The Harder They Come – Remastered

Hip-O/Universal Music Enterprises (UME) will mark the 30th anniversary of the U.S. release of the landmark reggae album “The Harder They Come” with a remastered, two-disc “Deluxe Edition,” due Aug. 5. The first disc is a remastered version of the soundtrack to the 1973 film starring reggae great Jimmy Cliff as Ivan, an aspiring musician turned gangster. Both the film and the 12-song soundtrack, half of which was comprised of his songs, went on to make Cliff an international star.

The second disc collects some of reggae’s most commercially successful singles to predate the April 1973 release of Bob Marley & the Wailers’ Island debut, “Catch a Fire.” Included are a number of additional tracks from the same artists on the original disc — Cliff (“Vietnam”), Desmond Dekker (“Israelites”) and the Maytals (” 54-46 (That’s My Number)”).


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