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 Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  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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