Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 25, 2016: 28 Years of Reggae Radio! (Vinylicious)

In the immortal words of Prince Far I – the humble calf, suckles the most milk


During the last year of Reagan. Who funded the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives thru the Student Loan Program.

KRCL was looking for graveyard shows. I was picked for late Sunday/early Monday AM. The show? 3 o’clock Roadblock – 3 hours of Reggae and World sounds at 3am during the coldest winter in 40 years in Salt Lake City.

<Smile Jamaica bio; 37 sec.>

You gots to pay your dues to get the prime time. I did graveyard for a year and decided that was enough. Then my bredrin, Rutabaga Reese, who was hosting Smile Jamaica was looking to transition out. So I sat in with him from Oct. ’89 til Summer of ’90 when he “retired”. I took over the chair, planted my flag and 28 years later it’s Saturday afternoon Roots Reggae ‘n’ Dub fix

<Early morning before prime time – gotta pay your dues; 23 sec.>

So it was the tail end of June, June 25th probably that I flicked the switch and started the Ark-Ive. Celebrate that legacy with all vinyl

No digital for I ‘n’ I

bless, robt



28 Years of Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica June 25, 2016 Playlist; 1 min 8 sec.

Set 1 – All Vinyl 28 Years

  • Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’76 cover of Porgy & Bess classic
  • King Tubby – Dub From the Roots; Dub From the Roots (Attack) ’74 dub album of the hour
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-Election Remix (Ora International) ’85 St. Louis

<Nancy & Ron a gwan a Russia; 23 sec.>

  • Edi Fitzroy – Youthman Penitentiary; Dreadlocks Party (Alligator) ’82 Chicago blues label
  • Michael Smith – Picture No Pictures; Mi Cyaan Believe It (Mango) ’82 LKJ produced dub poet
  • Tapper Zukie – Cally Dolly; I Man Ah Warrior (mer) ’77 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bloodfire Posse – Get Flat; Are You Ready (CBS) ’86 UK, Jamaican dance, “get flat while bullets fly overhead”
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Robert Mapplethorpe. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 2: Roots Dawta vinyl

  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Comin’ in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee
  • Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots, Rock, Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Singers & Players feat. Sister B – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK Adrian Sherwood
  • Aisha – Don’t Tire; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK


Set 3:

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK: boxing Babylon loses to Natty Dread
  • Morwells – Reggae Party; Wiser Dread (Nighthawk) ’82 St. Louis
  • Sister Carol – Show Business; Liberation For Africans (Serious Gold) ’83 NY
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie (Special Dub Mix); ’83 12” EP

<Mighty Diamonds – Kutchie pipe; Musical Youth – cooking pot; 16 sec.>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) Dub Album of the Hour[

<Smile Jamaica’s first dub album. Tower Records, Las Vegas ’87; 20 sec.>


Set 4: I Three vinyl

  • Marcia Griffiths – Play Me; Sweet Bitter Love (Trojan) ’74 UK Neil Diamond cover
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Reggae Party (Disc International) ’84 Fr.
  • Judy Mowatt & Sister Carol – Screw Face/Them Vex; 12” (Jah Life) ’87 – Bob cover


Set 5: Wailers Family Tree set; 1 min. 22 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81: my 1st Reggae album

<the very first addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 33 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Walk the Proud Land; Sings the Wailers (Mango) ’80 – update Rock Steady classics
  • Pressure – Stir It Up; Pressure (Pool’s) US cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 UK***

<Punky Reggae Party – No boring old farts; 14 sec.

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The Damned, The Jam, The Clash, Dr. Feelgood – No boring old farts

Set 6:

  • Sly & Robbie – Space Invaders; Syncopation (Joe Gibbs) ’82 UFO-ria
  • Sister Netifa – We Can’t Run No More + I Am From Africa; Woman Determined (Aluta) ’88 UK dub poet
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Lovers and Rockers (EMI) ’80 UK comp.
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science”
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Space Invaders – UFOria

Set 7: Herbtune Vinyl

  • Bobby Culture – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA

<Busted!; 18 sec.>

  • Alpha & Omega – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Pounding Systems; Pounding System (ON U Sound) ‘
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Basement 5 – Immigration: Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK – future members of Big Audio Dynamite
  • Zulu Warriors – Chanting Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Doo) ’89 UK


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