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Who Is This Bitch Anyway [Import]

Marlena ShawAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 4, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SoulMusic Records
  • ASIN: B008EP7BTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered edition of this 1975 album from the Jazz/R&B vocalist. 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'. Who Is This Bitch Anyway? reached #8 on Billboard's Jazz charts and #47 on the R&B listings. The album 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 favorite '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 humor.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we know June 11, 2008
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This Is A *Gorgeous* On-Demand CD! August 11, 2010
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful jazzy ,soulful, & Mellow Groove!! February 25, 1999
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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!!!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable and Fun! February 17, 2003
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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".
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