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The Unity label. Part 3

UN551-1 Little Freddy – Why Did My Little Girl Cry

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UN551-2 Peter Austin – Change Partners

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Little Freddy is Freddy McGregor. Why Did My Little Girl Cry was originally recorded by The Tams circa 1963. Change Partners is a cover of Patti Page’s Changing Partners.

UN552-1 John Holt – Walking Along

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UN552-2 Bunny Lee All Stars – Ware Fare (actually Warfare)

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Warfare takes the rhythm track of Hook Up (UN533A), itself a version of Slim Smith’s Everybody Needs Love and adds a spoken intro, sound effects and deejay chat, possibly by Count Machuki. This is apparently a Randy’s production and not Bunny Lee’s as the artist credit would suggest.

UN553-1 Ken Parker – When You Were Mine

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UN553-2 The Clarendonians – The Angles

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The Clarendonians were of course singing about angels and not angles! The Angels Listened In, to give it it’s full title, was originally performed by American Doo Wop group The Crests and was a significant hit for them in 1959.

UN554-1 Errol Dunkley – My Special Prayer

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UN554-2 Errol Dunkley – Never Hurt The One You Love

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My Special Prayer is a Bunny Lee production and was issued on a blank in Jamaica (with Get In The Groove by Jeff Barnes on the flip). Never Hurt… is probably a Bunny Lee production too.

UN555-1 The Soul Mates – Ten Cent

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UN555-2 Doreen Schaffer – Stay With Me Forever

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The Soul Mates were apparently the Pioneers.

UN556-1 John Holt – Gonna Give Her All The Love

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UN556-2 Busty Brown – Nobody But You

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Gonna Give Her All The Love is a Bunny Lee production on the Shocks Of Mighty rhythm.

UN557-1 Monty Morris – Do It My Way

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UN557-2 Monty Morris – Where In The World (Are You Going)

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Where In The World is on the same rhythm as The Corsairs – Lover Girl (UN558B).

UN558-1 The Corsairs – Goodnight My Love

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UN558-2 The Corsairs – Lover Girl

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Lover Girl is on the same rhythm as UN557B above.

UN559-1 Delroy Wilson – Drink Wine Everybody

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UN559-2 Joe White – Someone To Call My Own

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Two tunes on the same rhythm.

UN560-1 Max Romeo – Fish In The Pot

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UN560-2 Max Romeo – Feel It

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UN561-1 Little John – No Love

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UN561-2 Little John – A Little Tear

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Two cuts by John Holt for Bunny Lee. No Love is on the same rhythm as the Wailers’ Mr Chatterbox.
A Little Tear was also issued on Jackpot by Trojan and is on the same rhythm as Stranger Cole’s Life Can Be Beautiful, released on Unity UN514B. There was a second cut on this rhythm by John Holt released in Jamaica only called I’ll Be Yours.

UN562-1 Lester Sterling – Slip Up

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UN562-2 Dave Barker – On Broadway

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Slip Up is a sax version of Slim Smith’s Slip Away (UN520A). On Broadway was another big rhythm for Bunny Lee and featured on several releases on Unity including a first vocal cut by Slim Smith (UN510B), two different instrumental cuts (UN505A and UN509A) and a deejay version by Jeff Barnes and U Roy (UN568B).

UN562-1 Bob Marley And The Wailers – Duppy Conquerer
UN562-2 The Upsetters – Justice
This release seems to be a myth. It probably doesn’t exist but even if it does it must have been on a blank only and in very limited quantities.

UN563-1 Niney And Bunny Lee’s All Stars – Skankee

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UN563-2 Niney And Bunny Lee’s All Stars – Skankee (Version 2)

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UN564-1 Ernest Wilson – Love Makes The World Go Round

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UN564-2 Ernest Wilson – Love (Version Inst.)

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A self production by Ernest Wilson, formerly of the Clarendonians. The version side is an organ lead cut.

UN565-1 Mark Anthony And The Jets – More Balls

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UN565-2 Tony King – Bum Ball (Version 2)

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An organ and a deejay cut of Red Bum Ball, originally recorded for Derrick Morgan by Lloyd And Devon.

UN566-1 The Third Dimension – Peace And Love

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UN566-2 The Third Dimension – Peace And Love (Version)

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UN567-1 Dave Barker And Slim Smith – Blessed Are The Meek

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UN567-2 The Whip – People’s Voice

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Blessed Are The Meek is The Beatitude, a classic rocksteady tune by the Uniques with DJ chat by Dave Barker. On the flip side there is Jeff Barnes as The Whip over Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, again by the Uniques.

UN568-1 Jeff Barnes And Roland Alphonso – 1,000 Tons Of Version

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UN568-2 U Roy And Jeff Barnes – Wake The Nation

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1,000 Tons Of Version is on the Everybody Needs Love rhythm, see UN504A for other versions.
Wake The Nation is another cut of the On Broadway rhythm see above (UN562B) for more.

UN569-1 Derrick – The Conqueror

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UN569-2 Derrick – Bedweight

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UN570-1 Slim Smith – Jenny

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UN570-2 Slim Smith – The Race

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UN571-1 Max Romeo – Macabee Version

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UN571-2 The Soul Syndicate – Music Book

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UN572-1 Max Romeo – Rent Crisis

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UN572-2 Max Romeo – Version

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Rent Crisis came out approximately three years after the previous release, Macabee Version. The revival of the Unity label in the 70’s was consistent with other Pama labels that were being started up again but as was often the case the revival was short lived.

UN573-1 Dirty Harry – Big Haire

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UN573-2 Young Doug – Skank In Skank

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The last release on Unity. Two young white guys from Brixton who are into reggae hear Judge Dread and think they can do better. The B side artist is a typo and should have been Young Dude. Young Dude AKA Steve Rice is currently resident in Bristol and operating the Downbeat Melody Sound System. Big Haire took the rhythm from the Lee Perry produced Ginal Ship by Max Romeo. Max used the rhythm a couple more times under the name Johnny Studd on a Truth label double sider: Man In Your Life and Labour Wrong.

References used for the production of these pages:
Michael Turner & Robert Schoenfeld – Roots Knotty Roots – CD Rom version. (Nighthawk)
David Katz – People Funny Boy – The Genius Of Lee Scratch Perry. (Payback Press)
M.DeKoningh and Marc Griffiths – Tighten Up -The History Of Reggae In The UK. (Sanctuary)
Marc Griffiths – Boss Sounds – Classic Skinhead Reggae. (ST Publishing)
Fred Dornier – Tosh Aux Touches, Skactualaties Magazine. (Feb 1995)
Roger Steffens interview with Peter Tosh reproduced at Reggae Lyrics Archive
Discussions on the Pama Forum in 2005,06,07 and 2009 especially the contributions by Madame Streggae, Door Peeper, Charlie Reggae (RIP)i, Eastwood, Oldwah,The Ugly One, Jmatherton, Home and Mill/Reggae Fever.
Special thanks to Joe Lawrence for the many scans, Marc Griffiths and Michael DeKoningh, David Diamant, Donald Gregory, Roliesoul, Pama Boss Sounds and skaville1966.

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