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The Harder They Come [Original Soundtrack] [Remaster]

Artist: Jimmy Cliff

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Label: Island (Label)
Album: The Harder They Come [Original Soundtrack] [Remaster]
# Song Title   Time
1)    You Can Get It If You Really Want More Info... 2:40
2)    Draw Your Brakes More Info... 2:58
3)    Rivers Of Babylon More Info... 4:17
4)    Many Rivers To Cross Harder They Come/Soundtrack Version More Info... 3:02
5)    Sweet And Dandy Album Version More Info... 3:01
6)    The Harder They Come More Info... 3:42
7)    Johnny Too Bad More Info... 3:05
8)    007 (Shanty Town) More Info... 2:41
9)    Pressure Drop Single Version More Info... 3:44
10)    Sitting In Limbo More Info... 4:57
11)    You Can Get It If You Really Want Instrumental More Info... 2:44
12)    The Harder They Come Short Version More Info... 3:08
 



Performer Notes
  • The 2003 Deluxe Edition of THE HARDER THEY COME includes a bonus CD of early reggae tracks recorded between 1968 & 1972, rare photos and original artwork.
  • Producers: Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Harriot, Leslie Kong, Byron Lee.
  • Originally released on Mango SMSAS (7400). Includes liner notes by David Katz.
  • Producers: Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Harriot, Leslie Kong, Byron Lee, Guilly Bright.
  • The soundtrack to the groundbreaking film about Jamaican subcultures, this superb selection is also a synthesis of late 60s and early 70s reggae. Recordings by Jimmy Cliff, the movie's star, form the album's core and his contributions, notably 'Many Rivers To Cross', show his understated power to great effect. An important figure in the development of reggae, Cliff at last secured deserved acclaim with this collection. His work is ably supported by 'Pressure Drop', one of the finest songs the Maytals ever recorded, while the Melodians and Slickers prove equally strong. The latter's 'Johnny Too Bad' perfectly encapsulates the film's plot, one that helped launch reggae into the international arena.

Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.124) - Ranked #119 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "'Many Rivers To Cross' is one of the finest songs to come from the island..."

Rolling Stone (8/7/03, p.77) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...THE HARDER THEY COME only sounds more alive thirty years after its original appearance..."

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.124) - Ranked #119 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "'Many Rivers To Cross' is one of the finest songs to come from the island..."

Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.29) - Ranked #12 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...A vital compilation...Heartfelt and urgent..."

Q (10/01, p.144) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...The songs have aged better than the film, with many of Cliff's contributions remaining bona fide standards..."

Down Beat (1/02, p.46) - Included in Downbeat's "Best CDs of 2001".

Down Beat (12/01, p.88) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...Vastly enjoyable..."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.134) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[F]rom early '60s ska gems like 'One-Eyed Jacks' to the justly celebrated self-titled debut album....A fine collection from an unsung giant."

Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.66) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks".

Format:CD (1 Disc); Stereo
Country:USA
Studio/Live: Studio
Release Date:15 January, 2013

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A very pleasant collection. All good to listen to, unless, of course, you don't like reggae. Nice Sunday morning listening, even.

An interesting take on Rivers of Babylon. Perhaps the best track on this release is Pressure Drop.

A couple of alternate versions of earlier songs finish this off, and these also are not too bad to listen to.

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