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SOULMUSIC RECORDS SPOTLIGHT: MARLENA SHAW
Four classic albums by the legendary MARLENA SHAW all reissued on SoulMusic Records:


JUST A MATTER OF TIME Expanded Edition

• By the time she recorded JUST A MATTER OF TIME, her final Blue Note album in 1976, Marlena Shaw was a consistent performer, building a strong base among soul and jazz fans thanks to what would become future classics such as “Woman Of The Ghetto” and “California Soul.”

• With production by noted New York hitmaker Bert DeCoteaux, JUST A MATTER OF TIME was the follow-up to her much-acclaimed 1975 LP, “Who is This Bitch, Anyway?”

• A best-selling US charted jazz album, JUST A MATTER OF TIME included the upstate New York-born vocalist’s take on “This Time I’ll Be Sweeter” (a song also recorded by Linda Lewis and Martha Reeves and later Angela Bofill and Roberta Flack); her own, “No Hidin’ Place”; Frederick Knight’s “Be For Real”; and “Love Has Gone Away,” previously recorded by The Spinners.

• One of the standout cuts on the album, “It’s Better Than Walkin’ Out” also provided a historic first for the prestigious Blue Note label when a 12” disco single version was issued, reaching the Top 10 on Billboard’s Dance Music and Club Play charts in 1976; it’s included as a bonus cut on this expanded edition of JUST A MATTER OF TIME which is making its worldwide CD debut.

• Includes notes by renowned U.S. writer A. Scott Galloway with quotes from a 2013 interview with Marlena for this reissue.

Track listing:

1. It's Better Than Walkin' Out
2. Brass Band
3. This Time I'll Be Sweeter
4. Think About Me
5. You And Me
6. Love Has Gone Away
7. Sing To Me
8. Take My Body
9. Be For Real
10. No Hiding Place

Bonus Track:
11. It's Better Than Walkin' Out (12” Blue Note single)

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WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY Expanded Edition

By the early ‘70s, Marlena Shaw had already established herself as a potent live performer and recording artist, thanks to such tunes as “Woman Of The Ghetto” and “California Soul.”

• In 1973, the upstate New York-born vocalist became the first female singer signed to the prestigious Blue Note label and her fourth album for the company, 1975’s WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY? reached No. 8 on Billboard’s Jazz charts and No. 47 on the R&B listings.

• WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY? was produced by Bernard Ighner (the writer of the classic “Everything Must Change”) who assembled top musicians such as drummer Harvey Mason, bassist Chuck Rainey and guitarists Larry Carlton and David T. Walker for the sessions.

• Standout tracks include Marlena’s version of Roberta Flack’s “Feel Like Making Love,” the Shaw favourite “Loving You Was Like A Party” and the slice-of-life “You, Me And Ethel” and “Street Walkin’ Woman,” laced with Shaw’s well-known sassy brand of mother wit and humour.

• Out of print outside of Japan for several years, WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY? includes notes by renowned U.S. writer Gary Jackson including 2012 quotes from Marlena and Harvey Mason.

01 You, Me And Ethel-Street Walkin' Woman
02 You Taught Me How To Speak In Love
03 Davy
04 Feel Like Makin' Love
05 The Lord Giveth And The Lord Taketh Away
06 You Been Away Too Long
07 You
08 Loving You Was Like A Party
09 A Prelude For Rose Marie
10 Rose Marie (Mon Cherie)

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FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL Expanded Edition

• Making its first appearance on CD worldwide, FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL was the second album on the legendary Blue Note label by jazz-and-soul songstress Marlena Shaw

• After her ‘60s tenure with Cadet Records, the ever-popular Ms. Shaw became the first female vocalist signed to Blue Note. FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL was the follow up to her 1972 label debut, “Marlena.”

• Recorded in May 1973 in New York City, the album was produced by noted jazz music executive Dr. George Butler who assembled a cast of great musicians including Ron Carter (on bass), Grady Tate (drums) and guitarists Hugh McCracken and Cornell Dupree.

• The song selection on FROM THE DEPTHS OF MY SOUL runs the gamut from R&B hits of the day such as The Main Ingredient’s “Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” and “Wildflower,” popularized by The O’Jays to “I Know I Love Him” (from the Andrew Lloyd-Weber/Tim Rice musical ”Jesus Christ Superstar”) and Randy Edelman’s “The Laughter And The Tears.”

• The notes by SoulMusic.com contributor Darnell Meyers-Johnson include 2011 quotes from Marlena, whose global appeal continues close to fifty years after she began performing and recording.


01. Prelude / I Know I Love Him
02. Hum This Song
03. But For Now
04. Easy Evil
05. The Laughter And The Tears
06. The Feeling's Good
07. Wildflower
08. Just Don't Want To Be Lonely
09. Waterfall
10. Say A Good Word
11. Time For Me To Go
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TAKE A BITE Expanded Edition

The inimitable Ms. Shaw's classic 1979 Columbia album with bonus tracks of two 12" mixes available for the first time on CD!

• MARLENA SHAW has been a consistently popular soul and jazz artist wordwide for over four decades thanks to anthems like “Woman Of The Ghetto” and “California Soul “

• Originally released in 1979, TAKE A BITE - initially released as a US compact disc for a brief time and then only available as a now-out-of-print Japanese limited edition CD - was her third and final album for Columbia Records but unlike its predecessors, the first part of the original LP had a specific musical concept and construct

• Working with highly successful disco producers Meco Menardo and Tony Bongiovi (with hits by Gloria Gaynor, etc.) and respected musical arranger/producer Harold Wheeler, the first six tracks were created as a non-stop dance music extravaganza, “Suite Seventeen,” strung together with a disco reading of Frank Sinatra’s “It Was A Very Good Year” and one of Marlena’s famous monologues (“I’m A Foster Child")

• Two bonus tracks on this expanded edition are 12” single mixes of, “Love Dancin’” and Marlena’s powerful reading of the Diana Ross classic, “Touch Me In The Morning,” major disco hits in 1980.

• Sleeve notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan include 2010 quotes from Marlena

01. IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR/I’M A FOSTER CHILD
02. LOVE DANCIN’
03. IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR/I’M A FOSTER CHILD (INTERLUDE)
04. I THANK YOU
05. IT WAS A VERY GOOD YEAR/I’M A FOSTER CHILD (INTERLUDE)
06. TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING
07. SHAW BIZZ/SUDDENLY IT’S HOW I LIKE TO FEEL/SHAW BIZZ
08. NO ONE YET
09. HAVEN’T WE BEEN IN LOVE BEFORE?
10. I’LL BE YOUR FRIEND
11. LOVE DANCIN’ (12” single)
12. TOUCH ME IN THE MORNING (12” single)

About the Writer
David Nathan is the founder and CEO of SoulMusic.com and began his writing career in 1965; beginning in 1967, he was a regular contributor to Blues & Soul magazine in London before relocating to the U.S. in 1975 where he served as U.S. editor for the publication for several decades and began being known as 'The British Ambassador Of Soul.' From 1988 to 2004, he wrote prolifically for Billboard, has penned bios, produced and written liner notes for box sets and reissue CDs for over a thousand projects. He returned to London in 2009 where he has helped create SoulMusic.com Records as a leading reissue label.
  
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