The squalor that swallowed her as drugs devoured her life.
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Thanks to radiosjohn for sharing the tracks on Dime. radiosjohn added: “[Original] cover states ‘DDD’, not sure if this was an FM broadcast? and states date ‘92′. The only match I can get to the venue/setlist near this is MSG 23rd July 1991.”

Cover art from rockrarecollectionfetish.blogspot.com - Thanks!

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Track 01. I Wanna Dance With Somebody 5.36 (8.9MB)
Track 02. Saving All My Love For You 8.20 (13.3MB)
Track 03. How Will I Know 3.41 (5.9MB)
Track 04. Didn’t We Almost Have It All 6.56 (11.1MB)
Track 05. All the Man That I Need 7.06 (11.3MB)
Track 06. My Name Is Not Susan 4.22 (7.0MB)
Track 07. Anymore 4.31 (7.2MB)
Track 08. A Song For You 7.07 (11.4MB)
Track 09. Who Do You Love 5.26 (8.7MB)
Track 10. I’m Your Baby Tonight 4.27 (7.1MB)
Track 11. Greatest Love of All 9.44 (15.6MB)

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  1. 9 Responses to “WHITNEY HOUSTON R.I.P. 1963-2012”

  2. Does anyone remember when Bobby Brown was the troublemaker in that marriage?

    By TDC on Feb 13, 2012

  3. Over the next few days and weeks Whitney Houston’s life story will be rewritten, so Bobby Brown is the villain who led a sweet girl with the angelic voice down the rabbit hole. The truth is a lot more complex: Whitney Houston made her own decisions, and openly said her husband did NOT influence her decision to use drugs. BigO spent the week remembering Jim Morrison, and you don’t have to go to far past him, Janis, Elvis, John Belushi, and the litany of singers and actors who had everything and literally blew it. This is literally the same old story, and a sad one.

    By Tony on Feb 13, 2012

  4. I saw her live in 1987, I think…at the Greek theater in LA–very slick, and polished show. She sang only 1 gospel song-dedicated to her family….and it just made everything else she sang during rest of her show pale in comparison. Marvelous singer.

    By DanC on Feb 14, 2012

  5. Thank you for this - I saw Whitney here in Melbourne during the ill fated 2010 tour and while there was a lot of love for her from the audience (we were willing her just to get to the end of every song) it was also one of the saddest concert experiences I’ve had. She gave her all though so you had to forgive her….

    By Erik on Feb 15, 2012

  6. I believe this is a copy of the DVD version of “Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston” at the Naval Air Station in Norfolk, Virginia on March 31, 1991

    By Mel on Feb 18, 2012

  7. Mel is right, this is the sound from “Welcome Home Heroes with Whitney Houston”, but I don’t think this is from the DVD, it’s rather from the VHS, since there’s distinctive bad tape alignment noises throughout. Still a great show to listen to, makes me wanna get the DVD.

    By Laurent on Feb 19, 2012

  8. Hello Mel and Laurent

    Thanks very much for your feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 22, 2012

  9. Whitney Houston’s version of the National Anthem is available in several versions on YouTube. A singer’s singer - Gorgeous! Should be required listening for any singer.

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 22, 2012

  10. There’s a typo in the description. It says she visited Brandy and Monica on February 16, but she died on February 11.

    By Woodstock69Vet on Jun 10, 2013

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