Whitney Houston

Queen of the Night

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AllMusic Review by Jose F. Promis

"Queen of the Night" was the final single worked to radio from the world-famous Bodyguard soundtrack, which, of course, prominently featured Whitney Houston. After having scored the biggest hit of her career with "I Will Always Love You," other singles followed suit, including "I'm Every Woman," "I Have Nothing," and "Run to You." All those songs hit the radio in their original versions. "Queen of the Night," however, was transformed from a hard-hitting rock anthem (รก la En Vogue's "Free Your Mind") to a bare-bones, sleek house track, and that was the version which became a hit on the radio. The song worked fantastically well in its new incarnation, with its thumping bass beats, swirling keyboards, and, set against stripped down instrumentals, ultimately worked to even further showcase Houston's bravado belting (and truly evident on this single's "Mackapella Mix"). Unfortunately, the remixed version was never issued as a single in the U.S., and, in turn, became virtually impossible to find for the American consumer. The German maxi-single here includes the single edit, the long, main remix, the "Mackapella Mix" (which begins a cappella and ends as the full-on dance track), and a dub version. For Houston collectors, and for fans of 1990s dance-pop music, this extremely difficult to find rarity is a must.

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