20 Super Hits

Slim Smith

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20 Super Hits Review

by Stephen Cook

While the title only lists Slim Smith's name, this collection also includes work the singer did with the Uniques from 1967-1969. A minor quibble, really, in light of the fact there's a wealth of Smith's stunning solo sides to be had. And while he first went solo under both Clement Dodd and Duke Reid, Smith's work for producer Bunny Lee can be counted as some of his best. The Uniques tracks here include such classics as "My Conversation," "The Beatitude," and "Never Let Me Go," as well as rare items like "Watch This Sound" and "I'm Lost." Of the solo sides for Lee, the pick of the lot are such later tracks as "Love Power," "Travel On," and "Stand Up and Fight." These early-'70s sessions also featured indelible treatments of Billy Stewart's "Sitting in the Park" and the Gamble & Huff gem "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me." This is a solid collection for those seeking an overview of Smith's work from 1967 until his tragic death in 1973. For more on both Smith's solo sides and his work with the Uniques, check out the Trojan discs Rain From the Skies and The Best of the Uniques (1967-1969).

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