Pretty much my introduction to reggae beyond Bob Marley, It’s been on my playlist for over 10 years now and I still haven’t tired of it..
“The Harder They Come, the Jamaican movie starring Jimmy Cliff, was a cult hit when it was released 30 years ago. But along with Bob Marley, the film and its soundtrack helped introduce reggae music to America and the rest of the world.
Director Perry Henzell’s soundtrack “captured reggae at the moment it entered its golden age at the start of the ’70s — with a variety of styles, rhythms and exotic lyrics,” Kahn says. It included songs by Cliff, The Maytals, The Slickers and others — soulful ballads, upbeat rockers and even songs that quoted scripture and preached peace.”