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John Holt

On an island renowned for its superb vocalists and composers, John Holt stood head and shoulders above the rest as one of Jamaica's sweetest singers and enduring songwriters. He voiced and penned so many of the country's classics that in a way, Holt defined the island's sound. Born in the Greenwich Farm area of Kingston, Jamaica, on July 11, 1947, the young Holt took his first steps into the music business via the talent show circuit. Talent shows have always had a massive popularity in Jamaica and the top ones were initially broadcast live on radio and later on television. Many of the island's greatest artists (Gregory Isaacs amongst them) made their first appearances in talent shows, and it has proved an excellent training ground for young hopefuls.

In 1958, the 12-year-old Holt entered his first contest, run by promoter Joseph Verejohn. Over the next four years, the youngster became a staple of these shows, eventually notching a record-breaking 28 titles. His dulcet tones were soon familiar to a much larger audience, as a number of these contests were broadcasts of Radio Jamaica. For his final victory in 1962, Holt performed Solomon Burke's "Just Out of Reach." The talented teen was quickly snapped up by producer Leslie Kong, who recorded Holt's debut single, "Forever I'll Stay"/"I Cried a Tear." From there, the youngster began working with producer Clive Chin, debuting the partnership with "Rum Bumper," a duet with Alton Ellis.

More singles followed, but none really captured the island's imagination. That all began to change in 1964 when Holt joined the vocal group the Paragons, replacing founding member Leroy Stamp. It was about this time that another founding member, Junior Menz, also departed and his place taken by Howard Barrett. The group's lineup was completed by veteran members Bob Andy and Tyrone Evans, and it was this grouping that recorded "Good Luck and Goodbye" for Coxsone Dodd. Ironically, this is precisely what Andy said to his bandmates soon after the single's release, as he quit the group to pursue a solo career. Now reduced to a trio, and with both Evans and Barrett holding full-time jobs, Holt was entrusted with the dual role of composer and arranger, positions for which he turned out to be ideally suited. And the timing couldn't have been more perfect. Ska was withering under the hot Jamaican sun, with rocksteady rising to take its place. Its slower tempo was perfect for vocal groups and Holt's pen seemed especially cut for the easy going beat and pop flavor that the style embraced. Soon after, the trio linked with Duke Reid, a producer never at home with ska, but the ultimate purveyor of rocksteady.

By 1968, the Paragons were Jamaica's premier vocal group, with virtually every one of their releases a hit. Although the group did record covers (notably "Island in the Sun"), much of their material was composed by Holt and the popularity of his songs is evident by the number of other prominent vocalists who recorded their own cover versions of them. In 1968, Holt set off on a parallel solo career, recording for producers Bunny Lee and Harry J. The following year, the Paragons returned to Dodd, where the trio continued on a successful path. 1970, however, brought an abrupt end to the group when Evans and Barrett both went to the U.S. after being awarded scholarships. Holt, however, merely picked up the pace of his solo recordings, cutting songs for a variety of different producers. His work with Dodd was particularly exemplary and boasts a slew of classics, including "Tonight," "Stranger in Love," and "A Love I Can Feel." The latter song titled Holt's 1971 album, which compiled many of his hits with Dodd. Like a Bolt, released that same year, bundles up recordings done with Duke Reid, including the hit "Ali Baba," which quickly became one of Reid's most-versioned rhythms. Prince Buster cut a number of gems with the singer, including the exquisite "Rain From the Sky," while Alvin Ranglin also recorded a number of charming numbers, notably "Son of the Wise." During this same time, Phil Pratt scored a hit with a re-cut, "My Heart Is Gone," a song Holt initially recorded for Dodd. Arguably the best work the singer recorded in the early '70s was for Bunny Lee, including the classic "Tonight." However, their biggest success was a cover of "Stick By Me," deliberately arranged to take advantage of the latest dance craze, the John Crow. The song stuck to the Jamaican charts for an amazing 23 weeks and became the biggest-selling single of the year.

Amidst the growing pile of hit singles was also a clutch of albums, many picked up for U.K. release by the Trojan label. 1973's Holt and Still in Chains both helped Holt establish himself as a reggae artist extraordinaire. In 1974, though, the singer released three albums -- The Further You Look, Dusty Roads, and Sings for I -- that showcased his penchant for ballads. Many of the tracks were self-penned, an exception to the cover-heavy records he'd previously released. Presenting the Fabulous John Holt was also comprised of ballads, but Duke Reid slathered them in a wondrously rootsy production, while Coxsone Dodd gave the ballads Holt cut for him a superbly earthy atmosphere on A Love I Can Feel. That same year, the singer released the Harry Mudie-produced Time Is the Master, featuring the ultimate MOR package of covers accompanied by lush string arrangements. The title-track was another smash and the album spawned a clutch of further Jamaican hits.

