John Holt

My Sweet Lord

Composed by George Harrison

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For any reggae fans that instantly dismiss out of hand John Holt's cover songs - an understandable reaction, considering the over-produced, heavily over-dubbed material of his Trojan released later in the Seventies, check this splendid cover out.

Even the mighty Holt couldn't pen all the songs he was recording in the early Seventies, and thus the former Paragon turned to others's compositions. "My Sweet Lord" was a good choice, its religious theme dovetailing with the rise of Rastafarian inspired devotional fervor in the sound systems. Even better, Holt gives George Harrison's lyrics the passion and religious conviction they demand.

The band's faith, however, lies with the contemporary obsession for stop-start rhythms, and this one's a beauty, with only Leroy Sibbles's nimble bass line and Ernest Ranglin's bubbling, finger-picking lead guitar coursing happily through the adamant breaks. Add some splashy organ during the middle break, and you've got an irrepressible riddim that's reggae fresh and ready for an exuberant religious revival. A Studio One spectacular from 1971.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
I Can't Get You Off My Mind: 18 Greatest Hits at Studio One 2006 Heartbeat 3:17
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