Elektra/Asylum Records, E2-60444,
Genre: soul, jazz, and r&b
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1 Sweet Love - Baker, Anita/Bias, Gary/Johnson, Louis 4:26
2 You Bring Me Joy - Lasley, David 4:24
3 Caught up in the Rapture - Glenn, Garry/Quander, Dianne 5:07
4 Been So Long - Baker, Anita 5:07
5 Mystery - Temperton, Rod 4:56
6 No One in the World - Hirsch, Ken/Sharron, Martha Vanessa 4:10
7 Same Ole Love - McLeod, Marilyn/Roberts, Darryl K. 4:05
8 Watch Your Step - Baker, Anita 4:54
Anita Baker Vocals, Vocals (Background), Executive Producer, Main Performer
Don Myrick Saxophone
Michael J. Powell Guitar, Producer, Finger Snaps, Mixing, Remixing
Greg Moore Guitar
Donald Griffin Guitar
Dean Parks Guitar
Paul Jackson, Jr. Guitar (Rhythm)
Greg Philinganes Synthesizer Overdubs
Randy Kerber Keyboards
Vernon D. Fails Keyboards
Paul Chiten Synthesizer Overdubs
Sir Gant Keyboards
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Fred Washington Bass
David B. Washington Bass
Freddy Washington Bass
Jimmy Haslip Bass
Arthur Marbury Drums
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Ricky Lawson Drums
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Lorenzo Brown Percussion
Lawrence Fratangelo Percussion
Darryl Phinnessee Vocals (Background)
Bunny Hull Vocals (Background)
Alex Brown Vocals (Background)
Lynn Davis Vocals (Background)
Jim Gilstrap Vocals (Background)
Phillip Ingram Vocals (Background)
Natalie Jackson Vocals (Background)
Vesta Williams Vocals (Background)
With her classy, refined brand of romantic soul, 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 hardly lifeless, it made her one of the most popular romantic singers of her time.
Baker was born January 26, 1958, in Toledo, OH, and raised in nearby Detroit, where she grew up listening to female jazz singers like Sarah Vaughan, Nancy Wilson, and Ella Fitzgerald. At age 12, she began singing a gospel choir, and by age 16 she was performing with several local bands. In 1975, she successfully auditioned for Chapter 8, one of Detroit's most popular acts at the time; the group eventually signed with Ariola and released an album in 1979, but were immediately dropped when the label was acquired by Arista (which didn't care for Baker's vocals). Chastened, Baker worked low-paying jobs in Detroit and eventually found steady work as a receptionist at a law firm. In 1982, Otis Smith -- an executive who'd worked with Chapter 8 -- contacted Baker about recording for his new label Beverly Glen. Happy with her employment benefits and skittish over the experience with Arista, Baker was reluctant at first, but eventually flew out to the West Coast to record her debut album, The Songstress, in 1983. Though it didn't gain quite enough exposure to become a hit, it did help Baker build a strong fan base through word-of-mouth and she was signed by Elektra in 1985.
Working with producer Michael J. Powell (an old Chapter 8 cohort), Baker released her major-label debut Rapture in 1986. It was a platinum, Grammy winning smash, appealing to both urban and adult contemporary listeners and producing two all-time quiet storm classics in "Caught Up in the Rapture" and "Sweet Love." Baker toured the world in 1987 and her guest appearance on the Winans track "Ain't Got No Need to Worry" won a Grammy. Her equally stylish follow-up album, Giving You the Best That I Got, appeared in 1988, spawning more staples in the title track and "Just Because." "Giving You the Best That I Got" also won Baker two more Grammys, for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song. For her third Elektra album, Baker decided to handle a greater share of the songwriting, hence the title Compositions, which was released in 1990 and featured even stronger jazz inflections than Baker's previous work (not to mention all live instruments).
Following Compositions, Baker took a break from recording and touring; after having her first son in 1993, she returned to the studio to craft Rhythm of Love, which was released in 1994. In the years that followed, Baker was mostly silent, despite her fans' clamoring for a jazz album; instead, she raised her family and became embroiled in contract disputes with Elektra, which eventually led her to move to Atlantic. She began working on a new album in 2000, but had to start over from scratch due to defective recording equipment that made the original tracks unsalvageable. In 2004 it was announced that she had signed with Blue Note and still working on her new album. In the meantime, the Atlantic imprint Rhino released Night of Rapture: Live, a 1987 concert originally available on video. Baker finally returned to the studio in 2003 and issued My Everything, her first album in 10 years. Two years later she released her first holiday album, Christmas Fantasy
This is simply one of those recordings that is a must have for those who love first class, essential, Rhythm & Blues done by a gifted vocalist with a first class voice. She has that combination of range, power and knows when and how to use it.
Not to make you think that she is a jazz vocalist or that this is a jazz recording, which it is not, but the most obvious comparison I can make in richness of voice, power of delivery and inventive phrase, would be Sarah Vaughan. Trust me that is BIG company. That is a very good thing. Vocalists like that come along every few decades.
Most importantly she has the soul and heart of a true romantic. These songs just go straight to the heart of you. No vocal acrobatics at the expense of the song or the intended sentiment. When she belts it out, it is at the moment in which the intensity is necessary.
Most of these pieces are ballads and all are love songs but they are delivered with sophistication, sensuality, sincerity and power.
When I first heard this and then saw her perform this, she held me transfixed.
The poignancy of "No One In The Word", "Rapture", "Sweet Love", "Mystery" and "You Bring Me Joy" amidst good solid instrumentation, make these five pieces true high points and memorable R&B. The pieces have something that is often lost these days. That ability to shift to accentuate a point of mood and then back again.
There is a lithe sensuality throughout this recording that is missing from much of the so called quiet storm recordings where romance is lost for the schmaltz or sexuality.
There is a a balance. Throughout Anita delivers with as fine a voice as I've heard before or since. She has a beautiful rich voice. Round tones and an impressive range. When she belts it out she does so in context and not as a means on to itself.
More people should know of this recording.
Anita Baker is one of a kind and if you get just one Anita Baker recording, get this one, you won't be sorry.
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