Pretty much everything Jimmy Cliff fans could want and/or expect to see on a two-disc retrospective of the reggae trailblazer's work is here.
Pretty much everything Jimmy Cliff fans could want and/or expect to see on a two-disc retrospective of the reggae trailblazer's work is here. From such early-'60s ska singles as "Miss Jamaica" to the many classic tracks from his 1969 self-titled set ("Time Will Tell," "Vietnam") to his 1993 hit cover of "I Can See Clearly Now" from the "Cool Runnings" soundtrack, "Anthology" is easily the best-sounding, most comprehensive and nicely packaged Cliff collection on the U.S. market. At two discs and including a slew of remastered recordings, it easily bests previous anthologies issued by Island and Sony. That said, because so little of Cliff's more recent work holds up to his earlier, "The Harder They Come"-era output, the quality of the first disc in this best-of dwarfs that of the second, which sees Cliff flirting with the mainstream. Nevertheless, Universal's catalog department deserves respect for delivering the best Cliff retrospective U.S. consumers have seen yet.—WO