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The Best of Anita Baker

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The first and only anthology spanning the entire career of this so-called "Quiet Storm" R&B superstar! Here are 18 sensuously soulful songs she recorded for the Beverly Glen and Elektra labels from 1983-1995: Angel; Lead Me into Love; Giving You the Best That I Got; Fairy Tales; Talk to Me; It's Been You; Sweet Love; Just Because; No One in the World; Body and Soul , and more!

1. Angel (single version)
2. You're the Best Thing Yet
3. No More Tears
4. Sweet Love
5. Caught Up in the Rapture (single version)
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 (single version--the Winans, featuring Anita Baker)
10. Giving You the Best That I Got (single version)
11. Good Love
12. Just Because (single version)
13. Lead Me Into Love (single version)
14. Fairy Tales (edit)
15. Talk to Me (single version)
16. Body and Soul (radio edit)
17. I Apologize (single version)
18. It's Been You (single version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 18, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000066RM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,159 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kiande Jakada on September 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This collection is long overdue. The best of Ania Baker is in full effect on every track on this CD. There is no one in contemporary R&B who is as unique as Anita Baker. The CD covers her incredible five albums. Many of the classics are included, Sweet Love, Giving You The Best That I Got, You Bring Me Joy, Fairytales, Angel, Body & Soul, etc. Anita sings with such heart and conviction. Her voice caresses you like a warm blanket and ignites you like a quiet fire. My only complaint with the CD is that the single versions of many songs are present, and not the full length versions. Anita is sheer artistry and perfection. She is a singer's singer, a true classic, divinley unique and a testimony to craftsmanship. Although such gems as Watch Your Step, Been So Long, Whatever It Takes and Soul Inspiration, are not included, this CD remains a must have for your collection. Enjoy The Songstress at her best and get Caught Up In The Rapture all over again.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Y. Kenton on January 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I just got this CD the other day and really couldn't figure out what took me so long to get it.
Anita has true vocal talent and this is a collection of her best.
This cd is a collection of beautifully written and performed songs. Most fans always want their favorites on a greatest hits, but of course there has to be a limit. It's nice to not have to switch from cd to cd to hear the songs that I like.
Noticeably missing is, Been So Long.
I am glad that this CD contained a lot of her great work from all of her Cds including her debut. I am happy to see "No More Tears" (which wasn't a big commerical success, but in my opinion it was one of her ver best songs.
In all honesty, of the 18 songs on this cd, there is only one song that I would have excluded (and that's simply because it is one that never got my attention). This is a must for Anita Baker fans.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerner HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on July 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
It has been almost twenty years since Anita Baker made it on the scene with The Songstress. Now, her legacy of R&B has finally a collection of its own.
The 2002 album, The Best Of Anita Baker is a showcase of 18 of Anita's most loved songs, from all five of Anita's albums: The Songstress, Rhythm Of Love, Compositions, Rapture, and Giving You The Best That I Got. Each song reflects beauty and elegance, with a dash of the old school R&B that many radio stations continue to overlook today. The album also includes mega-hits like Body & Soul, Sweet Love, Fairy Tales, plus her Grammy winning song, I Apologize.
Although the album is pretty fair, many of the songs were compressed down to single versions, rather than the full versions from Anita Baker's albums. Still, some other songs could've been on this album, like When You Love Someone from the Billy Crystal film, Forget Paris, and Perfect Love Affair. Nonetheless, it is a pretty decent greatest hits album.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. Budris on June 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
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. Though a 5 star product, I am a bit disappointed the set did not include at least one track from her Chapter 8 years, another duet with Howard Hewett from one of his Electra albums, and the "Witchcraft" duet done with Frank Sinatra on his first "Duets" CD. These would have added the drizzle & cherry on top of a great layer cake of songs. For those who love Anita, this is a great set for the walkman or car stereo for a quicky when you don't want all the albums out. I highly recommend it.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on February 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Buying this album reminded me that there was some great music in the 80's. Most of it was on Anita Bakers "Rapture" album. The most stylish voice in pop or jazz.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By nerk_in_chicago on January 8, 2005
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Anita Baker has one of the best female voices out there, and she has put it to great use throughout her career. If you like R&B/soul at all, you will love some of these songs. But if you look at the distribution of songs on this collection across her 5 albums, you will see a pattern that is not accidental: 5 great songs from Rapture (her 1st); 4 hit-or-miss songs from Giving You the Best that I've Got (2nd); only 5 songs combined from the final 3 albums; and a few forgettable non-album tracks mixed in. "Best Of" is worth getting, but I would start with Rapture first -- its 8 tracks make up one of those rare consistently excellent albums and are a more enjoyable listen than this mixed-bag collection.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josh on March 15, 2005
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This is a great CD with all of Anita's hits and then some! For anyone that likes true and genuine R&B needs to get this CD. Has song's on here from early, early stuff all the way to her most recent string of hits. Not much left to say here about this CD...it's great and anyone who is a fan of Anita Baker knows what's up and anyone who would like to hear one of the originators of R&B should purchase this Greatest Hits package!
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