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Rapture

1 Jan 1986 | Format: MP3

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Time
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30
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4:21
30
2
4:24
30
3
4:10
30
4
5:13
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5
4:57
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6
4:06
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7
4:02
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8
4:59


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1986
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1986
  • Label: Rhino Atlantic
  • Copyright: 1997 Atlantic Recording Corporation for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 36:12
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  • ASIN: B001F3KUWO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,941 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dan on 25 Feb 2006
Format: Audio CD
Go to a bookshop (or online) and go to the music section. There will be a number of publications that will endeavour to depict the best albums of all time. On some occasions, this album will feature. Well, I’m of the opinion that this is one of the greatest albums of the 20th Century.
2006 marks the 20th anniversary of the original, so it’s an appropriate time to outline why ‘Rapture’ is regarded in my book as a truly great recording.
Simply, it’s a perfect production. Do not be put off by the fact it is only 8 tracks long clocking in around 40 minutes. Sometimes less is more! Also each song last around 5 minutes and when originally released on vinyl, there wasn’t the space to fit the same amount of tracks that a digital disc can with hold.
Anita Baker was known on a small scale following her debut ‘The Songstress’ and accumulated a fan base in America and Europe, but when signing to Elektra Records, her debut brought the little lady with the big voice to the masses. ‘Rapture’ opens with ‘Sweet Love’, a signature song of hers, and Anita shows the versatility of her voice, from the low whispery notes (a lead Toni Braxton later followed) before taking the listener to a vocal climax by using her higher register which posses both power and beauty. ‘You Bring Me Joy’ once again demonstrates that God-given vocal quality, and ‘Caught Up In The Rapture’ is a soul classic. ‘Mystery’ is a personal Baker favourite which is a fine arrangement that incorporates passion and intensity that so few vocalists are graced with.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
On its release, immediate comparisons between Anita Baker and Nancy Wilson plus Sarah Vaughan abounded. These comparisons were a compliment, of course. However, Anita Baker really is in a class all by herself.
"Rapture" is such a classy album. The difference here was that Ms Baker didn't have to alter her style to cater to a mainstream audience; instead, that mainstream audience came to her.
I remember listening to this album for the first time all those years ago - it was such a breath of fresh air. Ms Baker's unique blend of nuanced soul, adult contemporary pop and modern jazz was a stunning. The album opens with the soaring vocals of "Sweet Love" which is excellent. However, it's "You Bring Me Joy" that puts shivers down my spine. The calibre of this gorgeous track is out of this world. I'll give this one 10/10!
"Caught Up In The Rapture" is perhaps the most radio-friendly track on the album. It's a real easy, mid tempo track with a lovely, catchy chorus.
"Been So Long" is a sophisticated, jazzy track with a Sarah Vaughanesque vocal performance. There's not one duff track here and I can quite happily listen to this album from beginning to end - without skipping any tracks. The music has stood the test of time and it still sounds fresh when played today. If you haven't discovered the treasures of this album, I recommend that you give it a try - you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Oct 2004
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This is one of my all-time favourite albums. I bought the LP when it came out, but it's well played and scratchy and I just needed to have the CD. EVERY single track on this album is absolutely amazing and I know the words by heart to all of them. Anita has a velvet-smooth voice and seems to express her innermost emotions in her music. When I watch her "Sweet Love" video she seems to be in a trance (almost resembling the swaying of Stevie Wonder) and gives her heart and soul to every single word. No other diva that's currently around can compete with her! While Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey sing technically perfectly and reach all the high and low notes, their vocals seems to be clinical compared to Anita Baker's. I don't think she cares much about singing "perfectly", she rather feels the music and lets her feelings carry the tune. All tracks are soulful, but I particularly love the more jazzy "Been so long". Perfect music for a romantic evening, for singing along when you have a broken heart and for lifting you up after a stressful day at work. Well, actually it's a joy to listen to at ANY time... I've got 2 other albums by Anita Baker and they are good too, but 8 times out of 10 I go for this one! I just feel the songs on this album are more outstanding and memorable than the later ones. Still, her new album is on my Christmas wish list.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Clacey on 13 Nov 2009
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i brought this superb album way back in 1986 when it was released, and still play it on a regular basis, every track is superb, my personal faves include "you bring me joy" and "mystery" its a shame she never got the recognision she deserves, like a lot of the great soul vocalists of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By john@silcoates24.fsnet.co.uk on 3 Mar 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album is Anita Baker at her very best. The mix of soulfull ballads and catchy songs have stood the text of time. This woman has a wonderful voice and in my opinion not enough is heard of her. A must for all album collections.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Dec 2001
Format: Audio CD
Buy this album !
I've just seen that "Rolling Stone" magazine have this as no.36 in the list of top albums of the 1980's. I think I'll be going round Mick Jaggers house to give him a dry slap !
This is possibly the greatest album of all time (any category)never mind the 80's. There's a fight going on in my house at the moment between "Rapture" and Marvin Gaye's "Whats Going On" and they are neck and neck on points.
Guaranteed to induce goosepimples, guaranteed to set a romantic mood, guaranteed to improve your life.......... get caught up in this rapture now!
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