• 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.
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.