Whitney Houston ‎– For The Love Of You / Didn't We Almost Have It All

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Arista ‎– AD1-9632
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Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM, Single
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A1 For The Love Of You (Extended Version)
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement By] – Whitney HoustonExecutive-Producer – Clive DavisProducer, Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden
6:12
A2 For The Love Of You (Album Version)
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement By] – Whitney HoustonExecutive-Producer – Clive DavisProducer, Arranged By – Narada Michael Walden
5:29
B1 Didn't We Almost Have It All (Album Version)
Arranged By [Vocal Arrangement By] – Whitney HoustonExecutive-Producer – Clive DavisProducer – Michael Masser
5:03
B2 Shock Me
Featuring [Duet With] – Jermaine JacksonProducer – Michael Omartian
5:05

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PierreDeclercq

PierreDeclercq

May 17, 2009
The interest of this 12" is hardly musical (except for Whitney Houston completists) but it's an interesting example of record companies marketing. After the huge dance hit "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", Arista decided to release a ballad as the next single from the album "Whitney". They chose "Didn't We Almost Have It All" but it was hardly a song suited for a 12". Not wanting to ruin the potential of other tracks of the album and facing the fact that up-tempo numbers weren't so many, the marketing crew chose an obscure track on the B-side of the lp, "For The Love Of You", a cover of the 1975 Isley Brothers song. This song couldn't have been a single because all Houston's singles had to be original material at this point of her career. So they put this song on the "Didn't We Almost Have It All" 12" but on the A-side because it was a song, a quiet storm one, a little more upbeat than the ballad. Two versions are available here: the album version and an "extended" one with additional 40 seconds. Actually it's an earlier edit of the song before it was shortened for the album; the two versions are in fact almost the same.

But when it came to choose the name of the song for the cover, Arista didn't know exactly what to do. They printed the cover with the name "For The Love Of You" on it but they reconsidered it releasing the final 12" with a "Didn't We Almost Have It All" sticker covering the name of the first song.

The companion track on the B-side is "Shock Me" a duet with Jermaine Jackson recorded during the sessions of his own album "Dynamite". The song didn't make the final album and Arista prefered "Take Good Care Of My Heart" instead, a song also available on the first Whitney Houston's album. Eventually the song was available on the "Perfect" soundtrack.

The "For The Love Of You" 12" was only available in the US. In Europe "For The Love Of You" wasn't available (part because continental European don't know much about the Isley Brothers) and the additional track was the stunning a cappella version of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", released for the first time here (the European 12" of "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" doesn't feature this song like its US counterpart but the non-album track "Moment Of Truth"). Both "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" and "Didn't We Almost Have It All" European 12" don't feature as many mixes or songs as the US ones but that is kind of common.