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  • Audio CD (June 18 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Rhino-Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000066RM4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
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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)

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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!


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Really great album! Although a couple of them were not familiar to me, all the songs on this album are great to listen to - very relaxing and great easy listening music. If you like Anita Baker, this album is worth the purchase.
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Anita Baker, one of R&B's loveliest voices, brought to the world a jazzy, gospel, adult-contemporary style of music that excited all of us. Of course, no one can mock her style. She is pure genius at establishing her own identity. When you hear her classics "Sweet Love", "Giving You The Best That I Got", "Rapture" and "Good Love", you pretty much know what you're dealing with. Of course, not many compilations surround this mighty 'songstress', but there is one that does satisfy - "The Best Of...". Maybe because it provides an extensive timeline of her finest achievements in musical history. It even features the over-looked, jazzier R&B material (three tracks) from her debut project, "The Songstress"; which so happens to be her best material. Plus the songs are rendered in a chronological order - which is a "plus". The songs are digitially remastered - which sits well with Anita's audiences. Only problem, most of the cuts are edited version of the albums' offerings. But with almost 80 minutes jammed into this one, you can't be too grieved. Most of her hits are assembled on "The Best Of", including "Body And Soul", "No One In The World", "Ain't No Need To Worry (featuring the Winans)", "Just Because", "Same Ole Love" and "Fairy Tales".
In my opinion, "Rapture" was Anita's best album...and featured the most radio hits. You will find five of those tracks on here; which is pretty comforting. Besides the edited versions, this album is a great journey featuring eighteen splendid musical offerings. That's a good thing, ain't it. If you want to witness this musical giant at action and plan on just getting one album from her, start here first.
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While it's a great thing to have a greatest-hits collection of a songstress like Anita Baker, I can't understand why her label Elektra didn't release a better collection of her work. While the songs on THE BEST OF ANITA BAKER are a worthwhile addition to any serious music lover's library, there are several of her best songs that went missing:
From Rapture I missed Mystery and Watch Your Step. Honestly, this should be a 2-disc collection which would include the ENTIRE Rapture album. Every song was a keeper and like many Anita Baker fans, I've worn my way through a few copies on cassette and given away a couple CDs all these years. From Rhythm of Love, where is the title track? It shows off the richness of her voice and terrific production value. Also, Wrong Man, Sometimes I Wonder Why and You Belong To Me. Rhythm Of Love is probably one of her most overlooked albums by the general public. From Compositions, Perfect Love Affair is missing.
Elektra should do the right thing and release a complete best-of compilation to honor the remarkable talent and range Anita Baker has given the world these past twenty years. If you don't own a copy of this already, it is worth having despite its shortcomings.
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Speaking as a person who wore his way through two different CASSETTES of Rapture in my college days, and who owns all of Anita's original albums, I took a VERY CLOSE look at what this album offers and give it pretty high marks. Great track selection, and that they created an edit to that MESS of a run-on song "Fairytale", I think is real good. But here's the problem:
For some reason they decided to place a great many "edits" on this CD. NOW WHY WOULD THEY DO THAT -- there was PLENTY of space for the originals, and most of her songs required no mixing, editing or what-not.
All this, PLUS, the album lacks: Album 2 (Rapture) / Side A (Back when we had such things) / Track 4 "Been So Long" --->
"Been so long" is a required track. Without it, you don't have all the Ms. Baker has to offer. Heck, I think I'm gonna play it right now. :>
I'd buy this album, but I wouldn't use it as a reason not to own the Rapture album.
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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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