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" 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").
Seminal, super chilled vibes selected by Lobogistic Labs owner, Pete Pan. High quality artist Ishq opens with a smooth subliminal ride into ambient heaven. This is followed by Papa Leggba, recounting ambient tales with lush sounds dripping from liquid speakers. Blessed, lowtempo and fluid. Cell continues the ambient feel. After this track there is no coming back. Solar fields follows with a remix of his track originally released on Ultimae, the classic french chill label. Ishq come again with Ankh. Androcell rises and falls like the sleeping breath of the one you love in the shadow of the pyramids. Omar Faruk Tekilik continues the theme with a wonderful downtempo track. The whole piece is nicely rounded off by the master of the genre, Bluetech. This really is a big hitter of an ambient release - seriously chilled, seriously well produced.
Aretha Franklin has simply been one of the greatest singers of the modern generation, and whether bringing her powerful, passionate voice to bear on gospel standards, songs from the Great American Songbook, jazz standards, pop ditties, or deep Southern soul and R&B, she has always had the presence – much like Ray Charles – to make anything she touches unmistakably hers. Franklin began her career in gospel when she was still a teenager, and her amazing vocal talents, coupled with her fine piano playing, marked her as a once-in-a-lifetime kind of artist, qualities very apparent to legendary talent scout John Hammond, who signed her to Columbia Records.