Anthology CD (2003)

Artist: Jimmy Cliff

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Specifications

Label Polygram Label Group
SKU 60605196
UPC 731455676624
UPC 14 00731455676624
Format CD
Release Date 7/1/2003
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Author Jimmy Cliff
Compilation Appearance Harder They Come
Compilation Appearance 90s Pop Hits Box Set
Compilation Appearance Muzik City: the Story Of Trojan
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Reggae
Compilation Appearance Playlist:king Of Kings Reggae Hits
Compilation Appearance Reggae Golden Jubilee:origins Of Jama
Compilation Appearance War Ina Babylon/island Reggae Antholo
Compilation Appearance Ruler:reggae Anthology
Compilation Appearance Island 50 Reggae
Compilation Appearance Muscle Shoals (ost)
Associated Artist/Work Brown, Dennis
Associated Artist/Work Lebo M
Associated Artist/Work Nu Colours
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Artist Influence Jackie Wilson
Artist Influence James Brown
Artist Influence Joe Higgs
Artist Influence John Holt (Vocals)
Artist Influence Laurel Aitken
Artist Influence Smokey Robinson
Artist Influence The Flamingos (Doo Wop)
Artist Influence The Impressions
Artist Influence The Isley Brothers
Artist Influence The Paragons (Reggae)
Artist Influence The Skatalites
Artist Contemporary Alton Ellis
Artist Contemporary Aswad
Artist Contemporary Barrington Levy
Artist Contemporary Bitty McLean
Artist Contemporary Bob Marley
Artist Contemporary Bunny Wailer
Artist Contemporary Burning Spear
Artist Contemporary Dennis Brown
Artist Contemporary Desmond Dekker
Artist Contemporary Dr. Alimantado
Artist Contemporary Gregory Isaacs
Artist Contemporary Horace Andy
Artist Contemporary Joe Higgs
Artist Contemporary John Holt (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Johnny Nash
Artist Contemporary Junior Murvin (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Justin Hinds
Artist Contemporary Ken Boothe
Artist Contemporary Lee "Scratch" Perry
Artist Contemporary Max Romeo
Artist Contemporary Maxi Priest (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Peter Tosh
Artist Contemporary Steel Pulse
Artist Contemporary The Congos
Artist Contemporary The Ethiopians
Artist Contemporary The Heptones
Artist Contemporary The Meditations
Artist Contemporary The Melodians
Artist Contemporary The Slickers (Reggae)
Artist Contemporary Toots & the Maytals
Artist Contemporary Toots Hibbert
Artist Follower Aswad
Artist Follower Black Uhuru
Artist Follower Gregory Isaacs
Artist Follower Ijahman
Artist Follower Linton Kwesi Johnson
Artist Follower Sly & Robbie
Artist Follower Steel Pulse
Artist Follower Sugar Minott
Artist Follower The Police
Artist Follower The Rolling Stones
Artist Follower U-Roy
Artist Follower UB40
Artist Follower Ziggy Marley
Technical Info
CatalogID 556766
Lable Name Universal Distribution
Released 07/01/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731455676624
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Jimmy Cliff (vocals); Earl "Chinna" Smith, Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan (guitar); Ansell Collins, Phil Ramacon (keyboards); Bertram "Ranchie" McLean (bass); Mickey "Boo" Richards (drums); Uziah "Stickey" Thompson (percussion).
Producers include: Jimmy Cliff, Guilly Bright, Chris Blackwell, Cat Stevens, Trevor Lawrence.
Compilation producers: Dana G. Smart, Mike Ragogna.
Recorded between 1962 & 1993. Includes liner notes by Dave Thompson.
Audio Remixer: Jimmy Bralower.
Liner Note Author: Dave Thompson .
Photographers: J. Janson; Chuck Krall; Harry Goodwin.
Arranger: Larry Fallon.
Jimmy Cliff has always occupied an odd position in reggae music, first of all because he predates it significantly, but also because for much of his career he merged his musical interests with international pop considerations to the extent that he managed to record frequently for such major labels as Warner, EMI, Universal, and Sony. Although his commercial success was spotty, it was recurrent; he first hit the charts internationally in 1969 and was still scoring occasionally in the mid-'90s. His label hopping had made it practically impossible to assemble a thorough compilation of his work until the release of Anthology. Universal's Hip-O reissue subsidiary specializes in putting together anthologies that span record labels, and the compilers had quite a task on their hands when it came to Cliff. Early in his career, he recorded for Island, later controlled by Universal (including his contributions to the celebrated soundtrack to The Harder They Come), and in the early '80s he was on the Universal-controlled MCA label, so Hip-O could start with that material. But there was still a chunk of recordings issued by Warner/Reprise in the U.S. and EMI in the U.K. in the '70s as well as a period on Sony's Columbia imprint in the '80s and '90s to consider. Nevertheless, Hip-O's Anthology succeeds in being the perfect two-disc compilation of Cliff's work over 30 years, 1962-1993. There are early Jamaican hits; the international breakthrough "Wonderful World, Beautiful People"; the topical hit "Viet Nam"; tracks from The Harder They Come, including "Sitting in Limbo" and "Many Rivers to Cross"; Cliff's version of Cat Stevens' "Wild World"; numerous tracks from the Warner/EMI period; and Columbia hits like "Club Paradise" and Cliff's U.S. Top 20 hit revival of Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now" from 1993-1994. Not only is the compilation thorough, but for the first time, it gives a good sense of Cliff's career as a whole, revealing his talents as a songwriter and his ability to use Jamaican rhythms to make a music palatable to pop audiences around the world. ~ William Ruhlmann
Artist Overview
One of the great popularizers of reggae music, Jimmy Cliff blazed a trail into rock that Bob Marley later followed. In the mid 1960s, the young Jamaican singer moved to London to pursue his singing career. After returning to his home and recording some ska & rocksteady material, Cliff finally broke through in 1969 with "Wonderful World, Beautiful People." After hearing the song, Paul Simon travelled to Kingston and booked the same rhythm section, studio, and engineer to record "Mother and Child Reunion"--arguably the first U.S.-made reggae song. As the gun-toting, reggae-singing star of THE HARDER THEY COME (1972), Cliff was suddenly Jamaica's most marketable property. It was the island's best homegrown film, and its soundtrack one of the biggest-selling reggae records of all time.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (8/7/03, p.77) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...[Traces] Cliff's development from early-Sixties charmers...through his sunny yet authoritative European hits...to an unerring selection of his Eighties and Nineties adventures..."
Disc 1
1 Miss Jamaica,Struggling Man - (album version)
2 Hurricane Hattie,Better Days Are Coming
3 King Of Kings,Sooner Or Later
4 Waterfall,House Of Exile
5 Time Will Tell,Action Speaks Louder Than Words
6 Wonderful World, Beautiful People,If I Follow My Mind
7 Come Into My Life,Brave Warrior
8 Hard Road To Travel,Stand Up And Fight Back
9 Viet Nam,I Am The Living - (album version)
10 Many Rivers To Cross,Love Again
11 Sufferin' In The Land,What Are You Doing With Your Life
12 Use What I Got,Shelter Of Your Love - (single version)
13 You Can Get It If You Really Want,Give The People What They Want
14 Let Your Yeah Be Yeah,Rub-A-Dub Partner
15 Wild World,We All Are One
16 Bongo Man,Club Paradise
17 Sitting In Limbo,Love Me, Love Me
18 Goodbye Yesterday,She Was So Right For Me
19 Harder They Come, The - (single version),I Can See Clearly Now
20 Trapped
21 Oh Jamaica
22 Fundamental Reggay
23 Under The Sun, Moon And Stars
Disc 2
1 Miss Jamaica,Struggling Man - (album version)
2 Hurricane Hattie,Better Days Are Coming
3 King Of Kings,Sooner Or Later
4 Waterfall,House Of Exile
5 Time Will Tell,Action Speaks Louder Than Words
6 Wonderful World, Beautiful People,If I Follow My Mind
7 Come Into My Life,Brave Warrior
8 Hard Road To Travel,Stand Up And Fight Back
9 Viet Nam,I Am The Living - (album version)
10 Many Rivers To Cross,Love Again
11 Sufferin' In The Land,What Are You Doing With Your Life
12 Use What I Got,Shelter Of Your Love - (single version)
13 You Can Get It If You Really Want,Give The People What They Want
14 Let Your Yeah Be Yeah,Rub-A-Dub Partner
15 Wild World,We All Are One
16 Bongo Man,Club Paradise
17 Sitting In Limbo,Love Me, Love Me
18 Goodbye Yesterday,She Was So Right For Me
19 Harder They Come, The - (single version),I Can See Clearly Now
20 Trapped
21 Oh Jamaica
22 Fundamental Reggay
23 Under The Sun, Moon And Stars
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