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By Cecelia Campbell-Livingston—-

THE Harder They Come soundtrack is the only Jamaican album included on American publication Paste Magazine’s best albums of the 1970s.

It comes in at number 70 on a list dominated by rock albums. Significantly, the Paste table does not include an album from from Bob Marley.

CLIFF… starred and sang half the songs on the album


Reflecting on the impact of The Harder They Come, Paste’s Geoffrey Himes stated:

“There was a lot more to the early years of reggae than Bob Marley and the Wailers, and the best of the rest is brilliantly summarised on this soundtrack album for one of the best fictional music films ever made. Once they realised they weren’t going to get any Wailers tracks, the filmmakers chose brilliantly. As the charismatic outlaw/singer/star of the movie, Jimmy Cliff sang half the songs, but there’s not a bad cut in the original soundtrack’s dozen.”

In April, British magazine MOJO released its 50 Greatest Reggae Albums Of All Time which also did not include a Marley recording.

Marley’s 1977 album, Exodus, was named Album of the 20th Century by Time Magazine in 1999.

Below are Paste Magazine’s top 30 albums of the 1970s.

1. Bob Dylan, Blood on the Tracks (1975)

2. Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On (1971)

3. The Rolling Stones, Exile On Main St. (1972)

4. Pink Floyd, The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

5. Bruce Springsteen, Born to Run (1975)

6. Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin IV (1971)

7. Miles Davis, Bitches Brew (1970)

8. The Ramones, Ramones (1976)

9. Television, Marquee Moon (1977)10. Sex Pistols, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols (1977)11. The Beatles, Let it Be (1970)

12. David Bowie, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972)

13. The Who, Who’s Next (1971)

14. Stevie Wonder, Innervisions (1973)

15. Fleetwood Mac, Rumours (1977)16. Sly & The Family Stone, There’s A Riot Goin’ On (1971)

17. Van Morrison, Moondance (1970)18. Funkadelic, Maggotbrain

19. Pink Floyd, The Wall (1979)

20. Elvis Costello, My Aim is True (1978)

21. Joni Mitchell, Blue (1971)

22. The Clash, The Clash (1977)

23. Neil Young, After the Gold Rush (1970)

24. Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life (1976)

25. Elton John, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (1973)

26. Talking Heads, More Songs About Buildings and Food (1978)

27. George Harrison, All Things Must Pass (1970)

28. Queen, A Day at the Races (1976)29. Patti Smith, Horses (1975)

30. Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town (1978).

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