It was obvious to Trojan that a crossover success was in their sights. The label brought Holt to the U.K. later in 1974, and set him to work with pop producer Tony Ashfield, who had arranged the strings on Time Is the Master. The end result was the covers collection 1000 Volts of Holt, which gave Holt his first U.K. hit with "Help Me Make It Through the Night." Inevitably, two follow-ups were recorded -- 2000 Volts and 3000 Volts -- with both these albums were later combined onto a single disc. However, apparently Britain felt one reggae lite cover was enough and Holt was unable to equal the success of "Help Me."

Eventually, he called it a day and headed home. He announced his return with 1976's Up Park Camp, which boasts both superbly re-cut classics and equally sublime new songs. The album's title-track was a fabulous take on the Heptones' "Get in the Groove," with new cultural lyrics, and set the singer on the path for dancehall success. For the rest of the decade, Holt continued making the studio rounds, working with the likes of JoJo Hookim, and most notably reuniting with Bunny Lee. 1976's Winter World of Love captures only some of the magic of this latter partnership, which produced a clutch of fine singles. However, 1977's Holt Goes Disco suggests that the singer was beginning to lose his grip on his audience. That concern grew with 1981's Children of the World and the following year's Just the Two of Us, both bland AOR sets. In many ways, Holt had painted himself into a corner. As rocksteady had shifted into reggae, the singer had no trouble in transforming his songwriting toward the new genre. But as roots had taken hold, his own penchant for pop, and particularly love songs, no longer connected with younger fans. He had edged gracefully into the realms of MOR, but with age had come rebellion. In a rather belated conversion, Holt admitted to his Rastafarian beliefs in 1983 and began growing dreadlocks.

The previous year, the singer had performed at Reggae Sunsplash to much acclaim and had seen chart success with such fare as "If I Were a Carpenter" and covers of the Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine" and Lou Rawls' "You'll Never Find a Love of Mine," but at the same time, Holt was also turning his attention back to the dancehalls. His intrigue with the DJ scene dated back over a decade, when the singer had attended a King Tubby sound system dance and was blown away by U-Roy toasting over his own classic hit "Wear You to the Ball." Holt immediately introduced the DJ to Duke Reid, who launched U-Roy to stardom ("Wear You to the Ball" was the singer's third single for Reid, and his third number one). The DJ repaid Holt by recording a number of other versions of the singer's hits. Dennis Alcapone had also versioned a number of his songs. Linking up with producer Junjo Lawes, the singer cut a number of dancehall singles across 1982, including the hit "Fat She Fat," and DJ superstar Yellowman also versioned a number of Holt's classics this same year. But none of this really prepared audiences for the Police in Helicopter album. Lawes' deep roots rhythms turned out to be the perfect accompaniment for Holt's songs, from the lightest pop to the heaviest hitting roots numbers. In one fell swoop, Holt had shed his family entertainer image and reinvented himself as a cultural hero.

The following year, the singer cut the equally strong "If You Were My Lover" for Prince Jammy, amongst a clutch of other recordings. 1985 brought a reunion with Bunny Lee for the Pure Gold album, which while enjoyable, didn't hold a candle to Police in Helicopter.

The next year, the singer joined forces with singer/producer Dennis Brown for the Wild Fire album. It was during this period that both Holt and Brown became involved in a plot by veteran singers to fight the DJ phenomenon by saturating the market with vocal material. Gregory Isaacs, the most prolific of the conspirators, Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe, Delroy Wilson, and many others were involved and began releasing a deluge of material. It certainly wasn't personal, and in fact, virtually all the singers involved had happily collaborated with DJs over the years and continued to do so. Holt's relationship with U-Roy wasn't unique; Isaacs, for example, had a stream of hits with Trinity, a DJ Brown had also cut a single with. The conspirators' logic was that the DJs reigned supreme only because there wasn't enough vocal product on the market. They intended on changing that. The down side was, of course, that over time every one of those involved would sully their own reputations by releasing too much inferior product. And although each of these artists would occasionally record an album worthy of their own legendary status, too many of their releases were mediocre at best.

