John Holt In Symphony
John Holt / Freddie McGregor
20 - 06 - 2001
"Disc One : John Holt"
"Disc Two : Freddie McGregor"
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4/5||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 4|
The double album 'John Holt In Symphony' captures two of Jamaica's most respected vocal talents at their best.|
From his early days as with the legendary vocal harmony group the Paragons John Holt proves himself one of the most professional and impressive singers in the business, whose popularity throughout all those years is simply due to the warmth and love he expresses through the songs he performs. Although he has covered a lot of great songs from others, it is also his songwriting ability which has kept his name in entertainment circles from the very first start of his long career.
Entertaining the residents of Clarendon, Jamaica since he was a boy of 7, Freddie McGregor is now a household name in reggae music. Put to work in the recording studio by Coxsone Dodd of Studio One fame, Freddie's ascent to stardom began. Not only has he managed to become very successful on the reggae market, some crossover hits brought him to a broader audience as well. Multi-talented as a singer, songwriter, arranger and producer Freddie McGregor truly has taken his abilities worldwide.
John Holt and special guest Freddie McGregor team up with the famous Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the result sounds marvelous ! Both singers deliver some of their best known tunes and with the help of The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra the sound becomes very rich and not overproduced as one might expect. It's clearly a reggae concert and Freddie's contribution is somewhat rootsier than the soulful and sweet outings of John Holt. The audience is very responsive and enthousiastic and both singers have a wonderful time.
'John Holt In Symphony' is a very enjoyable live double album!