John Holt

Holt Like a Bolt: An Essential Collection

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John Holt has been adept at riding the vast sea changes in style that characterize Jamaican music for nearly 40 years, beginning with his stint as lead singer for beloved vocal group The Paragons in the mid-'60s. Best known for his orchestral and easy listening love ballads, -- often covers of pop hits -- Holt was also a capable roots rocker when he wanted to be, and a fine songwriter. Two of his best songs are included here, "Hooligans Change Your Style" and "Up Park Camp," as well as a striking cover of "Rainy Night In Georgia," and a remake of The Paragons hit "The Tide Is High," which was a huge international smash in a cover by Blondie. This collection is a fine entry point into Holt's work, since it avoids his MOR tendencies to concentrate on solid roots rock material. The opening track, "I Will Always Love You," is stunning, and one of the best tracks Holt ever recorded.

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