Saturday, December 3, 2011

Jimmy Cliff Does Rancid, The Clash and Bob Dylan

Jimmy Cliff is one of the greatest artists ever to come from Jamaica (where the competition for that honour is murderous) and hearing him cover Rancid's"Ruby Soho, The Clash's "Guns of Brixton" as well as Bob Dylan's "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" on the Tim Armstrong-produced EP Sacred Fire (Collective Sounds, 2011) is a sweet, sweet sensation.

  Jimmy Cliff – Ruby Soho (Rancid cover) by rfp86   

  Guns Of Brixton by Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff - "A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall" (Bob Dylan)

Besides the aforementioned list of covers (Rancid, The Clash AND Dylan - how could MRML not cover this!) the vinyl version also contains two Cliff originals, "Ship is Sailing" and "World Upside Down", the latter of which he recently  performed live with The Roots:


  1. I really like this version of 'Ruby Soho' but I have to admit I think this is yet another version of 'The Guns of Brixton' that is just as crap as the rest of them.

    The irony of "Ivan" singing:

    " see, he feels like Ivan,
    born under the Brixton sun.
    His game is called surviving,
    at the end of The Harder They Come..."

    is not lost on me, however...

  2. thanks for jimmy spliff

  3. Disagree, Guns of Brixton is the best cover version I've ever heard of the track. Sounds natural and tight. Superb EP

  4. Great songs, I especially like World Upside Down. Guess I have to get a working turntable for this...thanks again.

  5. Best (and only good) cover of Guns of Brixton ever!


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