Side by side with the reissue of TATA VEGA’s 1976 “Full Speed Ahead” Motown debut, Soul Music.com Records is very proud to be releasing the multi-talented artist’s sophomore album for the label TOTALLY TATA.
Released in 1977, TOTALLY TATA once again provided a great musical setting for the native New Yorker. Musicians for the sessions included Andre Lewis (of the Motown group Mandre), Paulinho Da Costa and John Barnes with arrangements by Al Johnson (of “Back For More” fame) who also worked on “Full Speed Ahead” and was featured on the key cut track “You’ll Never Rock Alone” (co-written by Brenda Russell)
TOTALLY TATA includes a wonderful version of Stevie Wonder’s “Blame It On The Sun,” the standout “Love Comes From The Most Unexpected Places” and the spectacular “Come In Heaven (Earth Is Calling),” co-written by Marvin Gaye’s ex-wife Anna Gordy and Gaye collaborator Elgie Stover with Tata and Terrence Harrison, and a staple in Tata’s recording and performance repertoire.
Like its predecessor, TOTALLY TATA was embraced by Motown music lovers worldwide who are elated that the album – previously only available on a now out-of-print limited edition Japanese CD – is making its return with three bonus tracks: the “A” and “B” sides of the planned-but-never-released single version of “Come In Heaven” and Tata’s second version of “You’ll Never Rock Alone” a duet with Jermaine Jackson, issued on the Motown album “Pops, We Love You”
Sleeve notes by Soul Music.com founder David Nathan include quotes from 2011 interviews with Tata and Motown executive producer Iris Gordy for these notes
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.