Holt was no exception. There were, however, a number of albums from these later years that succeeded. For holiday parties, one can't beat 1986's The John Holt Christmas Album, which was split between traditional numbers and covers of rock's festive best from the likes of Slade, Mud, John Lennon, and George Michael -- bizarre, but it works. Equally effective is 1989's Why I Care, which found Holt back in the dancehall, accompanied by producer Hugh "Redman" James' most militant rhythms. In 1993, the singer decided to expand his musical horizons on Reggae Hip House R&B Flavour, and while not always successful, it is certainly intriguing. 1997's All Night Long features such guest stars as Johnny Clarke, Screwdriver, and Latisha Vining, updating old hits and a few new numbers. But perhaps the best album of the decade, New Horizon, came at its end, a solid set overseen by Roy Francis and Computer Paul. Holt also made numerous acclaimed appearances at Reggae Sunsplash, and the singer continued to compose, record, and perform into the 2010s. He finally succumbed to colon cancer in October 2014. ~ Jo-Ann Greene
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Memories By The Score, Vol. 4

1. I've Got To Go Back Home

2. Since I Fell For You

3. Walk Away

4. Bring It On Home To Me

5. Yesterday

6. (Let's) Get It While It's Hot

7. Everything's Coming Up Love

8. I Forgot To Say I Love You 'Till I'm Gone

9. Kiss And Say Goodbye

10. No Place Like Home

11. Let's Do It Long

12. Because You Love Me

13. Fancy Make Up

14. I'll Be Lonely

15. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

16. Movin' Away

17. Wear You To The Ball

18. Release Me

19. When I Fall In Love

20. I Need A Veggie

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Track List: Memories By The Score Vol. 2

1. Stick By Me

2. Lost Love

3. It's A Jam In The Streets

4. Still In Chains

5. The Prophet

6. There Is No Love

7. Looking Back

8. Pledging My Love

9. Lonely Boy

10. What Life's About

11. Riding For A Fall

12. The Clock

13. The Treasure Of Love

14. I'll Always Love You

15. Tree In The Meadow

16. I'll Be There

17. Ecstacy

18. Don't Break Your Promise

19. I've Been Admiring You

20. Don't Give Up The Fight

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Track List: Memories By The Score Vol. 5

1. Rain From The Skies

2. Thief In The Night

3. The Tide Is High

4. Rainy Night In Georgia

5. Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)

6. I Can't Get You Off My Mind

7. Sweetie Come Brush Me

8. Ghetto Queen

9. My Eyes

10. Love I Can Feel

11. Fat She Fat

12. Police In Helicopter (12" Mix)

13. Youths Pon The Corner

14. We Nah Leave

15. I Could Never Love Another

16. Don't Worry The Foreign Mind And Local Body

17. If I Were A Carpenter

18. I Want To Wake Up With You

19. Why I Care

20. For The Love Of You

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Track List: Memories By The Score Vol. 3

1. My Desire

2. Look What You Have Done

3. Let Them Say

4. Hooligans Change Your Style

5. Up Park Camp

6. My Satisfaction

7. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

8. Can I Change My Mind

9. You Are Wrong

10. Winter World Of Love

11. Sugar

12. No Man Is An Island

13. Can't Keep Us Apart

14. Hey There Lonely Girl

15. Wasted Days And Wasted Nights

16. (You're My) Soul And Inspiration

17. You Must Believe Me

18. Since I Met You Baby

19. Before The Next Tear Drop Falls

20. Goodnight My Love

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Track List: Memories By The Score Vol. 1

1. Got To Get Away

2. Left With A Broken Heart

3. Memories By The Score

4. My Number One

5. Everybody Needs Love

6. Just Out Of Reach

7. Mother And Fathers Love

8. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got

9. Sometimes

10. A Little Tear

11. Walking Along

12. My Heart Is Gone

13. Strange Things

14. Mr. TV Man

15. Anymore

16. It's A Pleasure

17. Keep Your True Love Strong

18. Baby Please

19. I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door

20. Hey Jude

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Track List: Trojan Classics

1. Help Me Make It Through The Night

2. The Tide Is High

3. The Further You Look (The Less You See)

4. Ali Baba

5. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

6. On The Beach

7. Tonight

8. I'll Take A Melody

9. Stealing, Stealing

10. Up Park Camp

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Track List: Pleasure

1. Keep Your True Love Strong

2. Stick By Me

3. Come Along

4. It's A Pleasure

5. Keep Your True Love Strong

6. It's A Pleasure

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Track List: Legend Platinum Edition

