Anita Baker The Best of Anita Baker
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- Released: June 18, 2002
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Atlantic
- 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.The Winans featuring Anita BakerAin't No Need To Worry
- 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
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); Dean Gant, Gary Taylor, 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.
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