Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 19, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Merry Jahs-mas from Smile Jamaica!

Now you know why he enters via chimney!

<Seasons Greetings from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 9 sec.>

<Smile Jamaica’s annual Christmas Reggae dilemma; 16 sec.>


I bet you think that Santa Claus is from the North Pole. You would be wrong in that assumption. He is from modern day Turkey:

Quite a ways away from the North Pole

<Saint Nick is from Turkey (Asia Minor) = Baba Noel; 18 sec.>

The real St. Nick. Not from the North Pole

Highlights from the last Smile Jamaica of 2015; 41 sec.

  • Nuff Christmas Stylee
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Mutant Dubbers

Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 19, 2015 Smile Jamaica

Set 1:

  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA
  • Hollie Cook – Shadow Dub; Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo) 2012 Dub Album of the Hour
  • UB40 – Dream a Lie; More UB40 Music (Graduate) ’83 UK; 12” mix
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Solid Foundation; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement: Deck the Halls w/ boughs of collie!

<Bing Crosby won out over Jacob Miller at the Nelson Family Xmas; 16 sec.>

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Banned from the Nelson Family Xmas

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Studio One/Heartbeat)
  • Bunny Wailer – Here In Jamaica; Crucial! (Shanachie)  ’85: Roots best of
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 23, 1983, Greek Theatre, LA

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Set 3:

  • Carl Bert – Higher and Higher; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushranger) ’75 Jackie Wilson cover
  • Lorna Asher – No Turning Back (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Sly Dunbar – A Who Say; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘78
  • Charley Fresh – Jam Down Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington + Youth; Universal Masters Collection (Universal) JA neighborhood of Toronto
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; East of the River Nile; ’78 Dub Album of the Hour


Set 4:

  • Alpha & Omega – This Is a Prayer; The Half That’s Never Been Told (A & O) 2014 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aswad – Smokey Blues; Distant Thunder (Mango) ’88 UK
  • Cocoa Tea – Christmas Is Coming; Badd Santa (Peanut Butter Wolf)
  • Jah Woosh – Collie Sound; Best of (Rhino) ’76 herbtune
  • Derrick Morgan – Night at the Hop; Original Reggae Recordings From 1968-1970 (Trybute) UFO dance tune
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Smile Jamaica’s fave Trance Dubbers

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl

  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) 1982 FL
  • Nora Dean – Merry Christmas; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ‘84
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ‘79

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Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Black History; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Natural Wild; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK: Joe Jackson prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tell Me Now; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas + On the Twelth Day of Ismas (RAS) ’78 “All I want for Ismas is my collie herb; 6 sec.”
  • Jah Thomas Meets Scientist – Runadub; Jah Thomas Meets Scientist in Dub Conference (Munich) Dub Album of the Hour


Set 7:

  • Jennifer Lara, The Silvertones & the Brentford Allstars – Christmas Combination; Christmas Greetings From Studio One (Studio One)
  • Special A.K.A. – Gangsters; 2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (2 Tone) dubble disk best of
  • Pato Banton – Legalize it (Acapella); Live at the Maritime – San Francisco (2 B 1); herbtune
  • Junior Dan – Mr. Big Shot + Version; Junior Dan (Hi Try) early 70’s
Obscurity for sure-ty. Killer roots 70’s

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • International Dub System – Aam Bollock; I.D.S. (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Zion Train – Free the Bass; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Roots Manuva – Mind 2 Motion; Awfully Deep (Big Dada) 2005 UK chanter
  • Distance – Tuning; My Demons (Planet Mu) 2007 UK
  • Audio Active – Happy Shopper; Happy Happer (ON U Sound) ’95 Japan

<Happy Shopper – the customer is always right; 29 sec.>

Livicated to all the hard working retailers during the Holiday Season
  • Natacha Atlas – Eye of the Duck; Best of (Mantra) 2005: French/Algerian singer

<Merry Christmas or which ever Sky God you worship>


Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 12, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Calm Before the Snowstorm!

Jesus Christ: Born a Refugee

<Hey Donald  Trump – Jesus was born a refugee; 14 sec.>

Ho Ho Highlights of this nice December Saturday the 12th before a massive Monday storm in Salt Lake City. Well nitty and gritty. Took me three hours to get from Sugar House to the University of Utah. About 3 miles. 1 min. 16 sec.

