Unity/Unity Sounds discography

This discography is very much a work in progress.

Unity Sounds and the Unity label were off shoots of Unity Hifi, the sound system from North London that was started by former Fatman Sound selector Robert “Ribs” Fearon in 1982.

There were quite a few mislabelled and/or mistitled releases on Unity Sounds and Unity labels, hopefully this discography will help to make sense of them. Due to the central role of Ribs to the Unity set up I’ve attempted to list his productions for other  labels too but this is very much a work in progress. If you can help with labels scans, sound samples or corrections please get in touch.

Where there is a question in a […] then it’s something I need to clarify, again if you can help please leave a comment at the bottom of the page.

Unity “UN” series

UN 001-A Demon Rockers – Iron Lady/Version
UN 001-B Demon Rockers – Stick Together

Producer: Ribs.
The first issue on Unity, note the label is just Unity and not Unity Sounds. Both sides feature Deman Rocker, a Unity Hi-Fi MC and later one half of the celebrated Ragga Twins alongside Flinty Badman. Tracks are on the Stalag and Taxi rhythms respectively.

UN 002-A Errol Ballot – Wicked And Wild/Version
UN 002-1 Errol Ballot – Take Warning/Version

Producer: Ribs
UK based singer Errol Bellot featured 5 or 6 times on Unity releases. Note the name mispelling on both sides.

UN 003-1 Johnny Osbourne – The Original Rewind
UN 003-2 Leroy Smart – Back Off

Producer: Prince Jammy
Original Rewind is on the Cuss Cuss rhythm. Johnny Osbourne cut this tune twice for Jammy’s, this onr and a next cut just called Rewind on a different rhythm that was released on a Jammy’s 7″ (JA), a Witty 12″ (USA) and a Greensleeves 12″ (UK). Leroy Smart’s Back Off is on the Sleng Teng rhythm.

UN 004-A Leroy Smart – We Rule
Version
UN004-B Leroy Smart – She No Love Him
Version

Producer: King Jammy’s.
She No Love Him is on the Rockfort Rock rhythm.

UN 05-A Chicken Chest – Negative Conquer Positive/Version
UN 05-A DC Ninjan – Don’t Bax Your Lady/Version

A: Produced by Jammy’s.  B: Produced by Ribs.
The matrix numbers for this release are FEA05-A and FEA05-AA respectively. This release should have actually had the catalogue number  the same as the matrix as it was part of the later FEA run of releases circa 1988 (see below). One the Jammy’s issue the A side is titled Negative Can’t Conquer.

UN005-A Sugar Minott – All Kind Of People

UN005-B Version
Carlton Patterson production and originally released on his Black & White label in ’81.

 UN 006-1 J. Osborne – Put It By Number One/Version
UN 006-2 General Trees – You Too Good/Version

Producer: Jammy’s
Johnny Osbournes classic cut on the Sleng Teng rhythm, more commonly known as Budy Bye.

UN 007-1 J. Delgado – Run Come
UN 007-2 J. Delgado – Highty Tighty

Producer: Jammys
Junior Delgado vocals. Run Come is on Tempo Rhythm and Highty Tighty Is on Rockfort Rock rhythm.

UN 008
Untraced [probably not issued?]

UN 009-1 Nitty Gritty – Sweet Reggae Music/Version
UN 009-2 Errol Ballot (actually Bellot) – Natural Touch/Version

Produced by: Jammy’s and Ribs respectively.
The matrix numbers are UN-008-A1/UN-008-B1 so this would probably account for the lack of a release with the 008 catalogue number.
Natural Touch is on the Never Let Go/Answer rhythm.

UN 010-A Dennis Brown – The Exit
UN 010-B Version

Producer: Prince Jammy

UN 011-A Don Angelo – Reggae Music We Want/Version
UN 011-AA Don Angelo – Petty Robber /Version

Producer: Prince Jammy
The AA side is actually called Kick Up Rumpus and is on the Things That Come Up To Bump rhythm.

