Turbo Charged
Nitty Gritty
July 22, 2008

Nitty Gritty Track list
  1. Gimme Some A Your Something
  2. Turbo Charge
  3. Ram Up The Dance
  4. Key To Your Heart
  5. Rub A Dub A Kill You
  6. Amazing Grace
  7. Cry Cry Baby
  8. Down In The Ghetto
  9. Don't Want To Lose You
  10. Hog In A Minty
  11. Run Down The World
  12. Man In A House
  13. False Alarm
  14. Gimme Some A Your Something (Human Side)
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Vocals : 5 Backing : 4/5 Production : 4/5 Sound quality : 4/5 Sleeve : 4/5
Glen Augustus Holness, otherwise known by his stage name Nitty Gritty, was a popular vocalist during the mid eighties. He was a contemporary of Tenor Saw, King Kong and Anthony Red Rose, all of whom shared a similar vocal style. Nitty Gritty delivered his most successful and best output during the second half of the eighties, when computerized rhythms took hold in Jamaica.

He was born in 1957 in the August Town section of Kingston, Jamaica, he was the second of eleven children born to religious parents. Before joining up with King Jammy in 1985, he worked with Joe Gibbs, started a group called The Soulites, and was training to be an electrician. He made his solo debut for singer/producer Sugar Minott.

The first hit he recorded with King Jammy was Hog In A Minty. Further hits included False Alarm and Gimme Some A Your Something. He moved his operations to New York. On June 24, 1991, he was killed in front of Super Power Record Shop in New York at the age of 34. It is alleged that he was killed in a shootout with Super Cat, another dancehall artist of that time, but Super Cat was subsequently acquitted of the charges.

The album Turbo Charged, a remarkably consistent debut, is regarded a classic from the digital age. King Jammy ruled the dancehalls and anyone who managed to do some recordings for him could pick from numerous (now classic) riddims. Nitty Gritty's album has stood the test of time, and with the current revived interest in the mid 1980s digital sound, the timing of this reissue could not have been better.

As well as the original 10 tracks that were featured on the original album, the reissue from Greensleeves adds some nice bonus tracks. The hits are here too. Hog In A Minty was his biggest. It's a speaker-shaking raggamuffin mento update jemmied on to a lethal cut of the immortal 'Tempo' riddim. Gimme Some A Your Something is present here in two versions, the digital one and the 'human side' version. False Alarm - as a bonus track -, which comes across the 'Stalag' riddim is a true classic. On the 'Satta' riddim is the tune Down In The Ghetto, a fantastic roots tune. Lovers tunes are here is well. Check out Don't Want To Lose You, Cry Cry Baby and Key To Your Heart. The soundbwoy tune Rub A Dub A Kill You is a wicked lick pon the 'Rockfort Rock' riddim.

Not to be missed!