  • Christmas Stylee
  • Wailers Family Tree – Bob/Bunny/Joe Higgs Live in San Fran KSAN Radio; Peter Live in SoCal ’83. Bunny Roots Best Of
  • Vinyl Is Vinyl
  • UFO-ria Mutant Dubwize – in time for the new Star Wars flick!


Hey crowd a people: put the Prius in the garage until at least April!

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 12, 2015:

Set 1:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA vinyl
  • Studio 1 Band Meets The High Times Band – Kill a Sound Wid Dub; Dub From Jamaica Roots (Original) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Innocent Blood; Crucial! (Shanachie) Best of Roots era singles
  • Barry Brown – Jah Jah Guide Them; Richman Poorman (Moll-Selekta) ’78-’80 Best Of
  • Marcia Griffiths – The Way I Feel About You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line); ’76 update of Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12″ (Clocktower) ’79 Xmas update
Nuff Disco Mix black Wax Christmas on this Ark-Ive

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) Oct. ’73 live on SF Radio Station KSAN

<Bob, Peter & Joe Higgs Live on KSAN Radio, San Fran; 1 min. 5 sec.>

  • Capital Letters – Bread and Water; Bread and Water EP (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Ayo – Help Is Coming; Joyful (Interscope) 2006 Nigerian-German Female
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ‘83

<No snow inna JA fi Christmas; 8 sec.>


Set 3: Best of 26 Years of Smile Jamaica

  • The Jolly Brothers – Oppression; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) Lee Perry/Black Ark
  • Hell and Fire – Show Us the Way; Hit Bound! The Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat)
  • Steel Pulse – Blues Dance Raid; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • The Selecter – Danger; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 Brit Ska w/ female vox
  • Stamper Doctor – Time to Cool Dub; Dub Zone (Teams); Dub Album of the Hour to Mike Brooks tunes
Out of tens of thousand, here is Smile Jamaica’s All Time Favorite: Heavenly harmonies, Lee Perry genius, Black Ark drum ‘n’ bass. Sublime

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Captured Live (EMI America) ’84: Live in Los Angeles: Aug. 22, 1983 – Greek Theatre
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Deluxe CD upgrade preserves the whole show

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Florida
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label does Reggae
  • Barrington Levy – Sensimilea; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Oshawa, Ontario, Can.
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
Canadian Reggae at its finest. On the Green Weenie label

Set 6:

  • One Love Family – Bo’Ten Qu’Luta – African Reggae (Putomayo) 2009 Cape Verde group

<Reggae From Cape Verde; 19 sec.>

  • Clinton Fearon – Blame Game; Goodness (Boogie Brown) 2014 bassie of the Gladiators
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune
  • Search Boys (feat. Cheech Marin) – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78: weed update of old Coaster R & B tune
  • Joe Gibbs & the Profesisonals – Crucial Attempt; All-Mighty Dub Chapter 4 (Joe Gibbs); ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
As many Cape Verdeans live in the US as on the Islands

Set 7:

  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’78: Marley produced, Wailers played, Lee Perry engineers; 12 sec.
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Cluadius Linton; So Wrapped Up; Signtime (Sunking) 2008
  • African Head Charge Presents Noah House of Drea – Neighbours; Heart 2 (ON U Sound) ’97 UK mutant dub
  • King Kong – I Feel Joy; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Doctor Alimantado – Poison Flour; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keyman) ‘75
  • Derrick Harriott – Jesus Was Born Today; 12” (Crystal) ’82
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ‘ 79 Hammond B 3 version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
NY Puerto Rican Broadway singer Martha Velez does Reggae

Set 8: UFO-ria Mutant Dub

<Star Wars Dec. 18: No Jar Jar Binx for I ‘n’ I; 18 sec.>

  • Boxcutter – Arecibo Message; Arecibo Message (Planet Mu) 2009 UK: Mutant Dub UFO-ria

<Arecibo, Puerto Rico – where they look for Aliens; 8 sec.>

<Arecibo – Carl Sagan; 10 sec.>

Arecibo Radio Telescope – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick inna Outaspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Wordsound I -Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 Brooklyn, NY

<Space Dreads hunting for herb in NYC; 13 sec.>

  • Transcend – 2002; Earthrise.ntone no. 1 (Instinct) ’95 US
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel and the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • Les Nubians – Que Le Moit Soit Perle; One Step Forward (Virign) 2003 French/African sisters
This idiot better not be in the new Star Wars flick or I’m walking right out the door!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 5, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Decks the Halls with Boughs of Collie!


