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My favourites from John Holt

Published:Wednesday | October 29, 2014 | 12:00 AM

 THE EDITOR, Sir: I read Gordon Robinson's article about the great John Holt on Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Like me, Robinson seems to be quite the vintage music aficionado, so let me share some of my own Holt favourites.

John had mostly hits, thus few rarities, but one of my all-time Holt pieces is a rarity called Man and Woman, which was produced by Rupie Edwards (1970). Chances are, you don't know it! (Pardon my arrogance at that suggestion). Another really hard-to-find piece is She Said Write Her a Letter (Treasure Isle). This one is tucked away on the B side of a Neville Hinds instrumental called Sunday Gravy (circa 1970 as I recall).

Among my personal Holt favourites are:

The above-mentioned Man and Woman.

Do You Love Me (Studio 1 - sublime strings)

I See Your Face (Treasure Isle - simple chugging beat;1973)

The Further You Look (Federal - convincingly sad with strings for pathos; 1973)

It May Sound Silly (Moodisc - too pretty for its own good; 1971)

Last (sic) Love (actually Lost Love - slow, slow reggae with Vin Gordon's amazing trombone accompaniment). A Bunny Lee production.

By the way, I'm pretty sure that Stick by Me was the 1971 top seller, not 1972. I remember it spending five weeks atop the RJR top 40.