The Harder They Come

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All Music Guide - Toby Ball
In 1973, when the movie The Harder They Come was released, reggae was not on the radar screen of American pop culture. The soundtrack went a ways toward changing that situation. It is a collection of consistently excellent early reggae songs by artists who went on to thrive with reggae's increased popularity, and others for whom this is the most well-known vehicle. Jimmy Cliff is both the star of the movie and the headliner on the soundtrack. He contributes three excellent songs: the hymnal "Many Rivers to Cross," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "The Harder They Come" the latter two are repeated at the end of the album, but you probably wanted to hear them again ...
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All Music Guide - Toby Ball
In 1973, when the movie The Harder They Come was released, reggae was not on the radar screen of American pop culture. The soundtrack went a ways toward changing that situation. It is a collection of consistently excellent early reggae songs by artists who went on to thrive with reggae's increased popularity, and others for whom this is the most well-known vehicle. Jimmy Cliff is both the star of the movie and the headliner on the soundtrack. He contributes three excellent songs: the hymnal "Many Rivers to Cross," "You Can Get It If You Really Want," and "The Harder They Come" the latter two are repeated at the end of the album, but you probably wanted to hear them again anyway. Interestingly, the better production values of his songs actually seems to detract from them when compared to the rougher, but less sanitized, mixes of the other tracks. All the songs on this collection are excellent, but some truly stand out. Toots & the Maytals deliver two high-energy songs with "Sweet and Dandy" and "Pressure Drop" covered by the Clash among others. Scotty develops a mellow, loping groove on "Stop That Train" not the same as the Wailers' song by the same name and the Slickers prove on "Johnny Too Bad" that you don't have to spout profanity or graphic violence to convey danger. The Harder They Come is strongly recommended both for the casual listener interested in getting a sense of reggae music and the more serious enthusiast. Collections don't come much better than this.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Mango
  • UPC: 016253920224
  • Catalog Number: 539202

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can Get It If You Really Want (2:40)
  2. 2 Draw Your Breaks - Scotty (2:57)
  3. 3 Rivers of Babylon - The Melodians (4:16)
  4. 4 Many Rivers to Cross (3:02)
  5. 5 Sweet and Dandy - The Maytals (3:01)
  6. 6 The Harder They Come (3:41)
  7. 7 Johnny Too Bad - The Slickers (3:04)
  8. 8 Shanty Town - Desmond Dekker (2:43)
  9. 9 Pressure Drop - The Maytals (3:44)
  10. 10 Sitting in Limbo (4:57)
  11. 11 You Can Get It If You Really Want (2:43)
  12. 12 The Harder They Come (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Cliff Primary Artist, Vocals, Track Performer
Desmond Dekker Track Performer
Toots & the Maytals Track Performer
The Melodians Track Performer
Scotty Track Performer
The Maytals Track Performer
Winston Grennan Drums
The Slickers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Jimmy Cliff Composer, Producer
Byron Lee Producer
Brenton Dowe Composer
John Bryant Cover Illustration
Gully Bright Composer, Producer
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Leslie Kong Producer
Trevor McNaughton Composer
Roger Steffens Liner Notes
Perry Henzell Producer
Erick Labson Mastering
Derrick Harriott Producer
Mathieu Bitton Reissue Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A great collectors item!

    Jimmy Cliff’s soundtrack album to the movie, The Harder They Come, is my favorite reggae album of all time. The sound is even clearer and sharper now that it has been digitally re-mastered. If you like Bob Marley than I definitely recommend that you check out Jimmy cliff. His vocal ranges from being upbeat and cheerful to a more serious and emotional tone. My favorites include “You Can Get It If You Really Want” with its catchy melodic sound and “Many Rivers To Cross” which was later on covered by UB40. The re mastered soundtrack includes a second disc with songs by top reggae artists like Desmond Dekker and the Toots and the Maytals. This album features the best reggae musicians of all time and I highly recommend it too all music lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST ALBUM OF THE LAST HALF CENTRY

    JIMMY CILFF, is the first and formost influential reggae musician of the last half centry.' MISS JAMAICA' is the song that started it all. Many great albums were to follow. My favorite album is 'STRUGGLING MAN' If you get a chance to see JIMMY CLIFF in person don't pass the opportunity to see this great act. MIKE HOLLARN

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