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The ‘3000 Volts of Holt’ album was the third in a series of records that
launched John Holt into the UK charts in the 1970’s .

To say that every home had a copy of 1000 Volts and many 2000 Volts of
Holt, might be an overstatement, but it certainly felt that way, as all good
parties and radio stations seemed to have these tracks on permanent
rotation. ‘3000 Volts of Holt’ was the more roots sounding of the three but
still carried that sweetened string sound that set these recordings together.
This album also featured the first recordings that Sly Dunbar and Robbie
Shakespeare played on together.

John Holt (b 1947, Kingston, Jamaica) was a child prodigy he began his
career being a regular voice on the talent contests run by Vera Johns
across the Jamaican Island. He cut his first single in 1963 for Leslie Kong’s
Beverley’s label, ‘I Cried A Tear / Forever I’ll Stay’ and sang many duets with
various singers of the day including ‘Rum Bumper’ with Alton Ellis. 1965 to
1970 saw John Holt fronting the Jamaican vocal group ‘The Paragons’ as
well as running a solo career with hits such as ‘Fancy Make Up’,
‘A Love I Can Feel’ and ‘Let’s Build Our Dreams’. The early to mid - 70’s
John Holt would have another wave of hits working with producer Bunny Lee,
including the biggest selling hit of Jamaica in 1972 ‘Stick By Me’. So the idea
of keeping this momentum going and finding a stronger roots sound for his
‘3000 Volts’ album appealed to John Holt. The tracks were recorded at the
newly opened Channel 1 Studio’s, Kingston, Jamaica. This ‘Volt’ album would
this time be driven by the drum and bass sound. As stated earlier these
sessions put together by producer Bunny Lee would feature for the first
time what would become the future backbone of reggae, the rhythm section
of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. The tapes were sent up to London
where the strings were added, and although not as heavily promoted as
the first two ‘Volts’ albums, it was still a hit and stands up today as a fine
addition to John Holt’s trilogy of ‘Volt’ albums, as they would become known.
The added praise from the reggae purest, who liked its heaver authentic
sound was more icing on the cake.

We are glad to get this version back out on the streets where it belongs
especially on vinyl so those new reggae blues parties can again spin
some fine vintage John Holt magic.



CD Track Listing

1 Let’s get it while it’s Hot
2 In the Springtime
3 Till I’m Gone
4 Let’s Kiss and Say Goodbye
5 Winter World of Love
6 Oh What a Day
7 Let’s Do It Long
8 No Place Like Home
9 Ungrateful Lady
10 You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine
11 Looking Back*
12 Pledging My Love*
13 I’ll Be There*
14 The Treasure of Love*
15 I’ve Been Admiring You*
16 Don’t Give Up The Fight*
*CD Bonus tracks

Vinyl Track Listing

Side 1
1 Let’s get it while it’s Hot
2 In the Springtime
3 Till I’m Gone
4 Let’s Kiss and Say Goodbye
5 Winter World of Love

Side 2

6 Oh What a Day
7 Let’s Do It Long
8 No Place Like Home
9 Ungrateful Lady
10 You Will Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith: Lead Guitar
Winston wright: Organ
Robbie Lynn: Keyboards
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet

Sudios: Channel 1 & Harry J
Produced by: Bunny Lee
Design By: Gary @Voodoo London
Photography courtesty of: Bunny Lee / Jah Floyd
Manufactured Under License from: E. Lee