Wednesday, June 12, 2024

(Listen) to the Remixed Version of Whitney Houston’s Unreleased Take on Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love”


Will it be a hit? Is there such a thing?

Who knows? But Whitney Houston’s unreleased version of Steve Winwood’s hit, “Higher Love,” will be dropped on us tonight.

The song was only on the Japanese version of Whitney’s 1990 album “I’m Your Baby Tonight.” There’s a live version from then, when Whitney’s voice was at its peak of gorgeousness. I’ve included it here.

Kygo, a contemporary hit producer, has remixed the recording to make it sound up to date. But really. it’s just that voice. You could listen to it forever. And “Higher Love” was always one of the greatest records ever. Steve Winwood deserves more credit for all his work, from “Gimme Good Lovin'” through Traffic and his solo records.

Here’s the original live version.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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