Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 – Happy Mother’s Day Reggae Special!

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day Special from Smile Jamaica. Pulled about 60 Mom love tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. (Nice that more vinyl choices than cd for a change!). We hear 40 of the best on this podcast.

And I always start with a country-reggae hybrid. Nashville meets Kingston inna rub a dub stylee.

<Sonya Spence – No Charge; 32 sec.>

Tammy Wynette tear jerker. Little boy presents a list of chores he has completed: mowed the lawn, went to the store, babysit baby brother. Total $14.75 (in 1976 dollars; $66.25 in 2019 coinage.)

Here are the lyrics:

My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’,
While I was fixin’ supper,
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on,
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,
I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars,
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar, 
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents, 
An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – twenty-five cents, 
Takin’ out the trash – one dollar, 
Gettin’ a good report card – five dollars, 
And for rakin’ the yard – two dollars, 
Total owed – fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents. Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly, 
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind, 
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over, 
This is what I wrote: For the nine months I carried you, 
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE, 
For the nights I’ve sat up with you, 
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE, 
For the toys, food and clothes. 
And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE, 
When you add it all up. 
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE. 

Well, when she finished readin’, 
She had great big old tears in her eyes, 
And she looked up at me and said, 
“Mama, I sure do love you.” 
Then she took the pen, 
And in great big letters, 
She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.” 

When you add it all up, 
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE; 33 sec.

So much love to my Mother, Jeannette, “no charge” taking care of my Dad right now who is up against a rare and debilitating health situation in Arizona. And much love to anyone reading this towards your Mother. Here or looking down from Jah’s Heavenly Abode.

Bless, Bobbylon 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 11, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of (Blue Moon) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Junior Dan – Bushmaster Workout; KTW Dub (Clappers) ’82 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonia Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day tune
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ‘74
  • Big Youth – Mama Look; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ‘82
  • The Chosen Brothers & unknown deejay – Mother I Love You; 12” (City Line) ’77 Bronx

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ‘83
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Mama; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ‘93
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • Carl Dawkins – Motherland Land; Motherland Africa (Abraham) Downsview, Ontario vinyl
  • Dennis Bovell – Oh Mama, Oh Papa; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ‘83

Set 3:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Ryodisc) ’84; Bob’s Mom on Bob’s passing (May 11, 1981); 52 sec.
  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ‘70
  • Michael Robinson – Mother and Father; 7” (Horse) ’77 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Mama Baby; More She Love It (Yvonne’s Special) ’77 UK
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Israelites (Trojan) ‘62
  • Lillian Allen – This Ya Mumma Earth (Peace Poem); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, CA vinyl; Canadian dub poet
  • Ben Harper – Mama’s Trippin’; The Will to Live (Virgin) ‘97
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12” (Jah) ’86 UK

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ‘83
  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Taj Mahal – Big Mama; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ‘74
  • Charlie Chaplin – Don’t Leave Your Baby Mother; Roots & Culture (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl

Set 6:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 (1) original recorded in Jamaica; 27 sec.
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’73 (2)
  • The Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron Lion Zion; (Extended Mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong) request
  • Shakeena – We Are the Mothers of the World; Dance Music (Majicca) ’97 Los Angeles vinyl
  • Macka B – Respect Our Mothers; Buppie Culture (Ariwa) ’89 UK vinyl
  • Little John – I Love My Mamie (sic); Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK vinyl
  • The Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8:

  • Blackalicious feat. Erinn Anova – Ego Trip by Nikki Giovanni; NIA (Mo Wax) ’99 female dub poet
  • Mutabaruka & Tony Rebel – Mama Land; 7” (Flames) ‘97
  • Michael Enkrumah & I – Mother; Jah Jah (Tashi) ’86 Rockvill, MD vinyl
  • Tena Stelin – Mother’s Song; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek)  2006 UK
  • Fun-Da-Mental – Mother India; Select Cuts Nation (Select Cuts) 2002 Hindi dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019: Kentucky Derby Stylee!

Spark up a mint julep. Smile Jamaica celebrates the Kentucky Derby

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing just like Americans do. One way to celebrate that love is through music.

So on behalf of the “Super Bowl” of American racing (to mix metaphors), the  I play my annual Jamaican horse racing set.

I always start with this song….

<The Selassie I Cup>

The horses and their odds of winning:

  • Babylon 2-1
  • Soul Youth 3-1
  • Rome is Even
  • The Pope 3-5
  • Dreadlocks 8-1
  • Baldhead 15-1
Jamaican race track

Listen to this clip to see who won!

<The Selassie I Cup: win, place and show; 20 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • The Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Zulu Warriors – Warrior Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Silvertones – Give Thanks; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n;
  • Prince Hammer – Dutty Man Skank; Rastafari Bible (Patate) late 70’s Deejay
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Sharing; Songs of Sharing (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopians outta Swedung
  • Bushman – Weed fi Bun (You Got Me Gone); Weed  Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • 15 16 17 – Suddenly Happiness; 12” (DEP) ’78 UK: 2 sisters & a cousin

Set 2: Horse Racing

  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) Kentucky Derby/horseracing set
  • Race Fans – Bookie Man; 7” (Upset) ‘68
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) race track in Kingston, JA

<Caymanas Park in Jamaica>

  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick de Bucket; Give & Take (Trojan) ‘68
  • The Specials – Longshot Kick de Bucket (Live): Too Much Too Young  (Receiver) ’79 Pioneers cover live at Aston Univ., UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ride Natty Ride; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’80 JA
Jamaican race track

