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Jimmy Cliff to release new tracks

CliffLegendary Jamaican-born singer Jimmy Cliff, known for hits like “The Harder They Come” and “Many Rivers To Cross”, is set to release some new tracks – his first in seven years – this month.

The reggae/ska musician says his new EP, titled “Sacred Fire”, will be released on Nov. 25. The five-song EP will be a preview of sorts for his new full-length album, which is expected to be released in 2012.

The 73-year-old Cliff covers “Guns of Brixton” by The Clash, as well as California ska musician Rancid’s song “Ruby Soho”. The full track includes “Guns of Brixton”, “Ruby Soho”, “Ship is Sailing”, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Guns of Brixton (alternate version)”. It was produced by Tim Armstrong, the guitarist for Rancid.

In addition to the regular release of the EP, there will be a special Record Store Day colored seven-inch vinyl release, featuring a bonus track called “World Upside Down”, on Nov. 26.