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Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Black Ark Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

Spent Thanksgiving Week cratedigging and vaping my way across Las Vegas. Nice to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!

Mesquite, Nevada.

Just like Evanston on a Friday afternoon, 80% of the cars in the parking lot had Utah plates.

Well fortified, I hit Vegas and cratedug the city’s good record shops (Zia is the place in Vegas and Phoenix for good vinyl.) Their several vinyl only shops (Moondog Records, 11th Street Records). Video poker and black jack.

Moondog Records. Helped the owner price out some rare Reggae black wax. Nice to be remembered when I only get there once a year.

Watched Green Bay play awful in a Green Bay bar in North Las Vegas. Red beers (beer + tomato juice at 10am.) Caught Blade Runner 2049 on the big screen.

Good week except my laptop became a craptop. It died on me just as I was trying to upload this Digital Dubplate devoted to Lee “Scratch” Perry and his mythic Black Ark Studios.

Lee “Scratch” Perry chasing the devil away some heavy bass!

From 1974-1979 when he destroyed it, some of spookiest and thickest Reggae was crafted here. Listen for the mooing cow! Everybody of note made their best Reggae albums in that studio: Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, Prince Jazzbo, George Faith. Even Marley’s Punky Reggae Party, recorded in England, had that throbbing Black Ark sound leavened with some shimmering high end.

At high volumes, I guarantee this will chase the mice away and knock the cobwebs off your walls!

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio

bless, Bobbylon

Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark Studio – Kingston jamaica 1978

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate – Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Black Ark Studio

0-30 min.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Soul Man; Upsetter Box Set (Trojan)  ’73 Sam & Dave cover: 3 Hours of Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party (Tuff Gong) ‘77
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Roots/Seven Leaves) ‘78
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire)  ’77 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Rhino UK)
  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster;  Double Fun (Island) ’78 rocker recorded/mixed at the Black Ark
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76

30-60 min.

  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango)  ’77
  • Heptones – Mistry Babylon; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘77
  • Candy McKenzie – When the Big Day; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan)  ’77
  • Mystic & the Upsetters – Forward With Jah Orthodox; Rastafari LIveth Itinually (Justice League) ‘78

60-90 min.

  • Native – Rockstone; Rockstone (Pressure Sounds) ‘77
  • Prince Jazzbo – Prophet Live + Prophet Dub (Satta); Ital Corner (Clocktower) ‘76
  • Peter Tosh – Downpressor; Upsetters Showcase (Trojan) ’71
  • Dr. Alimantado – Reggae Music; 12” (Upsetter Disco Jam) ‘77
  • Dreadlocks Fay – Back Wey + Version; 7” (Upsetter) ’75  

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Meditations – House of Parliament; 7” (Black Art) ‘78
  • Jack Lord & the Disciples – Economic Crisis; 7” (Upsetter) ‘78
  • Lion Zion – Arise America; Reggae in America (House of Natty) ‘76
  • Ralph Haughton & the Ebony Sisters – Take Warning; 7” (Wild Flower) ‘76
  • Denzil Dennis – Women and Money; 7” (Upsetter)
  • Earl “Chinna” Smith – Bingo Kid; 7” (Black Art) ’76 B side to Junior Murvin Police & Thieves
  • The Stingers & King Iwah – Give Me Power; Give Me Power (Trojan) ’71 

2 hr. – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • The Silvertones – Rejoice in Ja Jah Children; Words of My Mouth (Trojan)
  • Junior Murvin & Dillinger – Roots Train; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Augustus Pablo – Vibrate On; 7” (Black Art)
  • Flying Sensation – Shoulder to the Wheel; Lost Treasures of the Ark (Jet Star) 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Junior Byles & the Versatiles – Cutting Razor; Cutting Razor (Heartbeat)
  • Watty Burnett – I Man Free; Produced and Directed by the Upsetter (Pressure Sounds) ‘74
  • Lloyd & Devon – Wolf Out Deh; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) ’77

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) Jah-tober 22, 2016: Jah-loween Soon Come!

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Halloween? No! JAH-loween!

