REGGAE RECORD: John Holt - Police In Helicopter - Rare Reggae Vinyl Record - Roots Reggae Music - Uk Import Lp Album - Great Gift Idea
Genre: Reggae, Roots Reggae
Vinyl Condition: NM
Sleeve Condition: NM (Original shrink-wrap still intact!)
Catalog #: GREL 58
John Holt, both as a member of the Paragons and as a solo artist, had established himself as the master of pop with a multitude of love, love lost, and other typically pop-themed hit singles. However, with Police in Helicopter, the singer reinvented himself as a more contemporary, cultural artist. The title track, a Jamaican smash, set the defiant tone, threatening, "If you continue to burn up the herbs, we're going to burn down the cane fields." "Last Train From the Ghetto" and "Reality" are cultural/Rastafarian statements of intent, while "I Got Caught" is a warning about the consequences of misdeeds. The Roots Radics provide the rootsy accompaniment, with producer Henry "Junjo" Lawes adding his signature deep roots/dubby production, with that sublime tinge of dancehall which gave the record a totally contemporary sound. Of course, Holt didn't totally break with his past, and the rest of the record contains lighter-themed material. Hit bound "Fat She Fat" and "Private Doctor" were equal to any of the singer's previous classics, only the musical style has changed. In fact, the deepest roots track of all is "Beach Party," the perfect thematic follow-up to the Paragons classic "On the Beach." "I Got Caught," which one expects to be rootsy, is virtually rocksteady, abetted by the Tamlins' sweet backing vocals and accompanied by a flock of chirping birds. Lawes also had a field day with the saccharine "Sugar & Spice," drawing in elements of rocksteady while littering the track with contemporary electro effects. The album is a masterpiece of aural illusion, as the band slide out the fat rhythms and reggae riffs, and Lawes transforms them before our eyes. Deep roots with a twist, wave a wand and, abracadabra, Holt's songs are no longer considered MOR pop, but now appeal to a more serious audience. Police is a true classic album on which a great vocalist and songwriter comes of age.
A1 Police In Helicopter
A2 Private Doctor
A3 Last Train
A4 Beach Party
B1 Fat She Fat
B3 Sugar And Spice
B4 Can't Use Me
B5 I Got Caught
How We Grade Our Vinyl:
Mint (M): This is a grade that won't be used unless the record is still sealed.
Near Mint (NM): This record shows no obvious signs of wear. A record that looks like new. The jacket may show only light wear with minor scuffing and/or edge-wear. The jacket will not have seam splits, folds, or cut-out holes.
Near Mint Minus (NM-): This record won't be perfect and may show very minimal signs of use. This is a record that may have been played but was handled with extreme care. The jacket may have light scuffing and/or edge-wear, minimal creasing, promotional cut-outs or cut corners.
Very Good Plus (VG+): This record will show light use and may have some mild scuffing and/or fine surfaces scratches that may create light surface noise. Light surface noise may be noticeable during quiet passages and in between tracks. This is a record that was obviously played and shows light to moderate wear. The jacket may have light to moderate scuffing, edge-wear, slight ring wear, lightly turned-up corners, promotional cut-outs or cut corners.
Very Good (VG): This record will show more signs of wear. Surface scuffing and light scratches will be much more visible. Surface noise will be more noticeable. Record labels may have writing, or stickers attached. The jacket will have scuffing and edge-wear and may have seam splits, ring wear, turned-up corners, and cut-out holes. Jackets may also have a previous owner's name or other writing.
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