Jimmy Cliff ‘s ‘The Harder They Come’ is the soundtrack album (released on July 7, 1972 by Island) to the eponymous film where Cliff is the star.

Track Listing : 1.You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff) – 02:40 . 2.Draw Your Brakes (Derrick Harriott, Texas Dixon, Keith Rowe) – 02:57 . 3.Rivers Of Babylon (Brent Dowe, James Mcnaughton) – 04:16 . 4.Many Rivers To Cross (Jimmy Cliff) – 03:02 . 5.Sweet And Dandy (Frederick Hibbert) – 03:01 . 6.The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff) – 03:41 . 7.Johnny Too Bad (Trevor Wilson, Winston Bailey, Hylton Beckford, Derrick Crooks) – 03:04 . 8.007 (Shanty Town) (Desmond Dekker) – 02:43 . 9.Pressure Drop (Frederick Hibbert) – 03:44 . 10.Sitting In Limbo (Jimmy Cliff, Guillermo Bright-Plummer) – 04:57 . 11.You Can Get It If You Really Want (Jimmy Cliff) – 02:43 . 12.The Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff) – 03:07

Musicians : Jimmy Cliff – Vocals On (1 – 4 – 6 – 10 – 11 -12) . Scotty – Vocals On (2) . The Melodians – Vocals On (3) . The Maytals – Vocals On (5 – 9) . The Slickers – Vocals On (7) . Desmond Dekker – Vocals On (8) . Jackie Jackson – Bass . Winston Grennan – Drums . Beverley’S All-Stars – Instruments

Production : Produced By Gully Bright, Jimmy Cliff, Derrick Harriott, Leslie Kong, Byron Lee

Package : Warren Fu – Art Direction

Recorded 1967–1972.

Released On July 7, 1972 By Island.

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Roger Ebert
The Harder They Come” stars Jimmy Cliff, who is a Jamaican pop starand parts of it seem to have been drawn from his own early experiences. They’re the best part; we meet a young, unsophisticated character who comes to the city and gets taken […]

Reggae Reviews
Needless to say, The Harder They Come is practically beyond reproach (though “Draw Your Brakes” isn’t my favorite, many people love it); it is a vital slice of reggae history that helped to spread the music beyond Jamaica, paving the way for the stars of the later ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and today. […]

Cool Album Of The Day
There are some great recordings here as well. Jimmy Cliff provides the title track along with “You Can Get It if Really Want” and a spectacular, “Many Rivers to Cross.” The Maytals provide the hit “Pressure Drop.” Yup, the same song that Robert Palmer covered and the Clash reinvented. […]

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