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Marcia Griffiths-Sweet & Nice-'74 Jamaica Soulful Reggae-NEW 2LP

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 Marcia Griffiths-Sweet & Nice-'70s Jamaica Soulful Reggae-NEW 2LP

Marcia Griffiths ‎– Sweet & Nice
Label:
Be With Records ‎– BEWITH056LP, Wild Flower ‎– XYZ 003, Wild Flower ‎– XYZ003, Wild Flower ‎– XYZ-003
Format:
2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue


Sweet And Nice is the vital debut album from Jamaica’s undisputed first lady of song Marcia Griffiths. It's reggae at its most soulful. Slinking through a tight ten tracks of R&B and pop-sourced material, it became an instant best seller. 45 years after its initial release the LP is available again on vinyl, now as a double LP, with an extra record collecting 14 rare tracks.

Everything’s been remastered of course, including the original LP, so Sweet And Nice now sounds even sweeter, and even nicer.

Sweet And Nice is the vital debut album from Jamaica’s undisputed first lady of song Marcia Griffiths. It's reggae at its most soulful. Slinking through a tight ten tracks of R&B and pop-sourced material, it became an instant best seller. 45 years after its initial release the LP is available again on vinyl, now as a double LP, with an extra record collecting 14 rare tracks.

Sweet And Nice has appeared over the years with a revised running order and under different titles. But the original’s opening sequence of loping soul is legendary, even beyond reggae circles. These songs are now returned to how they were presented on that first Jamaican release, and under their intended album title. Be With doesn’t mess with magic.

Marcia's version of “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” has long been lusted after, played by genre-hopping selectors to snapping necks for decades now. It’s followed by the sophisticated, rollicking wah-wah funk of “Everything I Own” and the slice of smooth lovers soul par excellence that is “Green Grasshopper” and her ace, lilting Neil Diamond cover "Play Me".

The thundering, humid funk of “Children At Play” “sounds uncannily like a precursor of Massive Attack”, as FACT Mag astutely noted when they put Sweet And Nice at number 16 in their list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. Otherworldly, moody and essential.

Side two keeps the fire burning. “Sweet, Bitter Love” should leave you swooning, and is also one of the album’s alternate titles. Curtis Mayfield’s already-eternal “Gypsy Man” is up next, recast as proto-lovers rock.

“There’s No Me Without You” is elevated to canonical status by the majestic, forlorn horns of the Federal Soul Givers and Marcia’s heartbreaking delivery. And if this doesn’t get you then surely the next track will: arguably the definitive version of Ewan MacColl’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”. Yes, seriously.

“I Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely” re-takes its rightful place at the end of the LP’s second side…  but we couldn’t leave it at that. So we added an entire second record of rare material recorded around the same time as Sweet And Nice, much of it unavailable since it was originally released. Some of these songs have only ever been found on now unattainable 7" singles and no, rarity doesn’t always correspond with quality, but in this case we’re talking about some seriously jaw-dropping music.

Amongst 14 extra tracks you’ll find the exquisite late-60s singles “Melody Life” and “Mark My Word” which, along with the sumptuous reading of “Band Of Gold”, are now £100 records, if you can find them! Just sayin’. There‘s also a fantastic version of “The First Cut Is the Deepest” and an alternate take of “Play Me” with producer Lloyd Charmers adding his own vocals.

Everything’s been remastered of course, including the original LP, so Sweet And Nice now sounds even sweeter, and even nicer.

 


Country:
UK
Released:
Jul 2019
Genre:
Reggae, Funk / Soul
Style:
Roots Reggae, Lovers Rock
Tracklist

A1     Here I Am Baby

    Written-By – Green*, Hodges*

    
A2     Everything I Own

    Written-By – D. Gates*

    
A3     Green Grasshopper

    Written-By – L. Davidson*

    
A4     Play Me

    Written-By – N. Diamond*

    
A5     Children At Play

    Written-By – L. Davidson*

    
B1     Sweet, Bitter Love

    Written-By – Van McCoy

    
B2     Gypsy Man

    Written-By – Curtis Mayfield

    
B3     There's No Me Without You

    Written By – Copyright Control

    
B4     The First Time I Saw Your Face

    Written-By – Mac Coll*

    
B5     I'd Rather Be Lonely

    Written-By – Eli*, Freeman*, Barrett*

    
C1     Mark My Word     
C2     The First Cut Is The Deepest     
C3     Melody Life     
C4     Work and Slave     
C5     Working To The Top (My Ambition) (Part 1)     
C6     Don't Let Me Down     
C7     Band Of Gold     
D1     Put A Little Love In Your Heart     
D2     I See You, My Love     
D3     It's Too Late     
D4     Baby If You Don't Love Me     
D5     Love Walked In     
D6     When Will I See You Again     
D7     Play Me (Part 2)     
Companies, etc.

    Recorded At – Federal Records Studio
    Produced For – XYZ Production Co Ltd

Credits

    Bass – Lloyd Parks
    Brass – Federal Soul Givers
    Drums – Paul Williams (8)
    Engineer [Mixing] – B. Davidson*, George Raymond
    Guitar – Willie Lindo
    Mastered By – Paul Khouri
    Organ – Lloyd Charmers
    Percussion – Lloyd Charmers
    Photography By – Richard Khouri
    Piano – Lloyd Charmers
    Producer – Lloyd Charmers
    Vocals – Marcia Griffiths

Notes
Recorded at Federal Recording CO. LTD
220 Marcus Garvey Drive, Kingston, Jamaica, W.I.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode: 4251648412533


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