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5.0 out of 5 stars a classic, September 19, 2000
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Sean M. Kelly (Portland, Oregon United States) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wonderful World Beautiful People (Audio CD)
To capitalize on the strong tracks from his 1st lp, A&M records re-released his "Jimmy Cliff" debut lp in America as the important "Wonderful World, Beautiful People," where it met with a good measure of success.
Whether you buy this lp of Cliff's self titled debut on the Trojan label, you still get many of the strong tracks that made Cliff famous, including "Vietnam," "Time Will Tell," "Many Rivers to Cross," and "Sufferin' In the Land."
An indespensible lp, no reggae collection is complete without either release. Superb.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Could It Be That Only Two People Have Reviewed This?, December 28, 2005
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This review is from: Wonderful World Beautiful People (Audio CD)
This is a classic and the reviewer who said there are only three really good tracks is crazy - every song on this is as exactly as it should be. Put this on while you are drving and feel your spirits lift. Never met anyone who didn't like it once exposed to it. If it is not currently in print, I have to wonder what is wrong with the world. Skip the anthologies - this album deserves to be listened to from beginning to end as one great piece of art from a particular time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, January 26, 2007
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This review is from: Wonderful World Beautiful People (Audio CD)
Magnifficent music from Jimmy Cliff, his early work was as outstanding as his later music.
Much of this album tells of his own experiences and his own hopes for the world.
Time Will Tell and My Ancestors are songs of social alienation and pain.
As is the soulful gospel-sounding hit Many Rivers To Cross.
Viet Nam , a protest song, was judged by Bob Dylan, to be one of the best protest songs about the Vietnam War. Use What I Got is an inspiring melody of hope in a seemingly hopeless situation, as is Hard Road To Travel.
You can see from these songs the tough times that Jimmy Cliff went through in the 1960's in London.
He always retained a strong sense of his Afro-Carribean identity.
Wonderful World, Beautiful People is a bouncy jamboree of hope for a world of peace and love, while Sufferin' In The Land tells of the suffering of the people. Then there are the great love songs like Hello Sunshine and Come Into My Life . A must have for any one who likes reggae/and or the music of the late 60's and early 70's.
An excellent resource to explore some of the earlier reggae music, from one of reggae's great legends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The First International Reggae Album, July 13, 2012
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This review is from: Wonderful World Beautiful People (Audio CD)
Contrary to popular belief, this album, initially titled JIMMY CLIFF and released on Lee Perry's "Trojan Records", was the very first album released outside of Jamaica to achieve success and opened the doors for other artist from the islands to begin to broaden their horizons as well. Released in 1969 a year before The Wailers would release their first international album SOUL REBELS, this album would later be renamed WONDERFUL WORLD BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE upon it's release in the U.S. after the success of that particular single on the charts.

This is a wonderful album by Jimmy and shows his deep appreciation for his roots which was Ska, Roots Reggae and the Gospel and Soul his was exposed to while listening to artists like Fats Domino, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles. This was truly an exciting time for Reggae as it was drawing the attention of producers and artists both in the U.K. and the U.S. The work of the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry, The Wailers and Jimmy was foundational and truly set the stage for all those who would follow.

The album has a wonderful blend of all the genre's that inspired Jimmy while maintaining that distinct Reggae beat and feel. Some of my favorites are the aforementioned title track, "Many Rivers To Cross"; "Vietnam"; "Sufferin' In The Land" and the wonderful "My Ancestors" a song which is truly a Roots Reggae classic. This is a wonderful album and in it's own way historic too.

Jimmy Cliff does not get near the credit he deserves for his songwriting, singing and performances. His work is every bit as important as that of the early Wailers in the formation and growth of Reggae as a "mainstream" genre. The Wailers are my favorite Reggae band and Bob Marley is in a league all his own, however, Jimmy Cliff is a master himself who deserves much praise for the wonderful songs he has shared with us over the years.

This album was truly the beginning of something very special from a very special, humble and talented man. I know you will be blessed by the songs included in this release and will develop a great appreciation for one of music's ture pioneers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with this one, September 25, 1999
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J. B Brent (Oak Ridge, Tennessee USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Wonderful World Beautiful People (Audio CD)
Jimmy Cliff's WONDERFUL WORLD, BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE was released in the U.S. as A&M SP 4251 on vinyl in 1970 and later on compact disc (75021 3189 2) although it may now be out of print. Every track is worthwhile. The reggae beat is constant, except for "That's the way Life Goes," which offers a refreshing change of pace. Cliff's vocals are consistently enthusiastic.
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