UN 011-A Mikey Merican – Control The Dancehall
The A side catalogue number on this release is a misprint, see UN 024.

UN 012A Little John – Clarks Booty/Version
UN 012B Tonto Irie – Have To Girlie Girlie/Version

Producer: Prince Jammy
Both tunes on the No Warrior rhythm.

UN 013-A Mr Lee – This Girl Is My Lover
UN 013-B Mr Lee – Miss Mavis


Producer: Prince Jammy
Both sides by Robert Lee. This Girl Is My Lover is on the Happy Times rhythm

UN 014-A Super Black – Bubbling Time/Version
UN 014-B Super Black – Take Life Easy/Version

Producer: Prince Jammy
Take Life Easy is on the Shan Kai Shek rhythm.

UN 015-A Al Campbell – Can’t Hold We
UN 015-B General Trees – Watergone

Producer: Prince Jammy
The tracks are on Real Rock and Mad Mad rhythms respectively.

UN 016-A Super Black – Love Sick/Version
UN 016-AA General Trees – Boom Shack-A-Tak

Producer: Prince Jammy
Love Sick is on the Happy Times rhythm. Boom Shack Attack is on the Heavy Rock rhythm.

UN 017-A Antony Johnson – Dance Hall Vibes/Version
UN 017-B Tonto Irie – Wrap Up Mix Up

Producer: Prince Jammy

UN 018-A Kenny Knots – Watch How The People Dancing/Version
N 018-B Errol Bellut (actually Bellot) – A Whe Do She/Version

Producer: Ruddy Ranks.
A Whe Do She is on the Mean Girl/I Need A Roof rhythm.

UN 019-A Wayne Smith – My Sweet Love
UN 019-B Tonto Irie – Murder Commit

Producer: Prince Jammy
Murder Commit is on the Every Tongue Shall Tell rhythm.

UN 020-A Echo Minott – What The Hell/Version

UN 020-B King Kong – Don’t Touch My Boops/Admiral Bailey & Chacka Demus – One Scotch
Producer: Prince Jammy.
What The Hell is usually known by the full title What The Hell The Police Can Do. The B side label was blank on some copies.

UN 021-A Jack Wilson & Demon Rocker – Chuck It/Version

UN 021-AA Flinty Ranks – Get Up And Gwaan Go Dance/Version
Producer: Rudy Ranks And Red Eye. The B side has blank label. The matrix on the B side is UN 02?-AA (the third number has been scored out and is illegible).

UN 021-A – Johnny Osbourne – Show Me Your Sign
UN 021 – Johnny Osbourne – A Six For A Nine
Producer: Paul Chue.
[Are both tunes followed by the versions? What is the exact catalogue number of the B side?]

UN 022-A Kenny Knots – Ring Up My Number/Version
UN 022-AA Mickey Murka – We Try/Version

Producer: Ruddy Ranks

UN 023-A Peter Bouncer – Ready For The Dance Hall Tonight/Version
UN 023-AA Peter Bouncer – Don’t Test/Version

Producer: Ruddy Ranks. Ready For The Dance Hall Tonight is on the same rhythm as Get Up And Go A Dance (UN024-B)

UN 11-A (UN 024) Mickey Merican – Control The Dance Hall/Version
UN 024AA Mickey Murica – Automatic/Version

A. Producer: Ruddy And Redeye. B. Producer: Ribs.
Note the A side label was misprinted with catalogue number UN011. Both sides are actually by Mikey Murka.

UN 024A Mikey Murica (actually Mikey Murka) – Ride The Rythmn/Version
UN 024B Mikey Murica (actually Mikey Murka) – Get Up And Go A Dance

Producer: Ruddy Ranks. Some copies of this had the UN014-A label on the B side.
[would like to positively confirm the title, the label says Get Up A Go Dance but this may actually be called  Go Anywhere. Need to compare against UN021-AA]

UN 025-A Carlton Dread – Chatty Mouth/Version
UN 011-B Flinty Ranks – Gunman Style/Version
A. Producer: Ribs
B. Producer: Ruddy And Red Eye
Note the different catalogue on the B side, the label design is slightly different too.

