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JOHN HOLT - POLICE IN HELICOPTERS
A former member of the vocal group The Paragons in the 1960's, John Holt was commonly known as a skillful vocalist when it comes to soulful Reggae love songs.

Police in Helicopters completely breaks with that tradition, and introduces John Holt as a Rootsman who has some things to say that could also be seen as interesting for more people than just his girlfriend.

The music is recorded in the Channel One Studio's by the Roots Radics in a time wherein Rub a Dub style was going on strong with heroes such as Barrington Levy and Yellowman. 

The title track is a very hard Rub a Dub style tune: this means a monotonous baseline, with some pumping drums and excellent mixing  to serve as musical background for an extremely militant vocal part.

The topic deals directly with the fact that the police and soldiers burned down the ganja fields as part of Ronald Reagan's "War on Drugs" that changed the face of Jamaica significantly. 

This was a time wherein cokane and violence seemed to run things in the Dancehall, and so some Righteous Roots was definitely a necessity. This album is such an necessity.

It's not just the title track, even though that would definitely be the hardest tune on the album. As said, John Holt was known for his lovers' tunes but in this album he also deals with consciousness on a much broader scale.

That's not to say that there are no lovers' tunes on this album, though. A John Holt album without lovers tunes is simply an impossibility. But the style of music that usually came with these lover's tunes (a sort of laidback easy listening) was completely deserted for this heavyweight rub a Dub classic.

The music is strong material, Rub a Dub played by the Roots Radics who practically played most of the genre's music in that time, being the house band of Channel One Studio. Even the lover's tunes come in Rub a Dub style.

Maybe this is not an essential album, but when you are into some serious drum and bass driven music and you like a little bit of rebel lyrics, this one could very well be a nice addition to your collection.

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