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July 17, 2012

Song Title
World Upside Down
One More
Cry No More
Children's Bread
Guns Of Brixton
Reggae Music
Rebel Rebel
Ruby Soho
Blessed Love
Ship Is Sailing
One More (Alternate Version)

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  • Label: Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
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  • Total Length: 45:59
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  • ASIN: B008H22178
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,708 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Four Decades In-- Jimmy Cliff Finds His Feel Again! July 20, 2012
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For the past couple of decades, Jimmy Cliff hasn't made a full album that has been salient to me... As one of the Kings of Reggae's heyday he is one of the last standing. Bob Marley and Peter Tosh are long gone... and nothing truly compared to the dancehall/rocksteady music that Jimmy Cliff had done when he starred in 1972's The Harder They Come (The Criterion Collection). Happily, this attempt by Rancid's Tim Armstrong (as producer) to rekindle the feel of Jimmy's origins is a stellar success.

Every cut has a nod to what Jimmy had done best in the past. The vintage feel of this recording is enhanced by the simple lead-ins of Keyboard or Drums at the front of the tunes--as happened in early Reggae. That said the production values and backing musicians are wonderful-- they are called called Engine Room. Just a sampling of the backing crew? The gents playing with Jimmy Cliff are musicians such as Scott Abels from Hepcat (he plays with amazing authenticity--but adds current riffs,) Tim Armstrong from Rancid (his guitar is a wonder on this album), and Dan Boer of Cypress Hill fame does the keyboards proud. None of the band upstages Cliff. They are so tight and so well mixed that the album itself could become one of your test records if you are buying equipment and listening to various great productions to audiophile standards. Audiophile or not--this is an album that has impressive sonic quality.

The songs?

Children's Lament and World Is Upside Down touch upon Cliff's early sociopolitical content--as his tune Vietnam did previously.

His punchier tunes are dead-on with Bang and One More and bring the feel of songs like The Harder They Come.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DEAR MUSIC APPRECIATORS July 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Dear Music Appreciators,

I don't know a dang thing about reggae or Jimmy Cliff, but I know I like this album. I knew I liked it within just a few seconds of hearing it. Can someone else like me who doesn't know a thing about reggae or Jimmy Cliff really enjoy an album like this the way that I do? Yes. But why?

"Reggae music gonna make me feel good / reggae music gonna make me feel alright now" ("Reggae Music") - if you've ever felt a little down and out (and haven't we all?) the bouncy shuffle of a reggae beat can pick up your mood, and can do so regardless of what the lyrics say. The first track "World Upside Down" name checks war, poverty, prosperity, morality, injustice, religious hypocrisy, political tyranny, crime, violence, starvation, ecological calamity, economic instability, sanity, vanity, and love, love, love, love, love, love, love - but still made me feel like I was at a party. You get the message and you get to party at the same time.

Whether Cliff is singing/speaking in a clear and sincere style ("World Upside Down") baring his falsetto soul ("Cry No More") or channeling James Brown (the intro to "Bang") he sounds like a man half his age and its fun to hear him work through these songs, songs that clearly share a certain reggaeness but are all different enough to keep things interesting and to expose to even the uninitiated reggae listener what strong ties and influences this musical style shares with rock, pop, soul, gospel, rap, hip hop, and R&B.

Get your reggae on, and no matter what's going on, your world should get a little brighter.


Constant Listener
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like some lost classic... August 5, 2012
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Jimmy Cliff provided some of the soundtrack of my youth, especially albums like the movie soundtrack "The harder they Come" and "House Of Exile". Listening to his new CD "Rebirth", it's almost like time never went by; same vintage Reggae sound and voice, with much of the lyrics addressing the state of the planet - crime, recession, poverty, etc.

And this is a compliment. Produced by Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong, the album takes Cliff back to his roots and could almost be from some lost seventies sessions, similar to Rick Rubin's work with Johnny Cash. "World Upside down" takes a look at the state of the world today and is akin to his "Wonderful World, Beautiful People" from 1969. "One More" is groovy with darting horns (and appears again at the end in an alternate version), while the lilting "Cry No More" finds him singing the chorus in falsetto. These set the tone for much of the album.

Everything is great really, "Outsider" is a bouncy Blues/Soul number peppered with hand-claps and horns, "Ruby Soho" is gentle and melodic, but the standout has got to be his terrific cover of The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton" with groovy bass and great horns. A real rebirth!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT THE FIRST TIME October 26, 2012
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An instant classic and career career highlight. So many older recording artists lose their inspiration and just don't try hard enough to be great again. Not Jimmy Cliff, he is delivering in every way on this new disc. He brings it and let's his soul free with a voice that is remarkably flexible and strong. Nice vintage sound, they really capture the old sound and vibe with the instrumentation and lack of technology. Hooray for Jimmy and Timmy who did a wonderful job in the studio. Also check out the sacred fire ep for a couple of really great songs not on rebirth. Well worth it just for JC's version of "a hard rain is gonna come".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae Music
Man I cannot believe how good this guys voice still sounds. Amazing. Trivia. One of his back up singers won on the Voice last year.
Published 3 days ago by David W. Barsness
5.0 out of 5 stars FROM BIG FAN OF REGGAE MUSIC
Published 25 days ago by Barbara Jean Agnew
4.0 out of 5 stars Still making great music
I think it's great that Jimmy Cliff is still writing great songs with positive messages. So far I'm liking "One More" and "Children's Bread. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Det-Amz
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebirth.....Jimmy Cliff
Such another wonderful album from Jimmy. He never ceases too amaze me Check out Black Magic album from 2004 also! .I wish Jimmy would come back to South Florida soon.
Published 3 months ago by Leonard I. Vernon
3.0 out of 5 stars middle to less ground
I guess I liked Jimmy Cliff's earlier works better. I have not listened to it much. I think that says it all.
Published 4 months ago by Terry D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Reggae Off the Cliff
Another gift of reggae, well known performer , good play list. Bought as a gift.I probably would not buy this for myself.
Published 4 months ago by Happy's Mom
4.0 out of 5 stars Good solid album. I enjoy it.
I recommend it. It is better than I thought it would be. I only previewed a few songs and was pleasantly surprised that the whole album is good and in typical Jimmy Cliff fashion. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chad B.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best reggae records I've heard in a while
With guidance from Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Jimmy Cliff delivers one of his best records. The cover songs are solid, but it's the originals that allow Jimmy to be Jimmy and really... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jeff P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning, Joyous Piece of Work
I've owned this since it came out, which was about a year ago. It's one of those records............ Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Orme
5.0 out of 5 stars Reggae
Jimmy Cliff is stiff making some good reggae songs. From the "Harder They Come" writer/actor/singer. Nice to have a recent Cd from him.
Published 10 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
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