UN 026-A Richie “Nicotine” Davis – Sensi Boom

UN 026-1 Richie “Nicotine” Davis – Talk About We
Producer: Ribs. There was a second issue where the “A” and “1” sides were reversed. Sensi Boom is on the Baba Boom rhythm.

UN 027-1 Kenny Knots – Full Control/Version

UN 027-2 Kenny Knots – Stop Playing Around/Version

Producer: Ribs. There was a second issue where Stop Playing Around was the -A side and Full Control the -B. This had slightly different labels too.

UN 028-A Selah Collins – Give Me Your Loving/Version
UN 028-B Selah Collins – Pick A Sound/Version

Producer: Ribs
The A side is incorrectly titled, it is actually called Juggler.  Juggler is on the same rhythm as England We Deh. Matrixes are UN0026-A1/UN-026-AA1

UN 029-A Mickey Merican – Ride The Rhythm/Version
UN 029-B Mickey Merican – Go Anywhere/Version
Producer: Ribs

Unity “FEA” series

FEA 01-A Joseph Cotton – Carry Me Go Married

FEA 01-B Joseph Cotton – Divorce
Producer: Ribs. 1988

FEA 02-A Richie Davis – England We Deh/Version
FEA 02-B Richie Davis – Lean Boot/Version

Producer: Ribs.
England We Deh is on the same rhythm as Juggler (UN028A).

FEA 03-A Errol Bellot – What a Wonderful Feeling/Version
FEA 03-AA Selah Collins – Soso So/Version
Produced: Ribs

FEA 04-A Richie Davis – Flash Backs
FEA 04 Version
Produced: Ribs
[does anyone know the exact catalogue number of the version side?]

FEA 05
There was no proper FEA05 release as the intended release seems to have been incorrectly assigned the UN05 catalogue number (see above).

FEA 06-A Selah Collins – On And On
FEA 06-B Version

Producer: Ribs

FEA 07-1 Demon Rocka – Hard Drugs/Version
FEA 07-A Demon Rocka – Ugly Gal/Version

Produced by Ribs.
The matrix for this release is FEA 09-A/FEA 09-B

FEA 007-A Johnnoy P – Rude Boy
FEA 007-AA Richie Davies – Talk About We/Version
Producer: Ribs. The A side should of course read Johnny P but this is actually Richie Davies – Good Bye(!)

FEA 08 Selah Collins & Errol Bellot – Nah Go Give You
FEA 08 Vincent Taylor & The Major – Equal Rights
[
does anyone know the exact catalogue numbers do both sides have the versions?]

FEA 09-A Demon Rocka – Ugly Gal
FEA 09-B Version
Producer: Ribs

FEA 010
[not traced – probably not released?]

FEA 011-A Thriller U – Baby I Love You/Version
FEA 011-AA Thriller U – Thinks It’s Love/Vesion

Producer: Bobby Digital

FEA 012-A Thriller U & Johnny P – Real Real
FEA 012-AA Johnny Osbourne – Rude Boy Shank
Producer: Bobby Digital
[The A side may be with Shabba Ranks not Johnny P – can anyone confirm?]

FEA 013-A Lloyd Brown – Music Medley
FEA 013 Lloyd Brown – My Number
Producer Ribs. Backed by The Unity Players
[Can anyone confirm the exact catalogue numbers and if both tracks are followed by their versions?]

FEA 014-A Demon Rocka & Richie Davis – Sugar My Coffee
FEA 014-AA Flinty Badman – Sweet baby
Arr. & Prod. by Ribs
Backed by The Unity Players

FEA 015-A Anthony Malvo – Can’t Control The Feeling
FEA 015-AA Anthony Malvo – History Sound
[Can anyone confirm if both tracks are followed by their versions?]