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dambala – Future; Azania (Dada Music) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc)
  • Pato Banton – My Opinion; Recaptured (Ariwa) ‘89
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ‘80
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Lambs Bread; Trojan Dub Box Set 2 (Trojan) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Bob’s mom. Smile Jamaica celebrates Mother’s Day Sat. May 11

Set 4:

  • Wingless Angels – No Dark There; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hines and nyah drummers

<Wingless Angels; 41 sec.>

  • Lorna Asher – Straight to Your Heart; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Cornell Campbell & U Brown – Pride & Joy + Rock to the Rhythm; 12” (Mash It) Brooklyn
Wingless Angels feat. Keith Richards

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 female vox
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Dreaming; Century (Century) ’84 UK
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Laurel Aitken – Je T’aimerai Toujours (I Love You, Yes I Do); Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Bankie Banx – Oh Caroline; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Cayman Islands
Rolling Stone Record Guide called Yankee Reggae the worst reggae LP ever released

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dancing Shoes; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One)  JA vinyl

<Dancing Shoes; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Judge Not; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) 3/14/1979 Wash’n DC
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Request

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (CBS) ’85 cover of Half Pint “Winsome”: Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives; Live at Hollywood High Hip-O) June 4, 1978
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise + Dub; Hurricane + Dub (PIAS) 2011

Set 8: Mutant dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dub; Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – The State of the Union; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC rmx
  • Dry & Heavy – New Creation; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox from Likkle Mai
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 27, 2019! Reggae Loves American Radio

Greetings,

When I was a youth in Montana, radio in the 70’s and early 80’s was “format agnostic.” The one pop radio station we could receive out of Great Falls would mix a singer songwriter, like Jackson Browne, next to a rock artist like the Rolling Stones or Boston and then expect to hear some classic 70’s soul from the Spinners.

In the late 70’s it was not unreal to go from a Kiss rocker straight into thumping disco.

Radio is not that way any longer. Everything is separated and boxed in with narrow playlists.

So having nearly two decades of pop music knowledge, even in a rural place like Northern Montana, I have a keen ear for pop hits.

We even had disco in Montana

In Jamaica, even cheap transistor radios could pick up stations from Miami and New Orleans. So what I heard in rural Montana was also picked up in Jamaica.

So nearly every pop hit had a local Reggae “chucka chucka” cover. That guitar chop in Reggae comes because of wave distortion in the radio single. The modulation was thought to be a part of the song.

I cold do dozens of shows of covers and we hear some of these examples on today’s Smile Jamaica.

  • The Pioneers cover one hit wonder Steam
  • Junior Murvin falsetto on Curtis Mayfield
  • Lloyd Charmers AM hit by Tommy James; 40 sec.
  • The Clash turn the tables and cover Reggae – Willi Williams

From Fort Benton Montana to Kingston Jamaica inna rub a dub stylee!

bless, Bobbylon

<Pioneers cover Steam>

Set 1:

  • Dillinger – Rock to the Music; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Glenmore Brown – South East Rock; Dube From the South East (Rhythm Foundation) Stevanger, Norway vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) 2003 UB40 cover
  • General Plough – No Pity in the City; One and One = Two (JA) ’83
  • The Pioneers – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye; Give & Take (Trojan) ’69 Steam soul cover
  • Prince Hammer – Legalise (Discomix); Rastafari Bible (Patate) ’76 Peter Tosh cover 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scatch” Perry & the Upsetters – Stay Dread; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – High Tide or Low Tide; Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 riddim shower (1) – cover of Dad’s
  • The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ’73 riddim shower (2) original

<High Tide or Low Tide; 49 sec.>

  • Candy McKenzie – Jah Knows; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents Candy McKenzie (Trojan) ’70’s Black Ark prod’n
  • Junior Delahaye & Wackies Riddim Force – Mystic Revellation (sic); 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx herbtune

Set 3:

  • Lloyd Charmers – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae vol. 3 (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James & the Shondells cover
  • Soulettes – Shoo Be Doo; 7″ (Upsetter pre) Rita Marley’s rock steady group
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (DEP) ’85 UK – dub
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Murvin – Rasta Get Ready; Police & Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Ras David – Legalizer Dub; One Love Vibration (Gold Poet) ’95 Santa Barbara 420 dub
  • Gideon Zinger & U-Brown – So They Say + Can’t Keep a Good Man Down; Ire Hi-Fi (Play de Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave; 12″ (Sheba) ’81 JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Love Won’t Be Mine; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Doo wop Bob 1 min. 28 sec.;>

  • Shaka Man – Tribute to Bob (If It Wasn’t For the Rasta Man); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) LA Bob Marley tribute
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tullo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Linval Thompson – Lick Up the Chalice; Look How Me Sexy (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time/Justice Tonight/Kick It Over; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) ’80 10″ EP

<10″ oil crisis; 1 min. 2 sec.>

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Aisha – The Creator; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Burning Spear – Fire Man; (Heartbeat) ’83 aka Mr. Fire Coal Man
  • Naturalites – Lion inna Jungle; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Part 2 (CSA) ’85 UK

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years/Stepping Razor – Live at The Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman Rides Again (Ride Natty Ride); Hall of Fame; RAS (1995) 50 Bob covers for his 50th birthday

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation/Boojoo Bazou – Under Me Sensi Remix; Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Raise the Dead; Survival Guide for the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collierado dub-hop
  • Dry & Heavy – Riders on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon Doors cov
  • Dub Syndicate – Not a World; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK