Another release that fortunately for us fans of ska, rocksteady and reggae has happened due to Universal Records now owning both the Island and Trojan record labels, thus making the cross licencing process far simpler. So what we have is a double CD with 40 tracks spanning Cliff’s early work from 1960 to 1972, I’m Sorry to The Harder They Come.
The previously unreleased track (for such albums always contain one) is A Little Bit of Soap, which is OK. The appeal for me is more the collection of tracks being all on one album, Miss Jamaica, One Eyes Jacks, Give A Little Take A Little, Set Me Free (featuring Jackie Edwards), the classic Many Rivers to Cross (seeing him perform this live is a forever memorable experience), a mellow version titled The Bigger They Come… and Sitting In Limbo.
All classics, all a reminder to Jimmy Cliff’s legendary status, and now all available on one album. Sweet.
Listen to: Bigger They Come, The Harder They Fall
• Scootering Magazine – December 2010