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Goodbye Yesterday Original recording remastered

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Jimmy Cliff is sufficiently ensconced as a musical icon that he made it into a list in Nick Hornby's music-obsessive masterpiece High Fidelity. ["Many Rivers To Cross" was in third place, sandwiched between "One Love" by Bob Marley and "Angel" by Aretha Franklin.] And, speaking of movies, it was probably as a consequence of the soundtrack to The Harder They Come (which starred Cliff as Ivanhoe Martin) that most Americans came to Cliff's music in the first place. The reggae star was born in Somerton, Jamaica, on April 1, 1948, as James Chambers. At 14, he moved to Kingston, ostensibly to go to school, but in fact to become a performer, taking the surname Cliff as a nod to his mountainous hometown. His early sides were produced by the late Leslie Kong, a record store owner from Kingston who embraced Cliff's music after the artist had been rejected by the likes of Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. This collection was originally compiled by Island Records in the UK, gathering stray singles and previously-unreleased tracks, back in the Seventies. Why it got shelved is destined to be one of Life's Big Mysteries. After all, Cat Stevens, who was blazing, had produced both "Trapped" and "Waiting In Line," and anything at the time with his name attached seemed golden. "Keep Your Eyes On The Sparrow," not to be confused with the Baretta theme, is the spiritual descendent of the aforementioned "Many Rivers To Cross," and it is a jaw-droppingly beautiful track produced by Paul Samwell-Smith of the Yardbirds. It also includes the single version of "Waterfall," the tune with which Cliff represented Jamaica at the International Song Festival in Brazil. Despite coming from a variety of sources and times, the album hangs together as a musical statement and is comprises some of Cliff's most powerful work.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 13, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • ASIN: B000BJ1MQQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,864 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jimmy Cliff is one of my all time favorite artists, a legend of Reggae Music and a Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductee. With all that said, I still sometimes don't feel he gets the full credit that he deserves for his wonderful talent and accomplishments. A humble man who grew up on the countryside of Somerton, Jamaica, he began to write songs at the age of twelve. He was sent by his father to Kingston during this time to go to school for technical things like radio and television but young James Chambers had other ideas. There was a talent show called "Opportunity Knocks" that would happen once a week and he tried to get an audition to perform.

After several attempts, he finally got his chance to audition after getting close enough to the stage to speak with one of the organizers, Vere Johns, and announcing that his name was "Jimmy Cliff" which is a stage name he came up with to get noticed. The surname "Cliff" was used due to his being raised in the mountainous region of Somerton, up in the cliffs. The name caught Johns' attention and he gave him the opportunity to perform that evening performing Fats Domino tunes. Jimmy really loved Fats, Sam Cooke and Ray Charles and figured if he could blend the traits he loved from all 3 into 1, he was sure to become famous.

Unfortunately, he was booed off the stage this night, however, he would try again at another location in West Kingston and win that contest giving him the confidence needed to continue the pursuit of his dream. It was in 1962 when Cliff convinced Leslie King, one of 3 Chinese Jamaican brothers who ran a downtown restaurant, ice cream parlor, record shop and real estate office, to go into record production with him.
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It was a perfect performance of the great master voice of J. Cliff. I never get tired listening to it.
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