Shining Time

Shining Time

by Marcia Griffiths
     
 

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Forty years of vocal artistry have made Marcia Griffiths a reggae matriarch. Best known as part of Bob Marley's vocal back-up trio the I-Threes, Griffiths had a successful solo career both before and after, easily segueing from reggae to gospel to dancehall material. Shining Time is something of a summation, featuring mostly new recordings of songs from many…  See more details below

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Forty years of vocal artistry have made Marcia Griffiths a reggae matriarch. Best known as part of Bob Marley's vocal back-up trio the I-Threes, Griffiths had a successful solo career both before and after, easily segueing from reggae to gospel to dancehall material. Shining Time is something of a summation, featuring mostly new recordings of songs from many stages in her career. There's something for everyone: Favorites from the Bacharach/David "A House Is Not a Home" to Stevie Wonder's "Until You Come Back to Me" show off her versatility and still-strong pipes. Roots fans will thrill to "My Heart Beat" and her authoritative version of the Marley classic "Crazy Baldhead" and from lovers rock with Beres Hammond to pop dancehall with Shaggy and Cutty Ranks, there's nothing this legend of reggae can't do.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
For legendary reggae singer Marcia Griffiths, this 2005 album constituted a look back on a career that had spanned over 40 years -- a career during which she had served as a backup singer for reggae music's most legendary figures as well as achieving significant success as a solo artist and (with Bob Andy) as half of a popular vocal duo. But Shining Time isn't a compilation of vintage Marcia Griffiths recordings -- instead, it's a collection of new songs, some of which look back in time explicitly either in theme ("Back in the Days," "Shining Time") or by implication (her cover version of Bob Marley's "Crazy Baldhead," for example). The rhythms are provided by a variety of producers and mostly hark back to the glory days of roots reggae (note, for example, how "Back in the Days" makes brilliant use of the "Tune In" rhythm), but the album's sound has a crisp and modern sheen throughout. Several A-list guest vocalists join her for duets -- they include the bouncy "Harmony" (featuring Shaggy) and the lovely "Live Life to the Fullest" (featuring Hopeton Lindo, who also produces several tracks). There are a couple of clunkers, most notably the unfortunately album-opening "My Heartbeat," which sounds wan and regretful rather than warm and romantic, but overall this album is a triumph.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Vp Records
UPC:
0054645169820
catalogNumber:
1698
Rank:
217801

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marcia Griffiths   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cutty Ranks   Vocals
Beres Hammond   Vocals
Pam Hall   Background Vocals
Annette Brissett   Vocals
Donald Dennis   Bass,Bass Guitar,Musician
Sly Dunbar   Drums,Musician
Michael Fletcher   Bass,Bass Guitar,Musician
Fluxy   Drums,Musician
Dean Fraser   Saxophone,Musician
Tony Gold   Background Vocals
Robert Lyn   Bass,Harmonica,Keyboards,Keyboard Overdubs,Musician
George Miller   Drums,Musician
Dwight Pinkney   Guitar,Musician
Dave Richards   Bass,Musician
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Musician
Nadine Sutherland   Background Vocals
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion,Musician
Shaggy   Vocals
Paul Crossdale   Guitar,Keyboards,Musician
Benjamin Myers   Bass,Musician
Hopeton Lindo   Vocals,Background Vocals
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Background Vocals
Chevelle Franklyn   Background Vocals
Peter "Mann" Gayle   Background Vocals
Maria Smith   Background Vocals
Cherine Anderson   Background Vocals
Jon Williams   Keyboards
Michelle Gordon   Background Vocals
Robert "Billy" Johnson   Guitar,Musician
Brian Gold   Background Vocals
Connie Campbell   Background Vocals
Kirk Bennett   Percussion,Drums,Musician
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen   Guitar,Musician
Althea Layne Hamilton   Background Vocals
Melanie Lynch   Background Vocals
Lowell Dunbar   Drums

Technical Credits

Rita Marley   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
O.C. Smith   Engineer
Annette Brissett   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Harmonic Arrangement
Errol Brown   Engineer
Lloyd Campbell   Producer
Hal David   Composer
Sly Dunbar   Composer
Michael Fletcher   Composer
Dean Fraser   Harmonic Arrangement
Sylvester Gordon   Composer
Anthony "Al" Graham   Engineer
Marcia Griffiths   Composer,Producer
Linda McCartney   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Paul Crossdale   Composer
Robert "Taj" Walton   Engineer
Shane Brown   Engineer
Roger Steffens   Liner Notes
Steve Harrison   Engineer
Hopeton Lindo   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Harmonic Arrangement
Hugh Beresford Hammond   Composer
Phillip Thomas   Composer
Syl Gordon   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Chevelle Franklyn   Harmonic Arrangement
Peter "Mann" Gayle   Composer
Jason Sterling   Engineer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Vincent Ford   Composer
Andrew Hamilton   Engineer
Cherine Anderson   Arranger
Solgie Hamilton   Engineer
Winston "Bo Peep" Bowen   Composer
Damian Mazur   Engineer
Damian "Crazy Legs" Hall   Engineer
Nigel "Balla" Whitfield   Engineer
Angel Shalome   Composer
Patrick "Shadow" Lindsay   Producer,Executive Producer

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