1. Tonight (2012)

2. You Must Believe

3. I Need A Veggie

4. Anymore (2012)

5. No Man Is An Island (2012)

6. The Clock (2012)

7. Since I Fell For You (2012)

8. Let's Get It While It's Hot (2012)

9. Sugar

10. Oh Girl

11. Stick By Me (2012)

12. It's A Jam

13. Up Park Camp

14. You Will Never Find

15. Looking Back

16. My Desire

17. My Heart Is Gone

18. Got To Get Away

19. Stealing Stealing (2012)

20. Can I Change My Mind

21. Fancy Make Up

22. It's A Pleasure

23. Left With A Broken Heart

24. Man Next Door (Got To Get Away)

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Track List: EP Vol 3

1. No Man Is An Island (EP 2012)

2. Island Dub (EP 2012)

3. Fancy Make Up

4. Easy Dread & Check This Dub

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Track List: EP Vol 4

1. Stick By Me

2. Gummy Gummy (Instrumental)

3. Anymore

4. Some More (Instrumental)

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Track List: EP Vol. 1

1. Love I Can Feel

2. Dub You Can Feel

3. Stealing, Stealing

4. Stealing Dub

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Track List: Let The Wicked Run Away

1. Let The Wicked Run Away

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Track List: John Holt Sings Studio 1 Hits

1. No Man Is An Island

2. Oh Girl

3. Can I Change My Mind

4. My Heart Is Gone

5. I Need A Veggie

6. Left With A Broken Heart

7. In The Midnight Hour

8. Party Time

9. Fancy Make Up

10. Let Them Say

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Track List: Pledging My Love

1. Pledging My Love

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Track List: Stick By Me

Disc 1

1. Survival Time (Part One)

2. Survival Time (Part Two)

3. Looking Back

4. Stick By Me

5. Lost Love

6. Riding for a Fall

7. Everybody Needs Love

8. I'll Be Lonely

9. Do You Love Me

10. Left With a Broken Heart

11. Release Me

12. Stealing Stealing

13. Wasted Days and Wasted Nights

14. Here I Come

15. I Love My Girl

Disc 2
Disc 3
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Track List: 500 Volts Of Dub

1. Rock With Dub

2. A Lonely Dub

3. Get It While It's Dub

4. Believe In Dub

5. Fell For Dub

6. A Man Needs A Dub

7. Kiss A Say Good Dub

8. Street Jam Dub

9. Spring Time Dub

10. Forget To Say Dub

11. Let's Dub It

12. No Man Is A Dub

13. Dub Days And Dub Nights

14. You Are Wrong To Dub

15. Fancy Dub Make Up

16. Walk Away From Dub

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Track List: Wolf & Leopard

1. Easy Loving

2. Wolf & Leopard

3. Born to Lose

4. In the Midnight Hour

5. She Want It

6. Homely Girl

7. Party Time

8. Hey Love

9. I Hope We Get to Love in Time

10. Hey World

11. Lucy and Me (Part One)

12. Lucy and Me (Part Two)

13. I'm Not Gonna Give You Up

14. Peacemaker

15. You Touch My Life

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Track List: 1000 Volts Of Holt Plus!

Disc 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

7. I'd Love You To Want Me

8. Killing Me Softly With Her Song

9. You Baby

10. Too Much Love

11. Girl From Ipanema

12. Which Way You Going Baby

13. Stoned Out Of My Mind (Jamaican Mix)

14. Baby I'm A Want You (Jamaican Mix)

15. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Jamaican Mix)

16. Mr. Bojangles (Jamaican Mix)

17. Killing Me Softly (With Her Song) (Jamaican Mix)

18. The Girl From Ipanema (Jamaican Mix)

19. Which Way You Going Baby (Jamaican Mix)

20. Too Much Love (Jamaican Mix)

Disc 2

21. On The Beach

22. The Tide Is High

23. Wear You To The Ball

24. Talking Love

25. Memories By The Score

26. I'll Be Lonely

27. Tonight

28. Ali Baba

29. Stealing Stealing

30. (Give Her) All The Love I've Got

31. (There Is) No Love

32. Sometimes

33. My Heart Is Gone

34. Strange Things

35. Sister Big Stuff

37. It's A Jam In The Street

38. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

39. Riding For A Fall

40. Lost Love

41. Looking Back

42. Pledging My Love

43. The Treasure Of Love

44. Anymore

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Track List: 40 Greatest Hits

