Best Of Anita Baker CD (2002)

Artist: Anita Baker

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by on 7/26/2006

People always come over my house and make fun of my music. I'm kind of old school and laid back and this album fits both of those moods. I'm only 28 but this is hardly before my time. I fell in love with Anita's music when Good Love came out and I've been a big fan ever since. I usually put this CD on repeat while I clean up or just chill. This has all the hits on it and if you're on a tight budget you can get all the best of Anita Baker in one CD just like it says.

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on 5/12/2013

I've loved Anita Baker since she came on the scene in the 80's with her RAPTURE album. Then I discovered she was in the group Chapter 8, and her solo debut was Beverly Glen's "The Songstress" (remastered on Elektra several years later). This collection is the cream of her Elektra years, featuring many of the single versions of tracks I did not know existed. I am so use to the album versions, as I've stopped buying 45's a long time ago. However, I did have "Same Ole Love" single, based on the picture sleeve & a live version as the B-side. Now having these single versions of her classic "Caught Up In The Rapture", "Angel", "Just Because", my personal favorite "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Fairy Tales" and others, my collection is somewhat complete with these alternate shorter versions.

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Label Rhin/mesa/bluemoon Records
SKU 60556570
UPC 081227820923
UPC 14 00081227820923
Format CD
Release Date 6/18/2002
Author Anita Baker
Associated Artist/Work Hubbard, Larry
Associated Artist/Work Sinatra, Frank
Artist Influence Al Green (Vocals)
Artist Influence Aretha Franklin
Artist Influence Billie Holiday
Artist Influence Chaka Khan
Artist Influence Diana Ross
Artist Influence Dinah Washington
Artist Influence Dionne Warwick
Artist Influence Esther Phillips
Artist Influence Minnie Riperton
Artist Influence Nancy Wilson
Artist Influence Nina Simone
Artist Influence Roberta Flack
Artist Influence Sarah Vaughan
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Contemporary Angela Bofill
Artist Contemporary Babyface
Artist Contemporary Basia
Artist Contemporary Beverley Craven
Artist Contemporary Cassandra Wilson
Artist Contemporary Diane Schuur
Artist Contemporary Dianne Reeves
Artist Contemporary Freddie Jackson
Artist Contemporary Jennifer Holliday (Singer/Actress)
Artist Contemporary Lionel Richie
Artist Contemporary Luther Vandross
Artist Contemporary Marlena Shaw
Artist Contemporary Miki Howard
Artist Contemporary Natalie Cole
Artist Contemporary Patrice Rushen
Artist Contemporary Patti Austin
Artist Contemporary Peabo Bryson
Artist Contemporary Phyllis Hyman
Artist Contemporary Regina Belle
Artist Contemporary Sade
Artist Contemporary Shalamar
Artist Contemporary Teddy Pendergrass
Artist Contemporary The Winans
Artist Contemporary Tuck & Patti
Artist Contemporary Vanessa Rubin
Artist Contemporary Vanessa Williams (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Vesta
Artist Contemporary Whitney Houston
Artist Follower Chrisette Michele
Artist Follower En Vogue
Artist Follower Erykah Badu
Artist Follower Jazzyfatnastees
Artist Follower Jill Scott
Artist Follower Kelis
Artist Follower Kem
Artist Follower Macy Gray
Artist Follower Mariah Carey
Artist Follower Rachelle Ferrell
Artist Follower Sade
Artist Follower Sunshine Anderson
Artist Follower Toni Braxton
Artist Follower Vanessa Williams (R&B)
Technical Info
Engineer Craig Burbidge; Barton Stevens; Fred Law; Win Kutz; Gary Skardina; Les D. Cooper; Gerard Smerek; Tom Beiner; Darroll Gustamachio; Warren Woods; Milton Chan; Earl Cohen; Elliott Peters; Al Schmitt; Michael O'Reilly; Mike Brown; Robert Feist; Stan Wallace;
CatalogID 78209
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 06/18/2002
Original Release 2002
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 79m : 30s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227820923
Musical Guests
Paulinho DaCosta
Ricky Lawson
Doug & Melvin Williams
The Winans
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: Anita Baker (vocals); Marvin Winans (vocals); James Macon, David T. Walker, Dean Parks (guitar); Vernon Fails, Patrick Moten, Michael J. Powell (keyboards); Nathan East (bass); Raymond Calhouun, Stephen Ferrone, Ricky Lawson (drums); Paulinho Da Costa (percussion); Bunny Hull, Phil Perry, Carmen Twillie, Doug Williams, Melvyn Williams, Ronald Winans, Carvin Winans, Valerie Pinkston Mayo (background vocals).
Producers include: Patrick Moten, Otis Smith, Michael J. Powell, Marti Sharoron, Gary Skardina.
