Vocal diva and signature "Quiet Storm" legend Anita Baker's elegant, jazz, and gospel-inflected R&B artistry made her one of the most popular singers of her time. She first rose to superstardom in 1986 with her multiplatinum second album, Rapture , which earned Baker a Grammy for Best R&B Vocal, Female, and delivered four Top 10 R&B singles, including "Caught Up In The Rapture" and "Sweet Love," also a Grammy -winner for Best R&B Song. This incredible live compilation - featuring enhanced CD content - captures the onstage magic of Baker's performances from this extraordinary moment in her phenomenal career. It is "Sweet Love" indeed.
1.Caught Up In The Rapture
3.Been So Long
4.No One In The World
5.Same Ole Love (365 Days A Year)
6.Watch Your Step
8.You Bring Me Joy
Personnel: Anita Baker (vocals); Donald Griffin (guitar); Gerald Albright (saxophone, bass guitar); Garry Glenn (keyboards, background vocals); Bobby Lyle (keyboards); James Bradley, Jr. (drums); Joanne Funderburg (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Gary Jackson.
It's been ten years since Anita Baker fans got any new material from their diva, but the wait was not in vain, as 2004 found Baker signing a contract with Blue Note and recording a new album. So if Baker mania is going to break out among the cosmopolitan set again, her old Warner Bros. home must feel they've just got to have new Baker product on the shelves. Here, Warner Bros. hands the singer over to their reissue imprint Rhino. The label could have done her fans a big favor if they reissued her 1987 VHS One Night of Rapture on DVD, but instead they lifted the soundtrack and put it on this release. This should by no means be your first Baker purchase, but at least the fans get something for their decade of patience. ~ David Jeffries