Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Sept. 9, 2016 – Vote for We!



Pess-optimism vs. cynical realism

Yeah. I am none to happy with our electoral choices. Tweedledum vs. Tweeledee.

So either way we’re gonna get more war and more backbiting and fighting over who can give more kasheesh to the Richie Riches and Military welfare. Gridlock is the norm now.

But all I can say is: Reggae has been warning it would come to this for 50 years. That’s why I keep trodding through creation in a Irie fascination.

The Rastas put that pessimism to beautiful musical backing because as Bunny sang, “Who feels it knows it.”

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. And it’s only 4 years til we do it all over again

bless, robt


Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Sept. 9, 2016; 48 sec.

Set 1:

  • Martin Campbell & the Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – Jah Love; Rootsman The Real Thing (Channel One UK) ’97 UK vinyl
  • Yabby You & the Prophets – Zambia; Dub It to the Top (Blood and Fire) ’76-’79: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Linval Thompson – Dread Are the Controller; I Love Marijuana (Trojan) ‘79
  • Storm – Hard Not to Like You; Hits From the Past (Links) mid 70’s female lovers rock
  • Bunny Wailer – Time Will Tell; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’81 Bob Marley cover
  • Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement – anti-mj in Jamaica

<Operation Eradication – Reagan makes Jamaica get rid of the Collie Weed; 77 sec.>

  • Ken Boothe – Show Me That Love; 10” (Education) 2006
Jamaican military’s war against the Seven Leaf – Operation Eradication

Set 2:

  • Prince Buster – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Hits vol. 2 (Melodisc) ’60 RIP

<Cecil Bustamente Campbell – Prince Buster, Jah’s Heavenly Choir; 83 sec.>

  • Randy’s All Stars – Mission Impossible Theme; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
  • Zema – Free at Last; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) SoCal female singer
  • Hopeton Lindo – Territory; 10” (Tuff Scout) ‘87
Prince Buster deejay cameo in The Harder They Come

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 26+ Years

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Vote For We; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 

<Election 2016: Ebola vs. Hemoragghic Fever; 29 sec.>

  • Lovejoys – Chances Are; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’83 sister duo
  • Cultural Roots – Worries Me a Yard; Runninb Back to Me (Mango) ‘88
  • The Symbals – The Human Race; King Tubby on the Mix vol. 2 (Original)
  • L. Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74: Dub Album of the Hour
Will KRCL let me spin Smile Jamaica from Canadian exile?

Set 4

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Roots; Exodus (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ’77 B-side

<Exodus – Movement of Jah People; 36 sec.>

  • Josey Wales – It Have Fi Bun; Outlaw (Live & Learn) ’84 herbtune
  • Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde; CD Single (ESL) ’98 herbtune w/ Pam Bricker vox

<Lebanese Blonde – Whenever I get low, I get high; 17 sec.>

  • Johnny Clarke – Dem a Say Rasta; 10” (Observer Gold) over Jacob Miller riddim


Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Clint Eastwood – Roots, Rock, Reggae; Death in the Arena (Channel One) ’78 JA
  • Carlton & the Shoes – I’m in Chains; This Heart of Mine (Quality) ’82 JA
  • Full Experience feat. Aura Lewis – Can’t See You; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studio (Blue Moon) ’76 Fr. Black Ark prod’n
  • Heptones & Jah Lion – Mr. President; Upsetter Disco Dub: Turn and Fire (Anachron) ’77 Neth

<Mr. or Madame President?; 21 sec.>


Mr. President or Madame President. What you gonna do about the working class?

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72: Rockers do Reggae

<Paul Simon records in Jamaica; 18 sec.>

  • Gabriella Cilmi – Ob-la Di, Ob-la Da; White Album Recovered 1 (Mojo) 2008 Beatles Caribbean cover
  • Eddie Floyd – Baby Lay Your Head Down (Gently on My Bed) (Stax) Complete Stax/Volt Singles Collection vol. 3 (Stax) ’73 soul reggae: Memphis in Jamaica
  • Wingless Angels – Zion Bells; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds + nyahbinghi
  • The Upsetters – Drum Rock; Bill Laswell – Dub Massive Chapter Two (Trojan) 2005 remixes: Dub Album of the Hour
Nyah Keith and the Wingless Angels

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers– Fire, Fire; Honorary Citizen (Columbia) ‘68 single
  • Mike Brooks – Feeling of Reggae; Classical Anthology (M-10) ’78 best of
  • Prince Mohammed – Casanova Ride; 10” (Rockers) A. Pablo prod’n


Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Survival Soundz – Dub Is Dub; Land of Baboon (Baraka Foundation) ’96 illcentric dub
  • Playgroup – Going Overdrawn; Epic Sound Battles Chapter Two (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’82 instrumental
  • Samia Farah – Je Me Mefie; Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female singer
  • The Archive feat. Ras Puma – Sensibility; Archives (ESL) 2012 DC: herb tune
  • Audio Active – Psycho Buds (Asian Dub Foundation rmx); Bong EP (Birdman) 2000 Jah-pon meets UK Hindi dubbers


Prince Buster in Jah’s Heavenly Choir


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