Disc 1

1. Love I Can Feel

2. Left With A Broken Heart

3. Stealing Stealing

4. Man Next Door (Got To Get Away)

5. Can I Change My Mind

6. Fancy Make Up

7. I'll Be Lonely

8. Stick By Me

9. Sometimes

10. Hey Jude

11. It's A Pleasure

12. It's A Jam In The Streets

13. Rainy Night In Georgia

14. There Is No Love

15. Moving Away

16. A Little Tear

17. I'll Never Fall In Love Again

18. Hooligans Change Your Style

19. Just Out Of Reach

20. Still In Chains

Disc 2

1. Everybody Needs Love

2. Do You Love Me

3. A Man Needs A Woman

4. No Man Is An Island

5. Riding For A Fall

6. Let Them Say

7. Rain From The Skies

8. Let's Get It While Its Hot

9. Don't Break Your Promise

10. I Need A Vegi (Fatty Fatty)

11. Looking Back

12. My Number One

13. The Tide Is High

14. Keep Your True Love Strong

15. Walking Along

16. Mothers & Fathers Love

17. Puppet On A String

18. On The Beach

19. The Prophet

20. Mr TV Man

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Track List: Sons Of Jamaica

1. You Will Never Find

2. Stealing, Stealing (2011)

3. Fancy Make Up

4. The Way We Are

5. Only Just Begun

6. Living For The Love Of You

7. Oh Me, Oh My

8. A Love I Can Feel (2011)

9. Having My Baby

10. If I Was A Carpenter

11. Homely Girl (2011)

12. That Girl

13. After All Is Said And Done

14. You Will Nenver Know

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Track List: Born Free

1. If I Were A Carpenter (King Jammy Version)

2. Having My Baby

3. Rainy Night In Georgia (King Jammy Version)

4. Woman Of My Dream

5. There's A Train (King Jammy Version)

6. A Love I Can Feel (King Jammy Version)

7. Blame It On The Rain

8. Fancy Make Up

9. Satisfaction (King Jammy Version)

10. If I Had You

11. My Eyes (King Jammy Version)

12. Not The Kind (No Trust)

13. Why Did You Leave (King Jammy Version)

14. Listen To Your Brother

15. Change Your Style

16. Born Free

17. Break Away

18. Shy Girl

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Track List: Gold: The Very Best Of John Holt

1. It's A Jam In The Streets

2. Love I Can Feel

3. Stick By Me

4. Riding For A Fall

5. It's Gonna Take A Miracle

6. After All Is Said And Done

7. Call On Me

8. Stealing, Stealing (Re-Recorded)

9. WildFire

10. Rainy Night In Georgia (Re-Recorded)

11. All I Ever Ask

12. Having My Baby

13. If I Were A Carpenter

14. My Satisfaction (Re-Recorded)

15. Wasted Days

16. Happy Go Lucky (Re-Recorded)

17. We've Only Just Begun

18. In The Mood

19. How Sweet It Is

20. Red Red Wine

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Track List: Help Me Make It Through The Night: The Best Of John Holt

1. The Tide Is High

2. (I Want) A Love I Can Feel

3. Ali Baba

4. The Further You Look, The Less You See

5. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

6. Thinking Of You (I Can't Get You Off My Mind)

7. Why Can't I Touch You

8. Tonight

9. Strange Things

10. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

11. My Heart Is Gone

12. On The Beach

13. Only A Smile

14. Sister Big Stuff

15. Reggae From The Ghetto

16. Let's Get It While It's Hot

17. It's A Jam In The Street

18. Wear You To The Ball

19. Up Park Camp

20. I'll Be Lonely

21. You Are Everything To Me

22. I'll Take A Melody

23. Stealing, Stealing

24. My Time

25. Help Me Make It Through The Night

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Track List: New Horizon

1. After All Said And Done

2. Call On Me

3. You Will Never Know

4. Equality & Justice

5. Brandy

6. This Whole Heart Of Mine

7. Moon River

8. You Will Never Find

9. For The Love Of You

10. Stealing, Stealing

11. It's Gonna Take A Miracle

12. My Whole Life Belongs To You

13. Black And In Chain

14. Linger In A While

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Track List: Holt Like A Bolt

