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ロックステディ最高のコーラス・グループ、THE UNIQUES。

ジャマイカ、キングストンでオリジナル・スカ全盛期当時主流だったトリオヴォーカルスタイルで登場し、66年後半に巻き起こり68年ごろまで流行するロックステディ・ブームでもっとも輝いたバンドの一つTHE UNIQUES!BUNNY LEEのプロダクション、IMPRESSIONSの「Gypsy Woman」、やBUFFALO SPRINGFIELDの「For What It's Worth」のカバー、「My Conversation」、「Speak No Evil」といったオリジナル・ヒット等を網羅し当時TOROJANからリリースされた'68年の1STアルバム。 (サイトウ)

▼ Tracklisting

A1.Standing Insample
A2.Just A Miragesample
A3.Gipsy Womansample
A4.My Conversationsample
A5.You'll Lose A Precious Lovesample
A6.That's The Way Love Is
B1.Freedom Songsample
B2.Run Come
B3.Out Of Love
B4.Watch This Soundsample
B5.Speak No Evilsample
B6.A Yuh

Long before the fusion of dancehall and reggae, there was a time when vocal trios dominated Jamaica's music scene. From the early '60s, three-part harmony ensembles peppered the charts with driving ska hits. By the time the lilting rhythms of rocksteady emerged in late 1966, an outfit made some of the most popular and enduring music ever issued on the island. They were, of course, The Uniques.

The Uniques' classic line-up of Slim Smith, Lloyd Charmers and Jimmy Riley would record a series of superior sides with legendary producer Bunny Lee, most notably The Impressions' "Gypsy Woman," the soulful original "Speak No Evil" and the haunting "My Conversation" (which may be one of the most "versioned" tracks of all time). Charmers produced the cover of Buffalo Springfield's 1967 hit "For What It's Worth" (aka "Watch This Sound"), which was originally released on the group's own Tramp label.

As 1968 drew to a close, these recordings (along with the remainder of their best-known songs to date) were compiled for The Uniques' debut album, Absolutely The Uniques, which unusual for the time was released as a full-price collection by Trojan in the UK.

Antarctica Starts Here presents the long out-of-print domestic release of Absolutely The Uniques. Reproducing the original sleeve design, this reissue is part of an archival series that focuses on Trojan's essential '60s and '70s catalogue. Liner notes by Laurence Cane-Honeysett.

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