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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Podcast & Playlist): June 30, 2018 – 30 Years of Reggae Radio!

<Help me celebrate 30 years of Reggae Radio; 7 sec.>

Greetings,

After six weeks of Radio training, I ‘n’ I made my radio debut (most likely) July 2, 1988. KRCL 90.9FM was the station. 3 o’clock Roadblock was the show. Hot summer night I cruised down to the station located at 800 S. 200 W. in SLC and dropped the needle pon the record for the very first time.

Well stocked with tunes funded by the Student Loan Program….

<Special thanx to Ronald Wilson Reagan; 39 sec.>

Ronald Wilson Reagan – Rastas called him 666. But he gave me student loan cash to build the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

3-6 AM Sunday nights/Morning morning. Named after the Bob Marley tune, but I always led off with a Black Uhuru tune – the group that got me into Reggae. Hook, line and sinker.

<July 88 to Aug 89: 3 o’Clock Roadblock on KRCL; 24 sec.>

3 o’clock Roadblock from July 1988 to Aug. 1989 on KRCL

The first time I guest hosted Smile Jamaica, I was so nervous I couldn’t cue up a record!; 20 sec.

But I got the hang of it and after 30 years, (56% of my entire life). And spinning tunes on Saturdays is my favorite thing on earth to do. 23 sec.

So on today’s Ark-Ive let us celebrate that legacy with 40 tracks that I might have played that first Summer night at 3 in the morning to Night owls, insomniacs and graveyard shifters. Thank you for listening along the way

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – 30 Years of Reggae Radio Playlist: June 30, 2018; 96 sec.

The very first song of a 30 year Reggae Radio legacy. Selah!

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Island) ’83: 30 years of Reggae Radio

❤ o’clock Roadblock used to start every show with Black Uhuru; 16 sec.>

  • Augustus Pablo – Roadblock; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour – 3 O’clock Roadblock 1988-89
  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86

<The best Reggae song of all time; 65 sec.>

  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderealla; Black Cinderella (Heartbeat/Jah Life) ’84
  • Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Reggae Hit Sound (Trojan) early 70’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Don Carlos – Prophecy; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84
This LP made me a Reggae fanatic Fall 1986

Set 2:

  • Burning Spear – Distant Drums; People of the World (Blue Moon) ’88
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Carol Kalphat & Clint Eastwood – African Land/African Melody; ON U Sounds Presents the Reggae Archives vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’79 Hit Run 12″
Tower Records, Las Vegas

Set 3:

  • Eddy Grant – Electric Avenue; Killer on the Rampage (Ice) ’83
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing Is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Yellowman – Watch Your Words; Nobody Moves Nobody Gets Hurt (Shanachie) ’83
  • Sisters Jam – The People of This World; Rockers International (Greensleeves)
  • Scientist – Under Surveillance; Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
1983 soundtrack to summer keggers in Fort Benton, Montana

Set 4:

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dub

<Bad Brains show nearly wrecked my hearing, 1989;  66 sec.>

  • Sister Nancy – Gwan a School; One Two (Techniques) ’72
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 Kingsmen cover
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’80
autographed by HR throat of Bad Brains

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76

<Dreamland; 46 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bunny cover
  • The Wailers – Rastaman Chant; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73 nyahbinghi
  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76
Dreamland – a beautiful vision of heaven

Set 6: Black Ark

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Soul Man; Double Seven (Upsetter) ’73 Sam and Dave cover
  • Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Esoldun)
  • Tell Me Something Good; Return of the Super Ape (Upsetter) ’78 cover of Rufus &  Chaka Khan
  • Sly & Robbie – Indiana Jones; Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango)  ’81 US vinyl dub album of the hour
Sued for copyright infringement

Set 7:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di Eagle an Di Bear; Making History (Mango) ’84 UK dub poet

<Trump vs. Putin 2018; Reagan vs. Breznev 1984; 54 sec.>

  • Sonya Spence – Leaving on a Jet Plane; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 John Denver cover
  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 cover of Paul Revere & the Raiders – Indian Reservation
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Mango) ’84
  • Doctor Alimantado – Tribute to the Duke; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keynote) ’77 to Sitting in the Park
  • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobylon; Bobby Bobylon (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’79

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Guiding Star; Action Battlefield (Statik) ’81 female vox on Heptones; Mutant Dub 30 Years
  • Soho – Zombies Walk the Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK
  • The Slits – Heard it Through the Grapevine; Eastbound & Down Soundtrack (Fat Possum) UK punk dub females cover Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa/Ethiopia; Essential Dub (ROIR) 2007 comp: UK trance dub
  • Tackhead Sound System – Hard Left; Tackhead Tape Time (Nettwerk) ’87 UK
  • The Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela; In the Studio (2 Tone) ’84 UK ska

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist: Every Sat. is Black History Month!

