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The Harder They Come (Remastered)

The Harder They Come (Remastered)

30 Jul 2001

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 1972
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 1972
  • Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
  • Copyright: (C) 1972 Island Records Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 39:37
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  • ASIN: B001KQHTHU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,158 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Freeman on 14 Aug 2002
Format: Audio CD
Put simply, this album will leave you feeling great. From the upbeat dance of '007' (oh oh seven) to the heart breaking 'Many Rivers To Cross' this album will lift you spirits if you love reggae and make you love reggae if you don't already. A classic, buy this album, sit back and enjoy.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "martin_r_jones" on 15 Oct 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is a brilliant introduction for anyone who thinks Jamaican music begins and ends with Bob Marley. From the ska of Desmond Dekker ("Shanty Town") and The Maytals ("Pressure Drop" - later covered with less success by The Clash) to the more soulful efforts of the magnificent Jimmy Cliff (his three most classic tunes are included here, two of them twice for some reason), there isn't a dud track on offer. Possibly the finest reggae album of all time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug 2000
Format: Audio CD
This superb CD is an essential purhcase for any fan of reggae. It just has to be one of the best reggae albums that's ever been made and of course the film is a classic too. From start to finish this is one great listen and the songs all blend seamlessly, a rare feat considering they are perfromed by serveral different artists. Each song is a classic...no doubt about it, ALL reggae fans should own this!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on 16 Dec 2013
Format: Audio CD
Jimmy Cliff put reggae on the map in the USA with this fantastic masterpiece classic soundtrack released in 1973.
A wonderful journey back into the marvelous 1970's. You don't get much better than inspirational soul music like ` You Can Get It If You Really Want' and the beautiful melodious `Many Rivers to Cross' as well as the upbeat and feisty ` The Harder They Come". I once saw an advertisement of wildlife to the tune of `Many Rivers' and it was so poignant and spectacular.
The Slickers add to this zesty album with "Johnny Too Bad"
This is fantastic cross between reggae and calypso, capturing the very, very best essence of Jamaica.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2001
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This is the original sound track to the movie and is well worth listening to. You will know most of the songs already and won't be able to stop singing them. Jimmy Cliff really was a talented man and this CD is definately worth the money. It is no longer available in UK shops
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre Lawrence TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
It is hard to image that 40 years have passed by since we heard the smash album, THE HARDER THEY COME, hit the airwaves.

What made this album so special was that it was a landmark soundtrack album to the film of the same name. Based on the real-life story of a small town (country) boy who goes to the big city (Kingston) and becomes embroiled in the drug trade. Jimmy Cliff, by now, a successful Jamaican singer won the role of "Rhyging" (in the film was called "Ivanhoe Martin.")

Cliff wrote the title song and also included 3 other very, very memorable tunes including "You Can Get It If You Really Want!" and "Many Rivers To Cross." This latter version was nicely remade by UB40 some 10 years later.

At this time in Jamaica, the music scene was moved by individuals making "single" 45's. And, Director Perry Henzell contracted with some who had established hits from the three years prior to filming including Toots Hibbert (of Toots and The Maytals) for their song, "Pressure Drop" and The Melodians for their great song, "Rivers of Babylon."

The second disc of this deluxe edition acts as a survey of other hits songs during the pre-reggae period of 1970 such as "Isreaelites" by Desmond Dekker, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash, "Cherry Oh, Baby" by Eric Donaldson and "54-46, That's My Number" by Toots. This is a great addition. All of these cuts are still played very frequently over Jamaica's airwaves.

This was Chris Blackwell's original go to man, coincidentally, before Bob Marley because Cliff had the right combination of acting and singing skills and would prove to be a easier chance of marketing to the world outside of Jamaica. Why then did Blackwell reconsider and use his influence in the UK to market Marley over Cliff? Who knows.
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Format: Audio CD
If you haven't seen the original movie, try and find a DVD copy. It's much grittier than the easy going music would suggest but an absolute classic - even if the Jamaican patois takes a little getting used to. As for the music: simply wonderful. Although Jimmy Cliff is now in his 60's he's still performing, and to an incredibly high standard. I was lucky enough to see him in Brussels last year at the Couleur Cafe world music festival and he simply set the place alight.
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By Emma on 17 April 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Any hard house compilation featuring "Narcan" should be hovering near the top of your shopping list if you love a bit of hard house. Chuck in "Like Dis" from Ingo and you're set for blast off and the wrath of your neighbours. Crank it up in the car but be sure your system can handle it because your speakers will be going to richter scale places where they don't wanna be. Excellent compilation at a ridiculously low price. Bargain.
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