Compilation producer: Barry "Rockbarry" Benson.
Includes liner notes by Janine Coveney.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Marvin Winans (vocals); David T. Walker, Dean Parks, Donnie Lyle, Hadley Hockensmith, Georg "Jojje" Wadenius, Ira Siegel, James Macon, Michael J. Powell, Paul Jackson, Jr. , Greg Moore (guitar); Barry J. Eastmond (strings, piano, Fender Rhodes piano, synthesizer); Don Myrick (saxophone); Eddie Howard, Jr. , George Duke, Greg Phillinganes, Bobby Lyle (piano); Robbie Buchanan (keyboards, synthesizer, programming); Gary Taylor, Sir Gant, Loris Holland, Patrick Moten, Thomas Whitfield, Vernon D. Fails, Randy Kerber (keyboards); Sammy Merendino (synthesizer, programming); Joseph Vitarelli (Synclavier); John "J.R." Robinson , James Godson, Arthur Marbury, Omar Hakim, Raymond Calhoun, Ricky Lawson, Bill Maxwell, Steve Ferrone (drums); Lorenzo Brown, Lawrence Fratangelo, Alex Acu¤a, Paulinho Da Costa, Steve Thornton (percussion); David "E-Man" Ward, Ben Keys (programming); Clydene Jackson, Luther Waters, Lori Perri, Valerie Pinkston-Mayo, Sharon Perri, Herschel Boone, Darlene Perri, Gordon Chambers, Angel Edwards, Carol Perri, Jim Gilstrap, Julia Waters, Lori Perry, Alex Brown, Lynn Davis , Marva King, Maxine Willard Waters, Melvin Williams, Michael Winans, Oren Waters, Phillip Ingram, Ron Winans, Vesta Williams, Bunny Hull, Carmen Twillie , Carvin Winans (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Erik Zobler; George Duke; Gerard Smerek; Michael J. Powell; Barney Perkins.
Recording information: Aire L.A Studios, Glendale, CA; Ambience Studio, Detroit, MI; Anita Baker's House; Clinton Studio, New York, NY; East Bay Studios, Tarrytown, NYPearl Sound, Detroit, MI; Electric Lady Studio, New York, NY; Encore Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Gnome Studios; Greene Street Studio, New York NY; Hitsville; Kendun Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Music Grinder Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA; Power Station, New York, NY; Producers I & II; Selah Recording Studio, Detroit, MI; Skyline Studios, New York, NY; Sound Castle, Los Angeles, CA; Sound Lab I, Detroit, MI; Sound Suite, Detroit MI; Soundtracks Recording Studio, New York, NY; Studio A, Detroit, MI; Studio Ultimo, Los Angeles, CA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; TMF Studios, New York, NY; United Sound Systems, Inc., Detroit, MI; Yamaha R&D Studio, Glendale, CA.
Photographers: Harry Langdon; Carol Friedman.
Arrangers: Patrick Moten; Anita Baker; Rick Nowels; Barry J. Eastmond.
THE BEST OF ANITA BAKER contains all the single hits from the doyenne of Quiet Storm, plus a plethora of album cuts and nuggets that will make investigation of this summation of Anita Baker's career thus far a pleasure for neophytes and longtime fans alike. From her first big hit, the percolating "Sweet Love," through the smoky "Caught Up in the Rapture," and the sultry "Giving You the Best That I Got," this female answer to Michael McDonald draws the listener in with a combination of irresistible pop hooks (check out that little extra trill at the end of "Rapture"'s chorus) and come-hither arrangements. Operators of heavy machinery and long-distance truck drivers beware--the dreaminess hardly lets up over the length of this set (you'll find the name Anita Baker in the dictionary under "unwind") so you may want to lay your burden down before Baker's seductive voice causes any horrible accidents.
Artist Overview
With her classy, refined brand of romantic soul, which peaked with instant classics like "Angel" and "Sweet Love," Anita Baker was one of the definitive quiet storm singers of the '80s. Gifted with a strong, supple alto, Baker was influenced not only by R&B but jazz, gospel, and traditional pop, which gave her music a distinctly adult sophistication. Smooth and mellow but full of life, it made her one of the most popular romantic singers of her time. Throughout the '90s and the following decades, as the gaps between her studio albums increased from a few years to over ten, she nonetheless retained her stature as one of the most respected figures in adult contemporary R&B. ~ Steve Huey
Disc 1
1 Angel
2 You're The Best Thing Yet
3 No More Tears
4 Sweet Love
5 Caught Up In The Rapture
6 You Bring Me Joy
7 Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year)
8 No One In The World
9 Ain't No Need To Worry - (featuring The Winans/Anita Baker)
10 Giving You The Best That I Got
11 Good Love
12 Just Because
13 Lead Me Into Love
14 Fairy Tales
15 Talk To Me
16 Body And Soul
17 I Apologize
18 It's Been You

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