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20 Love Songs

John Holt

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Album Review

Jamaican singer John Holt's greatest success has come with smooth, orchestrated covers of American love songs, and while that reputation make actually do him a disservice, tending to obscure his stellar roots recordings and fine songwriting, it's part and parcel of why he has had such a long career. This set features the string-drenched MOR-ish material produced by Tony Ashfield that Holt is famous for, including his big British hit, a cover of Kris Kristofferson's "Help Me Make It Through the Night," which sealed the deal. Also worth noting here is a fine version of "Rainy Night in Georgia" and an interesting take on Fred Neil's (by way of Harry Nilsson) "Everybody's Talkin'."

Biography

Born: 11 July 1947 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

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...
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