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Uniques: Late 60s Reggae Style - The Audiophile Man
Title: Absolutely The…Uniques Label: Music on Vinyl Trios were a popular group format in the early 60s as ska became a popular phenomenon in Jamaica. In this rocksteady/reggae case, the trio got together from the Techniques (i.e. Slim Smith and Franklyn White) plus Roy Shirley but that line-up morphed into Smith again but this time with Lloyd Charmers and Jimmy Riley. This trio were only together for a year or so but, in that time, they racked up many hit songs including Watch This Sound (a re-working of Stephen Stills’ For What It’s Worth) for the group’s own Tramp label. Curtis Mayfield’s Gypsy Woman was another top quality cover. There were original compositions in the mix too of course. Songs like A Yuh and Speak No Evil reflected early reggae stylings. All of these songs appear in this album, which was released in 1968 on Trojan (the band would split soon afterwards as the group members undertook their own solo careers). As you might expect from reading the above, the songs on this album are more about collecting and collating singles than forging any sort of album template or concept. That said, that’s not a big problem because the tracks …