Arguably the most important singer in the history of Jamaican music, Marcia Griffiths made her mark on the Jamaican music scene in the late sixties with a series of popular singles before achieving international fame in 1970 alongside her longtime friend and occasional collaborator Bob Andy.
Bob & Marcia's upbeat reggae version of Nina Simone's inspirational song "(To Be) Young, Gifted & Black" hit #5 on the British pop charts. The single was the first of two British chart toppers, and her exuberant rendition of "Pied Piper" narrowly missed a Top 10 placement the following year. Soon after, Marcia became a member of Bob Marley's famous backing group, the I-Threes, while she continued to enjoy success as a solo artist throughout the rest of the 1970s and well beyond, with numerous Jamaican hits for a variety of producers.
The best of her solo repertoire can be heard on this "Essential Artist" compilation, the latest release in Trojan Records' new series showcasing the work of Jamaica's most popular "foundation" artists. It's a collection that illustrates why Marcia Griffiths is now a Jamaican legend.
Disc 1 of 2 (CD)
1 Hurtin' Inside 2 We've Got to Get Ourselves Together 3 Peaceful Woman 4 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face 5 Steppin' Out of Babylon 6 I See You, My Love 7 Sweet Brown Sugar 8 Keep the Customer Satisfied 9 It's Impossible 10 Let's Fall In Love 11 The Way I Feel About You 12 Gypsy Man 13 Give and You Get 14 Put a Little Love In Your Heart 15 Survival (Is the Game) 16 Pied Piper (with Bob Andy) 17 Feel Like Jumping 18 Play Me 19 Tell Me Now 20 Your Love (with Bob Andy) 21 Why There Is No Love 22 Strange World 23 Don't Let Me Down
Disc 2 of 2 (CD)
1 Dreamland 2 Sweet Bitter Love 3 Melody Life 4 I Don't Care (with Bob Andy) 5 Mark My Word 6 I Just Don't Want to Be Lonely 7 Truly 8 United We Stand 9 Where Were You 10 It's a Rockin' Good Way 11 I've Got to Go Back Home 12 We Want to Know (feat. Marcia Griffiths) 13 Where Is the Love 14 Private Number 15 Here I Am (Come and Take Me) 16 To Be Young Gifted and Black 17 Working to the Top (My Ambition), Pt. 1 18 But I Do (with Bob Andy) 19 Sugar Wooga Man 20 There's No Me Without You 21 Don't Ever Leave 22 You Are Mine (with Bob Andy) 23 Lonesome Feeling 24 Band of Gold
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