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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2005, 02:06:33 AM »

Day Tripper, I dont have a Bass of my own yet. I use my friends everyone once in a while.
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2005, 12:57:49 PM »

Bump!!!

Vocals for Your Really Got A Hold on Me.
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2005, 12:03:04 AM »

Stir It Up - Bob Marley ....Should have learnt it ages ago! lol
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2005, 04:00:07 PM »

Where Have All The Flowers Gone- Pete Seeger
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #24 on: November 13, 2005, 02:30:24 AM »

....but johnny nash and jimmy cliff did it too
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #25 on: November 13, 2005, 02:33:53 AM »

This article originally appeared in Reggae Report

JIMMY CLIFF ON RECORD Lee O'Neill

     Jimmy Cliff is so firmly identified with The Harder They Come
     that his other work gets overlooked and undervalued.  He has
     been in the forefront of reggae since 1963 and continues to be
     a major star all over the world.   Although he, has appeared in
     four movies, has received a Grammy (and was nominated four
     other times) and has had dozens of hit records he is still
     struggling to obtain the respect and success of artists with
     far less impressive histories.

     Cliff, born James Chambers, moved to Kingston as a teenager and
     cut several obscure songs with minor producers.   In 1963, he
     impressed producer Leslie Kong enough to get a couple of songs
     on Kong's Beverly's label and both "Dearest Beverly" and
     "Hurricane Hattie" became hits.  That began a relationship that
     lasted until Kong's death in 1971 and marked the real beginning
     of Cliff's career.  Almost none of his ska material is
     available these days, although "Miss Jamaica" has appeared on
     several Trojan anthologies.

     Cliff was selected to accompany Millie Small (remember "My Boy
     Lollipop"?) and Byron Lee and the Dragonaires to the New York
     World's Fair in 1965.  This trip was designed to introduce ska
     to the world and while we all know it just didn't happen, the
     trip resulted in a film called This Is Ska, featuring a young
     and enthusiastic Jimmy Cliff along with several other stars of
     the time.  It also brought Cliff to the attention of Island
     Records' Chris Blackwell.

     Cliff moved to England and Blackwell began grooming him for
     international success.  Early releases such as Hard Road to
     Travel (Island, 1967), Can't Get Enough of It (Veep, 1968) and
     Jimmy Cliff (Trojan, 1969) often sounded more like pop-rock
     than reggae.  It wasn't until Wonderful World Beautiful People
     (A&M, 1969) that Cliff began to reach back to reggae for
     inspiration and it showed.  Cliff's voice is very pretty,
     gospel influenced tenor and the Leslie Kong produced Wonderful
     World provided him a bright, contemporary sound lightened by
     just a few pop touches.  The material included reworkings of
     earlier hits like "Hard Road to Travel" along with new classics
     like the title track and "Vietnam."  Another Cycle (Island,
     1971) was another rockish effort highlighted by the haunting
     "Sitting in Limbo."

     It was at this time that The Harder They Come was released.
     Cliff's acting was extraordinary and his portrayal of the
     archetypal artist/outlaw has achieved mythic status.  The film
     became a huge cult film in the 1970s and owning the video is
     simply obligatory for every reggae fan.  The soundtrack was a
     near perfect introduction to reggae for novices, featuring the
     Maytals, Melodians Slickers, Desmond Dekker, Scotty and Cliff.
     His new songs included his own version of "You Can Get It If
     You Really Want," a song originally written for Dekker, the
     title track and another beautiful ballad, "Many Rivers to
     Cross."

     On the verge of international success as a result of his role
     in Harder They Come, he released a series of increasingly
     insipid records that repeated the same mistakes he and
     Blackwell made in the early 60s.  Unlimited (Trojan, 1973),
     House of Exile (EMI, 1974), Music Maker (Reprise, 1974),
     Struggling Man (Island, 1974), Brave Warrior (EMI, 1975) and
     Follow My Mind (Reprise, 1976) all had desultory mixtures of
     soul, pop, rock and reggae and none managed to grow from the
     artistic foundation of Wonderful World/Harder They Come.  Oh
     Jamaica (EMI, 1976) is a collection of the better tracks from
     that label.  Reggae Greats (Mango, 1985) assembles his best
     Island material in once place and is a worthwhile starting
     point.

     Only in 1976, when the legendary Joe Higgs organized a superb
     band of reggae legends supporting Cliff on tour was he able to
     rekindle the flame.  A live album from that tour, In Concert
     (Reprise, 1976) serves as a defacto Greatest Hits for the early
     years and features some of his best singing and one of his best
     bands.  It also seemed to reenergize Cliff and over the next
     several years he made some of the most eloquent and exciting
     music of his career.

