Giving You the Best That I Got

Giving You the Best That I Got

by Anita BakerAnita Baker


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The sizeable following that Anita Baker acquired with Rapture proved quite receptive to the only slightly less appealing Giving You the Best That I Got -- an album that's quite similar to its predecessors. Though not quite on a par with The Songstress or Rapture, Best is far superior to most of 1988's uninspired R&B releases. Instead of tampering with Rapture's consistently romantic and mellow soul/pop approach, Elektra brought back that album's producer, Michael J. Powell, and kept her at the top of the charts with such sleek yet earthy fare as "Just Because" (whose harmonies bring to mind producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, but lack the hip-hop elements they're quick to employ), "Priceless," the haunting "Good Love," and the title song. 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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0075596082723
catalogNumber: 60827
Rank: 8447


  1. Priceless
  2. Lead Me into Love
  3. Giving You the Best That I Got
  4. Good Love
  5. Rules
  6. Good Enough
  7. Just Because
  8. You Belong to Me

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Anita Baker   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Gary Taylor   Keyboards
Gerald Albright   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
George Duke   Piano
Omar Hakim   Drums
Bobby Lyle   Piano
Perri   Background Vocals
Herschel Boone   Background Vocals
Rev. Dave Boruff   Synthesizer,Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Carl Carwell   Background Vocals
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass,Bass Guitar
Angel Edwards   Background Vocals
Vernon D. Fails   Keyboards
Lynn Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Lynne Fiddmont   Background Vocals
Chuck Findley   Trumpet
Roy Galloway   Background Vocals
Dean Gant   Piano
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Marva King   Background Vocals
Donnie Lyle   Guitar
Valerie Mayo   Background Vocals
Kevin Moore   Guitar
Patrick Moten   Keyboards
Bruce Nazarian   Synclavier
Lori Perry   Background Vocals
Carol Perri   Background Vocals
Darlene Perri   Background Vocals
Laurie Perri   Background Vocals
Sharon Perri   Background Vocals
Pinkston   Background Vocals
Michael J. Powell   Guitar
David Spradley   Keyboards
Joseph Vitarelli   Claves,Synclavier
Neal Walker   Keyboards
Fred White   Background Vocals
Sonny Burke   Keyboards
Peter "Ski" Schwartz   Keyboards
Carl Corwell   Background Vocals
Lori ?   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anita Baker   Arranger,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bobby Lyle   Contributor
Perri   Vocal Arrangements
Rev. Dave Boruff   Programming
Alex Brown   Arranger,Vocal Arrangements
Mike Brown   Engineer
Robbie Buchanan   Arranger,Programming,String Arrangements
Craig Burbidge   Engineer
Milton Chan   Engineer
Fred Law   Engineer
Valerie Mayo   Contributor,Vocal Arrangements
Bruce Nazarian   Programming,Engineer,Synclavier Programming
Barney Perkins   Engineer
Carol Perri   Arranger
Darlene Perri   Arranger
Laurie Perri   Arranger
Sharon Perri   Arranger
Pinkston   Arranger
Michael J. Powell   Arranger,Producer,String Arrangements
Paul Riser   Arranger,String Arrangements
Joseph Vitarelli   Contributor
Warren Woods   Engineer
Carol Bobolts   Art Direction
D. Cooper   Engineer
Randy Holland   Composer
Elliott Peters   Engineer

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