Various ‎– The Harder They Come (Original Soundtrack Recording)

Mango ‎– MLPS-9202
Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Reissue, Terre Haute

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A1 Jimmy Cliff You Can Get It If You Really Want 2:38
A2 Scotty (2) Draw Your Brakes
Producer – Derrick Harriot*
A3 The Melodians Rivers Of Babylon 4:10
A4 Jimmy Cliff Many Rivers To Cross 2:57
A5 The Maytals Sweet And Dandy 2:58
A6 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come 3:36
B1 The Slickers Johnny Too Bad
Producer – Byron Lee
B2 Desmond Dekker Shanty Town 2:37
B3 The Maytals Pressure Drop 3:43
B4 Jimmy Cliff Sitting In Limbo 4:52
B5 Jimmy Cliff You Can Get It If You Really Want 2:38
B6 Jimmy Cliff The Harder They Come 3:02

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Mid-1970's reissue, Mango 'palm tree' labels, with 7720 Sunset Blvd. address on labels. Pressed by Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Terre Haute per 'T 1/SXT' in runout etchings.

Released in gatefold cover, and includes full color heavy card stock Island promotional inner sleeve.

From labels:
℗ 1973 Mango Records
Mfg. and Distributed by Island Records Inc., 7720 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif. 90046

From cover:
℗ 1972 Mango Records
Mfg. and Distributed by Island Records Inc., 7720 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, Calif. 90046
Printed in U.S.A.

A5 & B2 in mono only.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side A): MLPS 9202-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Label, side B): MLPS 9202-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side A): T1 MLPS-9202-A-2 [Artisan logo]
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, side B): 1 S MLPS 9202-B 1A SXT [Artisan logo]



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June 24, 2018
edited over 2 years ago
The early 1970s were a significant time in the history of Jamaican music. The music of Ska, from the 1960s, had morphed first in the direction of Rock Steady, and then into Reggae. Standout stars at that time were Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Toots & The Maytals (both represented on this soundtrack), and the Wailers who, at the time of this film's release, were seeing founding members Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer leaving the band for solo careers. That left Bob Marley and their stellar back-up band to further the Reggae music gospel. With the help of Johnny Nash's crossover smash "I Can See Clearly Now" (later covered by Jimmy Cliff for the movie "Cool Runnings"), and Brits like Paul McCartney (covering "Love Is Strange") and Eric Clapton (with his hit cover of the Wailers' "I Shot The Sheriff"), the movie The Harder They Come capitalised on Euro-American interest in this fresh music form. The soundtrack contains the title hit, performed by its star, Reggae great Jimmy Cliff, and several needle drop hits by him and other Reggae and Jamaican pop stars. This soundtrack, along with the mid-60s compilation "The Real Jamaica Ska", comprise a perfect primer for neophyte fans of the early years of this incredible genre.

As for the film, a country boy comes to the city to find fame and fortune as a singer, and gets into trouble. One of the most prolific of Jamaican-based and -produced movies, it makes stark commentaries on Jamaican society, music industry corruption, and the negative cultural/positive musical influence of the US on the "third world".