1. I Will Always Love You

2. Rainy Night In Georgia

3. Do You Love Me

4. I'll Be There

5. Sticky By Me

6. A Love I Can Feel

7. Last Love

8. Riding For A Fall

9. Hooligans Change You Style

10. On The Beach

11. The Tide Is High

12. Pledging My Love

13. Winter World Of Love

14. Rain From The Skies

15. Up Park Camp

16. Just Out Of Reach

17. Wear You To The Ball

18. No Man Is An Island

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Track List: The Tide Is High - Anthology 1962-1979

Disc 1

2. Happy Go Lucky

3. On The Beach

4. Only A Smile

5. The Tide Is High

6. Wear You To The Ball

8. My Best Girl

10. Memories By The Score

11. Left With A Broken Heart

12. Got To Get Away

13. My Satisfaction

15. Tonight

16. Equality & Justice

17. Ali Baba

22. Fat Girl, Sexy Girl

23. Stealing Stealing

24. A Love I Can Feel

25. Sometimes

Disc 2

1. My Heart Is Gone

2. Strange Things

3. Sister Big Stuff

5. Riding For A Fall

6. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

7. Pledging My Love

8. Looking Back

9. Stagger Lee

10. Anymore

12. Don't Break Your Promise

13. The Further You Look

14. Help Me Make It Through The Night

15. Dusty Roads

16. In The Springtime

17. Let The Wicked Run Away

18. Up Park Camp

21. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

24. You Are Everything To Me

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Track List: Kiss And Say Goodbye

1. Everything Is Coming Up Love

2. Kiss And Say Goodbye

3. Winter World Of Love

4. It's Raining All Over The World

5. Why Should I Keep On Loving You

6. You're Gonna Need My Loving

7. Don't Know Why

8. Mother Had A Talk With Me

9. We'll Always Be Together

10. No On Can Tear Us Apart

11. Somebody Will Make You Cry

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Track List: Ultimate Holt

1. Memories

2. Homely Girl

3. House Is Not A Home

4. Dock Of The Bay

5. That Girl

6. Oh Me Oh My

7. Only Just Begun

8. In The Mood

9. You Don't Have To

10. Break Up

11. Red Red Wine

12. Rainy Night In Georgia

13. How Sweet It Is

14. Cupid

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Track List: The Reggae Christmas Hits Album

1. I Believe In Father Christmas

2. Last Christmas

3. Lonely This Christmas

4. White Christmas

5. Happy Xmas (War Is Over)

6. A Spaceman Came Travelling

7. When A Child Is Born

8. Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town

9. My Oh My

10. Blue Christmas

11. Auld Lang Syne

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Track List: The Further You Look / Dusty Roads

1. The Further You Look, The Less You See

2. I Sing My Song

3. Never Let Me Go

4. Saving My Love

5. I Won't Come In

6. Just Let Me Know

7. I'm A Rover

8. Open The Door

9. I'll Be There (1973)

10. Memories By The Score (1973)

11. I Will Always Love You (1973)

12. I Wanna Dance

13. Tell Me Why

14. After All

15. I Don't Mind

16. Not So Close

17. I'll Light Your Fire

18. You'd Better Take Time

19. Dusty Roads

20. These Old Memories

21. In The Middle Of The Night

22. Make This Young Lady Mine

23. I Won't Let You Forget

24. The Same Old Thing

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Track List: Reggae Max

1. Easy Loving

2. Fat She Fat

3. Thinking

4. I Love You

5. Love To Share

6. Wild Fire (Ft. Dennis Brown)

7. Live & Learn (Ft. Alton Ellis)

8. Too Good To Be Forgotten

9. Sit Down & Talk

10. Sexy Eyes

11. Stealing

12. No I Won't

13. Happy Go Lucky (2009)

14. How Could I Live

15. Sitting And Watching

16. Wasted Days

17. This Love Of Mine

18. My Heart Is Gone (2009)

19. She Want It (2009)

20. All I Ever Ask

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Track List: Why I Care

1. Why I Care

2. In My Life

3. Oh Why

4. I've Been Waiting

5. Young Lovers

6. Not To Be Blamed

7. Don't Prepare For War

8. Visions

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Track List: 2000 Volts Of Holt (Bonus Track Edition)

1. Doctor Love

2. Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday (UK Mix)

