Shout for Freedom [Prism]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Originally recorded in 1992 (except for the 1988 title song) and released on the Jamaican JRS label, Jimmy Cliff's Shout for Freedom was reissued ten years later by Britain's Prism Leisure Corporation. Writing and producing all the songs, Cliff brings his sound to a more contemporary style, particularly in the first several tracks on the disc, starting with "I'm a Winner," on which he raps. His lyrics are full of encouragement to the struggling masses and political statements about the dire state of things in the world and how things have to change. "We must make the world a better place for all the human race," he declares in "Oneness," an indisputable aspiration, but...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Originally recorded in 1992 (except for the 1988 title song) and released on the Jamaican JRS label, Jimmy Cliff's Shout for Freedom was reissued ten years later by Britain's Prism Leisure Corporation. Writing and producing all the songs, Cliff brings his sound to a more contemporary style, particularly in the first several tracks on the disc, starting with "I'm a Winner," on which he raps. His lyrics are full of encouragement to the struggling masses and political statements about the dire state of things in the world and how things have to change. "We must make the world a better place for all the human race," he declares in "Oneness," an indisputable aspiration, but he asks in "Peace," "How is there going to be peace when there is no justice?" Updating his own "Sitting Here in Limbo," he revises its chorus in "Stepping Out of Limbo" as "We gonna keep putting up resistance, and we know that our faith will lead us on." After the first half-dozen tracks, which feature extensive synthesizer accompaniment, Cliff reverts to more of a traditional reggae sound, and he includes non-political love songs in "Haunted" and "Baby Let Me Feel It." But social issues are never far from his mind, and he returns to them by closing with "Shout for Freedom," set to an mbaqanga arrangement and performed with the Franko O.K. Jazz Band of Zaire. The song may have a political message, but its seven-plus minutes are the most danceable ones on a disc that is both thoughtful and dancefloor-friendly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/13/2011
  • Label: Brook
  • UPC: 883717700421
  • Catalog Number: 1007
  • Sales rank: 173,421

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm a Winner (4:17)
  2. 2 Breakout (4:27)
  3. 3 Oneness (3:48)
  4. 4 Peace (4:54)
  5. 5 Stepping Out of Limbo (3:33)
  6. 6 War a Africa (5:02)
  7. 7 Roll on Rolling Stone (4:05)
  8. 8 Be Ready (3:58)
  9. 9 Jimmy Jimmy (3:48)
  10. 10 Haunted (5:07)
  11. 11 Baby Let Me Feel It (4:12)
  12. 12 Samba Reggae (3:54)
  13. 13 True Story (3:43)
  14. 14 Shout for Freedom (7:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Cliff Primary Artist, Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Ansel Collins Keyboards, Background Vocals, fender rhodes
Rebop Kwaku Baah Percussion
Billy Lawrence Percussion, Background Vocals
Tita Alves Background Vocals
Pablove Black Keyboards
Richie Barr Bass
Elpido Baslo Bass
Danny Browne Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Dalton Browne Guitar, Background Vocals
Dougie Bryan Guitar
Kith Canario Background Vocals
Cleevey Bass, Drums
Augusto Concelcao Trombone
Paula Costa Background Vocals
Mabel Dannemann Background Vocals
Gabi Guedes Percussion
Ricky Husbands Background Vocals
Juracy Trumpet
Sabrina Marcia Mel Background Vocals
Eraldo Melo Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Soloist
Ronnie Murphy Drums
Cesar Napoli Keyboards, Sampling
OK Jazz Band Background Vocals
Guiga Scott Trumpet
Luciano Silva Alto Saxophone
Earl "Chinna" Smith Guitar
Suell Sodre Background Vocals
Vera Sodre Background Vocals
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Rhythm Guitar
Jose Carlos Ramos Trumpet
Rowney Scott Tenor Saxophone
Tony Ruption Williams Drums
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Producer
Ansel Collins Producer, Bass Programming
Jorjoa Befafe Percussion Arrangement
Zeu Goes Arranger
Eraldo Melo Arranger, Programming
Cesar Napoli Arranger, Programming
OK Jazz Band Arranger
Birro Pacheo Arranger
Sergio Souto Horn Arrangements
Steven Stanley Engineer
Michael Heatley Liner Notes
Joe Isgro Executive Producer
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