1994 Anita Baker – Rhythm Of Love

Rhythm Of Love is the fifth album by American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker, released in 1994. The album peaked at #3 on the US Billboard 200 and #1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop chart and was certified double platinum, giving Baker her fourth platinum selling album.

This is the first album since 1983’s The Songstress by Baker not to be produced by longtime collaborator Michael J. Powell, who had agreed to split the arrangement after the release of Baker’s 1990 album, Compositions. The album’s first single, “Body and Soul”, gave Baker her first top 40 hit since 1989. “You Belong to Me” is a cover of the Carly Simon classic, not to be confused with the song of the same title that Baker recorded for her 1988 album Giving You the Best That I Got.

Baker also received a Grammy Award in 1995 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “I Apologize”. “Body And Soul” was nominated for 1995 Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, and Rhythm of Love was nominated for Best R&B Album.

Rhythm of Love is Baker’s last album for Elektra Records. Because of dissatisfaction with the album’s promotion, Baker filed a lawsuit against Elektra, requesting a transfer to another label within Warner Music Group. Finally she signed with Atlantic Records in September 1996.


1  Rhythm Of Love (Anita Baker; Patrick Moten) 05:50
2  The Look Of Love (Burt Bacharach; Hal David) 04:49
Body And Soul (Ellen Shipley; Rick Nowels) 05:42
4  Baby (Anita Baker) 04:26
5  I Apologize (Anita Baker; Barry Eastmond; Gordon Chambers) 05:08
6  Plenty Of Room (Anita Baker) 04:58
7  It’s Been You (Mary Unobsky; Michael O’Hara; Sami McKinney) 05:00
8  You Belong To Me (Carly Simon; Michael McDonald) 04:42
9  Wrong Man (Anita Baker) 05:53
10  Only For A While (Dawn Thomas) 05:19
11  Sometimes I Wonder Why (Mack David; Mike Reid) 04:38
12  My Funny Valentine (Lorenz Hart; Richard Rodgers) 05:06


1 Rhythm Of Love

Bass (synthesizer)Barry Eastmond
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarMichael Thompson
Fender RhodesBarry Eastmond
PianoMichael Bradford
PianoAnita Baker
PianoBarry Eastmond
ProgrammingMichael Bradford
PercussionGeorge Duke
PercussionAnita Baker
PercussionBashiri Johnson
VocalsAnita Baker

2 The Look Of Love

GuitarDean Parks
GuitarMichael Thompson
KeyboardsJoe Mardin
PianoJoe Sample
ProgrammingJoe Mardin
VocalsAnita Baker

3 Body And Soul

BassNathan East
DrumsSteve Ferrone
GuitarDean Parks
Fender RhodesBarry Eastmond
PianoEddie Howard
PianoBarry Eastmond
PercussionGeorge Duke
VocalsAnita Baker

4 Baby

BassNathan East
Bass (synthesizer)Luis Resto
DrumsSteve Ferrone
Fender RhodesLuis Resto
PianoBarry Eastmond
PianoLuis Resto
PercussionGeorge Duke
VocalsAnita Baker

5 I Apologize

Drums (programming)Barry Eastmond
KeyboardsBarry Eastmond
PianoBarry Eastmond
Background VocalsGordon Chambers
VocalsAnita Baker

6 Plenty Of Room

BassJames Genus
DrumsBernard Davis
Electronic DrumsGeorge Duke
GuitarIra Siegel
GuitarSteve Bergonatti
KeyboardsBarry Eastmond
Strings (Synthesizer)George Duke
ProgrammingJason Miles
PercussionGeorge Duke
VocalsAnita Baker

7 It’s Been You

BassAnthony Jackson
Guitar (solo)Ira Siegel
GuitarGeorg Wadenius
PianoBarry Eastmond
SynthesizerSammy Merendino
SynthesizerBarry Eastmond
ProgrammingSammy Merendino
PercussionSteve Thornton
VocalsAnita Baker

8 You Belong To Me

BassAnthony Jackson
GuitarJohn McCurry
KeyboardsRobbie Kondor
ProgrammingRobbie Kondor
CymbalJoe Mardin
HiHAtJoe Mardin
VocalsAnita Baker

