The Uniques

Pressure Sounds * PS69 * 2010

Absolutely Rock Steady

Absolutely Rock Steady

CD Tracks

  • Give Me A Love
  • You Lied To Me
  • Let’s Get Together
  • Stand Up And Fight Listen
  • People Rock Steady
  • Facts Of Life
  • This Feeling Listen
  • Trying Hard To Find A Home
  • Blinded By Love
  • You Don’t Care (You’ll Want Me Back)
  • I’m Lost
  • Love & Devotion
  • Let Me Go Girl
  • I’ll Let You Go (Let Me Go Boy) – Dawn Penn
  • Where Do I Turn
  • Have Pity On Me
  • Build My World
  • The Beatitude (Version Two)

LP Tracks

  • Give Me A Love
  • You Lied To Me
  • Stand Up And Fight Listen
  • People Rock Steady
  • Facts Of Life
  • This Feeling Listen
  • Trying Hard To Find A Home
  • You Don’t Care (You’ll Want Me Back)
  • I’m Lost
  • Love & Devotion
  • Let Me Go Girl
  • I’ll Let You Go (Let Me Go Boy) – Dawn Penn
  • Where Do I Turn
  • Build My World

Information

Single CD
Single Vinyl

The Uniques, featuring Slim Smith, were one of the most popular and enduring vocal harmony groups of the rock steady era. Keith 'Slim' Smith grew up in the West Street area of Kingston and had sang with Winston Riley in The Techniques before leaving to set up The Uniques.

“Before The Wailers hit the most popular group was The Techniques with Slim Smith…” Clement ‘Coxsone’ Dodd

“At The Carib Theatre, The State Theatre, The Regal Theatre and the Music Union we stole the show from any other group performing and, on one memorable occasion, from The Wailers where Bob Marley threatened Slim Smith…” Jimmy Riley

During this period Slim developed a close working relationship with producer Bunny 'Striker' Lee although, in typical Kingston fashion, he still recorded for other producers including 'Coxsone Dodd' at Studio One.

“After a few years Slim left The Uniques and went solo and the hits continued ‘Everybody Needs Love’, ‘Blinded By Love’, and he was off on tour of Canada. He appeared in places like Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, Wales and all over London. In London he was regarded as the best Jamaican singer and was hailed wherever he appeared.” Tony Mack

“I was in New York when I heard about the tragedy and I did not believe it at first… only when I heard it from several sources did I believe it. Slim had returned home to his parents' house after smoking ganja with some friends and could not get into the house. He broke a window to get in and badly cut his arm. His injuries were so severe that he bled to death before he could get treatment…” Jimmy Riley

This 'Absolutely Rock Steady' set is a mixture of some of the groups' more popular hits and less well known recordings. A fine compilation, showcasing one of Jamaica's greatest ever singers, it is an essential addition to any record collection.

“Slim is an incomparable singer even though he’s been dead thirty odd, coming on for forty years. Slim was the nearest thing to Curtis Mayfield and he could also play instruments… look how long Slim Smith dead and you hear his music still. Do you know of another singer who’s come up like Slim Smith? You’ve never had another singer who’s made that impact on Jamaican music like Slim Smith.” Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee

Reviews

  • The Willows - Send Another MosesThe WillowsSend Another Moses

    Classic that was first recorded at Studio One by 'The Willows' comes withe correct version on the flipside. Check the sound samples before you buy as they are JA pressings.

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  • The Sound Dimension - Time's TightThe Sound DimensionTime's Tight

    The Sound Dimension do a fantastic version of Booker Ts 'Time is Tight' on the A side. Barry Heptone handles the flipside with 'Sad Songs' JA pressings so check the sound files before you buy.

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  • IM & The Sound Dimension - Guess WhatIM & The Sound DimensionGuess What

    Cedric Brooks in combination with the Sound Dimension on a classic Studio One rhythm. Thelma Version on the flipside with Wildman Johnson. Not great pressing quality on the flipside but the A side is better. Check the sound clips before you buy as they are JA pressings

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  • Albert Griffiths & The Gladiators  - Righteous ManAlbert Griffiths & The Gladiators Righteous Man

    The distinctive tones of Albert Griffiths float over a Studio One rhythm. Roots and culture of the early 70s variety. Come with the correct version on the flipside. Nice.

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  • George Dudley  - Gates of ZionGeorge Dudley Gates of Zion

    Gorgeous roots from George Dudley. Bass line is amazing. Floats around in hypnotic kind of way. You need it. Check the sound samples as they are from JA pressings.

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  • Winston Samuels - i wont be discourageWinston Samuelsi wont be discourage

    Superb double a side. Studio One in the best kind of popular mode. Excellent. Check the sound sample as its original JA stamper business.

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