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John Holt - One Thousand Volts Of Holt (Cat No. SUNSPLP014) 
 

John Holt - One Thousand Volts Of Holt (Cat No. SUNSPLP014)

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LP £11.99
Artist: John Holt
Genre: Reggae/Ska
Cat No. SUNSPLP014 Barcode: 503643608621


Secret Records subsidiary, Sunspot Records, re-issues the classic 1974 Trojan lovers rock covers album on 180 gram vinyl.


Born in Kingston in 1947 by the age of twelve, John Holt was a regular entrant in talent contests run at Jamaican theatres. He recorded his first single ‘I Cried A Tear’ in 1963 and later became the lead singer of the band, The Paragons. The band went on to have success with a number of their singles that they recorded with Duke Reid in his Treasure Isle studio including the Holt-written track ‘The Tide Is High’.


Leaving the band in 1970, Holt concentrated his energy on his solo career soon becoming one of the biggest stars of reggae. His Bunny Lee produced single ‘Stick By Me’ was the biggest selling Jamaican record of 1972.
Holt’s success led to Trojan Records issuing a series of similarly arranged albums produced by Bunny Lee starting with the ‘One Thousand Volts of Holt’ in 1973.

A compilation of Holt's reggae cover versions of popular hits, ‘One Thousand Volts…’ spawned the UK Top 10 hit ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ (peaking at #6) alongside other covers including ‘Mr.Bojangles’, ‘Killing Me softly With Her Song’ and ‘Stoned Out Of My Mind’. Holt's style, notably slower and more romantic than most of his contemporaries, became a recognisable forerunner of the ‘lovers rock’ sub-genre.

Now re-issued on 180g vinyl with the original artwork and a full colour insert with track by track breakdown and extensive liner notes by Harry Hawke – this is an essential purchase for any classic reggae/lovers rock fans.

Release date: 11th November 2013


Track-listing

Side 1

1             Never, Never, Never
2             Morning Of My Life
3             Stoned Out Of My Mind

4             Baby I’m A Want You
5             Help Me Make It Through The Night

6             Mr. Bojangles

Side 2

1              I’d Love You To Want Me
2              Killing Me Softly With Her Song
3              You Baby

4              Too Much Love
5              Girl From Ipanema

6              Which Way You Going Baby


 
 
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