A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit British Invasion
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an unusual collection of mid-'60's country rock. It has the flavor of British Invasion and American mid-'60's pop, with a Southern accent. Joe Stampley's vocal style has a countrified r'n'b style, similar to Charlie Rich. Some of the songs are slow ballads, but others are gently rocking pop numbers, such as the fabulous toe-tapper, "Not So Long Ago," which features evocative Dick and DeeDee-style high backing vocals. That song alone is worth the price of the record. Joe went on to a fairly sucessful country career, but this early album shows him in the thick of rock, soul, and pop of the '60's era. A good record to have if you love the catchy melodies and insistent beat of the music of that time."
The Uniques Are Another Reason Why I Loved 60s Music!
A Customer's Opinion | U.S. | 10/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've asked myself a few times: why do I even type small reviews on old music on OOP CDs because very few (if any) people will read them anyway and the answer is simple. All are (at the least) good and most are outstanding. Joe Stampley And The Uniques are in the latter category. They were together about eleven years (1961-1971) and several of you will remember their two huge hits, Not To Long Ago, and the beautiful, All These Things, and don't think the quality of the music stops at those two songs. Beautiful ballads and great pop songs make up this entire CD. One of these songs even made it to one of Rhino's ever so popular, Nuggets, Compilations. The CD Case Picture you see here is Not the same as mine and as for sound quality: It's very good.
Joe went on to have 30+ Top Ten Country Hits but I will always have very fond memories of this stage of his career with The Uniques. Take a stroll back to a different time and enjoy.....And I believe you will.
F.Y.I...I have heard two different versions of The Uniques gorgeaus, All These Things. One is more Guitar driven and the other is not only Guitar driven but is also Instrumental driven. To me: the latter is the better version and that is the Ballad that you hear on this song sample. In 1966, All These Things, was the most requested song in the history of one radio station in Texas and it was Number One there for three straight weeks. After one listen you will know why. It is that pretty! It was truly one of the greats (and there were many) from that Decade we now call the 60s. Now you see why I'll do a review on an OOP (Out Of Print) CD.