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Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (US 12″)

Posted by DjPaulT on February 29th, 2012

BURNING THE GROUND EXCLUSIVE 1985

“How Will I Know” was released by Arista Records in November 1985 as the third single from Houston’s self-titled debut. It debuted at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100, on the December 7, 1985 issue. Nine weeks later, it peaked at number one on the issue dated February 15, 1986, becoming Houston’s second number one single in the US. It displaced Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For”, and was displaced by “Kyrie” by Mr. Mister. It stayed on the peak for two weeks. The song also debuted on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs at number 60 and later peaked at number one, a peak it maintained for one week. On the issue dated January 25, 1986, “How Will I Know” entered the Hot Dance Club Play charts at number 30 and later peaked at number three on the February 22, 1986 issue. It also peaked at number one on the Adult Contemporary charts. Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the single Gold on December 6, 1995, for shipments of 500,000 copies or more. It ranked number six on the Billboard Year-End charts. In Canada, the song debuted at number 80 on the RPM Singles chart on the issue dated December 14, 1985. It later peaked at number one on the week dated March 1, 1986, becoming Houston’s first number one single in Canada. It was later certified Gold by Canadian Recording Industry Association on May 1, 1986, for shipments of 200,000 copies or more.

The song performed well in other countries. In United Kingdom, the song debuted at number 36, on the week dated January 25, 1986, and later peaked at a position of number five. It was also certified Silver by British Phonographic Industry (BPI). According to MTV UK and Ireland, the single has sold about 280,000 copies in the United Kingdom. In New Zealand, the song debuted at number 35 on the Singles chart and later peaked at number 19. In Austria, the song reached a peak position of number 28, while reaching a peak of number 12 in the Netherlands. The song also reached number two in Norway and Sweden, while charting at number 11 in Switzerland. According to Allmusic, “How Will I Know” has sold about one million copies worldwide.

SIDE A:
How Will I Know (Dance Re-Mix) 6:30
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez

SIDE B:
How Will I Know (Instrumental Version) 4:40
Remix – John “Jellybean” Benitez

How Will I Know (LP Version) 4:28
Mixed By – Michael Barbiero

VINYL GRADE:
Vinyl: Near Mint
Sleeve: Near Mint

YEAR END CHARTS:

Year Single Chart Position
1985 How Will I Know U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #6
1985 How Will I Know U.S. Billboard Black Singles #29
1985 How Will I Know U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play #46

 

RELEASE INFORMATION:
Label: Arista – AD1-9449
Format: Vinyl, 12″, 33 RPM
Country: US
Released: 1985
Genre: Electronic
Style: Synth-pop
Credits: Engineer – Michael Barbiero (tracks: B2)
Engineer [Assistant] – Fernando Kral (tracks: A1, B1)
Engineer [Remix-engineer] – Michael Hutchinson (tracks: A1, B1)
Photography By [Cover] – Steve Prezant
Producer – Narada Michael Walden
Written-By – George MerrillNarada Michael WaldenShannon Rubicam

NOTES:
From the LP “WHITNEY HOUSTON”

Find The 12″ On DISCOGS

EQUIPMENT USED:
Turntable: Pro-Ject Debut III
Cartridge: Ortofon Super
Stylus: Ortofon OM Stylus 30
Bellari VP130 Tube Phono Preamp
Soundcard: ESI Juli@
VPI HW 16.5 Record Cleaning Machine
Brother MFC-6490CW Professional Series Scanner

SOFTWARE USED:
Adobe Audition 3.0 (Recording)
Adobe Photoshop CS5
ClickRepair
dBpoweramp
Playlist Creator

RESTORATION NOTES:
All vinyl rips are recorded @ 32bit/float
Downsampled to 24bit/96kHz and16bit /44kHz using iZotope RX Advanced 2
FLAC (Level Eight)
MP3 (320kbps)
Artwork scanned at 600dpi

PW: burningtheground

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25 Responses to “Whitney Houston – How Will I Know (US 12″)”

  1. rob Says:

    THANK YOU! Although I don’t know if it will be necessary, since it was released on the 25th Anniversary edition of her first album.

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Rob yeah except this is in 24 bit lossless and the “Instrumental Version” was not included on the CD. The CD version is probably over processed as well.

