Saturday, August 20, 2016
Day 294 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Uniques - Never Give Up
The Uniques were originally Slim Smith, Roy Shirley and Franklyn White but the line-up didn't last for long when Smith reorganized the band using Jimmy Riley and Lloyd Charmers instead in 1967. And while they are best remembered for some great rocksteady they recorded for Bunny Lee including the classic "My Conversation," the Uniques continued into the reggae era as well. In 1977, the Uniques now comprised of Jimmy Riley and Cornell Campbell hopped into the studio with Ossie Hibbert and recorded an album called Give Thanks that was released on the Plant label in 1979 and again on Joe Gibbs the following year. The album which features both a vocal and a dub cut of most of the tracks and gives both Riley and Campbell a chance to give their voices a go on lead is real nice and today's track, the 292nd in the 365 Day Challenge, is "Never Give Up." Riley takes the lead on this one and just don't take my word for it, give it a listen and see how sweet it sounds with your own ears.