Winter in our rear view. Time to plant your garden! First pleasant Saturday in March I will lead off a Smile Jamaica with Monty Montgomery and his song Seeds. 13 sec.
For I ‘n’ I, Winter has been a harvest. I have spent my weekends in my Ark-ive sorting out several thousand 7″ 45’s . Pulling titles out for my theme sets: herb, Halloween, Roots Dawtas, Wailers Family Tree, Reggae covers, etc.
I collected baseball cards as a kid. Flipping 45’s took my back to my youth. I am up to letter O for Johnny Osbourne
I give you a serving of 7″‘s in this Ark-Ive edition: Reggae covers of Soul & Rock; 27 sec.
I also feature the second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of tens of thousands of pieces: vinyl – LPs, 7″, 10″, 12″; cassettes and CDs.
- Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
- Musical Youth – Youths of Today (Spring ’83).
As a youth growing up in North Central Montana. I had to drive from my hometown, Fort Benton (1500 people) to Great Falls. 40 miles away.
I would shop at the local record hut (Eli’s or Budget Tapes & Records). Usually I would buy a piece or two of vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Police, Rolling Stones. But I usually also bought a cassette for the hour drive home.
That was how I acquired the smash novelty hit of 1983. A group of ex-pat Jamaican kids living in the UK who turned the Mighty Diamonds herb tune, Pass the Kutchie into a song about going hungry: Pass the Dutchie.
<Musical Youth, #2 in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Before I knew about Smile Jamaica; 84 sec.>
Among all the synth rock and New Wave of the early 80’s, a cute Reggae toasting jam ruled the airwaves.
Alas, in Great Falls now if you want to buy a CD or record your only hope is Wal-Mart or Target.
Ahh, the forlorn memories of a cratedigger who’s world of record shopping is fading away.
Forward ever, backwards never
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.
- Monty Montgomery – Seeds; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
- Dub Specialist – Luanda Dub; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
- Freedom Singers – Train Is Coming; Denzil Dennis – Me Nah Worry (Trojan)
- Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’72 cover of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
- Lorna Asher – Leave Them; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
- Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Greensleeves) ’77
- Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Ganjaman Mix); 10″ (MCA) ’93 green vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
- Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (Shanachie) ’83 Request
- Tchiya Amet – Natural; Rise Again Truth (Milky Way) ’99 Chicago female African-American/Native American
- Bunny Wailer – Want More; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers for 50th birthday
- I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75 JA
Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 1/2 years
- Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; Youths of Today (MCA) ’82
<No Kutchie pipe for 10 year olds: Dutchie = Dutch pot; 31 sec.>
- Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
- Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’83
- Gayladds – Peculiar Man; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
- Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub comp of the hour
- Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
<Bob hails the punkers who played Reggae before they took the stage; 93 sec.>
- Groundation – Young Tree; Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica vol. 3 (Skank) ’99 comp.
- J.C. Lodge – Hurricane; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
- Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers
Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital
- Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Roxy, Los Angeles – 11/5/82: Vinyl is Vital Set
- Urban Jazz Ritual – Ear Crazy; Zulu Compilation (Zulu) ’84 UK – dub poetry
- Dub Syndicate w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry & Akabu – Dubaddisababa; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK; Akabu is female harmonies
- Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’77 Franklin Lakes, NJ – Obeah is Jamaican folk magic
Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45s – Reggae does Rock & Soul
- Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’75 Can. (Gregg Allman)
- Big Youth – Dock of the Bay; 7″ (Move & Groove) ’73 JA (Otis Redding)
- Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 JA (Five Stairsteps)
- Donovan Carless – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got; 7″ (Giant) US (William De Vaughn)
- Mikey Dread – Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
- The Wailers – Pass It On; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73 livication to a listener who passed away
- Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon mutant dub w/ female vox
- Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska, herb tune
- Dubble – South Side Dub (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK mutant dub
Set 8: Mutant Dub
- Hollie Cook – Angel Fire; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2008 UK dubstress
- Thievery Corporation – One; Lebanese Blonde CD Single (4ad) ’98 Fr. EP
- Beat Pharmacy – Cape Town; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South African
- G.T. Moore – King David’s Dub; 10″ (Jah Works) ’95 UK