Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 10, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy 26th Anniversary to I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica debut: Oct. 1989 – 26 years on air!


<Happy 26 Years of Smile Jamaica; 30 sec.>

In October of 1989 I began an excursion on the version: Radiothon (fund-drive) ’89 was when my bredrin Rutabaga Reese invited me to co-host KRCL’s long running Reggae program Smile Jamaica (then on from 1-4 pm Saturdays). I had just resigned from the grind of the Graveyard (Mondays 3-6 am) and figured I would finish my undergrad degree at the U of Utah and then head to Collie-fornya for Grad School.

Funny how things change. I stayed. Rutabaga and I shared Saturdays for about nine months and around July 1990 was when I took over the reigns solo.

For me programming Smile Jamaica is my absolute favorite thing on earth to do. And I like to say give thanks to KRCL for investing in the show and I ‘n’ I.  Same guy, same channel, same time, same format.

I started in Oct. ’89. The Simpsons (post Tracey Ullman) started Dec. ’89. Both programs still running well-hot!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica: Oct. 1989; The Simpsons: Dec. 1989

High-Lights of the Jah-tober 10, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 59 sec.


Set 1:

  • Winston Jarrett – Solid As a Rock; Atra 10 Track (Atra) ’72 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Westons) ’77 Can.; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sly & Robbie – Sesame Street; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ‘79 kids cover
  • Judy Mowatt – Slave Queen; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Bunny Wailer – Reggae Burden; Gumption (Shanachie) ‘90
  • The Specials – Rat Race; 2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (Chrysalis) 2 Tone Brit ska
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (BBR) ’80 UK; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Tamlins – Irie Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 herb tune
Brought to you by the letter S for Sensi. Now you know why Oscar is so grouchy

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Kinky Reggae; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73: JA vs. US/UK mixes

<Catch a Fire LP: Different mixes – JA original vs. Blackwell overdubs; 28 sec.>

<Kinky Reggae differences in mixes; 71 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Willi Williams – Jah Righteous Reighn; 10” (Uptempo) ’84 Sugar Minott prod’n
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Completely different mix on the Jamaican vs. the Island US/UK version

Set 3: Best of 26 years 

  • Third World – Third World Man; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77

<Rasta Man not Bionic Man; 18 sec.>

  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Scratch prod’n/Black Ark
  • Sister Audrey – English Girl; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Professor prod’n
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Channel One: Hitbound the Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Soul Syndicate – Redder Than Red; Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79; Dub Album of the Hour (Sugar Minott)
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Steve Austin. Bionics are not ital!

Set 4: Jah-loween Stylee

<Jah-tober is for Jah-loween; 22 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’88; “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
  • Ijahman Levi – One Step From Hell; Two Double Six 701 (Jahmani) ‘94

<Two Double Six 701 – Ijahman’s inmate number caught with weed; 15 sec.>

  • Bunny & the Kiemanaires – Devil’s Angel; From GG’s Reggae Hit Stable (Jamaican Gold) ‘71
  • Junior Dan – Look Out for the Devil + version; Junior Dan (Hi Try)
Halloween falls on Saturday this year!

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russia Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Bert Brown & Olubayo – Iry Feeling; Escape From Babylon (Bertene)  ’83 NY
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – State of Man; Spycatcher (ROIR) 2013 NY
  • The Chantells – Eva; Waiting in the Park (Phase 1) ’77 UK
  • Sister Candy – Keep on Bubbling; Showcase (Raiders) ’84 UK
Ultra rare

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation) 11/27/82; Montego Bay, JA

<Tosh: Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival: 11/27/82, sunrise; 13 sec.>

<Peter Tosh: The Sun/Son of Reggae; 18 sec.>

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25 minutes of fire and brimstone!

Set 7: Mutant Dub

  • African Head Charge – Irie Day; Akwaaba (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK: Mutant Dub Set
  • Rockers Hi Fi – Round Reversion; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Rootah – Mr. Vibes; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germany
  • Mankind Liberation Front – Dope Dreams; Grass Soundtrack (Mercury) 2000
  • New Blood – Worries in the Dance; Jungle Massive vol. 1 (Payday) ’95 jungle
  • Ben Wa – Macrocardio Dub Infarction; Devil Dub (Black Hole) ’98 San Francisco
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Ben Wa great mutant dub out of San Francisco

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