Black Magic

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Toots Hibbert has nothing on Jimmy Cliff. The legendary Maytals frontman celebrated his career anniversary in 2004 with a hit album of duets, and now the star of The Harder They Come returns with his own busload of guest stars. Produced by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Black Magic finds Cliff's supple vocals worn in just a little by age. But his outlook remains forever youthful as he tackles up to the minute rap and dancehall rhythms in addition to some classic one-drop reggae. Joining Cliff is an inspired roster of guests who are imaginatively paired by Stewart -- Kool & the Gang and ragga DJ Bounty Killer? -- that should ...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Toots Hibbert has nothing on Jimmy Cliff. The legendary Maytals frontman celebrated his career anniversary in 2004 with a hit album of duets, and now the star of The Harder They Come returns with his own busload of guest stars. Produced by Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame, Black Magic finds Cliff's supple vocals worn in just a little by age. But his outlook remains forever youthful as he tackles up to the minute rap and dancehall rhythms in addition to some classic one-drop reggae. Joining Cliff is an inspired roster of guests who are imaginatively paired by Stewart -- Kool & the Gang and ragga DJ Bounty Killer? -- that should pique the interest of fans and newcomers alike.
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
This is an intriguing record. Although his greatest music is nearly 40 years in the past, Jamaica's Jimmy Cliff still has tons of charisma, and he still has that clear, high, and slightly world-weary voice, not to mention complete control of it, even at the top of his range. Ostensibly a record of duets with the likes of Sting, Annie Lennox, Joe Strummer, Wyclef Jean, and others, Black Magic remains very much Cliff's album, and while producer Dave Stewart factors in a whole range of contemporary R&B and hip-hop touches, its Caribbean lilt dominates, although it isn't particularly Jamaican in feel. Forget the guest stars. None of them, with the possible exception of Tessane Chin on the delightful and radio-friendly "The World Is Yours" and Bounty Killer whose hoarse, lion-throated rumble would dominate any stage in the world, particularly sticks out, which is good, because Cliff outsings them all. It's a pity, though, that there aren't more good songs on Black Magic. "The World Is Yours" is solid, even featuring what passes for a Jimmy Cliff rap, and "The City," which eulogizes cites like Kingston, New York, Hong Kong, and Paris, has a moody grandeur, but tracks like "People" sound like overblown TV commercials, and one song here, "Jamaica Time," actually is a commercial for Air Jamaica. The best track is the relatively straightforward "No Problems Only Solutions," a song that sounds like it could have been a Leslie Kong production circa 1970. Charming, direct, melodic, and positive, "No Problems" features no fancy guests, and proves that Cliff really doesn't need them when he's at his best. Joe Strummer, who died in 2002, makes one of his last appearances on "Over the Border," but the tune is a middling affair that unfortunately never truly catches fire. Stewart produced all but one of the tracks on Black Magic, and while the sound here is steady and cohesive, one can't help but wish that it had a little bit more Kingston in it. More Kingston might have made this a great record rather than simply an intriguing one.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Artemis Records
  • UPC: 699675156428
  • Catalog Number: 51564

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want I Do I Get - Spice (4:32)
  2. 2 Dance (3:51)
  3. 3 Jamaica Time (3:29)
  4. 4 People - Tony Rebel (5:16)
  5. 5 Fantastic Plastic People (3:57)
  6. 6 Love Comes (3:58)
  7. 7 Black Magic (5:09)
  8. 8 The World Is Yours (Positive Mind) (5:21)
  9. 9 Terror (September 11th) (5:22)
  10. 10 Over the Border - Joe Strummer (4:03)
  11. 11 War in Jerusalem (3:43)
  12. 12 Let's Go Dancin' (Ooh, la, la, La) (4:42)
  13. 13 The City (4:29)
  14. 14 Take Your Time (3:15)
  15. 15 No Problems Only Solutions (4:25)
  16. 16 Good Life (4:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Cliff Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Jools Holland Organ, Piano, Hammond Organ
Kool & the Gang Vocals
Sting Electric Bass, Vocals
Joe Strummer Vocals
Tony Allen Drums
Annie Lennox Vocals
Tony Rebel Vocals
Clifford Admas Trombone, Trumpet
Amir-Salaam Bayyan Guitar
Khalis Bayyan Keyboards, Tenor Saxophone
Robert "Kool" Bell Bass Guitar
George "Funky" Brown Guitar
Gary "Mudbone" Cooper Background Vocals
Sly Dunbar Drums
Yannick Hardouin Bass Guitar
Steve Lewinson Electric Bass
London Community Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Skip Martin Trumpet
Basil Meade Background Vocals
Beverley Skeete Background Vocals
Dave Stewart Guitar
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Alto Saxophone
Curtis "Fitz" Williams Keyboards
Joelle Esso Choir, Chorus
Steven "Lenky" Marsden Keyboards
Bounty Killer Vocals
Wyclef Jean Vocals
Samantha Smith Background Vocals
Shawn McQuiller Vocals
Laurent Coppola Drums
London Metropolitan Orchestra Strings
Marie-Celine Chrone Choir, Chorus
Nadz Rap
Thierry Blanchard Synthesizer
Yannick Noah Vocals
Charles Allen Smith Guitar
Olivia Ada Choir, Chorus
Tessane Chen Vocals
T Jae Cole Background Vocals
DJ Hawk Eye Vocals
Serge Georges Choir, Chorus
Jean Phillipe Hann Guitar
Paul Holroyde scratching
Georges Saba Choir, Chorus
Marie Louise Seba Choir, Chorus
Bassey Walker Background Vocals
Spice Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Executive Producer, Author
Kool & the Gang Composer
Joe Strummer Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
Nick Addison Engineer
Amir-Salaam Bayyan Composer
Khalis Bayyan Producer
Danny Browne Remixing
Bob Goldman Producer
Stephen McLaughlin Engineer
L. Parker Composer
Herb Powers Mastering
Dave Stewart Producer, Audio Production
Freddie Stewart Composer
Andy Whitmore Producer
Collin "Bulbie" York Remixing
Cleevie Producer, Remixing
Ana Maria Velez Composer
Wyclef Jean Producer, Audio Production
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Producer, Audio Production
James Loughrey Pro-Tools
Ned Douglas Programming, Engineer
Serge Tsai Engineer
Richard "Shams" Browne Remixing
Leigh Guest Programming, Producer
Alden Love Programming, Engineer
Michael Karmen String Arrangements
Krunchie Programming, Producer
Jules Pyke Engineer
Paul Soulsby Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jimmy Cliff World Superstar

    This album rocks!!! The sound reflects the experience of a man who has been around the world and is inspired by the commonality of its people. Songs such as 'Dance', 'The City', 'People', Black Magic','The World is yours', are aglow with positive energy that will uplift you. If you have one CD so far this year it should be this one. This album is filled with songs that remind you that you are in charge of your destiny and that you can achieve your dreams through your own determination. A lyric in the song 'Dance' says: "Hold your head up child, don't let nobody tell you what you can or cannot do, because the world belongs to you." I urge you to check this one out.

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