Album review
Marcia Griffiths

Tracking list

  1. I Need Love
  2. Shimmering Star
  3. Truly
  4. Try A Little Smile
  5. I Shall Sing
  6. Stepping Stones
  7. Baby Oh Baby
  8. Tonight
  9. No No No
  10. My Ambition
  11. I Cried
  12. Sea Of Love
  13. Sha La La I Love You
  14. You Mean The World To Me
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 4 Backing : 4 Production : 4 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4

Marcia Griffiths began her career as a dancer but became one of the first ladies of reggae music. Partnering Bob Andy she scored international huge hits as Bob & Marcia. After the duo disbanded she became one of Bob Marley's backup singers the I-Threes. During her lengthy solo career she delivered many solid to excellent albums for different producers.
On her new album she teams up with legendary producer Coxsone Dood with whom she started singing over thirty years before. The album Truly contains fresh new material she recorded during the last two years, but also five earlier tracks, as well as three previously unreleased tracks from the sixties.
The album kicks off with one of the highlights, I Need Love a song that was recorded by a young Freddie McGregor as 'We Need More Love In The Ghetto' on his splendid Studio One set 'I Am Ready'. Some of Marcia's greatest hits -Truly and I Shall Sing- are also featured here, just as her 1998 reworking of Dawn Penn's classic tune No No No. Doreen Schaffer's Try A Little Smile and John Holt's Tonight are two more excellent covers on this wonderful album. Baby Oh Baby is a typical sixties Studio One reworking of an Isaac Hayes soul tune, but Stepping Stones is a soulballad, which should have replaced by Truly is one of Marcia's best albums ever, highlighting the lenghty career of one of Jamaica's most soulful female vocalists.

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