Finally, we can release more details of reggae legend Jimmy Cliff’s upcoming EP, produced by Rancid’s Tim Armstrong.
It’s called “Sacred Fire,” it’s the first new music from the man in seven years, and it hits shelves on Nov. 29 on Collective Sounds. And if you’ve never heard this “Harder They Come”-immortalized singer — who truly possesses one of the greatest Sam-Cooke-smooth singing voices of the last 40 years — then let this collection of originals and covers (“Guns Of Brixton,” “Ruby Soho”) serve as your introduction.
An Armstrong-produced full-length will follow early next year.
In conjunction with Record Store Day on Nov. 25, fans can even purchase a limited-edition, colored-vinyl 12” version of “Sacred Fire,” complete with a bonus track, “World Upside Down.”
Cliff — the only living musician to receive Jamaica’s Order Of Merit, for achievement in the arts and sciences — is still in awe of Armstrong’s dedication.
“Tim has such a great foothold in the tradition,” he says. “He woke me up to a lot of the things I had forgotten. I enjoy the creative spontaneity of collaborating with other people — I always want to try new things.”
Armstrong, in turn, was aptly humble.
“This is Jimmy’s record,” he says. “I’m honored to be a part of it.”
For more on Cliff’s comeback, visit www.jimmycliff.com.