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.
Comes in translucent GREEN vinyl.
1 I'm Hurting Inside 2 We've Got to Get Ourselves Together (with Bob Andy) 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 Put a Little Love In Your Heart 9 Survival (Is the Game) 10 Pied Piper (with Bob Andy) 11 Feel Like Jumping 12 Play Me 13 Tell Me Now 14 Your Love (with Bob Andy)
1 Dreamland (aka My Dream Island) 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 To Be Young Gifted and Black (with Bob Andy) 9 Working to the Top (My Ambition), Pt. One 10 But I Do 11 Sugar Wooga Man 12 There's No Me Without You 13 Don't Ever Leave 14 You Are Mine (with Bob Andy)