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KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic radio program has seen its share of living legends, but few fit that description better than reggae's Jimmy Cliff. Here, with guitar in hand, he shows exactly how it's done, performing with such skill that he makes it look easy. As with all true professionals, his mix of natural talent and years of experience combine for a certain x-factor. From the opening notes of his classic song "Trapped" (covered in a much different way by Bruce Springsteen), it's apparent that Cliff is in top form. His 2012 studio album Rebirth was an inspired affair, and his cover of The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" (itself a tribute to men like Cliff) returns the favor. A cool slide-blues guitar works itself into "World Upside Down." His positive message leads to a defiant performance of "Wonderful World, Beautiful People," where his voice opens up like no other. Other classics, such as "Many Rivers to Cross" and "I Can See Clearly Now," are met with material from his new album, including the strong closer "One More."

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Still Great!

Jimmy's voice is still amazing

A legend, and rightfully so.

I had the pleasure of introducing Mr. Chambers (OM) to an adoring crowd at The Oregon Zoo. He is among the original ska & reggae performers who still give me inspiration today. His recent Grammy Award-winning album reinforces his place in the reggae canon. These acoustic versions, and his still-stellar voice, are a must for every true reggae fan. How a 66-year-old reggae singer finds new inspiration is beyond me, but I am glad Jimmy Cliff has found it!

Oh my heart

This is Jimmy unplugged and emotionally naked. Listened through from start to finish 2x back to back this morning. "One More" … words don't say it. Much love to Mr. Cliff for what he's put out in his lifetime.


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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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Reggae, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2013

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