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Jimmy Cliff: Follow My Mind (Island)/Toots And The Maytals: Funky Kingston (Island)

John Morthland, Creem, January 1976

SINCE HE ELECTRIFIED audiences In The Harder They Come, Jimmy Cliff has been his own worst enemy. His songs in that film bristled with passion, energy and conviction; when he wailed, Cliff sounded like the Jamaican Sam Cooke. They were also old songs, though, and by then he had already made his move towards soul and pop reggae, neither of which he performs with comparable commitment.

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