The Kingstonians - Hold Down/Nice Nice - HSRSS-0003
Record label: Harlem Shuffle Records Format: 7" vinyl 45 RPM
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Reissued on 7" vinyl for the first time, this is a licensed release of the very rare and very much in demand HOLD DOWN. It presently trades at about USD500 for a mint copy if you can ever get one.
This track was originally published on the 1969’s 7’ vinyl single The Kingstonians HOLD DOWN/Barry York WHO WILL SHE BE on Crab (a British reggae label active between 1968 and 1971) and on the 1970 album The Kingstonians' SUFFERER on Trojan.
With "HOLD DOWN" The Kingstonians signed an outstanding track with great vocals, tight lyrics (see below) and a rhythm guaranteed to get these brogues tapping! This gem quickly became a genuine anthem right next to the likes of 54-46 WAS MY NUMBER or MOON HOP and yet it has never been repressed on 7’ vinyl, hence it’s high collectable value...
“Hold down long tongue You are too dangerous, dangerous, dangerous Small axe fall big tree so mi no fraid a yuh, no fraid a yuh no fraid a yuh Hold down mother want Ah Ah OH OH MMM yeah Hold down, Mother one ton Cos I was whole as a brick, whole as a brick, whole as a brick”
"NICE NICE" was originally released on the 1969’s 7’ vinyl single The Kingstonians NICE NICE /I’LL BE AROUND on Big Shot (a British reggae label active between 1968 and 1971) and on the 1970 album The Kingstonians' SUFFERER on Trojan.
This is another cracking uptempo track, very typical of The Kingstonians & Derrick Harriott’s production at that time and a perfect flip side for the A side anthem.