Marlena Shaw – 1974 – Who Is This Bitch, Anyway?
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A great record that has Marlena Shaw further developing her style as a sophisticated soul diva with a sharp modern edge! Although already great in the 60s, Shaw emerges here as an all-adult, all-woman singer — dealing with issues that never would have gotten touched in the decade before, all with a directness and sensitivity that’s totally great.
Arrangements throughout the album shift from mellower soul to hipper jazz with ease – taking Shaw into a wide range of territory that clearly shows that no areas were off limits to an artist of her stature in the 70s!
A1 Dialogoue : You, Me And Ethel (3:17)
Street Walkin’ Woman (3:03)
A2 You Taught Me How To Speak In Love (3:52)
A3 Davy (5:26)
A4 Feel Like Makin’ Love (5:00)
A5 The Lord Giveth And The Lord Taketh Away (1:05)
B1 You Been Away Too Long (3:07)
B2 You (3:45)
B3 Loving You Was Like A Party (4:17)
B4 A Prelude For Rose Marie (1:56)
B5 Rose Marie (Mon Cherie) (4:19)
A record as fierce and blunt as its title portends, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? vaults Marlena Shaw into a brave new world of feminism and funk, updating the sophisticated soul-jazz approach of her previous records to explore a fast-changing musical, political, and sexual landscape. Opening with “You, Me and Ethel“, a hilarious satire of the singles bar culture, the album dissects modern romance with uncommon insight and candor, addressing lust “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and loss “You Been Away Too Long” without pulling any punches. The music is similarly direct and progressive, running the gamut from luminous soul to scorching funk grooves. Not only Shaw’s best-selling Blue Note release, Who Is This Bitch, Anyway? represents her creative apex as well.