September 15, 2010

Not a 45, but a song from the 1974 Jamaican LP, 'Play Me Sweet And Nice' by Marcia Griffiths.
This song has been covered and recorded about a hundred times by everyone in all genres of music. Most know Roberta Flack's 1972 version, but I've always loved this version by Marcia Griffiths.
Surprisingly 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was written originally in the style of a folk song in 1957 by British folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl.


  1. Nice! And I heartily dislike Roberta's version!

  2. Yeah. Definitely have to be in the right mood, with a good interpretation. I like a lot of Roberta Flack's recordings, but not so much her version of this.
    Always felt this is a tough song to cover. If not done right, it can almost be too much. Many have fallen into a sappy, uncomfortably emotional sound/interpretation...
    It's been intriguing to me because it sometimes sounds past tense, but we're never really sure. But it's such a beautifully written song, to me anyway...
    Marcia's version seems emotionally warmer, a bit less sad. She seems to really honor her feeling with more strength. There are some other good songs on it too, a nice LP. It's been reissued on CD/MP3.

    and Holly, your blog? Seems a bit abbreviated...