The soundtrack for ‘The Harder They Come’ should be a foundational album for anyone looking to develop an appreciation for reggae & rocksteady music. Featuring crush island classics like ‘007’ by Desmond Dekker, ‘Rivers of Babylon’ by The Melodians, and ‘Johnny Too Bad’ by The Slickers, this re-recording by Scotty of the 1967 hit by Keith Rowe, Tex Dixon, and Derrick Harriott is perhaps the best-known version.
Stop that train, I wanna’ get on
My baby she’s leaving me now.
However even this track is a cover of the 1962 original ska recording by The Spanishtonians:
Extra Credit: Big Youth’s haunting version ‘Cool Breeze.’