Jimmy Cliff | The Harder They Come | CD

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If this isn't the single most popular reggae record in the world, it is surely one of the most influential. More people got turned on to Jamaican music by this soundtrack album and the Perry Henzel film it accompanied than any other work you can name. The story was brutal and irresistible: A wide-eyed country boy (played by Jimmy Cliff) comes to the big city to make his fortune as a singer. He voices a few tunes, gets ripped off by a crooked producer, gets caught up in the ganja trade before going out in a blaze of machine-gun fire -- just like the cowboy stars of his beloved spaghetti westerns. The film gains much of its power from masterful performances from two of Jamaica's greatest singers: Cliff and Toots Hibbert, sanctified lead vocalist of the Maytals and the man credited with coining the term "reggae." Toots rocks as usual on cuts like "Pressure Drop," and Cliff runs the emotional gamut from the exquisite gospel-tinged lament "Many Rivers to Cross" to the exuberant title track that guarantees "as sure as the sun will shine / I'm gonna get my share of what's mine." Get yours.

Track Listing:

1. You Can Get It If You Really Want

2. Draw Your Breaks

3. Rivers of Babylon

4. Many Rivers to Cross

5. Sweet and Dandy

6. The Harder They Come

7. Johnny Too Bad

8. Shanty Town

9. Pressure Drop

10. Sitting in Limbo

11. You Can Get It If You Really Want

12. The Harder They Com