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
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.