     Give Thankx (Warner, 1978) returns to a reggae foundation but
     adds some interesting world music accents in places.   The
     uptempo songs are energetic and the ballads inspiring.  As good
     as it was, however, it's sales were dismal and it was the last
     record Cliff made for the Warner/Reprise label.  His next two
     albums, I Am the Living (MCA, 1980) and Give the People What
     They Want (MCA, 1981) were also strong efforts with solid songs
     and fine, contemporary reggae.  Again, however, their
     commercial reception disappointed and yielded another label
     change.

     Cliff's third film was Bongo Man, a documentary/concert film.
     A bit overlong, it had several sparkling performances and
     insightful interviews along with plenty of chances to get some
     popcorn.  To date, it has not been released on video.

     Reggae itself had changed substantially over the years and
     while his last three studio albums were among the "purest"
     reggae albums of his career, Cliff's reggae was not necessarily
     the reggae being played in Jamaica.  Special (Columbia, 1982)
     changed that.  The title track and "Rub a Dub Partner" were
     significant hits in Jamaica and the album was the first to
     crack the US charts since Follow My Mind.  To many, it remains
     his best album.

     Again, however, Cliff and his label failed to capitalize on a
     successful album.  Power and the Glory (Columbia, 1983), Cliff
     Hanger (Columbia, 1985) and Hanging Fire (Columbia, 1987) all
     attracted Grammy attention (Cliff Hanger won in 1985) while
     being featureless attempts at creating a universal dance music
     out of R&B, Soul and a producer's idea of generic Reggae and
     African music.  The only bright spot (after Special) in the
     1980s was Club Paradise, a movie starring Cliff, Robin
     Williams, Peter O'Toole and several Saturday Night Live and
     Second City TV veterans.   It's a bright comedy and the
     soundtrack contains some top-ranking tunes from Cliff,
     including "The Lion Awakes," "Third World People" and
     "Brightest Star."

     Cliff returned to Reggae for inspiration one more time and
     Images (Vision, 1989) was his best album in years.  It is also
     on a small label and received very limited distribution.
     Breakout (JRS, 1992) and Samba Reggae (Lagoon, 1993) also
     received little US recognition but were both very strong sets
     from this reggae legend.  His South American popularity led to
     some wonderful touches of samba with reggae but this time the
     fusion approach worked well.  Live 93 (Lagoon, 1993) is another
     good concert recording, showing Cliff's uplifting songs to
     their best advantage.  It's also the last we've heard from him,
     apart from his cover of Bob Marley's "Stir It Up" from the Cool
     Runnings soundtrack, his cover of Jackie Wilson's "Higher and
     Higher" from the Air Up There soundtrack and "Hakuna Matata"
     from Disney's "Lion King" soundtrack.

     Those songs and his other 90s work indicate that while Jimmy
     Cliff may not be as productive as he once was, or as well
     promoted as he once was he is still every bit as talented.
     That beautiful voice still touches hearts on its way to the
     clouds.  ??







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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #26 on: November 13, 2005, 10:01:29 AM »

Jimmy Cliff.....Respect!!!!
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #27 on: November 18, 2005, 10:22:02 AM »

Follow Me - Macca


How easy. ;)
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #28 on: November 19, 2005, 01:50:36 AM »

The Importance of Being Idle. Nice easy Oasis classic.

I felt like I was back in 96. lol
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #29 on: November 19, 2005, 03:21:45 AM »

Revolution 9



Oh, sorry,... it was Revolution 1
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #30 on: November 19, 2005, 10:30:51 AM »

lol ;D
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #31 on: November 19, 2005, 03:14:15 PM »

A Certain Softness. I have tried to put some more 'sentimento' into it.!!! lol ;)
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« Reply #32 on: November 19, 2005, 03:48:34 PM »

Quote from: An_Apple_Beatle
A Certain Softness. I have tried to put some more 'sentimento' into it.!!! lol ;)
:P much better with semtimIento
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #33 on: November 25, 2005, 07:07:52 AM »

Just learned Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da on the piano. Never played piano before in my life but my girlfriend was able to teach me that.
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #34 on: November 25, 2005, 11:16:35 PM »

Lucky you.
Well, talking about music, can you play the Peter Sellers's intro?
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2005, 02:56:07 PM »

Tried to learn Earth, Wind & Fire's After The Love Has Gone chords.....forget it!!! lol

I just got a thing for that chorus groove....Quality. Whenthat trumpet kicks in...nice. lol
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2005, 04:18:46 PM »

Catch the Wind- Donovan
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #37 on: December 06, 2005, 03:24:51 AM »

Suspicious Minds - Elvis ...Never thought I'd see me learn this one. lol

Great tune.
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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #38 on: December 06, 2005, 10:57:50 AM »

The Promise You Made - Cock Robin.

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Re: The Last Song You Learnt
« Reply #39 on: December 07, 2005, 08:05:57 PM »

Pharell - Frontin....Callum version
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