Album review
John Holt In Symphony
John Holt / Freddie McGregor
Jet Star
2 CD
20 - 06 - 2001

Tracking list

"Disc One : John Holt"

  1. John Holt - Love You To Want Me
  2. John Holt - Never Never Never
  3. John Holt - Stoned Out Of My Mind
  4. John Holt - Mr Bojangles
  5. John Holt - The Further You Look
  6. John Holt - Help Me Make It Through The Ni
  7. John Holt - Morning Of My Life
  8. John Holt - Stick By Me
  9. John Holt - It May Sound Silly
  10. John Holt - A Love I Can Feel
  11. John Holt - I Wanna Dance
  12. John Holt - Tide Is High
  13. John Holt - Stealing
  14. John Holt - Stranger
  15. John Holt - On The Beach
  16. John Holt - Time Is The Master

"Disc Two : Freddie McGregor"

  1. Freddie Mcgregor - I See In You
  2. Freddie Mcgregor - If You Wanna Go
  3. Freddie Mcgregor - Push Come To Shove
  4. Freddie Mcgregor - Stop Loving You
  5. Freddie Mcgregor - Prophecy
  6. Freddie Mcgregor - Just Don't Wanna Be Lonely
  7. Freddie Mcgregor - Key To The City
  8. Freddie Mcgregor - Let Him Try
  9. Freddie Mcgregor - Loving Pauper
  10. Freddie Mcgregor - I Was Born A Winner
  11. Freddie Mcgregor - Here I Come
Rating : 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!

Teacher & Mr. T.