Hold Me Tight: Anthology 1965-1973

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
If guitarist Lyn Taitt didn't single-handedly invent rocksteady, his slowed-down, innovative instrumental arrangements certainly helped define it. A native Trinidadian, Taitt moved to Jamaica in 1962, where he began working in various ska bands, including the Sheiks and the Cavaliers. He formed the Comets in 1964, but his most famous band, the Jets, came together in 1966. The Jets which at their peak featured a lineup of Taitt and Hux Brown on guitars, Bryan Atkinson on bass, and Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson on piano recorded what is arguably the first rocksteady track, "Hold Them," for producer Joe Gibbs in 1967 when Taitt slowed the ska pace of the song down and placed ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
If guitarist Lyn Taitt didn't single-handedly invent rocksteady, his slowed-down, innovative instrumental arrangements certainly helped define it. A native Trinidadian, Taitt moved to Jamaica in 1962, where he began working in various ska bands, including the Sheiks and the Cavaliers. He formed the Comets in 1964, but his most famous band, the Jets, came together in 1966. The Jets which at their peak featured a lineup of Taitt and Hux Brown on guitars, Bryan Atkinson on bass, and Gladstone "Gladdy" Anderson on piano recorded what is arguably the first rocksteady track, "Hold Them," for producer Joe Gibbs in 1967 when Taitt slowed the ska pace of the song down and placed the emphasis on the bass line rather than the horns. Taitt & the Jets recorded for all the major Jamaican producers of the day, including Gibbs, Duke Reid, Sonia Pottinger, Leslie Kong, Derrick Morgan, Ken Lack, Bunny Lee, and Lee "Scratch" Perry, and an in-depth anthology like this two-disc set has been long overdue. The first disc assembles instrumentals drawn from Taitt & the Jets' two Federal LPs, Sounds Rock Steady and Rock Steady Greatest Hits, and includes classics like "Soloman," "The Brush," the slow-burning and funky "Intensified '68," and the beautiful "Rainbow Valley," which features Gladdy Anderson. The second disc spotlights vocal tracks where Taitt & the Jets served as the session band, including Hopeton Lewis' laconic "Cool Collie," the Jamaicans' "Cool Night," the Overtakers' smooth and vocally polished "Girl You Ruff," the Melodians' "Swing and Dine," the Kilowatts' bouncy and eccentric version of Sam Cooke's "Bring It on Home," and Texan Johnny Nash's infectious "Hold Me Tight," which was a Top Ten hit in the U.K. in 1968. Vastly respected in Jamaica, Taitt is barely known elsewhere, a situation this substantial anthology should help address.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2005
  • Label: Sanctuary Records
  • UPC: 060768054325
  • Catalog Number: 80543

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Storm Warning - Lyn Taitt & His Comets (2:28)
  2. 2 Smoky Places - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (3:27)
  3. 3 Stream of Life (2:52)
  4. 4 I Don't Want to See You Cry - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:41)
  5. 5 Nice Time - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:10)
  6. 6 You Have Caught Me - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (3:20)
  7. 7 Napoleon Solo - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:27)
  8. 8 Pressure and Slide - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:32)
  9. 9 Long Story - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:42)
  10. 10 Soloman - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:53)
  11. 11 Soul Shot - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (3:03)
  12. 12 The Last Waltz - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:35)
  13. 13 Why Did You Leave Me (To Cry) - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:25)
  14. 14 Mr Dooby - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:53)
  15. 15 Unity - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:28)
  16. 16 Only a Smile - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:45)
  17. 17 The Brush - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:22)
  18. 18 I Am the Upsetter Version - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (3:12)
  19. 19 Dreamland (3:07)
  20. 20 El Casino Royale (2:39)
  21. 21 Soul Food (3:10)
  22. 22 Why Am I Treated So Badly - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (3:14)
  23. 23 Batman - Lynn Taitt & The Jets (2:22)
  24. 24 Top Cat (2:43)
  25. 25 Intensified '68 (2:10)
  26. 26 Rainbow Valley (3:31)
  27. 27 Adam Twelve (3:11)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rudies All Around - Joe White (1:59)
  2. 2 Cool Collie - Hopeton Lewis (2:58)
  3. 3 Get on the Ball (3:12)
  4. 4 Listen to the Music - The Groovers (2:15)
  5. 5 Talking Love (3:09)
  6. 6 Cool It - Dermot Lynch (2:42)
  7. 7 Leaving on That Train - Keith & Tex (3:00)
  8. 8 I'm Going Home (2:20)
  9. 9 Cool Night (2:55)
  10. 10 Seeing Is Knowing - Stranger & Gladdy (3:21)
  11. 11 Right on Time - West Indians (2:22)
  12. 12 She Said She Loves Me (3:04)
  13. 13 Crime Don't Pay - The Kingstonians (2:40)
  14. 14 Family War - Nehemiah Reid (2:22)
  15. 15 Girl You Ruff (2:48)
  16. 16 Fat Girl in Red (2:22)
  17. 17 I Want to Love You - Delroy Wilson (2:50)
  18. 18 Joy in the Morning (3:08)
  19. 19 Send Requests (2:35)
  20. 20 Stop the Wedding (2:04)
  21. 21 Live Like a King - Hopeton Lewis (1:51)
  22. 22 Swing and Dine (3:08)
  23. 23 You Hurt My Soul (1:59)
  24. 24 Bring It on Home - Kilowatts (2:51)
  25. 25 Hold Me Tight (2:44)
  26. 26 I Like Your World (2:59)
  27. 27 Can't You See (2:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lyn Taitt Primary Artist, Guitar, Group Member
Gladstone Anderson Piano, Group Member
Theophilus Beckford Piano, Group Member
Hux Brown Guitar, Group Member
Joe Isaacs Drums, Group Member
Keith & Tex Track Performer
Stranger & Gladdy Track Performer
Kilowatts Track Performer
Lloyd Track Performer
Bryan Atkinson Bass, Group Member
Technical Credits
Neal Hefti Composer
Joe Gibbs Producer
Sam Mitchell Producer
B.B. Seaton Composer
Leroy Sibbles Composer
Clancy Eccles Producer
Derrick Morgan Producer, Author
Duke Reid Producer
Stranger Cole Producer
Arthur Jenkins Producer
Leslie Kong Producer
Johnny Nash Producer
Sonia Pottinger Producer
Lyn Taitt Author
Laurence Cane-Honeysett Creative Coordinator
Derrick Harriott Producer
Desmond Dacres Composer
Harris Seaton Composer
Norris Weir Composer
T. Cowan Composer
Keith Scott Producer
Richard Khouri Producer
Harry Hawke Liner Notes
Paul Khouri Producer
Ken Lack Producer
Karl J.J. Johnson Producer
Duke Reto Producer
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