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Many Rivers to Cross: The Best of Jimmy Cliff

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Jimmy Cliff 6/23/2003

Review

There was a time when you couldn't find a decent Jimmy Cliff greatest-hits collection that covered both the storied singer's ska and reggae songs on one CD, but 2003's Many Rivers to Cross stepped into an arena filled with contenders covering essentially the same early-'60s to early-'70s era. Many Rivers distances itself from the pack with a heavy dose of ska tracks, including suspect "Hurricane Hatty," but also less well known cuts like "King of Kings," "Miss Jamaica," "Gold Digger," "You Are Never Too Old," and "The Prodigal." This is formative stuff that paved the way for Cliff's soul-soaked rocksteady and reggae cuts that catapulted the singer and songwriter to an international star. Those cuts are here too, including the 1969 breakout single "Wonderful World Beautiful People" along with "Many Rivers to Cross," "You Can Get It if You Really Want It," and "The Harder They Come" from the 1972 film of the same name. There are collections that dig deeper, like the double-disc Anthology from Hip-O, and still others that root out every ska or reggae cut that Cliff laid down, but for a concise single-disc retrospective, Many Rivers to Cross gives the best picture of this superstar's rise. ~ Wade Kergan
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Wonderful World, Beautiful People Jimmy Cliff 3:11
  3. 2 King of Kings Jimmy Cliff 3:24
  4. 3 Many Rivers to Cross Jimmy Cliff 2:42
  5. 4 Miss Jamaica Jimmy Cliff 2:27
  6. 5 Vietnam Jimmy Cliff 4:46
  7. 6 Hurricane Hattie Lloyd Robinson 2:40
  8. 7 You Can Get It If You Really Want Jimmy Cliff 2:41
  9. 8 You Are Never Too Old Jimmy Cliff 2:56
  10. 9 Hard Road to Travel Jimmy Cliff 2:33
  11. 10 One-Eyed Jacks Jimmy Cliff 3:2
  12. 11 Bongo Man (A Come) Jimmy Cliff 3:57
  13. 12 The Man Jimmy Cliff 2:40
  14. 13 Give a Little Take a Little (AKA Give and Take) Jimmy Cliff 2:11
  15. 14 The Prodigal Jimmy Cliff 2:38
  16. 15 Time Will Tell Jimmy Cliff 3:14
  17. 16 Gold Digger Jimmy Cliff 2:24
  18. 17 Sufferin' (In the Land) Jimmy Cliff 3:3
  19. 18 My Lucky Day Jimmy Cliff 2:39
  20. 19 Since Lately Jimmy Cliff 2:16
  21. 20 I'm Free Kent & Jeanie 3:9
  22. 21 Come into My Life Jimmy Cliff 2:54
  23. 22 Miss Universe Jimmy Cliff 2:40
  24. 23 Let's Dance Jimmy Cliff 2:35
  25. 24 I'm Sorry Jimmy Cliff 2:39
  26. 25 Dearest Beverley Jimmy Cliff 2:42

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