John Holt Hits

(PR) Heartbeat Records proudly announces the next installment in its definitive Studio One Series, celebrating 50 years of Jamaican music from the pioneering reggae producer Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd. Out now are the latest additions to this acclaimed series: John Holt's I Can't Get You Off My Mind; 18 Greatest Hits, a brand new collection of classic sides by one of Studio One's all-time greatest soul voices; and Version Dread: 18 Dub Hits From Studio One, a new compilation of rare dub versions from the B-sides of original Studio One 7" singles, many making their first ever appearance on CD.

Holt quickly proved himself as talented a songwriter as he was a vocalist. First recorded with the Paragons, the song "The Tide Is High," brought Blondie a number one single in 1981. UB40 recorded another of the group's smashes, "Wear You To The Ball. " The hits continued after Holt launched his solo career in 1968. Several of the tracks on this collection, including "Tonight," "Holly Holy," "Stranger In Love," and "My Heart Is Gone," topped the Jamaican charts, while another, "OK Fred," gave Errol Dunkley a British Top 10 hit in 1979. The Paragons themselves are featured on three of the tracks here, including the militant anthem "Change Your Style Hooligans)," while Holt's talents as an interpreter of other writers' music are exemplified by a magnificent version of George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."

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