Marcia Griffiths - Essential Artist Collection (Transparent Green Vinyl)


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Arguably the greatest female singer in the history of Jamaican music, Marcia Griffiths first made her mark on the Jamaican music scene with a number of popular singles during the late '60s, before finding international fame in 1970 alongside her long-term friend and sometime collaborator, Bob Andy. Bob & Marcia's uplifting reggae version of Nina Simone's inspiring song, "(To Be) Young, Gifted & Black" hit No. 5 in the UK pop chart, the single proving to be the first of two British chartbusters, with their exuberant interpretation of "Pied Piper" just missing out on a Top 10 placing the following year. Soon after, Marcia became a member of Bob Marley's famed backing group, the I-Threes, while also continuing to enjoy solo success with numerous Jamaican hits for a variety of record producers throughout the remainder of the '70s and well beyond. And it is the very best of her solo work that features on this Essential Artist Collection, the latest release in Trojan Records' newly launched range that showcases the work of Jamaica's best-loved ‘foundation' artists. Available as a 28-track double vinyl LP-set, this collection expertly demonstrates just why Marcia Griffiths is today widely regarded as a Jamaican legend.