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Reggae singer Jimmy Cliff was one of the first performers to take the music beyond his native Jamaica. His voice is higher and sweeter-sounding than Bob Marley's, yet like Marley, Cliff has that fervent, declarative style, righteous but never overbearing. SPECIAL is from 1982, and is a fine sampling of Cliff's brand of easy-going, pop-tinged reggae. "Treat the Youths Right" and "Roots Radical" are both groove-oriented and topical--the former is a plea for understanding for young people, the latter a declaration of pride in Jamaican roots and culture. "Keep on Dancing" and "Rub-a-Dub Partner" are bright, summery exhortations to good times and romance. This is not an album for those seeking the darkly intense "culture" style of reggae--for that, check out Burning Spear and Lee "Scratch" Perry. Cliff takes the reggae form and adds a chorus of soothing yet soulful chorus, flute, fuzzy guitars and electronic keyboards, making for a fine album for those who prefer their reggae light, bouncy, and instantly catchy.
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Special Jimmy Cliff 3:50
  3. 2 Love Is All Jimmy Cliff 4:18
  4. 3 Peace Officer Jimmy Cliff 4:11
  5. 4 Treat the Youths Right Jimmy Cliff 3:40
  6. 5 Keep on Dancing Jimmy Cliff 3:23
  7. 6 Rub-A-Dub Partner Jimmy Cliff 2:57
  8. 7 Roots Radical Jimmy Cliff 4:19
  9. 8 Love Heights Jimmy Cliff 3:34
  10. 9 Originator Jimmy Cliff 4:57
  11. 10 Rock Children Jimmy Cliff 4:0
  12. 11 Where There Is Love Jimmy Cliff 4:14

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