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Sweet Beginnings / Marlena Shaw Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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Digitally remastered reissue of the 'quiet storm' vocalist's 1977 album for Columbia. Once the most popular female vocalist at Blue Note, Sweet Beginnings is considered one of her best albums. Includes her hit cover of Gerry Goffin & Carole King's 'Go Away Little Boy'.
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Her style is so unique...the monologues...her crystal clear voice...which can go up and down the scales in an instant...her versatility is similar to AL JARREAU!!.
Thanks, this wonderful album,which is perhaps her very best is at last now available on a fully digitised compact disc, with a top class inlay card loaded with outstanding liner notes, well presented!!.
This sassy album, perfect from top to bottom, kicks off with the sad yet lively "PICTURES AND MEMORIES",real sweet!!, then comes the ultimate track.."YU-MA/GO AWAY LITTLE BOY"!!. This cut have it all!!..sweet, sexy, sassy and indeed soulful!!. Mayhaps MARLENA SHAW'S greatest record!!. IT's my most loved MARLENA song!!. This is drama at it's best!!.
Next is "THE WRITINGS ON THE WALL", as lively as ever!!. "WALK SOFTLY" is a sad pretty ballard, I love this one too!. Things get busy again with the title tract.."SWEET BEGINNINGS", real sweet and uptempo. The jazz in her realy comes out in the breezy "LOOK AT ME,LOOK AT YOU(WE'RE FLYING)",well done, a favourite!!.
Another jazzy piece is the swinging/dipping "NO DEPOSIT,NO RETURN",this one will wake you up!!. "JOHNNY" is a mellow ballard refering to a very special friend in a fantasy manner..smooth..MARLENA finishes off with the lively,jazzy, yet very brazen.."I THINK I'LL TELL HIM", here, she cheats and is summoning the courage to tell him!! that's guts!!!. I love it!!. The single version of "PICTURES AND MEMORIES" is added as a bonus tract.
IF a fan, it is already under lock and key in your private stock!!, if not,please reserve your copy today...highly recomended.. It will quickly become one of your favouries...just as it is one of mines...
The album is a tour de force from beginning to end and BBR presents it here on cd beautifully remastered with a bonus track and extensive liner notes. A great musical package. This cd is a must have. This is not just a great jazz/soul album from the 70s but rather a cd from one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. If you know of Marlena Shaw a purchase is a no brainer and if this is your first introduction you will not be disappointed. Highly recommended.
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