FEA 016-A Robert Lee & Bunny General – Midnight Hour

FEA 016-AA Pad Anthony – Bigger Boss
Producer: Prince Jammy

FEA 017 Kenny Knots – Mr Chattabox
FEA 017 Flinty Badman & Richie Davis – My Lover Gone
[Can anyone confirm the exact catalogue numbers and if both tracks are followed by their versions?]

FEA 018-A Frighty – Every Thing Reminds Me Of You/Version
FEA 018-AA Charjan & Frighty – God Send You Come/Version

Producer: Ribs

FEA 019-A Vincent Taylor – Baby I Love Your Way
FEA 019-AA Selah Collins – Love Is Falling
Producer: Ribs

FEA 020-A Demon Rocka – Bad Boy No Ramp/Version
FEA 020-AA  Kuff Mix Version

Producer: Ribs

FEA 021-A Joseph Cotton – Corner Shop/Version

FEA 021-AA Version
Producer: Ribs

FEA 022-A Lloyd Brown – The Love In Me/Version
FEA 022-B Lloyd Brown – If You’re Lonely/Version
Producer: Ribs

FEA 023-A Richie Davis – Memories Of You/Version
FEA 023-B Richie Davis – I Will Be Missing You/Version
Producer: Ribs

FEA 024-A D.C. Ninja – She Lovely
FEA 024-B D.C. Ninja – Don’t Bax Your Lady
Prodcer: Ribs. Don’t Bax Your Lady was also issued on UN 05B

FEA 025 Danny Virgo – Let’s Build A Dream
FEA 025 Richie Davis – Love Songs
Produced by Ribs
[Can anyone confirm the exact catalogue numbers and if the versions follow?]

FEA 026-A Richie Davis – All Day/Version
FEA 026-AA Crucial Robbie – Sing Your Own Song/Version
Produced by Ribs

FEA 027-A Richie Davis – Mystery Girl/Version
FEA 027-B Version
Produced by Ribs. The B side is an unrelated rhythm [Can anyone identify the rhythm track?]

FEA 028-A Nigger Willie – New Dance Time/Version
FEA 028-B Badman – Scandal Time
Producer: Ribs

FEA 029-A Coloman – Yard Invention
FEA 029-B Little Clarkie & Metro – Band of Gold
Producer: Ribs

FEA 030-A Richie Davis – My Special Lady/Version
FEA 030-B Version

Producer: Ribs.

FEA030-B plays a different rhythm version, it sounds like a speeded up Sleng Teng.

FEA 031
Not yet traced – probably not issued.

FEA 032-A Carlton Newman – Ready For Love/Version
FEA 032 Johnny Ranks – 11 3/8/Version
Producer: Ribs

American issues

UNDIS 001-A Gregory Isaacs – No Good Girl
UNDIS 001-B Version
[can anyone confirm that the B side plays the version?]

UNDIS 002-A Lt. Stitchie – Obeah Working/Version
UNDIS 002-AA Junior Delgado – Baby Be True/Version
Producer: Prince Jammy

UNDIS 003A Al Campbell – Hold Your Corner
UNDIS 003B Al Campbell – Ten To One
Producer: Prince Jammy

CF Label

The CF label was run by Robert “Ribs” Fearon.

CFD 001-A  Class – The Winner
CFD 001 Class – The Way That I Do
Producer: Ribs
[Is the B side artist correct?]

CFD 002-1 Byron Otis – Loving Thoughts
CFD 002-2 Byron Otis – Crisis
[The B side credit and cat. number are not confirmed.]

CFD 003-1 U Brown – Talk To Me Proper
CFD 004-2 Roy Rankin – Dance Hall Scrounger
Producer: Ribs. Note the B side catalogue number.

CFD 005-1 – Johnny Osbourne – Water Pumping
CDF 003-2 – Wayne Smith – Music On My Mind
Producer: Jammys. Note the B side catalogue number.

