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Whitney Houston: Live in Concert (1991)

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Astonishing, truly the greatest
3 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

First I'd like to tell you all that the video "Live in Concert" that I'm currently reviewing is actually the same concert of Welcome Home Heroes, it's just that they refer to it as 2 different names. In the beginning they referred to it as "Welcome Home Heroes" (it was a concert that was made for the returning US soldiers from the gulf war and their families), but later on it was sold minus the patriotic songs and referred to as "Live In Concert".

First of all, Whitney is my favorite singer, however I'm able to be objective. I'm honest, it's not as if I would always rate her good just because she's my favorite, in the last few years even though she's still better then 90% of singers out there she has struggled vocally (compared to her peak) and I can admit that. However in her peak 1985-1994 she was untouchable and this concert is one of the best I've seen from her, and it is truly amazing. I would even say that it's the best concert any female singer has ever done.

The tracklisting is 1) I Wanna Dance With Somebody, 2) Saving All My Love For You, 3) How Will I Know, 4) Medley: Didn't We Almost Have It All/A House Is Not A Home/Where Do Broken Hearts Go, 5) All The Man That I Need, 6) My Name Is Not Susan, 7) Anymore, 8) A Song For You, 9) Revelation, 10) Who Do You Love, 11) I'm Your Baby Tonight, 12) Greatest Love of All. There were 2 other tracks that were performed in the concert (The Star Spangled Banner and Battle Hymn of the Republic) but they are not available on the Live In Concert DVD that I have, maybe you can still find the original Welcome Home Heroes VHS that still includes them. I guess that they took them off so that it becomes less patriotic and more of a general audience concert especially for people outside the US.

The concert itself is amazing. Whitney was full with energy, she was flirting with the soldiers, making jokes. Vocally she was perfect, every note she sang was perfect, it's incredible what she can do with her voice. Tracks 4 and 5 are personally my favorites, she brought down the house and the croud was on its feet. It's hard to put it in words, I always thought that the studio versions of her songs do not do her justice because when she sings live she has so much more emotion and soul, she sings them very differently and soars even higher then on the record. I guess it's because she doesn't have to limit herself in order for the songs to be "pop" and played on the radio. When Whitney sings live, she lets everything go. She probably is the singer who has gotten the most standing ovations from her peers.

Other highlights from the concert are Anymore where she's dancing like crazy while singing live at the same time a very tough song, everything seemed effortless. Also on the gospel song Revelation the audience was so into it at the end, she truly brought down the house! Her final performance Greatest Love of All is so cute because a kid walked on stage and then you'll see how funny Whitney is as she kept him during the full performance with many funny things happening.

Whitney Houston is regarded by most people as the greatest singer of all-time, she's the one who set the standards and opened the door commercially and in terms of vocals for people like Mariah, Celine, Christina, Toni, etc. This concert proves why she is the best singer, if you've never witnessed Whitney Houston at her best LIVE, this is your chance.


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