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The Harder They Come (1973)

The Harder They Come
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The Harder They Come is the soundtrack album to the iconic film of the same name, released in 1972 in the United Kingdom as Island Records ILPS 9202. It was issued in February 1973 in North America as Mango Records SMAS-7400. It peaked at #140 on the Billboard 200.
The heart of the soundtrack comes from performances by the film's star, reggae singer Jimmy Cliff. Only the title track "The Harder They Come" was recorded by Cliff specifically for the soundtrack, with three earlier songs by Cliff added. The remainder of the album is a compilation of singles released in Jamaica from the period of 1967 through 1972, assembled by the The Harder They Come director and co-writer, Perry Henzell, from songs by favored reggae singers. In addition to Cliff, these artists include The Melodians, The Slickers, DJ Scotty, and seminal early reggae stars Desmond Dekker and Toots and the Maytals.
The soundtrack album played a major part in popularizing reggae in the United States and the world beyond, the film itself preventing the genre from remaining an isolated phenomenon in Jamaica. In 2003, the album was ranked number 119 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

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Tracks

4:17 Rivers of Babylon
3:01 Sweet and Dandy
2:46 007 (Shanty Town)
4:57 Sitting In Limbo
2:45 You Can Get It If You Really Want
2:40 You Can Get It If You Really Want
2:57 Draw Your Brakes
3:02 Johnny Too Bad
3:43 The Harder They Come
3:01 Many Rivers To Cross
3:41 Pressure Drop
3:09 The Harder They Come
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