Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

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Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 7, 2019 – Guest Mutant Dub Selector!

Greetings,

School is in session. Quick upload of last week’s Smile Jamaica. Be sure to play through the last 45 minutes with Mutant Dub selections by guest Mixcloud deejay from Ogden: Nerd Show!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 7, 2019: Annotated Playlist ; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Control Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Onlyroots) ’84 Fr. vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rainbow Country; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Aisha – Crisis; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Rastafarmers – International Herb; Dread in America (Natural Mystic) ’94 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 Opa Locka, FL: Paragons cover

Set 2

  • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’75
  • Prince Buster – Sata a Masa Gana; Sister Big Stuff (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Evil Doers Retire; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sound) ’99 UK mutant dub w/ females vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Zap Pow – River/River Stone; 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr. Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77 Bunny Wailer cover: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone UK Ska w/ Pauline Black on the vox
  • Jah Pelicaho & the Wailers – Dub Jam Rock; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese dubber
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers + Dub; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Live at the Ritz; Sept. 29, 1981 (bootleg)
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) 2011 SLC
  • Augustus Pablo & the Upsetters – Lama Lava; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US – Wailers cover
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Tyrone Taylor – Mama Soca; Jamming in the Hills (World Enterprise) ’87 US
  • Jah Woosh – African Sound; D.J. Legend (Original) 70’s era UK
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; Millie Small (Smash) ’64 US

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover: Rockers do Reggae set
  • HR – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007 throat of Bad Brains
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70 Canadian soul group does reggae
  • Eric Clapton; Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83
  • Andrew Passey & Alien Dread – Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 mutant dub album of the hour

    Keef warbles Gregory Isaacs. WTF?
  • Nerd Show guest deejay: Mutant Dub Hour

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 31, 2019: Ganjarado Cratedig Rinse Out!

Twist & Shout. Terrific Denver record shop

<Cratedigging in Denver; 79 sec.>

Greetings,

To “rinse out” is a deejay term commonly used to showcase a fresh stash of vinyl on your sound system or deejay gig.

I ‘n’ I use it on this edition of Smile Jamaica as a way to juggle the Reggae vinyl I recently purchased while on vacation in Denver.

Bobbylon’s Guide to Cratedigging

  1. Plan your record (and book and dispensary) shopping before you leave the house. I tend to go neighborhood by neighborhood to minimize transit time. Yelp, Yellowpages online, Google.
  2. Upload my discographies to Google Drive or Dropbox so I know what I have and don’t buy duplicates
  3. Print out my wishlist of items I’m looking for
  4. Load up on coffee and green smoke for the excursion. Cratedigging on the Seven Leaf is one of life’s great pleasures
  5. Comb through the racks: I start with Rock and Blues. Spend time on Soul and Jazz. Mutant Dub gets the second most time “digging”: Techno, electronic, lounge. Then Reggae CDs (many of them I already have.)
  6. Spend the bulk of time in the Reggae Vinyl section.
  7. Mention I’m a Radio Deejay and try and score 10% off
  8. Take my trusty Burning Spear record bag to keep everything together
  9. Never leave vinyl in the car during warm months.
  10. Always put your stash in the trunk to deter break ins
  11. At the end of the day sift and sort my haul

And that is how you Cratedig!

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So I bought about $200 work of Reggae vinyl and let it simmer for the week. So I could hear it fresh from the needle to the monitor speakers on Smile Jamaica. 

First time audio experience for I ‘n’ I as well as the masses. Tune in and hear the fruits of my labor!

bless, Bobbylon

Wax Trax records. Parking is a bitch but worth the wait

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-gust 31, 2019: All Vinyl

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; Anthem (Island) ’83 JA vinyl (no overdub mix): 3 Hour Vinyl Show
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The In Crowd – Born in Ethiopia; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Judy Mowatt – Mr. Big Man; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Johnny Organ – Bewitched; Come Back Darling (Techniques) ’70 JA
  • Sugar Minott – Ease Up Mr. Customs Man; Time Longer Than Rope (Greensleeves) ’85 UK
  • Idren Natural & Seventh Sense – Sip a Cup; 12″ (Jah Works) 2007 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Jamaican mix of the album that made me a stone cold Reggae fanatic

Set 2:

  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; Reggae Chartbusters 76 (Cactus) ’76 UK
  • Yellowman – Honour Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 Santa Cruz, CA
  • The Upsetters feat. The Heptones – Zion Blood; Super Ape (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Mark Jah Jah  Bryan – Revelation Song (Rohit International) ’83 Barbados Reggae
Cratedig Denver: 2019 addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours (Laser) ’79 UK
  • Bomb Shelter – Stampede; Human Rights (Total Sounds) ’89 US
  • Doreen Shaffer – This Love; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Jonathan Arthur – Burnin; 12″ (Emerald Isle) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Rootsy for 1989. Cratedig: Denver 2019 score!

Set 4:

  • Dillinger – Tallowah; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase L.P. (Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Michael Palmer – Mr. Officer; Ghetto Living (Bebo’s Music) ’85 Wheaton, MD
  • Carlton Livingston & U Brown – Mr. Deejay; 12″ (A1) ’81
Cratedig from Ganjarado

Set 5:

  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black…With Sugar (Ariwa) ’89 UK female
  • Owen Gray – Turning Point (Version); Dreams of Owen Gray (Trojan) ’79 dub to Tyrone Davis soul cover
  • U Roy – Babylon Burning; Natty Rebel (Virgin Front Line) ‘ UK dj to Turning Point
  • Sylford Walker – Books of the Old Testament; 12″ (Art & Craft) ’79 UK
Ganjarado cratedig

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Let Him Go; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA – Wailers Family Tree; Bunny/Peter on vox

<Let Him Go; 90 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – No Sympathy (1972 mix); This Is Reggae Music vol. 3 (Mango) ’76 US diff. mix than on Legalize It
  • Bunny Wailer – Crazy Baldhead; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Rainbow Country; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’77 UK picture sleeve
  • Creation Rebel & New Age Stppers – Chemical Specialist – Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK w/ female vox
  • The Pioneers – Smokin’; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’76 UK Bob Dylan cover

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alien Dread feat. Martin Campbell & Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – Valley of Decision; Overcharge 10″ (ACL 2000) 2010 UK picture sleeve: Mutant Dub Set
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time/Justice Tonight & Kick It Over; Black Market Clash 10″ (Nu Disk) 2010 UK picture sleeve; Willi Williams cover
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat Soom T – Boom Shiva (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 herbtune w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Green Stick; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • Dubfront Outernational w/ Vice Grip – Run Come Children + Dub and Run; 10″ (Dubfront) 2000 Germ.
Ganjarado cratedig 2019