Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Motown Inna Trenchtown!



Took a little excursion. My parents are in the process of becoming Snowbirds: moving from Fort Benton, Montana to Sun City West.

Complete with coyote warnings, a family of bobcats behind the solar array at the end of their block. And warning pamphlets about blackwidows, recluse spiders and Gila monsters.

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No doggie doors for I ‘n’ I in Sun City West!

Here’s how you get to my parents place.

  1. Take the exit by the strip mall with the hearing aids shop on the corner
  2. Turn left at the Dementia Care facility
  3. Turn right at the massive Urology complex
  4. Beware golf carts. They share the road

So knowing I would be away for a week, I cooked up what I call a Digital Dubplate show: Strictly out of my Ark-Ives:

Motown inna Trenchtown. All the great soul covers inna Reggae Stylee.

bless, robt

Even year World Series run for my San Francisco Giants. Spring Training vs. the Royals in Surprise, Utah. 2 miles from my parents’ house

0-30 Min

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sugar, Sugar;  Rebel (JAD) ’69 box set (Archies)
  • Sly & Robbie – Sesame Street; Many Moods of Sly & Robbie (Sonic) ’79 (PBS kids theme)
  • Mighty Diamonds – Tracks of My Tears; Ice On Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya-Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 (Wilson Pickett/Lee Dorsey)
  • Black Slate – Thin Line Between Love and Hate; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 (the Persuaders)
  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confessions; Midnight Confessions (Westside) ’68 (Grass Roots)


30-60 min.

  • Cymande – The Message; Soul of Rasta (Newhouse) ’72 “Dove of Peace” UK soul/funk/rock/nyah
  • Burning Spear – Don’t Mess With Jill; Presenting (Studio One) ’73 (The Supremes)
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode (Extended Mix); Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 (Chuck Berry)
  • Marvin Gaye – Third World Woman (Reggae Mix); Midnight Love (Columbia) ’83 soul/reggae
  • Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)  ’71 (Aretha Franklin)
  • Errol Dunkley – Betcha By Golly Wow; More Reggae Music (Sound) ’85 (Stylistics)
  • Dennis Brown – Ain’t That Loving You; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 (Isaac Hayes & David Porter)
  • J.C. Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Reggae Pulse 3: Love Songs (RAS) ’80 (Charley Pride)

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60-90 min.

  • Cornell Campbell & Lizzy – Aquarius; Love of the Common People (Trojan) (5th Dimension)
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul group
  • Sandra Reid – Ooh Boy; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82 (Rose Royce)
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Channel One: Hitbound – Revolutionary Sound  ’78 (Chi-Lites)
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; 12” EP (Epic) ’81 US soul/rock artist
  • Foxy Brown – Fast Car; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’89 (Tracy Chapman)
  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching Me; Anthem (Island) ’84 (Rockwell)

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90 min – 2 hr.

  • Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 (Go Go’s) 
  • Yellowman – Beat It; Galong, Galong, Galong (Shanachie) ’85 (Michael Jackson)
  • Slits – I Heard It Through the Grapevine; Femme Fatale (Dressed to Kill) ’79 female punk/reggae (Marvin Gaye)
  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’71 (Raiders – Indian Reservation)
  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; Warm Leatherette (Island) ’80 (Roxy Music)
  • The Beat – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet) ’80 (Smokey Robinson & the Miracles)
  • Lee Perry – Double Seven; Soul Man (Trojan) ’74 (Sam & Dave)

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 2 hr. – 2 and 1/2 hours:

  • Just Dale/Robotiks – Until You Come Back to Me; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88 (Aretha Franklin)
  • Toots Hibbert – Love and Happiness; Toots in Memphis (Mango) ’88 (Al Green)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Get Ready; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ’78 (Temptations)
  • Storm – It’s My House; Hits of the Past (Links) ’79 (Diana Ross)
  • Heptones – My World is Empty Without You; Meaning of Life (Trojan) (The Supremes)
  • John Holt – If I Were a Carpenter; King Jammy at the Controls (VP) ’89 (Tim Hardin)

2 hr. 30 min – 3 hr.

  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Black Echoes (DEB Music) ’78 (Temptations – Just My Imagination)
  • Audio Active – Burning of the Midnight Lamp; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboy (ON U Sound) ’94 mutant dub (Jimi Hendrix)
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Live at the Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1)  (The Police)
  • The Specials – Maggie’s Farm; Stereo-Typical (2 Tone)  ’80 2 Tone ska (Bob Dylan)
  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ’84 (Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – The Girl Is Mine)
  • Delroy Wilson – It’s a Shame; Dancehall Sessions (Metro) ’88 (Stevie Wonder)
  • Lloyd Parks – Kung Fu Fighting; Wonder of You (Joe Gibbs) ’98 (Carl Douglas)
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group (Curtis Mayfield)


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