Jimmy Cliff’s Grammy-nominated Rebirth makes 2012 top 50 lists

NEW YORK, USA, Monday December 31, 2012 – Jimmy Cliff’s long-awaited album Rebirth has received widespread critical acclaim since its February release and is among five nominees in the Best Reggae Album category of the 55th Grammy Awards.

Rebirth, Cliff’s first album in several years and said to be his best by many music pundits, will contest the Grammy honours with Miracle by the Original Wailers (MRG Recordings); Tomahawk Technique (VP/Atlantic Records) by Sean Paul; New Legend: Jamaica 50th Edition (Mondo Tunes) by Sly and Robbie & the Jam Masters; and Reggae Got Soul: Unplugged On Strawberry Hill (Metropolis Recordings) by Toots and the Maytals.

The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10 at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, California.

Meanwhile, Cliff, now in his sixties, has also made the top 50 albums of 2012 with Rebirth on both Rolling Stone magazine and ABC News’ lists.

On Rolling Stone’s table, Rebirth came in at number 12 and was in good company placing behind Bruce Springsteen in top position with Wrecking Ball (nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2013 Grammys), Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange at number two (Grammy nominee for Album of the Year and Best Urban Contemporary Album), and Jack White’s Blunderbuss in third (Grammy nominee for Album of the Year and Best Rock Album).

ABC News listed Rebirth in 48th position, with the station’s website naming favourite tracks from the Tim Armstrong-produced album as Ruby Soho, Children’s Bread, World Upside Down, Outsider, Bang, and Guns of Brixton.

Rebirth has sold 34,000 copies in the United States alone, according to SoundScan, the organization that monitors album sales in America. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)