Through the passage of time,the mid 1980's would become a spiteful punchline production wise when it came to a lot of renowned artists recording music during this period. Realize I say that a lot,but it needs to be said because that is where Jimmy Cliff stood during this era. What people don't often bring out is that this was also an era of a lot of rock charity events where the participants were seriously interested in making a difference. Cliff didn't even need to be contributing songs to Artists Against Apartheid (which he did anyway) to make his points. His music did,and always had,spoken for itself. And it did that here in a very telling way.
Right off the bat one can tell this album,again recorded and produced with the Kool & The Gang crew takes the contemporary musical spirit of
Power & Glory
to the next level with songs like "American Sweet","Arrival","Hot Shot" ,"Dead And Awake" and "Brown Eyes". These songs blend together a heavy 80's funk type of percussion,with a heavy electro flavor,often with rocking guitars and even a captivating bass solo by Jaco Pastorious on the latter. On "Hitting With Music","Reggae Street" and "Sunrise",with it's sunny synthesizer accents, have that classic reggae beat yet the production remains totally contemporary.
The passionate ballad "Now And Forever" is offset by another mid 80's production of classic reggae on "Nuclear War",beginning with a sound sample announcing "nuclear war is bad for your health" and going on to remind the listener the cataclysmic consequences of such an exchange and,as always,to value life itself. Jimmy Cliff has never had any reason to be embarrassed about this album. It is contemporary of it's time yet,due in part to Jimmy Cliff's profound and culturally aware artistry he is able to remind some listeners perhaps that this era of music wasn't the disaster it was made out to be. As with any music,as Miles Davis once said it's the talent,not the style the dictates quality.
- 梱包サイズ : 14.09 x 12.63 x 1.37 cm; 80.32 g
- メーカー : Sony Budget
- EAN : 5099747122026
- SPARSコード : DDD
- レーベル : Sony Budget
- ASIN : B0000277H7
- ディスク枚数 : 1
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This cd wasnt the cd they had sent me the ...2015年4月13日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
This cd wasnt the cd they had sent me the album cover on the cd was way different and the songs wasnt even the songs i wanted and the album title was different but i am still goin to keep the cd