<When every Saturday is Black History Month>

Greetings,

Have time for one quick update. My Pops’ 76th birthday was last Saturday. They are Snowbirds from North Central Montana living in the land of the Sun. Sun City West AZ that is.

Where next to the doggy hotel is a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. I helped my Dad go through the process of getting his medical card.

And for his birthday, as a good son interested in the health of aging parents, I sent him $50 to stock up on the Seven Leaf Relief.

Got Mom convinced to go 3/1 CBD to THC up to half and half. Stay tuned!

Free joint on his birthday? How come the Utah Liquor store doesn’t give me a mini bottle of bourbon on MY birthday

bless, Bobbylon

<Happy birthday Pops! 25 sec.>

Dad’s bounty for his pain. Notice free joint for his birthday

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 56 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Read a Chapter; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl

<Why I Read a Chapter a Day – UFOs in the Bible; 20 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 tribute to her son Bob
  • Big Youth – Johnny Reggae; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’77
  • Groundation – Praising; Crucial Reggae From Outside of Jamaica vol. 2 (Skank) 2005 Sonoma, CA
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Credit to the Nation (bootleg) ’86 European Tour – 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
He’s a Rastaman carrying out Jah’s plan

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (DEB) ’79 Bob Marley cover
  • The Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska
  • Michael Rose – Short Temper; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’95 Best of
  • Barrington Levy – Tell Them Already; 12″ (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind ’75 Bob Marley cover
  • Sophia George – Honestly I Do; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ’86
  • Cultural Roots – His Majesty Reign; Running Back to Me (Mango) ’88
  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • The Lions – This Generation; 7″ (Lions Bread) 2010 LA 

<This generation; 9 sec. >

  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7″ (Orchid) ’79 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7″ (Clintones)
  • Alton Ellis – Confusion; 7″ (Venture) ’77
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft (Studio One) Isaac Hayes cover

<Talking about John Shaft! 13 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley

  • Toots & the Maytals – (Marley’s Gone) HIs Songs Live On; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 4, 1982, Montego, Bay JA
  • Culture – Psalms of Bob Marley; Good Things (RAS) ’89 DC
  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

<Livicated not Dedicate; 19 sec.>

  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London June 1977

<From Smile Jamaica to Exodus; 54 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand (Version 2); Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter) ’70ish
  • Bunny Wailer – Trench Town; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob covers
  • Anthony B – Memories of Bob; Universal Struggle (VP) ’97 Bob Marley Tribute
  • Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Hollie Cook – Lunar Addiction; Vessel of Love (Mr. Bongo) 2018 UK dubstress
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha’s Vinyard (Rounder) 2001
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – One Drop; 12″ (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA Bob Marley cover, picture sleeve

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 trip hope w/ female vox: Mutant Dub set
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn herbtune
  • Alpha & Omega – Lion’s Den; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dry & Heavy – Reverse Again; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Gorillaz -19/2000 – G-Sides (Virgin) 2001 UK cartoon

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 11, 2017 (Stream+ Tracklist): Acoustic Levitation inna Irie Meditation!

Temple of Jupiter at Baalbek Lebanon. Prior to the Romans, it was a temple to the God Baal

Greetings,

How did they do it?

Every Friday I get together with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy for bourbon and banter.

If you are regular listener to Smile Jamaica, you are well acquainted with my recent fascination with Ancient Aliens.

The television series on the History Channel goes into the notion that antiquity and all of its massive structures were effected by visiting Aliens we mistook as Sky Gods.

How did they carve out massive stone structures like the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek, Lebanon (base slab is 1200 tons of a single cut stone?  By my Liberal Arts  math, that’s 2,400,000 pounds!

Or Puma Punku in Bolivia? How did “primitive” peoples haul multiple stone blocks (130 tones – 260,000 pounds) 10,000 feet up the mountain. They stack these massive blocks on top of each other with such precision you can’t get a human hair between the blocks. Who needs mortar?

Puma Punku in Western Bolivia

I’ll tell you how they did it: Acoustic Levitation.

The things that modern construction can’t do today. Lifting that weight with cranes or multiple cranes? Ancient Astronauts achieved these stupendous feats by using sound to move those stones into place.

In the last episode I watched, as a Sound Engineer/Deejay, I was fascinated by how sound equates to energy. It is why the most effective prayer must be recited out loud: in cathedrals, temples, tabernacles and mosques. It is the sound of prayer that produces powerful energy.

I play a song in the second half of this podcast edition called God is Great. The power of Muslim prayer, thousands in synchronicity reciting prayers heard by God. Allahu Akbar – God is Great.

