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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 18, 2020 – Green Bay Killing!

Greetings,

Well that was ugly.

I ‘n’ I have 4 major (media) obsessions

  1. Reggae music
  2. Ancient Aliens/Sumerian Religion
  3. San Francisco Giants baseball
  4. Green Bay Packers football
.

<Putting the green in Green Bay> 63 sec.

I ‘n’ I was in Vegas when the Niners thumped the Packers during Thanksgiving. That heinous loss was a wake up call to the team and I ‘n’ I hoped for a better result after the Packers rolled up everyone else and beat the quality Seahawks, at home, in the playoffs.

Many Smile Jamaica listeners rung me up on the show last week to wish me well. Feeling good Saturday night….

Last Sunday,  the Niners literally ran over the Pack. Aaron Rodgers looked old and now I ‘n’ I get to count down the days until baseball season in April.

Grumble, grumble, grumble. First world problems.

(BTW – the song Green Bay Killing refers to a police massacre of Rastas in Jamaica. So my apologies for making light of a sports beat down)

bless, Bobbylon

Praise Jah I won’t have to watch anymore of those stupid State Farm ads on the teevee

Set 1:

  • Clint Eastwood – Greetings to All; Death in the Arena (Channel One) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Wackie’s Rhythm Force – Act V (Wackies) ’85 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Zion Initiation – Jah Light; Take Us Home (Cultures of Soul) ’79-88 Boston roots reggae
  • The Tennors – Ride Your Donkey; Broken Flowers soundtrack (Decca) ’68 rock steady
  • Niney the Observer – Freaks; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jah Thomas – Please Mr. Officer; In Disco Style (Munich) ’80 bonus herbs
  • Cha Cha & Ranking Joe – One Day You’ll Know; 10″ (Above Rock) 2010 UK female Chinese singer

Set 2:

  • Zara McFarlane – Fussin’ & Fightin’ – Arise (Brownswood) 2017 UK dawta
  • Bunny Wailer – Lively Up Yourself; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • The Melodians – Jah Reggae; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
  • The Heptones  & Joe White – Give Me the Right + President Rock; 10″ (Success) ’73 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years

  • Aswad – Concrete Slaveship; Aswad (Mango) ’76 
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambsbread + Lambsbread International; Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ’79
  • Tappa Zukie & the Musical Intibidators – Sidewalk Dub; Escape From Hell (Kingston Sounds) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Casselberry DuPree – Comin’ In From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jah-waukee vinyl female cover of Bob Marley
  • Mykal Rose – I Put a Spell On You; Red Gold Green & Blue (Trojan) 2019 Screaming Jay Hawkins’ cover
  • Sane Inmates – Masquerade Dance; 10″ (Ariwa) 2005 UK instrumental

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Go Tell It On the Mountain; Best of Bob Marley& the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA

<Go Tell It On the Mountain; 1 min. 25>

  • Basement 5 – Immigration; 1965-1980 (Island) ’80 UK post punk dub: became Big Audio Dynamite
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Lef Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Bim Sherman & Yabby Youth – Happiness; Hits From The House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK
Group went on to Big Audio Dynamite

Set 6:

  • Peter Touch & the Wailers – Amen; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65 gospel cover

<Amen; 68 sec.>

  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Love Is All I Bring (Trojan) ’68 woman’s comp
  • Junior Thomas & the Volcanos – Bumps in the Night; Beware (Truth & Soul) 2015
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Brother Culture – ing; 10″ (Scotch Bonnet) 2007 UK

Set 7: Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Max Romeo – Martin Luther King; Reconstruction (Mango) ’77 US vinyl: MLK set
  • Fred Locks – Black Leaders; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ’96
  • Zema & Martin Luther King Jr. – Free at Last + Dub; Black Sheep
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Spacecraft; Heavy Rain (ON U Sound) 2019 UFOria
  • Thievery Corporation – Cosmic Game; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC
  • DJ Rupture feat. Lily – Lonesome Side; Special Gunpower (Tigerbeat6) 2004
  • Dubmatix – Deep Dark Dub (TVS Rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 15 (Collision) 2011
  • Leftfield feat. Roots Manuva – Dusted; Rhythm & Stealth (Hard Hands) ’99
  • Zion Train feat. Professor Skank – Life That I Choose; Live as One Remixed (Universal Egg) 2009
  • Jah Mason – Ganja For Life; 10″ (Calabash)  2010 UK herbtune

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): March 4, 2017: Vinylicious Spring Cleaning!

