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Editors’ Notes

A tour de force album from one of reggae’s greatest songwriters, 1972’s Struggling Man finds Jimmy Cliff trying to pick up the pieces in the wake of the death of his mentor, the great ska and rocksteady producer Leslie Kong. Kong had introduced a teenaged Cliff to the Jamaican record industry in the early ‘60s, had helped him to develop and mature as a songwriter, and had furnished Cliff’s early hits with his soothing yet rough hewn sound. Kong’s sudden death left Cliff uncertain as to the creative and commercial direction of his career. On Struggling Man, he assesses his debt to his mentor, delivers a regretful farewell to youthful innocence on “Those Good Old Days,” and begins to discover how to honor his fallen friend with his talents on “Let’s Seize The Time.” Struggling Man remains a singular album in Cliff’s discography as it finds the usually chipper singer pondering themes of loss and disillusionment. Ultimately it is the tension between overwhelming despair, and Cliff’s will to celebrate in the face of suffering that makes Struggling Man such a compelling work. A classic.

Customer Reviews

Pretty good!

i know people dont really listen to these kinds of songs but i was looking for another song then i found i cant live without you. so yea

Good stuff

Check out Struggling Man and Going Back West. I started listening to Jimmy Cliff after seeing The Harder They Come in 1974. Going Back West never appears on his greatest hits, but is a beautiful song.

This is one of those rare albums where EVERY track is great.

One of, if not my first, my all time favorite Jimmy Cliff, again if not reggae, albums.

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. Catherine, Jamaica, on April 1, 1948, with the less prosaic name James Chambers. His talent was evident from childhood, and he began his...
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