Elektra publish Anita Baker’s third album : ‘Giving You the Best That I Got’ (1988)

Anita Baker’s ‘Giving You the Best That I Got’ is her third album produced By Michael J. Powell and released on October 18, 1988 by Elektra.

Track Listing : 1.Priceless (Garry Glenn) – 05:00 . 2.Lead Me Into Love (Steve Lane, Larry Prentiss) – 04:45 . 3.Giving You The Best That I Got (Baker, Randy Holland, Skip Scarborough) – 04:18 . 4.Good Love (Gary Taylor) – 05:39 . 5.Rules (Graham Lamb, Phil Nicholl, Maggie Ryder) – 03:52 . 6.Good Enough (Baker, James Mcbride) – 04:50 . 7.Just Because (Alex Brown, Sammy Mckinney, Michael O’Hara) – 05:13 . 8.You Belong To Me (Terry Britten, Billy Livsey, Graham Lyle) – 03:43

Musicians : Anita Baker – Lead Vocals . Gerald Albright – Saxophone . Reverend Dave Boruff – Saxophone . Courtlen Hale – Saxophone . Reverend Dave Boruff – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Robbie Buchanan – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Sonny Burke – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . George Duke – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Vernon D. Fails – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Sir Gant – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Bobby Lyle – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Patrick Moten – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Bruce Nazarian – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Peter Schwartz – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . David Spradley – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Gary Taylor – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Neal Walker – Keyboards – Keyboards, Piano, Synthesizer . Nathan East – Bass . Chuck Findley – Trumpet . Donnie Lyle – Guitar . Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar . Kevin Moore – Guitar . Michael J. Powell – Guitar . Omar Hakim – Drums, Percussion . Joseph Vitarelli – Drums, Percussion . Paulinho Da Costa – Drums, Percussion . The Perri Sisters – Background Vocals . Carol Perri – Background Vocals . Lori Perri – Background Vocals . Darlene Perri – Background Vocals . Sharon Perri – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Michael J. Powell . Nick Viterelli – Engineer . Elliot Peters – Engineer . Bruce Nazarian – Engineer . Milton Chan – Engineer . Craig Burbridge – Engineer . Mike Brown – Engineer . Bernie Grundman – Mastering

Package : Carol Bobolts – Art Direction . Adrian Buckmaster – Photography

Recorded In 1988 At Encore Studio; Yamaha International Recording; Sound Suite; Hitsville; Tmf; Gnome Studios.

Released On October 18, 1988 By Elektra.

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Robert Christgau
She’s not a total loss yet–despite the universal lyrics and inflated choruses, three tracks make something of her established standards. But unless she suffers reverses I wouldn’t wish on Frank Sinatra, she’ll never risk an interesting album again […]

Lejink @ RateYourMusic
This set is very much “Rapture” Part Two, with most of the tracks sounding like counterparts of corresponding tracks on the earlier album.I still like the cathedral-type production style and do consider that some of these songs would have sounded better with about ten less overdubs. […]

allmusic
. Much of Baker’s music has contained jazz overtones, but on the Brazilian-influenced, slightly bossa nova-ish “Good Enough,” Sarah Vaughan’s influence becomes even more apparent — and indicates that she is making a tremendous mistake by not recording outright jazz. […]

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