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.