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Album Review

Although rather brief at 12 tracks, this is a good compilation of the Uniques' better moments. Includes the regional hits "Not Too Long Ago" and "All These Things," as well as the renowned garage band raver "You Ain't Tuff." Stampley's moving vocals, which mixed country, pop, rock, and soul — as well as his decent songwriting talent (he penned about half of the tracks) — provide solid evidence that he could have been remembered as a first-class blue-eyed soulster, rather than a country-pop star, if things had worked out differently.

Biography

Formed: 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre: Reggae

Years Active: '60s

The first version of the Uniques formed in 1966 when two members of the Techniques, Slim Smith and Franklyn White, joined with Roy Shirley to create a new group. The original lineup recorded a few ska sides for J.J. Johnson that year before disbanding, only to reform again almost immediately, this time with a front line of Smith, Lloyd Charmers, and Jimmy Riley (and occasionally Cornel Campbell). The reconstituted Uniques had a brief run from 1967 to 1969, recording several vocal trio classics with...
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