“The Harder They Come” – soundtrack - 1972
“The Harder they Come” is a classic film directed by Jamaican Perry Henzell. It was the first film to come out of
Cliff has a matchless gallantry in his voice, pooled with an unstoppable- old-school reggae off- beat that nets any audience. He is someone you should listen to. It’s not the sophisticated doo-wop of Bob Marley, or the fashionable hardcore dancehall sounds of Sean Paul. This is a different kind of reggae more familiar with Jamaicans and Europeans. Imagine yourself in a brand-new white linen suit- you are walking through the streets of Kingston- noises all around- cold red-stripe in your hand- it’s a warm night- perfect temperature-you don’t know where you’re going- you step into a beachside hall- moonlight reflecting off the disco ball- beautiful women dancing like only they can. This is the feeling racing through me- when I listen to Cliff.
The disc also features songs from other reggae greats- Toots and the Maytals, and Desmond Decker. “Pressure Drop” (Toots and the Maytals) is a consummate reggae song. It has the beats, the sensation, and the unpolluted sounds. 007 (Desmond Decker) introduces the sounds of “the rude boys” to
Check out this soundtrack. It is unquestionably one of the greatest reggae compilations ever produced.
My current repeat- 007
Coming Soon- the Yeah Yeah Yeahs