The Best of Anita Baker

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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With her rich, jazz- and gospel-informed contralto, Anita Baker is one of the modern era's best soul singers. And this 18-song collection pays fine tribute to the sophisticated chanteuse, who sadly hasn't released a new recording since 1994's Rhythm of Love. The opening ballad, "Angel," taken from Baker's excellent yet oft-overlooked 1983 debut, The Songstress, is still a real tear-jerker. Likewise, her breakthrough hits "Sweet Love, "You Bring Me Joy," and "Caught Up in the Rapture," from her Grammy-winning sophomore disc, Rapture, sound as endearing and vibrant as ever. Baker continued her reign as Queen of the Quiet Storm with 1988's Giving You the Best That I ...
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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
With her rich, jazz- and gospel-informed contralto, Anita Baker is one of the modern era's best soul singers. And this 18-song collection pays fine tribute to the sophisticated chanteuse, who sadly hasn't released a new recording since 1994's Rhythm of Love. The opening ballad, "Angel," taken from Baker's excellent yet oft-overlooked 1983 debut, The Songstress, is still a real tear-jerker. Likewise, her breakthrough hits "Sweet Love, "You Bring Me Joy," and "Caught Up in the Rapture," from her Grammy-winning sophomore disc, Rapture, sound as endearing and vibrant as ever. Baker continued her reign as Queen of the Quiet Storm with 1988's Giving You the Best That I Got, which spawned several gems, including the hymnlike "Lead Me into Love" and the bluesy "Good Love." Even more reflective of her jazz influences Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, and Nancy Wilson was 1990's Compositions, which produced the wistful "Fairy Tales" and the encouraging "Talk to Me." The nostalgic disc ends with three highlights from Rhythm of Love, including the piano- and harmony-driven "Body and Soul." Baker's vocal ingenuity, feminine grace, and romantic sense of style -- remember her classy but curvaceous dresses with the flowing hemlines? -- make her a clear precursor of the new legion of female R&B singers, including Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, and Alicia Keys, who have found the courage to sing from the soul and forge their own identities. Baker has always given her fans the best that she's got, and The Best of Anita Baker leaves us anxiously awaiting more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2002
  • Label: Atlantic
  • UPC: 081227820923
  • Catalog Number: 78209
  • Sales rank: 131