9 Wrong Man

Bass (synthesizer)Luis Resto
Drums (programming)Luis Resto
KeyboardsLuis Resto
PianoLuis Resto
SynthesizerBarry Eastmond
PercussionLuis Resto
VocalsAnita Baker

10 Only For A While

GuitarDean Parks
GuitarPaul Peterson
KeyboardsJoe Mardin
PianoGreg Phillinganes
ProgrammingJoe Mardin
VocalsAnita Baker

11 Sometimes I Wonder Why

BassCharnett Moffit
DrumsJoe Mardin
GuitarBucky Pizzarelli
PianoJoe Sample
WoodwindsJoe Mardin
StringsJoe Mardin
VocalsAnita Baker

12 My Funny Valentine

Bass (synthesizer)George Duke
Electronic DrumsGeorge Duke
GuitarPaul Jackson Jr
Fender RhodesGeorge Duke
PianoGeorge Duke
SaxEverette Harp
SaxDan Higgins
TromboneReginald Young
TrumpetJerry Hey
WoodwindsGeorge Duke
PercussionGeorge Duke
VocalsAnita Baker

Liner Notes

Producer – Anita Baker (Tracks 1, 3, 6, 9)
Producer – Tommy LiPuma (Tracks 2, 10, 11)
Producer – Gerard Smerek (Tracks 4)
Producer – Barry Eastmond (Tracks 5, 7)
Producer – Arif Mardin (Tracks 8)
Producer (Executive) – Anita Baker
Arranged By – Anita Baker (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11)
Arranged By – Patrick Moten (Tracks 1)
Arranged By – Joe Mardin (Tracks 2, 10, 11)
Arranged By – Rick Nowels (Tracks 3)
Arranged By – Barry Eastmond (Tracks 5, 7)
Arranged By – Arif Mardin, Robbie Kondor (Tracks 8)
Arranged By – George Duke (Tracks 12)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Gordon Chambers (Tracks 5)
Arranged By (Backing Vocals) – Anita Baker (Tracks 8)
Arranged By (Strings) – Barry Eastmond (Tracks 3)
Arranged By (Vocals) – Anita Baker (Tracks 2, 5, 12)
Coordinator – Charilyn Suriano, Deborah Silverman-Kern
Engineer – Gerard Smerek (Tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11)
Engineer – Al Schmitt (Tracks 1, 3)
Engineer – Randy Poole (Tracks 2, 10)
Engineer – Earl Cohen (Tracks 5, 7)
Engineer – Stan Wallace (Tracks 7)
Engineer – Michael O’Reilly (Tracks 8, 11)
Engineer – Erik Zobler (Tracks 12)
Engineer (Additional) – Earl Cohen (Tracks 3, 6)
Engineer (Additional) – Michael O’Reilly (Tracks 3, 10)
Engineer (Vocals) – Gerard Smerek (Tracks 5)
Engineer (Assistent) – Andy Grassi, Carl Glenville, Chris Albert, Dave Kutch, Earl Cohen, Ian Craigie, John Hendrickson
Mastered By – Doug Sax
Mixed By – Erik Zobler, George Duke (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 11, 12)
Mixed By – Gerard Smerek (Tracks 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11)
Mixed By – Al Schmitt (Tracks 2, 10)
Mixed By – Michael O’Reilly (Tracks 8)

Art Direction, Design – Robin Lynch
Photography – Kip Lott, Frank Ockenfels, Harry Langdon

Mastered At The Mastering Lab
Mixed At Bill Schnee Studios
Mixed At Conway Studios
Mixed At The Hit Factory
Recorded At The Hit Factory
Recorded At Power Station
Recorded At Skyline Studios
Recorded At Clinton Recording Studio
Recorded At Greene St. Recording
Recorded At Electric Lady Studios
Recorded At Soundtrack Studios
Recorded At East Bay Studios
Recorded At Pearl Sound Studios
Recorded At Studio A, Dearborn Heights, MI
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