3. Touch Me In The Morning (UK Mix)

4. Keep On Moving

5. I Will

6. Alfie

7. I'll Take A Melody

8. My Guiding Star (Aka 'Crying In The Rain')

9. Peace And Love (Aka 'When The World Wants To Know About You')

10. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

11. Take My Heart Away, Teresa

12. For The Love Of You (With Strings)

13. Doctor Love (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

14. Yester-Me-Yester-You, Yesterday (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

15. Touch Me In The Morning (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

16. I Will (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

17. Alfie (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

18. I'll Take A Melody (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

19. My Guiding Star (Jamaican Mix Aka 'Crying In The Rain' - Bonus Track)

20. Peace And Love (Jamaican Mix Aka 'When The World Wants To Know About You' - Bonus Track)

21. On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

22. Take My Heart Away, Teresa (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

23. (Living) For The Love (Of You) (Jamaican Mix - Bonus Track)

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Track List: Police In Helicopter

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

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Track List: Police In Helicopter EP

1. Police In Helicopter Pt 1

2. Police In Helicopter Pt 2

3. Emergency

4. Sad News

5. Private Doctor

6. My Best Girl (Feat. Bounty Killer)

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Track List: 3000 Volts Of Holt

1. Let's Get It While It's Hot

2. In The Springtime

3. Till I'm Gone

4. Let's Kiss And Say Goodbye

5. Winter World Of Love (It's Cold Outside)

6. Oh What A Day

7. Let's Do It Long

8. No Place Like Home

9. Ungrateful Lady

10. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

11. My Desire

12. No Man Is An Island

13. I've Got To Go Back Home

14. Sugar (You Are Mine) [Bonus Track]

15. Bring It (On) Home To Me [Bonus Track]

16. You Must Believe Me

17. Look What You Have Done

18. Bunny Lee Has Arrived

19. Let The Wicked Run Away

20. Can't Keep Us Apart

21. Goodnight My Love

22. Find A Dub

23. A Springing Version

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Track List: 1000 Volts Of Holt

Disc 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

7. I'd Love You To Want Me

8. Killing Me Softly With Her Song

9. You Baby

10. Too Much Love

11. Girl From Ipanema

12. Which Way You Going Baby

13. Stoned Out Of My Mind (Jamaican Mix)

14. Baby I'm A Want You (Jamaican Mix)

15. Help Me Make It Through The Night (Jamaican Mix)

16. Mr Bojangles (Jamaican Mix)

17. Killing Me Softly With Her Song (Jamaican Mix)

18. Girl From Ipanema (Jamaican Mix)

19. Which Way You Going Baby (Jamaican Mix)

Disc 2

1. On The Beach

2. The Tide Is High

3. Wear You To The Ball

5. Memories By The Score

6. I'll Be Lonely

7. Tonight

8. Ali Baba

9. Stealing, Stealing

10. (Give Her) All The Love I've Got

11. (There Is) No Love

12. Sometimes

13. A Love I Can Feel

14. My Heart Is Gone

15. Strange Things

16. Sister Big Stuff

18. It's A Jam In The Streets

19. Stick By Me (And I'll Stick By You)

20. Riding For A Fall

21. Lost Love

22. Looking Back

23. Pledging My Love

24. The Treasure Of Love

25. Anymore

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Track List: 1000 Volts of Holt (Deluxe Edition)

Disc 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

7. I'd Love You to Want Me

8. Killing Me Softly with Her Song

9. You Baby

10. Too Much Love

11. The Girl from Ipanema

12. Which Way You Going Baby

13. Morning of My Life (Jamaican Mix)

14. Stoned Out of My Mind (Jamaican Mix)

15. Baby I'm a Want You (Jamaican Mix)

16. Help Me Make It Through the Night (Jamaican Mix)

17. Mr. Bojangles (Jamaican Mix)

18. Too Much Love (Jamaican Mix)

19. The Girl from Ipanema (Jamaican Mix)

20. Which Way You Going Baby (Jamaican Mix)

Disc 2

1. I Don't Want to Be Lonely

2. It's Just Because

3. My Eyes

4. Love and Affection (aka Sweet Vibrations)

5. Here Today (Gone Tomorrow)

6. If I Could Hear Her (aka Blue Dawn)

7. I Could Dance All Night (Single Mix)

8. Maybe Some Day

9. I Played the Fool

10. Got My Head On Straight

11. Come Dance With Me

12. Good Morning Sun

13. Room Full of Tears

14. Only You

15. Lonely Times

16. Sweet Malinda

17. Love So Right

18. Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me

19. Just the Way You Are

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Track List: A Love I Can Feel

