Giving You the Best That I Got (album)

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Giving You the Best That I Got
Studio album by Anita Baker
Released October 18, 1988
Recorded 1988
Studio Encore Studio; Yamaha International Recording; Sound Suite; Hitsville; TMF; Gnome Studios
Genre
Length34:33
Label Elektra
Producer Michael J. Powell
Anita Baker chronology
Rapture
(1986)
Giving You the Best That I Got
(1988)
Compositions
(1990)
Singles from Giving You the Best That I Got
  1. "Giving You the Best That I Got"
    Released: September 27, 1988
  2. "Just Because"
    Released: January 1989
  3. "Lead Me into Love"
    Released: 1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic [1]
The Village Voice C+ [2]

Giving You the Best That I Got is the third album by American R&B/soul singer Anita Baker, released in 1988. It was Baker's first and only #1 Pop album in the US, her second #1 R&B Album, and was certified 3x platinum in 1989 by the RIAA.

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The title track was released as the first single from the album and became Baker's highest charting single in the US, peaking at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100.

The album earned Baker three Grammy Awards and three Soul Train Music Awards.

Reception

The album peaked at number two in Jet magazine's top 20 for three weeks between February 6 and 20, 1989, [3] [4] [5] and again on the week of March 13, 1989. [6] Alex Henderson of AllMusic rated the album four points out of five, calling it not "on the par with" Baker's previous albums but better than most of R&B albums released in 1988. [7]

"Just Because" hit number one in Jet magazine's top 20 singles on weeks of March 13, 20, and 27, 1989. [6] [8] [9] The song peaked at number one on the Hot Black Singles, making it Baker's second number one and also made the Top 40, peaking at number fourteen. [10] It has been described as a wedding reception favorite. [11]

"Lead Me into Love" peaked at number six in Jet magazine's top 20 singles on weeks of June 5 and 12, 1989. [12] [13] It peaked at number four on the Hot Black Singles. [10]

Track listing

  1. "Priceless" (Garry Glenn) – 5:00
  2. "Lead Me into Love" (Steve Lane, Larry Prentiss) – 4:45
  3. "Giving You the Best That I Got" (Baker, Randy Holland, Skip Scarborough) – 4:18
  4. "Good Love" (Gary Taylor) – 5:39
  5. "Rules" (Graham Lamb, Phil Nicholl, Maggie Ryder) – 3:52
  6. "Good Enough" (Baker, James McBride) – 4:50
  7. "Just Because" (Alex Brown, Sammy McKinney, Michael O'Hara) – 5:13
  8. "You Belong to Me" (Terry Britten / Billy Livsey / Graham Lyle) – 3:43

Personnel

Production

Charts

Chart (1988)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [14] 1
US Billboard Top R&B Albums [15] 1
UK Albums Chart 9

Singles

YearTitle US Pop [16] US R&B [17] [18] US AC [19]
1988"Giving You the Best That I Got"311
"Just Because"1414
1989"Lead Me into Love"-432

See also

References

  1. Henderson, Alex. Giving You the Best That I Got > review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-04-11.
  2. Christgau, Robert (November 29, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice . Retrieved March 26, 2017.
  3. Jet, February 6, 1989. p. 63
  4. Jet, February 13, 1989. p. 63.
  5. Jet, February 20, 1989, p. 63.
  6. 1 2 Jet, March 13, 1989. p. 64
  7. All Music Guide to Soul: The Definitive Guide to R&B and Soul, p. 30
  8. Jet, March 20, 1989. p. 64.
  9. Jet, March 27, 1989. p. 64
  10. 1 2 Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 43.
  11. Anastasio, Janet; et al. (2000). The Everything Wedding Checklist (rev. and exp. 2nd ed.). Avon, Mass.: Adams Media. p. 148. ISBN   1580624561 . Retrieved 2016-05-08.
  12. Jet, June 5, 1989. p. 65
  13. Jet, June 12, 1989. p. 65
  14. Anita Baker Albums chart history.www.billboard.com
  15. Anita Baker R&B Albums chart history.www.billboard.com
  16. Anita Baker Singles chart history.www.billboard.com
  17. Anita Baker R&B Singles chart history.www.billboard.com
  18. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 43.
  19. Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 27.