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anita Baker Primary Artist
Gary Taylor Keyboards
Vesta Williams Background Vocals
George Duke Piano
Omar Hakim Drums
Bobby Lyle Piano
David T. Walker Guitar
Thomas Whitfield Keyboards
Ron Winans Background Vocals
Bunny Hull Background Vocals
Melvin Williams Background Vocals
Alex Acuña Percussion
Herschel Boone Background Vocals
Alex Brown Background Vocals
Lorenzo Brown Percussion
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer, Keyboards
Raymond Calhoun Drums
Gordon Chambers Background Vocals
Paul Chiten Synthesizer Overdubs
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lynn Davis Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass
Barry J. Eastmond Synthesizer, Piano, Strings, fender rhodes
Angel Edwards Background Vocals
Vernon D. Fails Keyboards
Steve Ferrone Drums
Lawrence Fratangelo Percussion
Sir Gant Keyboards
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Andrew Gouche Bass
Hadley Hockensmith Guitar
Loris Holland Keyboards
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Marva King Background Vocals
Ricky Lawson Drums
Donnie Lyle Guitar
James Macon Guitar
Arthur Marbury Drums
Bill Maxwell Drums
Sammy Merendino Synthesizer
Greg Moore Guitar
Patrick Moten Keyboards
Don Myrick Saxophone
Lori Perry Background Vocals
Dean Parks Guitar
Carol Perri Background Vocals
Darlene Perri Background Vocals
Sharon Perri Background Vocals
Greg Phillinganes Piano, Synthesizer Overdubs
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Background Vocals
Michael J. Powell Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Ira Siegel Guitar
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Steve Thornton Percussion
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Joseph Vitarelli Synclavier
David B. Washington Bass
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Carvin Winans Background Vocals
Marvin Winans Vocals
Michael Winans Background Vocals
Julia Waters Background Vocals
James Godson Drums
Eddie Howard Jr. Piano
Lori Perri Background Vocals
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Georg "Jojje" Wadenius Guitar
Technical Credits
Anita Baker Arranger, Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Joni Mitchell Composer
Lionel Richie Composer
Larry Carlton Composer
Quincy Jones Executive Producer
Gene Page String Arrangements
Ron Winans Producer
Alex Brown Vocal Arrangements
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Mike Brown Engineer
Robbie Buchanan Programming, String Arrangements
Craig Burbidge Engineer
Gordon Chambers Vocal Arrangements
Milton Chan Engineer
Earl Cohen Engineer
Barry J. Eastmond Arranger, Producer, String Arrangements
Robert Feist Engineer
Johnny Green Composer
Darroll Gustamachio Engineer
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Edward Heyman Composer
Ben Keys Programming
Win Kutz Engineer
Fred Law Engineer
Benny Medina Executive Producer
Sammy Merendino Programming
Patrick Moten Arranger, Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Bruce Nazarian Engineer
Rick Nowels Arranger
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Barney Perkins Engineer
Valerie Pinkston-Mayo Vocal Arrangements
Michael J. Powell Producer, String Arrangements
Paul Riser String Arrangements
Al Schmitt Engineer
Marti Sharron Producer
Gary Skardina Producer, Engineer
Gerard Smerek Engineer
Otis Smith Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Barton Stevens Engineer
Stan Wallace Engineer
Carvin Winans Producer
Marvin Winans Producer
Michael Winans Producer
Warren Woods Engineer
Carol Friedman Cover Photo
Reggie Collins Discographical Annotation
Steve Gallagher Engineer
Barry Hankerson Producer, Executive Producer
David "E-Man" Ward Programming
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
James Touchstone Composer
Tim Scanlin Liner Note Coordination
Les D. Cooper Engineer
Tom Beiner Engineer
Hubert Nelson Composer
Geronne C. Turner Composer
Michael O'Hara Composer
Rietz Composer
Larry Prentiss Composer
Elliott Peters Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ALL YOU

    I APOLOGIZE ANITA BECAUSE IT'S BEEN YOU ALL THE TIME GIVING THE BEST THAT YOU GOT 365 DAYS OF THE YEAR SINGING OF NOTHING BUT LOVE AND HOW TO GIVE GOOD LOVE. I'M SO GLAD TO HEAR YOU STILL HAVE IT.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Face To Face Meeting

    I meet Anita Baker face to face for the first time. She was coming from the mini mall in Detroit. I have love her voice along with her music for some years now. I wish her well. Sonya.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Anita Continues to Give The Best That She Got

    Even though this CD encompasses songs from Anita Baker's previous CD's, just hearing these songs again brings back memories of why Anita Baker will remain one of the great ones. I had the pleasure of seeing Anita Baker in concert earlier this year. She still has it. This CD is a testament to her greatness. I just wish she would do another CD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Greatest

    Anita is one of if not the best smooth jazz, easy listening artist of the age. I just wish she was recording more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Girl Got A Voice

    Ms Janice Grover-in reading your review I don't think you know what you like-you need to seat back with the lights low and a cool drink and really listen to the entire CD again-This CD is the BOOM....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very, very classy

    Her music is filled with a lot of love that you can feel. Her music is classy and does not carry any vulgar content. Good music like hers is hard to come by.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For True Anita Fans

    Excellent! I just saw her in concert at Westbury Music Fair and she's still got it. The CD simply reminds us all what a true artist is and if she never comes out with another album, true fans will have The Best of to take us through life...through love.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Is Yet To Come

    Ms. Baker took us there (anywhere) with "Sweet Love" in the 80s. She captured our hearts with the Multi mega hit "Givin You The Best That I Got". On her "Rythme Of Love" CD, she gave us insight into the world of love and pain. She's done it all in the music. But I truly believe that the best in yet to come from this very private yet humble "Mega Superstar".

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    Posted March 9, 2009

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