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Who Is This Bitch Anyway

Marlena Shaw Audio CD

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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. WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY? is the second reissue from Marlena s Blue Note catalogue on SoulMusic Records, following the best-selling From The Depths Of My Soul (SMCR-5027).

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Marlena Shaw Who Is This Bitch Anyway

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we know 11 Jun 2008
By Gazzelloni - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Because she was largely unknown to listeners at the time of this release in 1974, Marlena humorously titled this album accordingly. As much an entertainer as she was a gifted singer, this is her bestselling Blue Note release and one firmly enmeshed in black feminist thought. A nice soulful, funky outing, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? goes beyond mere soul jazz. This album definitely needs to be released in the United States.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is A *Gorgeous* On-Demand CD! 11 Aug 2010
By Alex Honda - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm new to the music of Marlena Shaw, but I had to find out more about her after hearing the live version of "Woman Of The Ghetto" on the radio. That led me to this CD and the catchy title WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY?

Unfortunately there weren't any samples to listen to, unless you want to track down some of the songs on Amazon's MP3 page, so I was taking a chance. And I have to say that I'm not disappointed at all!

The CD is a good mix of lush jazzy ballads and up-tempo, gritty songs--all of which will have you groovin'--and Marlena's voice is vibrant, strong, and pitch perfect. Why she isn't a household name is really hard to reconcile. I guess it takes much more than talent and charisma to become a star because Shaw has enough of both.

Though the entire CD is strong here are some stand-out tracks for me:

"Street Walkin' Woman" is a 6:23-minute song with about 3-minutes of dialogue at the beginning. The dialogue is funny as a guy tries to use pick-up lines on Shaw, in character as a "lady of the evening," and then it launches into the ultra-funky song with its hard hitting rhythm section.

"You Taught Me How To Speak In Love" is a gorgeous love song that should've been a hit single.

"The Lord Giveth And The Lord Taketh Away" a 01:09-minute ditty that sounds like an impromptu warm-up session and Shaw takes us to church. According to the liner notes, this gospel tinged song was written by Shaw and she accompanies herself at the piano . I don't know why it was so short or why it fades out, which is why I suspect it was a spontaneous type of song done at a jam session.

The entire CD is great and the CD-R format offered by Amazon is pretty good. This is one of two CDs I've bought, the other being Shaw's Live At Montreux: Marlena Shaw, which are on-demand, licensed copies of original works that are out-of-print. I don't have the original, so I don't know how faithfully it has been reproduced, but WHO IS THIS BITCH, ANYWAY CD looks professionally done.

There's cover art and liner notes by Shaw, and the CD itself has "Blue Note," album title, credits, and track listing on a semi-gloss label.

One-star deduction for stereo separation on some tracks. Again, I'm not sure if this was present in the original album but on some songs like "Davy" and "You Been Away Too Long" they sound almost ethereal. Music and voice blend almost at the same level and so I find it hard to distinguish some of the lyrics. However, it's not bad nor does it interfere with the enjoyment of listening to the CD. It's just noticeable especially when compared to other tracks that don't have that mix/blend.

If you'd like more of an intro to this dynamic songstress try and find Anthology from a used/third party seller, which would be cheaper. That's a great CD and covers more of Shaw's recordings.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful jazzy ,soulful, & Mellow Groove!! 26 Feb 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It smells like a rose!!! Great Dynamite rhythm section David T Walker: guitar, Chack Rainy: bass, Harvey Mason: drums. Excellent for Marlena's vocal!! This album is a perfect!!!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and Fun! 18 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Just a wonder collection of songs for Marlena
including highlights "Loving You Was Like A
Party", "Feel Like Makin' Love" and "Street Talking
Woman".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars jazzman 27 Feb 2013
By James K. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
She has been called, "The Queen of Jazz, R&B, and Soul." She was the lead singer with The Count Basie Band from
1968-1973, with whom she toured permanently with then. She is sass, soul, and sex, all wrapped up in a gorgeous
presentation on this great 1975 Blue Note release from singer/composer Marlena Shaw, with all vocal arrangements
and production by Benard Ighner. This was her fourth Blue Note album and it's my all-time favorite release from her.
Marlena's songs project a worldly, tough, outer shell with a tender & loving heart deep inside. With her 1972 album
"Marlena", she was the first woman to be signed with the Blue Note label. (Sheila Jordan's wonderful 1962 Blue Note
"Portrait of Sheila" often takes this honor, but "Portrait" was SOLD to Blue Note - Marlena signed with them.) I first
heard the cut "Loving You Was Like A Party" from "Who" late one night back in 1975 and bought the album the next
day. I had never heard of her before, and her gorgeous vocal style just blew me away. A few years later, the sordid
and disturbing 1977 film "Looking for Mr. Goodbar" came out with Marlena singing the haunting title tune, "Don't Ask
To Stay Until Tomorrow", which I found so poignant and touching. I had already worn out several copies of "Who" by
this time, as I played it SO much - it remains a classic even today with several tracks heavily sampled on the hip-hop
and rap scene. Four of the tunes were written by producer Ighner with Marlena contributing three originals, including
a short gospel with her on piano and vocals that beautifully reflects her early roots. A stunning version of the staple
hit "Feel Like Makin' Love" appears, along with the marvelous, heartfelt, "You Taught Me How To Speak In Love". The
dialogue/tune, "Street Walking Woman", according to Marlena, "Is almost a documentary of some of the scenes I've
lived through as a woman out there in show business unescorted and unprotected. This, causing me to develop a sur-
face shell of hardness." The final two cuts, "A Prelude For Rose Marie" and "Rose Marie (Mon Cherie)", together, form
an exquisite and romantic montage with added strings that closes out the album in brilliant form. The entire recording
is enhanced, as well, with top-drawer musicians, including Chuck Rainey on bass, Harvey Mason on drums, Larry Nash
on Fender Rhodes piano, and David Walker, Dennis Budimir, and Larry Carlton on guitars. On Marlena's tender tribute
to her brother, "Davy", producer Ighner displays his extraordinary work on piano, bass, and flugelhorn, as well. Direct,
fierce, and progressive, "Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?" is a magnificent package that ranges from sophisticated soul to
firey funk to deeply romantic ballads all flowing together in stellar fashion. It remains Marlena's best-selling release on
Blue Note and rightfully deserves its status as a CLASSIC not only from the 70's but right up to the present time. Her
other Blue Note albums have all, finally, been released on cd too. Each one is worth getting, but "Who Is This Bitch?"
is something special that uniquely explores feminism, sexuality, and romance. She stuck to her dream, even early on
as a married mother with five children, of making it as a major-league, successful singer and she succeeded! Her long
career as a performer and fabulous recordings have established her as one of the most versatile, unique, and charis-
matic artists of our time. I was fortunate to catch Marlena's show at the Bomhard Theater (here in Louisville) several
years ago when she was touring then, which was fabulous. With her relaxed charm, great singing, and warm, direct
connection with the audience, she was everything I imagined she'd be. Bravo, Marlena!
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