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    RBG Reply:

    I agree, Yet if the 25th Anniversary edition of her first album was issued as a SACD from the original analog master tapes and the analog master tapes of this remix and the mastering engineer wasn’t forced to kill the dynamic range as commanded by the label then yes it may compare…But It still wouldn’t have the instrumental and one of the worst little trick labels do in some cases is to shorten the running time from the original 12″ vinyl single when they include it as a bonus track or sometimes even when it’s part of a 12″ singles compilation on CD. That’s the part that just always kills me.

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  2. Drake Says:

    Thanks for post!
    now we can have the 2 versions of this 12″!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Drake!

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  3. Matt Says:

    The 25th Anniversary edition was slightly compressed…this original pressing is sure to pack more punch. I cannot wait to check it out. Keep the Whitney comin’, my friend. Great stuff!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You are correct Matt. I hope that you enjoy this one 🙂

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  4. Spring Says:

    Thank you again dear Paul! Cool!!! Can’t wait to listen!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re welcome Spring 🙂

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  5. Marty Says:

    Your rips always sound better than the CD pressings to me. =)

    Lovin’ the Whitney stuff!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Thank you so much Marty!

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  6. Alessandro Says:

    Your rip of the Dance Re-Mix and LP version are better than the cd versions. Vinyl is always the way to go, at least for a 40 years old man like me who spent his teens listening to LPs and 45s.
    Many thanks for keeping Whitney’s flame alive Paul, i really hope there’s also more to come.

    Alessandro

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Alessandro I hear exactly what you are saying. Vinyl when done correctly is far superior to CD. Some will argue but that is my opinion. I do have more Whitney coming for future posts.

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  7. giorgio-greece Says:

    thanx a lot for doing my request!!!!
    i can’t wait to listen to that remix!!!!!
    thanx a lot paul!!
    my music dreams are coming true because of you!!!!

    efxaristo!!!!!!!!!

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    You’re so very welcome Giorgio 😉

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    giorgio-greece Reply:

    this is really a jellybean gem!!!!!!

    thank you paul!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Todd Says:

    Thanks again Paul! Because of you I’m starting the long slow process of learning how to rip my own vinyl! I have a long way to go before I get anywhere close to your standards though! Perhaps you could do a blog post sometime with some tips and tricks?

    BTW – whilst we’re on the subject of Arista divas, do you happen to have the UK 12″ single of Aretha’s Freeway Of Love? I believe it has a remix that was totally different to the mixes that got released everywhere else?

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Hi Todd

    Thank you for your comment. All I can tell you is keep at it. I have been doing this for about six years now and I am still learning. I may post a tutorial at some point when I get some extra time 🙂

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  9. Phil Says:

    Thanks for another gem Paul 🙂

    Do you happen to have an 80’s synth classic by Night Moves – Trans Dance?

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  10. matt Says:

    Can’t wait for the more Whitney to come, Paul. *excited* Thanks again! I agree with the person who posted above. When I listened to “Saving All My Love For You” from the German “How Will I Know” 12″ I was completely mesmerized. I can honestly say I’ve never heard Whitney with such a depth & clarity. For me, I fell in love with the song all over again in a new way. Simply put…fantastic sound. Blows any CD version of the “Whitney Houston” album away by a mile.

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  11. matt Says:

    I forgot to add…my point was to not let others discourage you from posting 12″ that do not feature any sort of remix or of material that has already been on CD because yours beats the CD easily :)I’m anxious to hear any LP version or remixes from her first two albums given the vinyl treatment 🙂

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    DjPaulT Reply:

    Matt thank you so much for the compliments. What you have said means a great deal to me 🙂

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  12. musicdivaSF Says:

    The instrumental version of this hit single is going to be such a rare gem to have. I also learned that this was initially offered to Janet Jackson’s team who turned it down and well, the rest is history. Thank you Dj PaulT for this magnificent post.

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  13. matt Says:

    Paul you are quite welcome. I meant every word 🙂 I’m so thankful to have a place like this where, for instance, we can find Whitney’s songs in higher quality than is available commercially. You’re the cream of the crops 😉 Keep up the good work.

    P.S. I’m still jamming out to both of these How Will I Know 12″ singles. They sound amazing! The synths are sharp & crisp & that bass is thick & heavy. Just perdy 🙂

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  14. Joey Says:

    Thanks for this. This rip is actually VERY necessary – the LP version here is a slightly different mix than what’s on most CD issues of her debut album and the European release of her Greatest Hits album. The original LP version starts off immediately with the synth intro, whereas the hit single mix that has subsequently become the most widely available version has some percussion before the synths kick in.

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