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ARTIST
TITLE
The Spice of Life
FORMAT
LP

LABEL
CATALOG #
CADET 833LP CADET 833LP
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
8/27/2013

"Marlena Shaw's penchant for stylistic variety is certainly evident on this, her sophomore release. Cut for the Cadet label in 1969, Spice of Life ranges from soul and proto-funk to jazz and MOR-hued material. Shaw shines throughout, showing her power on politically charged, Aretha-styled cuts like 'Woman of the Ghetto' and 'Liberation Conversation,' while also delivering supple interpretations of such traditional jazz fare as 'Go Away Little Boy' (shades of Nancy Wilson). And with a gutsy take on 'Stormy Monday,' it's clear Shaw doesn't shrink from the blues either. Across this sound spectrum, arrangers Richard Evans and Charles Stepney envelope Shaw in unobtrusive yet exciting pop-soul environs, throwing kalimba runs (a few years before Earth, Wind & Fire picked up on the instrument), psych guitar accents, and bongo-fueled organ riffs into the mix." --All Music Guide