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John Holt

Essential Artist Collection

    After fronting popular Jamaican vocal trio the Paragons on a succession of best-selling rock steady singles during the late Sixties, John Holt went on to become one of Jamaica’s most popular solo performers, scoring a series of reggae hits for many of the island’s leading record producers.

    His international breakthrough came in 1974 with the hugely popular ‘1000 Volts of Holt’ album, which fused raw reggae rhythms with sophisticated orchestral arrangements.

    The highlight of the long-player was a reworking of Kris Kristoffersson’s country hit, ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’, which the following year became a global hit, with the single, peaking at Number 6 in the UK charts. Over the years that followed, Holt remained a giant of the reggae scene with further best sellers and numerous sell-out shows around the world.

    The very best of his solo work has been brought together on this ‘Essential Artist’ compilation, the latest release in Trojan Records’ newly launched range that showcases the work of Jamaica’s best-loved ‘foundation’ artists.

    Available as a 28-track double vinyl LP and a comprehensive 2CD compilation, the collection superbly illustrates the talent that made John Holt one of the reggae music’s most popular and enduring singers. 


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Matt says: A nice catch-all / best of from one of reggae music's most popular and enduring singers. Mainly dealing with issues of love and longing, it's a light-hearted alternative to some of the more political and riotous music also being at the time. Lover's rock heads are certainly gonna dig this.

    TRACK LISTING

    Vinyl Tracklisting:
    Side A
    1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
    2. Pledging My Love
    3. Stealing Stealing
    4. My Heart Is Gone
    5. Looking Back
    6. I'll Be Lonely
    7. I Wanna Dance
    Side B
    1. Ali Baba
    2. Stick By Me
    3. Strange Things
    4. Tonight
    5. The Further You Look
    6. Wild Fire
    7. Sweetie Come Brush Me
    Side C
    1. Sister Big Stuff
    2. My Desire
    3. I'll Take A Melody
    4. Time And The River
    5. Let's Get It While It's Hot
    6. Ghetto Queen
    7. Reggae From The Ghetto
    Side D
    1. You Baby
    2. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
    3. I See Your Face
    4. The Tide Is High
    5. Let's Build Our Dreams
    6. Before The Next Teardrop
    7. Just The Way You Are

    CD Tracklisting:
    CD 1
    1. Help Me Make It Through The Night
    2. Pledging My Love
    3. Stealing Stealing
    4. My Heart Is Gone
    5. Looking Back
    6. I'll Be Lonely
    7. I Wanna Dance
    8. Anymore
    9. I Want You Closer
    10. Morning Of My Life
    11. Sometimes
    12. What You Gonna Do Now
    13. I’d Love You To Want Me
    14. Ungrateful Lady
    15. Keep It Up
    16. My Eyes
    17. In The Springtime
    18. Tell Me Why
    19. Ali Baba
    20. Stick By Me
    21. Strange Things
    22. Tonight
    23. The Further You Look
    24. Wildfire
    25. Sweetie Come Brush Me
    26. Just The Way You Are
    CD 2
    1. Sister Big Stuff
    2. My Desire
    3. I'll Take A Melody
    4. Time And The River
    5. Let's Get It While It's Hot
    6. Ghetto Queen
    7. Reggae From The Ghetto
    8. Riding For A Fall
    9. All My Life
    10. Love So Right
    11. Winter World Of Love
    12. Memories By The Score
    13. Have You Ever Been To Heaven
    14. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights
    15. Try A Thing
    16. The Treasure Of Love
    17. I’m The One To Be Blamed
    18. A Love Like Yours
    19. You Baby
    20. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
    21. I See Your Face
    22. The Tide Is High
    23. Let’s Build Our Dream
    24. Before The Next Teardrop Falls 

    John Holt

    Police In Helicopter

      Classic set from the great John Holt based around his monster 1983 reggae hit title track. Produced by Henry ‘Junjo’ Lawes with the Roots Radics. Another of those Greensleeves classics that pretty much any home with a love of lamb's bread but own!

      The cover shot sees John and a huge bag of collie weed with Babylon in hot pursuit via helicopter. Subject matter is lighthearted with a typically JA slant. John is one of reggae's most successful and respected artists and in 2004 he was honoured by the Jamaican government with the Order Of Distinction for his contribution to Jamaican culture!


      TRACK LISTING

      1. Police In Helicopter
      2. Private Doctor
      3. Last Train
      4. Beach Party
      5. Reality
      6. Fat She Fat
      7. Chanting
      8. Sugar And Spice
      9. Can't Use Me
      10. I Got Caught

      John Holt

      1000 Volts Of Holt

        Originally released in 1974 this album is made up of cover versions of classic pop and soul tracks, all rendered in a soulful reggae style. Reggae balladeer John Holt wraps his silken voice around standards like 'Never Never Never', 'Baby I'm A Want You', 'Help Me Make It Through The Night', 'Mr Bojangles' and 'Killing Me Softly With Her Song'. If you like smooth reggae you'll love the voice of John Holt. There's nothing rootsy or challenging here, just soulful reggae interpretations of some great songs, delivered in a clear, concise and heart-felt manner.


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