1986 Anita Baker – Rapture

Baker, Anita 1986Rapture is the second album by the American vocalist Anita Baker. It was released in 1986, and became her breakout album, selling over 8 million copies worldwide (of which 5 million in the US) and earning her two Grammy Awards.

The album’s first track, “Sweet Love”, was a top 10 Billboard hit in addition to winning a Grammy Award.

Rapture was released by Elektra Records in March 1986, peaking at number 11 on the Billboard 200 in the United States and number 13 on the UK Albums Chart. Promoted with two hit singles in “Sweet Love” and “Caught Up in the Rapture”, the album received significant airplay on both black radio and Top 40 formats, unlike Baker’s 1983 debut The Songstress. By October 1987, Rapture had sold three million copies. It propelled Baker to stardom in soul and pop music during the late 1980s, winning two Grammy Awards and eventually sold over six million copies worldwide.

The music video for the track “Same Ole Love” was filmed and recorded at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge.

Tracks

Sweet Love (Anita Baker, Louis A Johnson, Gary Bias) 4:24
2  You Bring Me Joy (David Lasley) 4:15
3  Caught Up In The Rapture (Garry Glenn, Dianne Quander) 4:31
4  Been So Long (Anita Baker) 4:59
5  Mystery (Rod Temperton) 4:43
No One In The World (Ken Hirsch, Marti Sharron) 3:56
7  Same Ole Love (Marilyn Mcleod, Darryl K Roberts) 3:52
8  Watch Your Step (Anita Baker) 4:42

Musicians

1 Sweet Love

BassDavid B Washington
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarGreg Moore
KeyboardsDean Gant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap


2 You Bring Me Joy

BassFred Washington
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarGreg Moore
KeyboardsDean Gant
SaxDon Myrick
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsVesta Williams


3 Caught Up In The Rapture

BassDavid B Washington
DrumsArthur Marbury
GuitarMichael J Powell
KeyboardsVernon Fails
PercussionLawrence Fratangelo
PercussionLorenzo Brown


4 Been So Long

BassJimmy Haslip
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarDonald Griffin
KeyboardsDean Gant
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap


5 Mystery

BassDavid B Washington
DrumsArthur Marbury
GuitarMichael J Powell
KeyboardsVernon Fails
PercussionLawrence Fratangelo
Background VocalsNatalie Jackson


6 No One In The World

BassNeil Stubenhaus
DrumsJR Robinson
GuitarDean Parks
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
KeyboardsRandy Kerber
SynthesizerGreg Phillinganes
SynthesizerPaul Chiten
Background VocalsPhillip Ingram


7 Same Ole Love

BassFred Washington
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarGreg Moore
KeyboardsDean Gant
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap


8 Watch Your Step

BassDavid B Washington
DrumsRicky Lawson
GuitarDonald Griffin
KeyboardsDean Gant
KeyboardsAnita Baker
SaxDonald Albright
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsBunny Hull
Background VocalsDarryl Phinnessee
Background VocalsJim Gilstrap
Background VocalsVesta Williams

Liner Notes

Producer – Gary Skardina (Track 6), Marti Sharron (Track 6), Michael J. Powell (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8)
Executive Producer – Anita Baker
Engineer – Barney Perkins (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8), Gary Skardina (Track 6), Robert Feist (Track 6)
Engineer (Assistant United Sound Systems) – Tony Ray (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8)
Engineer (Assistant Yahama R&D Studio) – Fred Law (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8), Keith Cohen (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8), Keith Seppanen (Tracks 1 to 5, 7, 8)
Mastered By (CD) – Barry Diament
Mastered By (LP) – Bernie Grundman

Art Direction, Photography By – Carol Friedman
Creative Director – Hale Milgrim
Design – Sue Keston

Phonographic Copyright (p) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Phonographic Copyright (p) – WEA International Inc.
Copyright (c) – Elektra/Asylum Records
Made By – WEA Manufacturing Inc.
Recorded At – Yamaha International Recording
Recorded At – United Sound Studios
Mixed At – Yamaha International Recording
Recorded At – Music Grinder Studios
Mixed At – Music Grinder Studios
Remixed At – Yamaha International Recording
Mastered At – Bernie Grundman Mastering
Mastered At – Atlantic Studios
Pressed By – Specialty Records Corporation

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