Anita Baker releases ‘The Songstress,’ her debut solo album (1981)

Anita Baker’s ‘The Songstress’ is her debut solo album released on May 31, 1983 by Beverly Glen.

Track Listing : 1.Angel (Anita Baker, Patrick Moten, Sandra Sully) – 04:57 . 2.You’Re The Best Thing Yet (Patrick Moten, Geronne C. Turner) – 05:36 . 3.Feel The Need (Patrick Moten) – 05:35 . 4.Squeeze Me (Patrick Moten) – 04:40 . 5.No More Tears (Michael J. Powell) – 05:38 . 6.Sometimes (Patrick Moten, Sandra Sully) – 05:53 . 7.Will You Be Mine (Patrick Moten, Carlos Turrentine) – 05:24 . 8.Do You Believe Me (Patrick Moten) – 03:55

Musicians : Anita Baker – Vocals . Nathan East – Bass . David T. Walker – Guitar . Paul Jackson, Jr. – Guitar . James Macon – Guitar . Craig Cooper – Guitar . Raymond Calhoun – Drums . James Gadson – Drums . Patrick Moten – Keyboard . The Waters – Background Vocals . Maxine Waters – Background Vocals . Julia Waters – Background Vocals . Luther Waters – Background Vocals . Oren Waters – Background Vocals . Carmen Twillie – Background Vocals . Phil Perry – Background Vocals . James Gilstrap – Background Vocals . Clydene Jackson – Background Vocals . Bunny Hull – Background Vocals

Production : Produced By Patrick Moten, Otis Smith . Patrick Moten . Barney Perkins – Engineer . Tom Cummings – Assistant Engineer . John Matousek – Mastering

Arrangements : Patrick Moten

Package : John Coulter – Art Direction . Kevin Winter – Front Cover & Inside Photo: . Adrian Buckmaster – Back Cover Photo

Recorded 1982 – 1983.

Released On May 31, 1983 By Beverly Glen.

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Dick_B1 @ RateYourMusic
Yeah, pretty generic subject matter, just lovey-dovey stuff really. The production as well is pretty standard for it’s time, very lush and smooth instrumentation that accompanies Anita’s uniquely deep and warm vocals. […]

BBC
Going against the trends of the African-American music scene, which was full of disco divas and rappers at the time, Anita’s sound focused on gospel tinged, soulful pop, with a hint of jazz influence. […]

allmusic
Indeed, Baker’s solo career was off to a most impressive start with The Songstress. For those who savored Rapture and Giving You the Best That I Got, The Songstress is also essential listening. […]

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