Rapture (Anita Baker album)

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Rapture
Studio album by Anita Baker
Released March 20, 1986
Recorded 1985–1986
Genre
Length 37:09
Label Elektra
Producer Michael J. Powell, Marti Sharron, Gary Skardina
Anita Baker chronology
The Songstress
(1983)
Rapture
(1986)
Giving You the Best That I Got
(1988)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
BBC (positive) [2]
Robert Christgau B- [3]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [4]

Rapture 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[5]) 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.

The music video for the track "Same Ole Love" was filmed and recorded at Baker's Keyboard Lounge.[6]

In 1989, Rapture was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest albums of the 1980s.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Sweet Love" (Anita Baker, Louis A. Johnson, Gary Bias; Copyright Old Brampton Road Music-Jobete Music) – 4:26
  2. "You Bring Me Joy" (David Lasley; Copyright Almo Music Corp.) – 4:24
  3. "Caught Up in the Rapture" (Garry Glenn, Dianne Quander; Copyright WB Music Corp.-Silver Sun Music-DQ Music) – 5:07
  4. "Been So Long" (Baker; Copyright Baker's Tunes) – 5:07
  5. "Mystery" (Rod Temperton; Copyright RodSongs & Almo Music Corp.) – 4:56
  6. "No One in the World" (Ken Hirsch, Marti Sharron; Copyright ATV Music & Welbeck Music) – 4:10 *
  7. "Same Ole Love (365 Days a Year)" (Marilyn Mcleod, Darryl K. Roberts; Copyright Jobete Music) – 4:05
  8. "Watch Your Step" (Baker; Copyright Baker's Tunes) – 4:54

*Produced by Marti Sharron and Gary Skardina

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Executive Producer: Anita Baker
  • Produced By Michael J. Powell, Marti Sharron & Gary Skardina
  • Engineers: Robert Feist, Barney Perkins, Gary Skardina
  • Assistant Engineers: Keith "KC" Cohen, Fred Law, Tony Ray, Keith Seppanen
  • Mixing: Michael J. Powell
  • Mastering: Barry Diament, Bernie Grundman

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1987 "Rapture" Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
"Sweet Love" Best R&B Song

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1986 "Sweet Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 8
U.S. Billboard R&B 2
U.S. Billboard AC 3
UK Singles Chart 13
"Caught Up in the Rapture" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 37
U.S. Billboard R&B 6
U.S. Billboard AC 9
UK Singles Chart 51
"Watch Your Step" U.S. Billboard R&B 23
1987 "Same Ole Love" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard R&B 8
U.S. Billboard AC 6
UK Singles Chart 100
"No One in the World" U.S. Billboard Hot 100 44
U.S. Billboard R&B 5
U.S. Billboard AC 9

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[17] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] 5× Platinum 5,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. Rapture > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. ^ Easlea, Daryl (February 2, 2010). "Rapture > review". BBC. Retrieved 2013-04-13. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Rapture > review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  4. ^ Hoerburger, Rob (September 11, 1986). "Anita Baker: Rapture : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  5. ^ http://www.riaa.com
  6. ^ "People are talking about ...", Jet (April 6, 1987) p 53
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992. St Ives, NSW: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 45, No. 24" (PHP). RPM. 1987-03-14. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  9. ^ "charts.org.nz Anita Baker – Rapture" (ASP). Hung Medien. Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  10. ^ "swedishcharts.com Anita Baker – Rapture" (ASP) (in Swedish). Retrieved 2014-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Anita Baker > Artists > Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  12. ^ a b c "Allmusic: Rapture : Charts & Awards: Billboard Albums". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-05-16. 
  13. ^ "Album Search: Anita Baker – Rapture" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 2014-05-11. 
  14. ^ "Billboard.BIZ  – Year-end Charts – Billboard 200 – 1986". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  15. ^ "Top Pop Albums of 1987". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  16. ^ "Billboard.BIZ: Top Pop Albums of 1988". billboard.biz. Retrieved 2013-01-01. 
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". Music Canada. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Rapture in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Anita Baker – Rapture". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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