Anita Baker – The Songstress 1983 U.S. LP


A copy of the 1983 debut LP by Anita Baker, The Songstress.

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Offered for sale is a copy of the scarce 1983 LP The Songstress, by Anita Baker.

About this copy: This copy of The Songstress is an original 1983 pressing on the Beverly Glen label.

The cover is VG+, with slight ring wear and a bent corner.

The record is M- and appears to have had little, if any play.

A nice copy of a terrific record.

Background:  The Songstress was Anita Baker’s debut solo LP, but due to it being released by a small label with modest distribution, the album didn’t sell particularly well, peaking at #139 on the U.S. album charts.

It did draw the attention of Elektra Records, who signed her to a deal that led to the tremendous sales of her next LP, Rapture. gave The Songstress a 3 1/2 star review:

Instead of following trends, Baker excelled by doing what she does best: gospel-influenced, ’70s-type soul/pop with jazz overtones. … A sweaty taste of gospel-drenched funk, the invigorating “Squeeze Me” is atypical of the ballad-oriented Baker — although she definitely shines at this faster tempo. Indeed, Baker’s solo career was off to a most impressive start with The Songstress. For those who savored Rapture and Giving You the Best That I Got, The Songstress is also essential listening.

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Additional information

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in