The Uniques :: The Love I Saw In You (Was Just a Mirage)

Originally by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, this poppin’ rendition by The Uniques belongs to the band’s lead singer, Keith “Slim” Smith. His full voice had soul, and his falsetto sounded unhinged, unpredictable, manic–in a word: exciting. Bunny Lee’s production bounces with pep, and The Uniques’ harmonies are unusual, tightly responding to Smith’s lead. During the bridge sections, Smith breaks away from fellow Uniques Lloyd Charmers and Jimmy Riley, punctuating the chorus with upper register gasps and bleats. It’s a ragged and passionate performance . . .

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