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Thread started 08/25/18 5:20pm

JabarR74

Isley Brothers or Whitney Houston?

For The Love Of You

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Reply #1 posted 08/25/18 5:42pm

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The original is a masterpiece. Whitney's producers made her cover of it a pop song, its a serviceable filler track but kind of souless in comparison.

I don't want to get eaten alive
'cause you're so dangerous
No more hearts I can trust, you see
I don't want to get eaten alive
To be eaten alive
Eaten alive
I don't ever want to be
Eaten alive
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Reply #2 posted 08/25/18 6:17pm

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Isley Brothers

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Reply #3 posted 08/25/18 6:25pm

Scorp

Both versions were amazing.....

Whitney did a beautiful job w/that song and that was one of my favorite songs on her Whitney album....

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Reply #4 posted 08/25/18 7:18pm

SoulAlive

the Isley Brothers original version is the best music

However,I do like Whitney's remake.The production by Narada Michael Walden is lush and exotic,which I like.

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Reply #5 posted 08/25/18 9:08pm

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Scorp said:

Both versions were amazing.....

Whitney did a beautiful job w/that song and that was one of my favorite songs on her Whitney album....

yeahthat

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Reply #6 posted 08/25/18 9:38pm

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As much as I wanted to like Nippy's version, it never did anything for me. Completely forgettable. Now, her cover of the Manhattan's "Just The Lonely Talking Again" on the same album, now that's a totallly different story. biggrin Best song on that record. To be honest, I think Clive just threw those two songs in to have some "urban" tracks on an otherwise straight up Pop album.

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Reply #7 posted 08/25/18 10:17pm

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kitbradley said:

To be honest, I think Clive just threw those two songs in to have some "urban" tracks on an otherwise straight up Pop album.

biggrin you're not the only one who thinks that.I remember Black Beat magazine's review of the Whitney album,where the writer said:

It's surprising that something as soulfully substantial as the Isley's "For The Love Of You" even made the record at all

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Reply #8 posted 08/26/18 7:27am

Scorp

Hudson said:

The original is a masterpiece. Whitney's producers made her cover of it a pop song, its a serviceable filler track but kind of souless in comparison.

It was more than a filler track

Whitney's version of this classic was played on r&b stations constantly, on rotation daily....

It should have been released as a major single, just as Just the Lonely Talking Again.....both would have been smash hits.....those songs balanced out the album which was clearly driven to expand on Arista's vision of turning Whitney into a pop princess, which later set her up for the major backlash she received 2 years later......

Kind of reminds me of the negative response Pop Critics gave regarding Michael Jackson's collaboration with Stevie Wonder for the song Just Good Friends on his Bad LP, to this day, that song gets flack, or being viewed as filler when it reality, it was one of the strongest songs on Bad, a r&b song that should have been released as a major single

when reviewing the nagitive critic reviews, I knew R&B would be in trouble soon to where it wouldn't be allowed to stand on its own.

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Reply #9 posted 08/26/18 8:19pm

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I like the original of course but I like her version also. It's actually my favorite off tnis album.
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Reply #10 posted 08/28/18 1:51pm

SoulAlive

Scorp said:

Hudson said:

The original is a masterpiece. Whitney's producers made her cover of it a pop song, its a serviceable filler track but kind of souless in comparison.

It was more than a filler track

Whitney's version of this classic was played on r&b stations constantly, on rotation daily....

It should have been released as a major single, just as Just the Lonely Talking Again.....both would have been smash hits.....those songs balanced out the album which was clearly driven to expand on Arista's vision of turning Whitney into a pop princess, which later set her up for the major backlash she received 2 years later......

Kind of reminds me of the negative response Pop Critics gave regarding Michael Jackson's collaboration with Stevie Wonder for the song Just Good Friends on his Bad LP, to this day, that song gets flack, or being viewed as filler when it reality, it was one of the strongest songs on Bad, a r&b song that should have been released as a major single

when reviewing the nagitive critic reviews, I knew R&B would be in trouble soon to where it wouldn't be allowed to stand on its own.

Gotta disagree with you there smile "Just Good Friends" is a terrible song.Should have never made the album.I prefer the other Stevie/MJ duet "Get It" which appeared on Stevie's album.It's a much better song.

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Reply #11 posted 08/31/18 8:36pm

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Isley Bros... by far, and Whitney was great. I Will Always Love You is one thing, this? No.

Also, Ron really lost his voice 10, 15 years ago. He sounds GREAT now, very strange. I didn't know his stroke would hurt him that much, but they picked that time to film a live DVD.

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Reply #12 posted 08/31/18 9:37pm

Scorp

SoulAlive said:

Scorp said:

It was more than a filler track

Whitney's version of this classic was played on r&b stations constantly, on rotation daily....

It should have been released as a major single, just as Just the Lonely Talking Again.....both would have been smash hits.....those songs balanced out the album which was clearly driven to expand on Arista's vision of turning Whitney into a pop princess, which later set her up for the major backlash she received 2 years later......

Kind of reminds me of the negative response Pop Critics gave regarding Michael Jackson's collaboration with Stevie Wonder for the song Just Good Friends on his Bad LP, to this day, that song gets flack, or being viewed as filler when it reality, it was one of the strongest songs on Bad, a r&b song that should have been released as a major single

when reviewing the nagitive critic reviews, I knew R&B would be in trouble soon to where it wouldn't be allowed to stand on its own.

Gotta disagree with you there smile "Just Good Friends" is a terrible song.Should have never made the album.I prefer the other Stevie/MJ duet "Get It" which appeared on Stevie's album.It's a much better song.

I love that song.....

when I first bought the BAD album the day of release....

I listed the the entire album from the first song to the last song non-stop, and Just Good Friends was one of the songs that I would go on to play constantly along with Liberian Girl, Another Part of Me, Man in the Mirror......listened to those songs as if they were already released as major singles

Just Good Friends would have been the perfect debut considering that Michael was releasing his album Bad and Stevie Wonder releasing his album Characters in the same year

Just Good Friends kind of put me in the mind of Say Say Say with Paul McCartney

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Reply #13 posted 08/31/18 9:39pm

Tontoman22

Isley Brothers ...magic ! Not crazy for the Houston's cover. Like Regina Belle's better.

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Reply #14 posted 09/02/18 1:57pm

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There is no question for me that the original version is miles better, Isley Brothers all the way.

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Reply #15 posted 09/02/18 2:05pm

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Hil St Soul



(Tbh, the Isleys do probably have the edge, but still it's a nice cover.)

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Reply #16 posted 09/02/18 7:58pm

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Tontoman22 said:

Isley Brothers ...magic ! Not crazy for the Houston's cover. Like Regina Belle's better.


Yes! Regina sang that song with help from the Perri sisters. After seeing Regina at Aretha's funeral, I was just thinking earlier today I hadnt listened to that "Lazy Afternoon" album in a minute. Amazing album!
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Reply #17 posted 09/06/18 8:58pm

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deebee said:

Hil St Soul



(Tbh, the Isleys do probably have the edge, but still it's a nice cover.)



Nice.

And as for the OP? IMHO, no contest. The Isley Brothers. Theirs has much more feeling and soul. On the cover version, Whitney's voice sounds good, but the music sounds kinda bland.

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