John Holt Police In Helicopter

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      • 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

      As Dancehall took over Jamaica in the early 80s John Holt proved he was perfectly able to move with the times - includes the massive title track and many other great tunes.

      A classic LP nicely reissued, produced by the late great Junjo Lawes

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      John HoltLike A BoltDoctor Bird

      First issued in 1973, “Like A Bolt” is today widely regarded as one of the finest albums to showcase the inestimable talents of Jamaican singing legend, John Holt.

      Comprising a dozen of the performer’s most popular solo recordings for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle label from the previous five years, the LP first saw issue in limited numbers on the small UK independent, Magnet.

      Over the years since, it has become one of the most sought-after long players from the early 1970s, yet has remained unavailable on CD for almost 20 years.

      Now, the album is finally available once more, with the original track-listing augmented by the remainder of Holt’s solo work for the Duke, so bringing together numerous major reggae hits alongside long-lost obscurities, which include a 12” mix of ‘Ali Baba’, that makes its CD debut.

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        John HoltToo Much Love (1984)Trojan Records

        Reggae & strings - pic sleeve!

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          John HoltSister Big StuffTreasure Isle

          One of five new limited reissues from Treasure Isle pressed in Germany on quality vinyl and new paper company sleeves. Classic early reggae from the Vaults.

          • John Holt – Sister Big Stuff
          • Tommy McCook – Single Barrell

          Other Releases on Volcano

          ToyanSpare With MeVolcano

          Classic dancehall

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            Cultural RootsHell A Go PopVolcano

            Great roots harmony single from Cultural Roots taken from the album of the same name produced by Henry Junjo Lawes early 80s tuff backing from The Roots Radics.

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            Barrington LevyShaolin TempleVolcano

            Classic early 80s Roots Radics cut with deep dub on this clean pressing produced by Henry Juno Lawes.

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            Johnny OsbourneFally LoverVolcano

            Killer early roots dancehall tune originally released in 1980 produced by Henry Juno Lawes with excellent dub by Scientist. B-Side "Never Stop Fighting" came along two years later with same producer and Dub mixer.

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            Johnny OsbourneIce Cream LoveVolcano

            Killer 1980 tune from Johnny Osbourne on a update of Burning Spear's 'He Prayed' rhythm but flip the 7" over for a awesome dub.

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            Johnny OsbourneBaccara / Give A Little LoveVolcano

            On 'another one bites the dust' rhythm early rootsy dancehall style from 1982 and produced by henry junjo lawes with mixes by scientist

            baccara / give a little love

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            • – Give A Little Love
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            Don CarlosHey Mr BabylonVolcano

            another soulful cut from don carlos with a top top dub on the b-side.

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