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Monday, February 23, 2009

Tina B. - Honey To A Bee: The Best Of Tina B. (1995)

Generally I would not post a "Best Of" collection here, as the title would imply that the artist has a lot of popular material to their credit. In the case of Tina B., however, that's not entirely the case. While she did indeed have a few dance hits (the first three songs on here and "Nothing's Gonna Come Easy" all made the Billboard Dance Charts and are considered freestyle classics), she only released one self-titled album in 1984. I have that album on vinyl and perhaps will one day post it when I get the ability to rip vinyl, but I think this is a more enjoyable example of her work anyway. It pulls together all of her singles as well as random tracks from other unknown sources. Not much info can be found on Tina Baker. I do know she is (was?) married to 80's electro uber-producer Arthur Baker and that he produced her solo album as well. She was also part of his Goon Squad and Rockers Revenge groups and did back-up vocals on many of his productions and lead vocals on the track "Jazzy Sensation" by The Kryptic Krew . She also participated in the Artists United Against Apartheid "Sun City" project, the video for which likely gave her her biggest exposure. Other than writing for other artists (including West End Girls, whose collection is also posted here), I can't find out much else about her. Unlike most freestyle divas in recent times, she does not have a Myspace site that I can find. Which is a shame, as her songs "Honey To A Bee" and "January February" helped to define the freestyle era for me, and I would welcome her return to the scene.

**UPDATE: Thanks yet again to Consolecharlie, I have more info on Tina's whereabouts. She actually does have a website which outlines her entire career and includes samples of her music. Go HERE. And she DOES have a Myspace page HERE. Apparently she recorded an album called Artful Dodger that was never released and was part of a duo called A Man And A Woman with Mitch Kaplan, who also worked with Sandra Bernhard on her album also posted here. More recently she has been living in London and has recorded two albums, OperaTronix and Ker, that explore a new type of music, mixing electronic beats with operatic vocals, which is Tina's latest passion. She has also released a DVD of herself performing these albums live (there are clips posted on Youtube). All of these albums can be purchased through her website, along with a singles collection of her own that features more tracks off of her self-titled first album. Go to both websites for much more info on the lady. I'm thrilled to discover that she is indeed still recording and has a considerable web presence!! Thanks again, Cc! :)

Video for Bodyguard

Download Honey To A Bee: The Best Of Tina B.

1
Honey To A Bee
2
January, February
3
Miracles Explode
4
Something's Gotta Give
5
Bodyguard
6
Give It All For Love '87
7
Give It All For Love '90
8
Testimonial
9
Every Time I Look At You
10
Fools And Angels
11
How Can A Heart
12
Each Time You Go
13
Hang On Baby (Wild Wild World)
14
Count My Blessings
15
Don't Tell A Soul
16
Nothing's Gonna Come Easy

5 comments:

  1. What a great post! I love Ms. B and her husband alike.

    Maybe I'll send you a Goon Squad single for your other blog. ;-)

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  2. Thanks! I do have both of the Goon Squad singles, actually. I downloaded Powerdrill and have Eight Arms To Hold You On vinyl. But since I can't rip it (yet!) it would be good to be able to share it. I LOVE that track!

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  3. I've had this CD for a long time. I especially love "Bodyguard."

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  4. Yeah Tina B is still married to Arthur, but she is still singing according to this site

    http://www.somethingsaretimeless.com/tina%20baker.html

    Here's a little snippet for ya :)

    Since making London her homebase several years ago, Ms. B has had a residency at Bartok, a Mean Fiddler venue in Camden, performing "original” classical pop songs, as well as opera and art song classics. Most recently, a dance remix of “Si Mia Vita”, an original classical composition penned by Ms B, was released on Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label as part of producer Arthur Baker’s dance compilation “Breakin”. Tina has performed Si Mia Vita on BBC Radio as well as on Lijne 4, Amsterdam’s hottest morning television show. Her current projects include “Miazmo”, an operatronix collaboration with producer and composer George Christie (www.myspace.com/miazmo), as well as collaborations with Merv de Peyer and John Robie.

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