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").
Album by the composer, arranger and British director Roland Shaw (1920-2008). Shaw was band director in the Royal Air Force during World War II, then went on to work for the period 1966-1971 with Decca Records and with arrangements for their own orchestrations worked and collaborated with other directors of great orchestras of the time (Ted Heath, Frank Chacksfield, Mantovani, etc.). He also made arrangements for movies and various singers and performers (Caterina Valente, The Beverly Sisters, Cliff Richard, Kenny Baker, etc.). He has been recognized for arrangements and interpretations of the songs of the James Bond film series.