This Collectables compilation takes highlights from Marlena Shaw's three most beloved disco era records: Take a Bite, Sweet Beginnings (which some would argue is her finest hour), and Acting Up. Jazz aficionados may find a bit of disappointment in the notion that her jazz career is not represented in any way, but this never really purports to be a full greatest-hits compilation. In fact, there really isn't a greatest-hits compilation that is a thorough representation of her career, quite possibly due to her switching labels over the years. Memories does a nice job packaging this era of her career together, but those seeking a more thorough study may want to check 1999's Go Away Little Boy instead. However, those solely interested in the hits can find them in this economically sensible package.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston