Marcia Griffiths and Friends

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
In a decades-long career, Marcia Griffiths has become one of the best-known female reggae artists of all time, scoring hit after hit in a wide range of styles. Griffiths has covered dancehall, doo wop, rocksteady, and a variety of other subgenres of reggae over the years, and part of her versatile nature has always been how open she's been to collaboration and working with guests. Marcia Griffiths and Friends is an almost overwhelming testament to that fact, with 38 duets culled from her enormous discography and featuring a who's who of Jamaican music. Highlights are plentiful, and the songs are all over the spectrum. Griffiths' work with iconic reggae hall-of-famers is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
In a decades-long career, Marcia Griffiths has become one of the best-known female reggae artists of all time, scoring hit after hit in a wide range of styles. Griffiths has covered dancehall, doo wop, rocksteady, and a variety of other subgenres of reggae over the years, and part of her versatile nature has always been how open she's been to collaboration and working with guests. Marcia Griffiths and Friends is an almost overwhelming testament to that fact, with 38 duets culled from her enormous discography and featuring a who's who of Jamaican music. Highlights are plentiful, and the songs are all over the spectrum. Griffiths' work with iconic reggae hall-of-famers is some of the most exciting material here, including duets with John Holt, Beres Hammond, and the gorgeous digital rocksteady groove of "Number One" featuring Gregory Isaacs. Dancehall stars like Cutty Ranks, Annette Brissett, Assassin, and Beenie Man make appearances on some of the more fired-up tracks. Buju Banton shows up on no less than five tracks, adding his gruff dancehall character in contrast to Griffiths' smooth and reflective vocals. Busy Signal guests on the inspired "Automatic," a slice of slinky soul-reggae that shows the artists complementing one another's disparate styles with seamless fluidity. Clocking in at well over two hours, this collection is a lot to digest in one sitting, and it's not without a few duds here and there. Half-hearted stabs at '80s soundtrack pop singles like "Knew You Were Waiting for Me" and "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" sound especially hollow and plastic compared to her burning versions of soul tracks like "Oh No Not My Baby" and the more party-starting dancehall tracks. Her duet with Bob Andy on Stevie Wonder's "Ebony & Ivory" sounds especially dated and saccharine as well. Marcia Griffiths and Friends is also absent of any of her late-'60s and early-'70s material, focusing on the higher-fidelity production and more R&B-tinged later recordings. Fans of contemporary reggae will find much to love in this weighty collection, but those enamored with Griffiths' stormier early work might miss the moody production and more organic rhythm tracks. Despite that, the collection is brimming over with more than enough strong selections to make it worthwhile to even the casual reggae fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Vp Records
  • UPC: 054645183420
  • Catalog Number: 1834
  • Sales rank: 67,033

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Automatic (Keeping It Real) - Busy Signal (4:02)
  2. 2 I See Love (4:01)
  3. 3 Desperate Lover - Gentleman (3:37)
  4. 4 Love Is A Treasure - Esco Levi (3:36)
  5. 5 Childish Games (3:53)
  6. 6 Dearest (3:19)
  7. 7 Just You And Me - Peetah Morgan (3:18)
  8. 8 Sense Of Purpose (3:28)
  9. 9 Knew You Were Waiting For Me - Duane Stephenson (3:47)
  10. 10 When The Lights Are Low (4:32)
  11. 11 It's Not Too Late (4:33)
  12. 12 If You Give Me Your Heart - Freddie McGregor (4:47)
  13. 13 Round And Round - Queen Ifrica (4:06)
  14. 14 Number One - Gregory Isaacs (3:26)
  15. 15 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now - Da'Ville (4:34)
  16. 16 Riddim Affi Roll (4:04)
  17. 17 Oh No Not My Baby - Zumjay (3:26)
  18. 18 Loving Jah (3:30)
  19. 19 Want Love - Tanya Stephens (3:47)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stand By Your Man - Assassin (3:46)
  2. 2 If Only You Knew - Mikey Spice (4:18)
  3. 3 All Of My Life - Da'Ville (3:23)
  4. 4 Undying Love - Anthony B (3:40)
  5. 5 A True (3:07)
  6. 6 Woman - Lady G (4:02)
  7. 7 Check It Out (4:02)
  8. 8 Half Idiot (4:06)
  9. 9 Things Not So Right (3:55)
  10. 10 Live On (3:37)
  11. 11 Closer (3:53)
  12. 12 Really Together (3:58)
  13. 13 Give Me Your Loving (3:55)
  14. 14 It's Not Funny (4:22)
  15. 15 Special Gift (3:58)
  16. 16 Ebony & Ivory (3:28)
  17. 17 Stepping Out Of Babylon (4:19)
  18. 18 What About That (3:39)
  19. 19 Ready To Go (3:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marcia Griffiths Primary Artist
Leroy Sibbles Musician
Danny Browne Musician
Dalton Browne Musician
Donald Dennis Bass, Keyboards
Sly Dunbar Musician
Michael Fletcher Bass
Dean Fraser Horn, Musician
Nambo Robinson Musician
Steely Musician
Paul Crossdale Musician
Mitchum Chin Musician
Fabian Smith Keyboards
Robbie Lyn Musician
Donald "Danny Bassie" Dennis Musician
Kirk Bennett Drums, Musician
Trevor McKenzie Bass, Musician
Omar Clennon Musician
Aeion Hoilett Bass
Everol Wray Horn
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Keyboards
Ranoy Gordon Musician
Bunny Anne Fletcher Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Stephen Marsden Musician
Cleveland Browne Musician
Everol Gayle Horn
Technical Credits
Tammy Wynette Composer
Bob Gibson Composer
John Holt Composer
Karla Bonoff Composer
Carole King Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Gerry Goffin Composer
Bunny Sigler Composer
Dexter Wansel Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Wayne Armond Composer
Howard Barrett Composer
Patrick Barrett Composer
Cynthia Biggs Composer
Annette Brissett Composer
Errol Brown Composer
Lloyd Campbell Composer
Richard Daley Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Donovan Germain Composer, Producer
Joel Gibson Composer
Marcia Griffiths Composer
Gregory Isaacs Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Dennis Morgan Composer
Earl Morgan Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Diane Warren Composer
Ernest Wilson Composer
Moses Davis Composer
Stephen Coore Composer
Tyrone Evans Composer
Janice Fyffe Composer
Vivienne Stephenson Composer
Kirk Bennett Producer
Keith Anderson Composer
Barrington Llewellyn Composer
Albert Louis Hammond Composer
Peetah Morgan Composer
Prentice Herman Polk Jr. Composer
Reanno Gordon Composer
Robert Nesta Marley Composer
Cleve Laing Composer
Lowell Dunbar Composer
Alaine Laughton Composer
Hugh Hammond Composer
Simon Crispin Climie Composer
Bunny Anne Fletcher Composer
James E. Lewis Composer
Clement Dodd Composer
Ventrice Morgan Composer
Robert Shakespeare Composer
Freddy McKay Composer
Michael Cooper Composer
Lucien Dixon Composer
Linneth May Griffiths Composer
Dhaima Allen Composer
William Stewart Composer
Phillip Thomas Composer
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