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The Harder They Come (Soundtrack)

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Haven't really put up much reggae in my blogging era, which is a shame because I really do love some good reggae, and at one time, (dunno about now), this was considered the penultimate reggae recording.......thesoundtrack for the 1972 film of the same name (have never seen the movie, but have grooved to the soundtrack countless times), features all the people who made reggae a viable movement then and who continue to be legends of the genre now.

While no Bob Marley, you hardly miss him when there are gems here like "You Can Get it If You Really Want It" (Jimmy Cliff), "007 (Shanty Town)" by Desmond Dekker, the great "Johnny Too Bad " by the Slickers, "Pressure Drop" (later done by the Clash) from the Maytalls, and plenty more......Jimmy Cliff dominates this album, I wish I had the 2003 bonus disc which is nearly every bit as good and features some more killers, I betcha SOMEBODY out there has it to share with us (I don't really have a reggae
"go-to guy), but this is fine, classsic music, a perfect intro to reggae for any newbie who wondered what all the hoopla was about , and for those who are already fans of this ultimate in stoner music, this will serve as a lovely background record for a hot summer afternoon.

Again, I strive for variety......It's how I am, I like to spread the good stuff (AND the bad stuff around, too)......reggae is some wonderful, relaxing, exciting, thought provoking, and just GREAT-SOUNDING music, look at all the many "pure" rock n rollers who at least took a partial cue from it: Sublime, the Clash, the Rolling Stones,and about 100 otheres.

If you don't already have this, you should, if you don't, welcome to a new world, and if you happen to have the bonus disc, you are my hero and if you share it, I will owe you BIG TIME......anyway, here is one great reggae album, from me to you!

THE HARDER THEY COME (SOUNDTRACK)-01 JIMMY CLIFF-You Can Get It If You Really Want It/02 SCOTTY-Draw Your Brakes/03 RIVERS OF BABYLON-The Medallions/04 JIMMY CLIFF-Many River To Cross/05 THE MAYTALLS-Sweet and Dandy/06 JIMMY CLIFF-The Harder they Come/07 THE SLICKERS-Johnny Too Bad/08 DESMOND DEKKER/09 THE MAYTALS-Pressure Drop/10 JIMMY CLIFF-Sitting In Limbo/11 JIMMY CLIFF-You Can Get It If You Really Want It/12 JIMMY CLIFF-The Harder They Come

Take it from me, don't miss this one, 4 3/4 star classic (would be a SOLID 5 star if someone came through with the bonus disc!)


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