Island release Jimmy Cliff’s ‘The Harder They Come,’ the soundtrack album of the movie of the same name (1972)

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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