<“Deck the Halls w/ boughs of Collie!”>


Been on the road Cratedigging, so haven’t had anything uploaded lately. Tis the season so I’ve got some Holiday vinyl and all the usual delights:  1 min. 05

bless, robt

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So Santa Say: Mistletoe fi di good gals, coal fi di bad Abwoys!

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica – Jah-cember 5, 2015:

Set 1:

  • Barrington Levy – Don’t Give Up; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Joe Gibbs & the Professionals – All-Mighty Dub vol. 3 (Joe Gibbs) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Black Roots – Come and Sing; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK Roots Reunion
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Frontline) ’78 deejay duo
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley/World Corruption; Live at the White River Reggae Bash (Heartbeat) 2000 Tribute to Bob
  • Owen Gray – Rizla; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushranger) ’77; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; rolling papers

<Rizla papers – French rolling paper company founded, 1532; 14 sec.>

  • Earl Sixteen & U Brown – Years of Slavery/Tired of Slavery; 10” (Merge) ‘79
Preferred by 96% of Dread Rastas when wrapping up a draw!

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Talkin’ Blues; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live at KSAN radio: Oct. 20, 1973: Wailers Family Tree set

<Oct. 21st 1973 – Live Radio performance: KSAN, San Francisco; 1 min. 21 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Crucial; Crucial! (Shanachie) ’94 Roots Best of
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Say People; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Greek Theater, Los Angeles, California: 8/23/83
Sly Stone kicked the Wailers off tour for upstaging his 1973 funk and soul

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years

  • Aswad – Rebel; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK dancehall update
  • Steel Pulse – Not King James Version; Babylon the Bandit (Elektra) ’85 UK
  • Sister Carol – Jah Disciple; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood co-production; update of George Faith
  • Keith Hudson – Image; Brand (Pressure Sounds) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
Best of 26 Years of Smile Jamaica. Bought on Haight Ashbury, Rough Trade Records

Set 4:

  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kutchie; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’82 herbtune
  • Aisha – Crisis; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘94
Pass di Kutchie pan di lef’ haan side!

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital Christmas 

  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All Stars Explosion (Alligator) ’85

<Bah, humbug! 8 sec.>

  • Tennessee & the Silvertones – Little Drummer Boy; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
  • Jennifer Lara – Hands of the Lord; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA
  • Eek a Mouse – The Night Before Christmas; Reggae Christmas (RAS)  ’84 Wash’n DC
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Ho, ho, ho!

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Members – Rat Up a Drainpipe; At Night at the Chelsea Nightclub (Virgin) ‘79UK New Wavers: Rockers do Reggae Set
  • The Ruts – Jah War; The Crack (Virgin) ’79 UK punk rockers
  • The Heptones – Hypocrite; Meaning of Life (Trojan); Riddim Shower (1): ’72 original vox
  • The Hitters (aka Brinsley Schwarz) – Hypocrite; Hen’s Teeth (Edsel); Riddim Shower (2) ’73 UK pub rockers cover + version
Nick Lowe (fourth from Left) and his pub group Brinsley Schwarz

Set 7:

  • Gato Negro – Armageddon; Black Cat Dub (ROIR) ’91 Nigerian artist; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2013 ghost story
  • Thievery Corporation – Assault on Babylon; Sounds From the Thievery Hi Fi (ESL) ’96 Wash’n DC
  • Simon Bogle & Ghetto Priest – Dry Bone; 10” (Green Tea) 2002 UK
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Hollie Cook

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Burning Babylon – Wires to Riot; Beat, Beat, Bat (I-Tones); 2008 Massachusetts
  • Jah Works – Turn to Jah; Turn to Jah (ROIR) ‘96
  • Terra Firma – Mineral; Sounds From the Ground (Waveform) 2000 US
  • Zion Train – A Better Day; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Rockers Hi-Fi; Look For a Spark; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK