March 17, 2012, at 10:38 pm

The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #11

The Uniques – Beatitude (Bunny Lee production)

Beatitude is a reasonably faithful adaption of The Beatitudes, part of the Sermon On The Mount from Matthew Chapter 5 of the Bible.

Take a spiritual set of lyrics, put the masterful Slim Smith on lead vocal and it’s hardly surprising that the outcome is something really quite special, you don’t have to be religious to be moved by this. It helps of course that the rhythm is great too, Bunny Lee was doing something very right in this period, never underestimate his contribution when talking about the great rocksteady producers.

This was originally released in Jamaica on Lee’s with My Conversation also by the Uniques (number 37 on this list) on the other side. As double siders go this is pretty much as good as it gets.

Beatitude is available on the CD/LP The Uniques – Watch This Sound on Pressure Sounds.

5 comments to The 100 greatest Rocksteady tunes #11

  • nilo82

    So glad to see you continue this project and now I’m really curious about the top 10!

  • Also glad to see you continuing the project Tim. Good work! You like this side best then? It’s very nice but I do prefer the other side myself.

  • Carl

    Im delighted to see you continue with this series, youre really making us wait 🙂 but come on, as nice as this song is, it doesn’t compare with whats on the other side of this single. My Conversation is a stone cold classic, evergreen and beautiful. nearly perfect in every way.
    Do you honestly think Beatitude is a stronger song, or are you trying to go for the less obvious and obscure? keep up the works anyway, looking forward to the top 10 🙂

    • admin

      Thanks Carl, yes I do think Beatitude is better though I’d agree Conversation is the bigger tune. I’m not deliberately going for the obscure (I’m not sure if Beatitude would count as that anyway?) though in some ways less familiar tunes are more exiting than ones you’ve heard a thousand times.

  • afterdeath

    If BUNNY LEE produced Lyn Taitt arranged and Eric Donaldson sings that would be great Rocksteady. Beatitude and Conversation is just one of BUNNY LEE’s greats latter end of Rocksteady.

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