CFD 006-1  Papa Charjan – DJ Pumping
CFD 006-2  Courtney Barkley – I Am Alright
Producer: 1-  Ribs & Charjan 2-Ribs

CFD 007-1 Mighty Rudo – Waterhouse
CFD 007-2 Version

Producer: Jammys

CF 008-1 George Nooks – Fret Not Yourself/Version
CF 008  – Pala Tullo – Ride The Rhythm/Version
Producer: U Brown. Pala Tullo should of course be Papa Tullo. 1984

CFD 009

CFD 010-1 Eccleton Jarrett – Greedy Girl/Version
CFD 010-2 Eccleton Jarrett – Fling It Up/Version

Producer: Jammy’s.
Greedy Girl is on the same rhythm as Waterhouse (CFM007).

CFD 011-A Puddy Roots – Went Down Town
CFD 011-AA Anthony Johnson – More Love

Producer:Jammys

CFD 012-A – Devon Edwards – Lay Down Flat
CFD 012 – Jah Rubal – Burst Shot
Producer: Bunny Lee

CMF Series

CMF 01-A Peter Bouncer – Sad Sweet Dreamer / Version
CMF 01-B Peter Bouncer – Give Me Sensi / Version

Producer: Ribs

CMF 02-A Robert Emmanuel – Fashion Dread/Version
CMF 02-AA Robert Emmanuel – No Beggy Beggy/Version
Producer: Ribs

CMF 03

CMF 04-A Selah Collins – Give Me Your Loving/Version
CMF 04-AA Selah Collins – Reggae In The Dance/Version

Fu-Manchu Label

Label owned by Paul Chue. The first issue only was produced by Ribs.

FU 001-A Trevor Hartley – It Must Be Love
FU 001 Version

Live Wire Label

There seems to have been only one release on this label

LW 01-A Richie Davies – I Just Can’t Stand It/Version
LW 01-AA Richie Davies – Weh Dem A Do/Version
Producer: Ribs

Reissues

7″ singles on Unity label

Unity 001-A Richie Davies – Lean Boot
Unity 001-B Version
Producer: Ribs

7″ singles on the Ruddy & Redeye label

RR001-A  Selah Collins – Picka Sound (Dubplate mix)
RR001-B Egyptian Rock (Dubplate Mix)
Clear vinyl

RR002-A Selah Collins – Try Try (Dubplate mix)
RR002-B Progressive Riddim (Dubplate Mix)

RR003-A Mikey Murka – Ride The Riddim (Dubplate mix)
RR003-B Rude Rock (Dubplate Mix)
Coloured vinyl

RR004-A Errol Bellot – What A Wonderful Feeling (Dubplate mix)
RR004-B Tempo Feeling
Coloured vinyl

RR005-A Kenny Knotts – Run Come Call Me (Dubplate mix)
RR005-B Call Me (Dubplate Mix)
Coloured vinyl

RR006-A Wayne Marshall – Gunshot (Dubplate mix)
RR006-B Gunshot Riddim (Dubplate Mix)
Coloured vinyl

7″ singles on the Tuff Scout label

TUFF141(A) Robert Emmaneul – Fashion Dread
TUFF141(B) Version Dread

Producer: Ribs
A reissue of CMF 02.

TUFF142(A) Class – The Winner
TUFF142(B) Class – A Winning Dub
Producer: Ribs
Released in 2013. A reissue of CFD 001.

12″ singles on By Honest Jons label

Kenny Knots – Watch How The People Dancing/Version/Dubplate
Mikey Murka – We Try/Version
Released in 2002 as a promo for the Watch How The People Dancing LP

12″ singles on Unity label (By Honest Jons)

HJU 1 Errol Bellot – What A Wonderful Feeling
Selah Collins – Pick A Sound/Version
Released March 2010

HJU 2 Richie Davis – Lean Boot /version
Mikey Murka – Ride The Rhythm /version
Released March 2010

HJU 3 Mikey Murka – We Try/Version
Kenny Knots – Watch How The People Dancing/Version/Dubplate
Released March 2010

Thanks and credits

Special thanks to Robert Fearon, John Eden and Dale Pryke.

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