We All Are One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff

We All Are One: The Best of Jimmy Cliff

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by Jimmy Cliff
     
 

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Although this is subtitled "The Best of Jimmy Cliff," it's really a label-specific best-of, not a true survey of the best material Cliff's done in his lengthy career. That's because no less than two-thirds of the 15 selections are taken from the singer's 1980 Columbia albums. A few of his most famous earlier recordings (the 1969 hit "WonderfulSee more details below

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Although this is subtitled "The Best of Jimmy Cliff," it's really a label-specific best-of, not a true survey of the best material Cliff's done in his lengthy career. That's because no less than two-thirds of the 15 selections are taken from the singer's 1980 Columbia albums. A few of his most famous earlier recordings (the 1969 hit "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" and two songs from the soundtrack to The Harder They Come) were licensed, and there are also cuts he contributed to other soundtracks ("Third World People," done for Club Paradise, and "I Can See Clearly Now" from Cool Runnings). But basically, it's the best of Cliff's Columbia years, not a balanced survey of a career that began back in the early '60s. That wouldn't be such a problem, but -- as most Cliff and reggae fans would agree -- his later recordings, such as his Columbia albums, certainly are not up to his prime earlier output. Most of it is mundane crossover reggae/R&B/pop. Cliff sings consistently well, but the production is often too slick in a dated 1980s fashion. The reggae isn't always buried by any means; cuts like "Treat the Youths Right" and "Roots Woman" are reasonable upbeat Cliff originals, and "Peace Officer" has the sort of political concerns common to much reggae music. On the other hand, something like "Reggae Night" is a forgettable attempt to reach into the R&B dance market. Most of the disc is better than that, but its overall bland character is set all the more in relief when periodically interrupted by those older licensed tracks.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/11/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074646142424
catalogNumber:
61424

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kool & the Gang   Overdubs
Jaco Pastorius   Bass
Mark Attalla   Guitar
Robert "Kool" Bell   Guitar,Keyboards,Overdubs,Synthesizer Bass
Harold Butler   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Hi Hat
Greg Fitz   Background Vocals
Gary Henry   Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Cynthia Huggins   Background Vocals
Christopher Meredith   Bass
Meekaeel Muhammad   Background Vocals
Kim Palumu   Guitar
Phil Ramocon   Piano,Ob Xa
Michael Ray   Trumpet
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass,Guitar
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar,Background Vocals
Kendal Stubbs   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion,Background Vocals
Mallory Williams   Keyboards
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis   Rhythm Guitar
Sidney Wolfe   Percussion,Nyabinghi Drums
Glen Brownie   Bass
Manuel Herrara   Keyboards
Randy Weber   Synthesizer
Fernando Luis   Guitar
Rick Iantosca   Guitar,Keyboards
Alvina del Bettis   Background Vocals
Alex Williams   Keyboards
Cliff Adams   Trombone
Ancel "Double Barrel" Collins   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Prophet Synthesizer
Barbara Jones   Background Vocals
Curtis Williams   Saxophone
Tony Ruption Williams   Drums
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards   Drums
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin   Keyboards
Wilburn "Squiddley" Cole   Drums

Technical Credits

Jimmy Cliff   Composer,Producer
Robert "Kool" Bell   Producer,drum programming
Gully Bright   Composer,Producer
Sly Dunbar   Simmons
Steve Goldman   Producer
Paul Henton   Producer
Chris Kimsey   Producer
Leslie Kong   Producer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio   Mastering
Kendal Stubbs   drum programming
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Rick Iantosca   Producer
Elena Oumano   Liner Notes
Jim Bonnefond   Producer

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