And so…one man’s Skygod is another’s Ancient Alien. I want to think The Watchers plugged in big stacks of speakers and pumped heavy bass to lift those hundreds of thousands of pounds into place.

Imagine a Nubian ancestor of Jah Shaka plugging in and firing off dub shots while the Ancient Astronauts looked on in approval as sound equates energy.

Jah Shaka, co-inventor of Mutant Dub, practicing some acoustic levitation

The Anunnaki – the originators of Mutant Dub?

Acoustic levitation inna Irie meditation. How the Ancients “got high”.

bless, Bobbylon

<Acoustic Levitation, prayer and Ancient Alien architecture; 80 sec.>

How many decibels to lift the Pyramids into place? I want that subwoofer!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 11, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 47 sec.

Set 1:

  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK vinyl – livicated on Veterans Day

<Happy Veterans Day to my pops! 29 sec.>

  • Sly & Robbie & the Paragons – Man Next Door; Raiders of the Lost Dub (Mango) ’81 US Dub Album of the Hour
  • Mighty Diamonds – Know Your Culture; Tell Me What’s Wrong (Hitbound) ‘78
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; Full Up – Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Maine’s governor refuses to implement the commercial weed market voted on by the citizens; 29 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12” (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn; Murderer – dem suck out your blood

<In Jamaica gov’t informers are called Vampires; 14 sec.>

Happy Veterans Day to my Pops and all the Vets

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Chant Down Babylon; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers on his 50th birthday
  • Moodie – Repatriation; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodies) ’74 UK dub
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Children of Today; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 female singer w/ deejay
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’ 7” mix; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77
50 Bob covers for his 50th Birthday – Feb. 6, 1995

Set 3:

  • Candy McKenzie – Sky at Night; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) 70’s Black Ark prod’n
  • Junior Delgado – Fully Legalise; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK herbtune
  • Aswad feat. Shabba Ranks – Fire; The Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91 dancehall
  • Junior Murvin – Memories (12” mix); Police and Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour
Working up a Digital Dubplate of Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters productions

Set 4:

  • The Disciples – Herbsman Skuffle; Global Explorer (ZipDog) ’97 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Big Joe – Take It But Don’t Break It; At the Controls (Attack) ’78 dj to Pat Kelly’s cover of Angel of the Morning (Merrilee Rush/Juice Newton)
  • Charley Ace – Harder They Come; From Chapter to Version (Jamaican Gold)  ’70 dj: not the Jimmy Cliff classic
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
A+ record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Jah Lloyd – Rudy Come Back; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK
  • Lion Youth – Bring the Couchie Come; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl; herbtune
  • Crutches & the Heptones – Kelly’s Place; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK combination style
  • Jah Woosh – I Can’t Hide; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Sena – Children of the Ghetto; Juvenile Delinquent (Clapper’s) ’81 Brooklyn: female vox
Killer female roots from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years

  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) Police cover
  • Bad Brains – The Meek; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punkdub
  • African Head Charge – God Is Great; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Don Carlos – Tuff We Tuff; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • The Upsetters – Noah Sugar Pan Dub; Upsetter Shop vol. 2 (Heartbeat) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Autographe by H.R> – Throat of Bad Brains

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 acoustic live on WXFM Chicago; 43 sec.
  • Hortense Ellis – Suspicious Minds; All Shook Up (Trojan) early 70’s Elvis Presley cover

<Pop hits in America get the Jamaican Reggae treatmen; 36 sec.t>

  • Tena Stelin – Cosmic Session; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK UFOria

<Tena Stelin: Fellow Ancient Astronaut Theorist; 32 sec.>

Fellow Ancient Astronaut Theorist laying down the Cosmic Session

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dry & Heavy – Riders on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon covers the Doors: Mutant Dub Set
  • Tassili Players – Sensi; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK dub herbtune
  • Jah “Pecker” Pelicaho & the Wailers – Concrete Jungle Dub; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-pon dubber meets Jamaican roots

<The Wailers in Jah-pon; 50 sec.>

  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant (Transglobal Under Remix); Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Belgian singer in Arabic

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 23, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Harvest Time!

 

<Jah Jah clean out the bad weeds. Separate them from the good. 20 sec.>

Greetings,

I always assume Summer is over when I have to switch from AC to the furnace. Alas, that happened this week.

Time to celebrate that with some Harvest Time roots ‘n’ dubbers. Fall also means an anniversary for I ‘n’ I. October 1989 I co-hosted Smile Jamaica with my bredrin Rutabaga Reese. He moved on Summer of ’90 and I have been juggling wax every Saturday, (not cratedigging of course), since.

