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Jimmy Cliff’s anthemic compositions “The Harder They Come” and “Many Rivers to Cross” are among reggae’s most recognizable tunes, and his portrayal of populist gangster Ivanhoe Martin in the film The Harder They Come gave reggae its greatest bad-man archetype. Cliff’s 2012 release Rebirth is a collaboration between the rough-throated singer/producer and Tim Armstrong, frontman for Bay Area punk revivalists Rancid. Armstrong’s ear is unusually attuned to classic reggae's rhythms and textures, and he provides Cliff with a warm, organic sound that evokes the bubbling atmosphere of Kingston in the late ‘60s, an era when Cliff’s tales of hardscrabble sufferers were played end-to-end with soulful rocksteady by the likes of The Wailers and The Sensations and stomping rude-boy tunes by Prince Buster and Honeyboy Martin. That’s not to say Rebirth is completely revivalist. Indeed, some of its strongest moments come when Cliff puts his unique spin on rock numbers like The Clash’s “Guns of Brixton" or Rancid’s own “Ruby Soho," which in Cliff’s hands becomes a bracing ska workout. 

Customer Reviews

Great Album

Tim and Jimmy pulled this one off! Summer jams for those lazy hazy dayz

Didn't know Jimmy Cliff was still so talented

I've been a casual fan of Jimmy Cliff's for a few years now, but the man has still got it! Great album, great songs and great socially conscious messages. Listen, learn and enjoy! Thank you Jimmy Cliff!

The best Jimmy Cliff album in years.

If you like really old Jimmy Cliff, get this. If you like any Jimmy Cliff, get this. If you love reggae, get this. If you want a great album to play at your party, get this. This album is in the top 10 best albums of the year as far as I'm concerned.


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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Rebirth, Jimmy Cliff
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  • $7.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2012

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