<All Treats! No Tricks! – Smile Jamaica Loves Halloween>

Greeetings,

It’s Fall and winter is coming. So that means October is Jah-loween Season on Smile Jamaica. The ghouls , witches and vampires doing rub a dub in the boneyard.

Half the set is devoted to instead of the usual’s King’s Music. Now it’s the Devil’s turn. Scratch. As in Lee “Scratch” Perry. Half the show devoted to the Witching Season: Best of 27 Years (the early discoveries in ’89-90), vinyl, 7″ Jamaican Jukebox and the undead and of course MUTANT dub

Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!

bless, I mean curse, robt

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Set 1:

  • Lord Creator – Such Is Life; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) ’78 UK vinyl: Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Chalawa – Exodus Dub; (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour to Marley’s Exodus
  • Peter Broggs – Pick Up the Reggae; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Lee Perry – Jungle Lion; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’73 instrumental
  • Dennis Bovell – Living in Babylon; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ‘80
  • Bushman – Backweh Vampire; 10” EP (Stingray) 2012 UK EP Jah-loween tune
  • Lovejoys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Rita Marley’s herbtune: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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An A+ grade doesn’t do justice. Lee “Scratch” Perrry and his mythic Black Ark. Such is Life indeed

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Black Dignity; Honorary Citizens: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 rarity
  • Trinity – Vampire; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘79
  • Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Dennis Brown & the Observers – Live After You; 10” (Observer Gold) ’75 Niney prod’n

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Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years – Jah-loween Set; 11 sec.

  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: 
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 UK
  • Devon Irons & Doctor Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘76
  • King Tubby – I am the King vol. 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 about Margaret Thatcher in UK

<Margaret Thatcher = Madame Medusa = Maggrot Torture; 22 sec.>

<Neocon Margaret Thatcher – Middle finger from UB40; 37 sec>.

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The Iron Lady: Britain’s Margaret Thatcher. Showed that women could be Neoliberal/Neoconservative too

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl is Vital set

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK:  duppy = J’can ghost
  • Clint Eastwood and General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK: update of calypso tune about making out w/ your girl in the boneyard
  • Cultural Roots – Devil-ites; Drift Away from Evil (Revolutionary Sounds) ’82 UK
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Locka, FL
  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK

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Set 6:

  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – United We Stand; Just My Imagination (Trojan) ’70 update of soul cover by Brotherhood of Man
  • Cocoa Tea – Weh di Drugs; Unforgettable (Roaring Lion) ’99 herbtune
  • Rastafarians – Rasta Theme; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Rasta Cruz, Collie-fornya
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Wine Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) ‘78
  • Scientist – The Voodoo Curse; Scientist Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox of Jah-loween

  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ’72
  • Ringo –Frankenstine; 7” (Greedy Puppy) ‘79
  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Intel Diplo) about his beating by the cops
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7” (Crystal) 2001
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror (Upsetter) ‘70

<Duppy = Jamaican Ghost; 19 sec.>

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I see the mark of the beast on their ugly faces

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US
  • Tino – Loch Ness Monster Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002 US: breaks artist
  • Sinead O’Connor & Sly & Robbie – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 cover of Devon Irons tune played earlier
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of the Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet
  • Small Axe – Witchdoctor; Earthjuice vol. 1 (Waveform) ‘98

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Muffed the Daylight Savings Time PSA!

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I have dain bramage – told listeners to turn their clocks BACK. Caller set me straight. Had to issue a correction. Gah!19 sec.

Greetings,

<Stoner Alzheimer’s or Allegra-D fog? 19 sec.>

Gaah. Started off last week’s show with a fumble. It’s spring forward ever, backwards never. I advised listeners to wheel their clocks back!

So if you listened to me you would have been running behind two hours on Sunday.

Welcome Spring!

bless, robt

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Not my favorite kind of Hay.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 12, 2016: Annotated Playlist; 46 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Lovers & Rockers (EMI) ’80 UK vinyl; comp.
  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Raddics Dub; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (RAS) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

<Bunny stands predominate; 30 sec.>

  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Rocking Rebel Vol. 2 (MVD)  ’78 song about Jesus not Jah; 15 sec.

<Love Child: Reggae Gospel – Christmas in March; 9 sec.>

  • Zema – Praise You; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 So Cal female singer
  • Israel Vibration – Mighty Negus; Free to Move (RAS) ‘96
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Sun Is Shining; African Herbsman (Trojan) ‘73
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bush Chemists – Waters Edge; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers instrumental
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Reggae Gospel: Great tribute to Jesus Christ – Christmas stylee in March

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Nah Goa Jail; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87 herbtune

<Peter Tosh – From 4 year hiatus to murdered; 36 sec.>

<4 down, 46 to go! – Nah Goa Jail fi ganja no more! 11 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – Reggae Music Moving; Livity (Virgin Front Line) ‘81
  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Marley’s Who the Cap Fit

<Man to man is so unjust – Bob Marley; 9 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown & Soul Syndicate – If You’re Feeling Blue; 10” (Observer Gold) Niney prod’n
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Peter’s Prophecy slow but true: 4 down, 46 to go! – Nah Goa jail fi Ganja no more!

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 26 Years

  • Ijahman Levi – Master Ideas; Are We a Warrior (Jahmani) ’79
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Michael Prophet – Turn Me Loose; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ‘80
  • Rita Marley – I’m Still Waiting; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 Bob cover
  • Roots Radics & King Tubby – Country Gal Dub; Dangerous Dub (Greensleeves): ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
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One of my all time favorites

Set 4:

  • Toure’ Kunda – E’mma Africa; (Celluloid) ’80 Senegalese brothers do reggae
  • Super Chick – Me a Champion; 10” (Hitbound) ’83 female singjay
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Terrific One Drop Reggae w/ West African vox

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Cimarons – Love Me Do; Reggaebility (MPL) ’82 UK: Beatles cover

<Reggae History Lesson: Cimarons = escaped slaves>

  • Jah Woosh & Sis Bee – Look After Me; Rebellion (Federation of Reggae Music) Irish vinyl
  • Dillinger – Jamaican Collie; All On the Same Rhythm (RAS/Studio One) ’75 DC herbtune
  • Augustus Pablo – A Class Dub; Rockers Showcase III (Rockers) ’87 melodica Philly vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – No Crying, No Bawling; Indestructible (Alligator) ’83 Chicago blues label
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2 McCartney & a Beatles cover

Set 6:

  • Coventry Automatics – It’s Up to You; Dawning of a New Era (Trojan) ’78 pre-Specials ska/punk

<Pre 2 Tone ska/punk; 13 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Woman of the Ghetto; Gathering of the Spirits (Shanachie) ’98 Marlena Shaw soul cover

<Marlena Shaw soul favorite; 18 sec.>

  • Frankie Paul – It Hafi Bun; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm/Jet Star) 2005 herbtune
  • Dave Robinson – Crocodile Tears; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushays) ‘80
  • Jackie Mittoo & the Soul Brothers – Voodoo Moon; Last Train to Skaville (Studio One/Soul Jazz)
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – Bonnie & Clyde; 10 Deadly Shots vol. 1 (ROIR) 2010 Dub Album of the Hour

 

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Soul singer Marlena Shaw’s Woman of the Ghetto. Favorite Roots Dawta cover tune

Set 7:

  • Seke Molenga & Kalo Kawangolo Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – Mengieb; From the Heart of the Congo (RUNNetherlands) ’78 Zaire duo at Black Ark; 37 sec.
  • Me & You – Rock This Rub a Dub; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Reggae Archive) UK lovers rock
  • Black Slate – Boom Boom (Rasta Festival) – Amigo (Ensign) ’80 Jamaicans rock steady cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Creation Rebel; 10” (Cou$ins) Burning Spear cover
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From Zaire to the Black Ark Studio

Set 8:

  • Aldubb – Let There Be Dub; 10” EP (One Drop) 2010 Germ.: Mutant Dub set
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Got to Get Away; Action Battlefield (ON U Sound) ’82 Bim Sherman cover feat. Female vox
  • Audio Active – Wanna-Na + Dub; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-ponese herbtune

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