Selah! Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 23, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 34 sec.

Don Carlos – The day of harvest has come!

 

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl dj to Mike Brooks Feeling of Reggae
  • Scientist – Surveilance (sic); Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Lions Den – Zion Dub; Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubbers
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jarrett Park; Montego, Bay JA
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female cover of Rita Marley’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 herbtune

<Adventures in Cratedigging – The Melodians big seller; 22 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Hooverphonic – This Strange Effect/ Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC rmx w/ female vox
  • Mighty Diamonds – Fools Rush In; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Channel One) ‘78
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; 12” (Black Art) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’82 

<Mondays: Theme to my first show: 3 O’Clock Roadblock; 13 sec.>

  • Black Roots – Mighty Lion; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Burning Spear – People of the World; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Love Joys – Long Lost Lover; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Black Cinderella riddim
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shsnachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“One day I don’t like is a Monday, Monday”

Set 4:

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley = Joseph Biblical Prophet

<Bob as Biblical Prophet Joseph; 28 sec.>

Eric Donaldson – Black Magic Love; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ‘89

Horace Andy & Jah Mike – Praise Him + Babylon Happening; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ‘81

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (PVC) ’83 DC punkdub 

<HR throat of Bad Brains on Smile Jamaica in the studio; 59 sec.>

<Say it with me: Bad Brains; never THE Bad Brains; 6 sec.>

  • Bobby Culture w/ Brimstone & Fire – Dreadlocks Man; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Icarus – State of Mind; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • I Roy – Quarter Pound of Ishens; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK

<Qtr. pound of herb costs $1.10 and you still can’t pay your rent?! 17 sec.>

Autographed copy from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s ’77 Exodus. Ziggy’s 2017 rmx; 45 sec.>

<Waiting in Vain mix ‘n’ match – ’77 to 2017; 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl: riddim shower (1): original
  • Simply Red – Love Fire; 12” (Elektra) (2): Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood rmx

<Bunny Wailer & Simply Red Meet Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood of ON U Sound; 38 sec>

  • Earl Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74 Dub Album of the Hour
Great Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood Bunny Wailer rmx Rokers do Reggae!

Set 7:

  • Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 original female vox
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 cover
Aisha – my favorite female Reggae singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Roots Manuva – Yellow Submarine; Badmeaningood no. 2 (Ultimate Dilemma) 2002 Beatles Cover
  • Sons of Arqa – Asian Rebel; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound)
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • New Age Steppers/Creation Rebel – Threat to Creation; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
  • Alpha & Omega – Conscious Black Woman + Version; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (Koch) 2007 Melodians cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon!

<World politics is like a boxing match: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon; 14 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 33 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockin’ Time; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • The Revolutionaries – Killer’s Goal Range; Spider’s Web (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl dub album of the week to  I Roy’s The General
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Hepcat – Dance Wid’ Me; Hepcat; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA ska
  • Empress Rasheda – Hail HIM (Acapella); Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubstress
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Stamma) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ‘83

<Adventures in Cratedigging: The Melodians – Irie Feeling; 51 sec.>

Sublime Rock Steady reunion, 1983

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dubstress on vox
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75

<Soldering = slang for the Jamaican stud; 12 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002 update
  • Misty in Roots – Crying Out For Peace; 1” (People Unite) ’81 UK

Soldering the young girls want

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 punk dub

<HR throat of Bad Brains – weirdest interview I ever did; 40 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘84
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Trojan)
Autographed by HR – throat of Bad Brains

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Honorary Citien (Columbia/Leacy) ’82 live in Calgary, Canada

<If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones!>

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’81 Dutch flute player w/ Word, Sound and Power in JA

<You’ve got jazz flute inna mi roots reggae! 26 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; Plantation Heights (Mango) ’76

<Smoking spliff wif Queen Elizabiff! 11 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (Trojan) ’78 UK
Smoke up the chalice inna Buckingham Palace

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Barry Brown – Conversation Slip Away; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Brooklyn cover of Stephen Stills’ Love the One You’re ith
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderella; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ‘8 UK
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian) ’89 UK
Smile Jamaica – the soundtrack to your Sensee Party!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + new Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 1977 to 2017; 69 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching You; Anthem (Island) ’83 Rockwell soul cover

<Rockwell; 31 sec.>

  • Aisha – Don’t Tell Me No More Lies; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ‘73

<Bob Dylan’s New Morning; 26 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Long Time I No Smoke; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – Bong Bong; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK herb mutant dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sista Pat – Wires and Watchtowers; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 herbtune
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ‘82
  • Systemwide – Reclame; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • Alpha & Omega – Sharu Att Our Aunt (Beginning and End); King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs of Wisdom: