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June 17, 2017

Jimmy Cliff – Special (1983) – Lp

by Record Facts

Jimmy Cliff, OM (born James Chambers; 1 April 1948) is a Jamaican ska and reggae musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and actor. He is the only living musician to hold the Order of Merit, the highest honour that can be granted by the Jamaican government for achievements in the arts and sciences.












Artist:  Jimmy Cliff
Title:  Special
Year:  1982
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  CBS CX 85878

Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff was one of the first performers to take the music beyond his native Jamaica. His voice is higher and sweeter-sounding than Bob Marley’s, yet like Marley, Cliff has that fervent, declarative style, righteous but never overbearing. SPECIAL is from 1982, and is a fine sampling of Cliff’s brand of easy-going, pop-tinged reggae. “Treat the Youths Right” and “Roots Radical” are both groove-oriented and topical–the former is a plea for understanding for young people, the latter a declaration of pride in Jamaican roots and culture. “Keep on Dancing” and “Rub-a-Dub Partner” are bright, summery exhortations to good times and romance. This is not an album for those seeking the darkly intense “culture” style of reggae–for that, check out Burning Spear and Lee “Scratch” Perry. Cliff takes the reggae form and adds a chorus of soothing yet soulful chorus, flute, fuzzy guitars and electronic keyboards, making for a fine album for those who prefer their reggae light, bouncy, and instantly catchy.


Side one
1.  Special  (3:51)
2.  Love Is All  (4:19)
3.  Peace Officer  (4:12)
4.  Treat The Youths Right  (3:40)
5.  Keep On Dancing  (3:25)
6.  Rub-A-Dub Partner  (2:58)

Side two
1.  Roots Is Radical  (4:25)
2.  Love Heights  (3:35)
3.  Originator  (4:56)
4.  Rock Children  (4:00)
5.  Where There Is Love  (4:15)

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