Rebirth

July 17, 2012 | Format: MP3

$8.99
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  • Original Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Label: Jimmy Cliff - Rebirth
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Sunpower Productions NY, Ltd. under exclusive license to Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
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  • Total Length: 45:59
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  • ASIN: B008H22178
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,194 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Ska and reggae mixed together with Jimmy Cliff on top!
Lorin Stoll
You can play this CD at your next party...and I guarantee you that your guests will all have a great time.
Matti Kniva Spencer
This is the best album of the year and is probably the best reggae album I've ever heard.
Rockin Bones

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Andrew H. Lee on 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.

Sincerely,

Constant Listener
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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 By T-Town Punk on October 26, 2012
Format: Audio CD
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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