Offered for sale is a copy of the scarce 1983 LP The Songstress, by Anita Baker.
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.
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.
You can listen to “Angel” here:
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.