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The Best of Best of


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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  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,488 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Description

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MTLgurl on Aug. 30 2011
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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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What can I say that isn't already said about this AMAZING woman. The Best of Anita Baker is a compilation of her best work and althought there are couple songs missing you sense, thats part of her MO. Giving her listeners and her fans enough -for them to want more. If you know her classic cds like the "Rapture", "Rhythm Of Love","Songstress" "Giving You the BEST That I Got" and her others she never goes over 15 songs like today artist. There were never any fillers on her cds its always her best work that is from her soul at that point in time and the end product is ever a capsule of classic soul and R&B with a fusion of jazz and instruments harmonized that gifted voice. Never got the credit she deserves like the Whitneys, Mariahs, Janets, Celines, Pattis, Arethas, Madannas who acholades are so richly deserve but lets not forget about the divine Ms ANITA BAKEr "a quiet storm" that came through and left her soul through her music and I am happy that she did.
CLASSIC SONGS
1) BOdy and SOUL (The title speaks for itself one of my all time favorites)
2)Fairy TALES
3)I APOLIGIZE (Soothing words to say after resolving a complicated issue with a love one)
4)Caught Up In The Rapture (CLASSIC!!!!
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By J. Cobb on Jan. 15 2004
Format: Audio CD
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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By douglas barton on May 11 2003
Format: Audio CD
They say ( whoever 'THEY' may be ) that good things come in small packages. And Anita Baker, rather demure in a frame of 5'2", can most definitely fall into that wonderful catagory. And while I'm generally never one to be considered guilty of inflated rhetoric, " The Best of Anita Baker " for this listener is the best " good thing " that I've added to my music collection in quite some time.
For any singer to encompass as many singing styles as Ms. Baker effortlessly does, whether it be Soul, R&B or even a slice of Jazz is probably my main source of enjoyment in this wonderful disc. At times sounding like Jazz great Sarah Vaughn, she takes each of these selections here and makes the listener believe that, as far as these songs are concerned, no other vocalist should even attempt to cover them, less they be compared ( and probably unfavorably ) to our Ms. Baker. Starting off this magnificent disc with three selections from " The Songstress " Anita tackles these opening tracks with such complete artistic abandon that I was in awe and began to wonder why it took this listener so very long to pick up this cd. The following five selections from " Rapture " ( aptly titled ) is again a true slice of R&B heaven and it is this disc that set the bar for many of Anita's imitators to follow i.e. Toni Braxton. This is most definitely " old school " at its very best and every track is absolutely essential for my music library. As it should be for any true fan of Soul, Jazz or any style of really good, mature adult music.
Small point though, while I'm not exactly thrilled with Rhino ( who generally do a wonderful job with these sort of compilations! ) editing many of the tracks here I do understand.
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