Greetings,

Winter is when I usually spend the most time in my Ark-Ives. Organizing, sorting, reminiscing about how and where I bought these musical curios.

I had a couple days off and was really in a vinyl listening mood. After 30 years on the shelf, the vinyl still sounds criss  as the Rasta might say (aka crisp).

Doubt any of these are readily found on .mp3 and not many on CD. Gems and obscurities for surety!

bless, robt

No brittle 1’s and 0’s for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 4, 2017: Vinylicious!; 37 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Roots – Children of Jah; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. – Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Jah Shaka – Zulu Chalice; Sensi Dub vol. 5 (Original) ’91 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Best of (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis
  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Seven Seals (Harvest) ’78 UK green vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stand Up to Your Judgement; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 JA: Request
  • The Jay Tees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Ras Shaka – Ganja Parrot; Melchizedek Vibes (Melchizedek) ’96 Florida herb tune
Do yourself a favor and educate your mind

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Set

  • Sugar Minott- International Herb; Jamming in the Street (Wackies) ’86 Bronx
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Prince Far I – Don’t Deal With Folly; Free From Sin (Trojan) ’79 UK

<Don’t deal with folly, smoke up the collie!>

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet

<Binta: Arabic & Swahili for Dawta; 4 sec.>

Binta – Arabic or Swahili for Dawta

Set 3:

  • Reggae Regular – Tribute to the D.J. (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Simple Simon – Judgement Time;  Bad Man (Kingdom) ’85 UK Eek a Mouse singjay
  • Oku Onuora  & AK7- Slum Dweller Declares + Dread Times; Pressure (Heartbeat)  ’84JA dub poet
  • Scientist – The Anti-Christ; Dub 911 (Nature Sounds) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour
Tribute to the D.J. – Thanks!

Set 4:

  • Leroy Sibbles – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron)  ‘82 Can.
  • Riot Squad – Peacemaker; What the Hell is Going On (Riot Squad Inc) ’89 Margate FL
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band  – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK: Thomas Dolby inna rub a dub stylee; 13 sec.
Thomas Dolby in a Reggae Stylee
  • The Clash – Bankrobber/Robber Dub; Black Market Clash (Nu Disk) ’80 10” EP Mikey Dread prod’n

<$90 dollars Phoenix vinyl; $4 Randy’s Records bought 1986; 35 sec.>

Set 5: Roots Dawtas

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand by Jah (Black Spade)  ’90 San Francisco
  • Blondie – The Tide Is High; Top Chrysalis 2 (Chrysalis) ’80 US Paragons cover
  • Sister Carol – None of Babylon Business; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Sis Nya – Zion I; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
New Waves Meets Rock Steady

Set 6:

  • Twinkle Brothers  – Let The Music Play; Burden Bearer (Twinkle) ’83
  • The Vision – Youth Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 West. Germany Green vinyl
  • Willin Prophets – Pressure; Resurrection EP (1Up) ’87 LA
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If The Third World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland

<War with Russia; 63 sec.>

  • Version Dread – Dub Specialist (Heartbeat/Studio One) 18 Dub shots from Studio One, Dub Album of the Hour; 16 sec.
youthman brothers – If the Third World War is a must Russia and American haffi bust. Prophecy!

Set  7:

  • Wayne Wade – What’s Going On; Poor and Humble (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
  • Tony Tuff – Follow Fashion; Sailing (Park Heights)

<Jamaican saying: Follow Fashion Monkey>

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Elektra) ’76 Judy Mowatt covery by American band

<The Shakers – Rolling Stone’s worst Reggae LP ever released; 16>

  • Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – King & Queen; King & Queen (Alpha & Omega) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Basement 5 – Work: Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK – future members of Big Audio Dynamite
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Skip McDonald – Roots Commandment; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • Moody Boys – A.U.N.; Journey into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK
  • Martin Campbell – Everywhere I Walk; Rootsman the Real Thing (Chanel One UK) ’98 UK
  • Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 Melodians singer on the Guess Who
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; An ON U Journey Through Time and Space; 10” (ON U Sound) 2015 picture sleeve

Words of Wisdom: