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Album Review

Many of the great reggae singers who emerged in the '60s and '70s were Rastafarians, but Jimmy Cliff is an exception. Cliff is a Muslim, which is why you won't find references to "Jah Rastafarai," "I-tal food" or "ganja" in any of his material. While the absence of Rastafarian terminology in Cliff's songs is one of the things that sets him apart from other reggae artists, his message of Black liberation has been well received by Rastas. Cliff proves that you don't have to be a Rastafarian to be a reggae star, and he also proves that a reggae artist doesn't have to perform reggae 100% of the time. 1978's Give Thanx, in fact, has as much to do with R&B as it does with reggae. While "Stand Up and Fight Back" and "Wanted Man" are reggae gems, "You Left Me Standing At The Door" and "She Is A Woman" are southern-style soul treasures that would have fit right in on a Stax/Volt release. And "Meeting in Africa" is the type of English-language African pop one would expect to come from a South African artist rather than a Jamaican reggae singer. Cliff's eclectic nature proves to be an asset throughout this fine LP.

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Best Jimmy Cliff around

This was my first Jimmy Cliff album, of several. I bought it after my first trip sailing to the Bahamas from Florida, "Give Thanks" was a cassette on the boat. I have the album, but have been waiting for it come out on cd. Other tha "Harder They Come", I believe this is his best work..

Give Thanks

I have been waiting for Itunes to release this album. I had this years ago and could not find it. I am so glad to see it so I can purchase it. she is a woman, you left me standing by the door, stand up and fight back and footprints...immediatly brought back the memories . Great music ...i am a big Jimmy Cliff fan and so excited to be able to listen to this great music selection again!!!!

Criminally Overlooked and Worth a Listen

I purchased this LP in 1978 when it first came out. I was amazed just how soulful and "pop" the record was. I was miffed that it was not the major reggae break through of the period that it should have been.

Biography

Born: April 1, 1948 in St. James, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

It's one of the music industry's great ironies that today, outside of reggae circles, Jimmy Cliff is perhaps better known for his film appearances than his music. Even after a string of hits, the singer never quite managed to break into the mainstream, although he seemed poised for international stardom during the late '60s/early '70s. The singer was born in St. James, Jamaica, on April 1, 1948, with the less prosaic name James Chambers. His talent was evident from childhood, and he began his career...
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