1. A Love I Can Feel

3. Fancy Make Up

6. Why Can't I Touch You

7. Tonight

9. Stranger In Love

12. My Heart Is Gone

13. Can't Get You Off My Mind

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Track List: World Of Love

1. Let's Get It While It's Hot

2. In The Springtime

3. Till I'm Gone

4. Let's Kiss & Say Goodbye

5. Winter World Of Love

6. Oh What A Day

7. Let's Do It Long

8. No Place Like Home

9. Ungrateful Lady

10. You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine

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Big up ALTON ELLIS! THE BEST VOICE OUT OF JAMAICA
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So me se
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If you continue to burn the herb... we're gunna burn down the cine fields.
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Iphone
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The battlefield is the Lords soul. Not the flesh of the holy blood of faith
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Terrific voice! ❤
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Great voice love this song, but sad that his deceased:(RI P BROTHER!!:(
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Amazing LOL. Loving it. I Love John
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He's the best
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John Holt we miss you and your sweet sweet songs ,R I P , you gave your best I will always play your songs, !!!!!
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John Holt at is best,Just out off reach,,!!!
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Blaze it
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SING it JOHN HOLT
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"if you continue to burn up the herbs, we gonna burn down the cane fields". Priceless!
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R,I,P, JOHN HOLT,!!!,#
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Oh John your songs just make my life the best
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Rest in Peace. Your music will live on forever.
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John we miss you a and sweet songs, R I, P,!!
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Love john Holt missy brother
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1000 volts, RIP
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I love you. I will miss you.
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RIP Mr. Holt you shall be missed, but the sweet sound of your voice will always live on.
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big big tune
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Damn I remember when I first heard this guy my nurse dropped my medical chart to the floor and started to sing it to my father and I and from that point on I've haven't stopped listening to him and his music and my father hates when I listen to him because he hates dealing with my nurse and whenever I listen to him my nurse always drops whatever it is that she's doing and starts to sing it or at least tries because she doesn't know all of the songs that I listen to so she'll start humming along
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We gonna burn down the cane fields!
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Foundation singer of great memorable classics, he still had the voice last time I saw him on stage....I bumped fist with the legend!
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Damn I don't know why but like I said I am really creeped out by this guy but I don't have a reason why he does I think it's because he's a albino not that I have anything against them I've got a lot(and when I say a lot I mean 1 friend)who is albino) and even then I wouldn't say we're really close friends we're more like acquaintance s but like I said I have nothing against them it's just there aren't many of them around Miami at least from what I've seen or haven't seen around these parts of So
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Peace!♥♡♥♡ ★☆Lol #1G DOG God's Children mother % Children Lost my Love
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Fyyah
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However, if you do not post this in at least 3 threads you will die in 2 days. Now that you're reading this, don't stop. This is so scary. Put this in at least 5 threads in 143 minutes, and when you're done press F6 and your lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary, it actually works
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Burn the herb every day don't care I fight police just don't take my ganja or my music away
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Police in da street searching for cali weed :( Please legalize!
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Dont burn mary jane fields pls only joints
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I've been a Bob Marley fan for years. Hearing the sweetness of JH and Toots, Dennis Brown and so many others has helped me evolve from protest to presence.
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Music!
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Jamaica has so many artists that are great. Here is one that is a class act in his own right. Big up Mr. Holt!!! We need a hall of fame for he would be there.
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Sweet tunes to rock to anytime...
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John holt is like a thousands volts man them ya music you could feel it in your bone
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respect
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YOUR SONGS AND ENERGY TRANSCENDS THROUGH GENERATIONS AND BEYOND. YOU ROCK AND ARE AWESOME! THAT DREAM TO A SONG WITH YOU JUST MAY COME TRUE. LOVE YA! Chyna Nicole
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Lighting Bolt from the past to the present and into the future.
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Lighting Bolt from the past to the and into the future.
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There are 4 albums here. Why do you only play Holt Like A Bolt? Can I unlike an album? What album has Up Park Camp on it? Thanks!
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no body like Holt his voice is like yu nohav fi jump yu jus ole di corna an roc u bodi an mek de musik muve yu even wen mi go parti gimmie little Holt an mi alright fi di res a di nite luv an peace to Holt fever
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One of thr greatest ever!!!!!!
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bad nuh bloodcleet.. . l e t only loooove fill your soul
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AWWW the memories
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John Holtu're great, u keep me high even when i try to slow-down Hahaha...
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In agreement Holt is great, but the version of Police in Helicopter on Pandora credited to Holt is actually Peter Broggs.
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check out his ve rson of never,never, n e v e r
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