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on 20 July 2017
Great soundtrack. All tunes are up there.
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on 5 May 2017
Bought to supplement the Harder Road To travel collection and very pleased with the musical selection.
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on 31 May 2017
Brilliant
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on 14 August 2002
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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on 16 December 2013
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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on 15 October 2002
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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on 13 March 2015
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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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 21 February 2011
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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on 16 August 2000
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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on 11 April 2001
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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