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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant
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.
Published on 14 Aug. 2002 by S. Freeman

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1.0 out of 5 stars WTF
Too much bass. This is one of the worst re-masterings I've ever heard. The bass is about double what it should be and ruins the music, making it impossible to listen to on default audio settings. Unless you have a bass control you are snookered.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just brilliant, 14 Aug. 2002
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S. Freeman "Red Squirrel" (London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Harder They Come (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
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae-tastic!!, 15 Oct. 2002
This review is from: The Harder They Come (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
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any reggae fan, 16 Aug. 2000
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This review is from: Harder They Come (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
5.0 out of 5 stars #2. The Top 100 Albums in Reggae Music: A Critical Review, 21 Feb. 2011
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Andre Lawrence (Miami, Florida) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Harder They Come (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.

One thing is for certain. Jimmy Cliff is in that select group of singers who could act, write and sing. Armstrong, Sinatra, Presley, Streisand, Cliff, Ross, Madonna and Prince.

This album ranks at #2 of my list of the greatest reggae albums of all time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Soul of Jamaica, 16 Dec. 2013
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This review is from: The Harder They Come (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
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be singing the songs for weeks, 11 April 2001
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This review is from: Harder They Come (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best, 15 Dec. 2011
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R. E. Bentley "the boy bentley" (Suffolk, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Harder They Come (Audio CD)
If you were asked to pull together a top ten of reggae classics you probably wouldn't be far off this playlist, which brings together some of the finest moments in late sixties/early seventies reggae and ska. Together with four or five tunes from the sugar sweet tonsils ofJimmy Cliff there's Dekker's 007, Johnny Too Bad and the sublime Pressure Drop by Toots and the Maytals. My young sons can already skank around the living room thanks to this timeless gem. As another reviewer has already stated, this has to be up there with the greatest soundtrack albums of all time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Try and see the film as well!, 29 Oct. 2009
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Harder than nails..., 17 April 2009
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This review is from: The Harder They Come (Audio CD)
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In a nutshell..., 8 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Harder They Come (Audio CD)
This is an absolute 100% reggae classic. The movie is memorable, authentic and hip, the soundtrack timeless and brilliant. Every home should have one...
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