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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 17, 2015: Pato Banton in the Studio!

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Interview on Smile Jamaica. Niceness!

Greetings,

The Parliament of the World Religions was in Salt Lake City. My bredrin Mahan Khalsa, a local Sikh leader and anti-war activist called me as I went on air and asked I wold like to chat with Reggae singer and toaster Pato Banton who was in town with his musical ministry. I said bring him over.

Had a real nice chat with him in the first hour of the show. Here are the interviews:

bless, robt

<Pato Banton 1; 12 min,>

<Pato Banton 2; 5min.>

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<Smile Jamaica celebrates Jah-loween; 55 sec.>

HIgh-lights of the 3 hour show 71 sec.:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tober 17, 2015 Playlist:

Set 1:

  • Chalawa feat. Stranger Cole – Jah Jah Revolution; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. Vinyl
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Wailers Dub (Tabou1)  Dub Album of the Hour
  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (BBR) ’80 UK

<Underrated UK Roots Group: Black Slate; 17 sec.>

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Stay Alive; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s mom pays tribute to her son
  • The Specials – Holiday Fortnight; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone Ska
  • Dub Organiser – Herbal Dub; Fashion in Fine Style (Reggae Archives) UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Barrington Levy – Mr. Money Man; 10” (Hitbound) ’83
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Cedella Marley Booker – Bob’s mom

Set 2: Pato Banton Interview

  • Sophia George – Rockers in the Rain; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘86
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Monkey Is a Spy); Classic Black Uhuru (Island) ’80 herb tune
  • Interview with Pato Banton & Ras Irie
  • Pato Banton – Heal This World; Destination Paradise (Pato Banton) 2008
  • Pato Banton – Loving Service; Destination Paradise (Pato Banton) 2008
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Google: Urantia. Interesting look at sprituality

Set 3:

  • Tall T and the Touchers – Touching the President; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz)
  • Zema – Vision of Trouble; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2005 So Cal female artist
  • Bunny Wailer – Wheel Yo Belly; Gumption (Shanachie) ‘90
  • Peter Tosh – Buk-in-Hamm Palace; Capturd Live (EMI America) Aug. ’83: Greek Theater, Los Angeles

<Tracking Through Tosh’s Captured Live on Smile Jamaica; 13 sec.>

  • Sunshot Band – Dial M For Murder; Dial M For Murder (Pressure Sounds) ‘ 80 Dub Album of the Hour
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Gonna be tracking this album throughout the Fall and Dec. on Smile Jamaica

Set 4: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK

<Make out session in the Cemetery; 21 sec.>

  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Cultural Roots – Devil-Ites; Drift Away From Evil (Revolutionary Sounds) ’82 UK
  • Against Justice – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) JA
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Talk about Run: Don’t take your gal into the Graveyard for a rub ‘n’ kiss

Set 5: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years!

  • Natural Ites – Love and Understanding; Rub a Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Doctor Alimantado – I Killed the Barber; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keyman); ’78 to John Holt’s Ali Baba riddim
  • The Selecter – (Who Likes) Facing Situations; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81; 2 Tone UK Ska
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Know a Place + Version; CD Single (Black Ark) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix unreleased mix
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Lee “Scratch” Perry at his mythic Black Ark Studio

Set 6: Aluminum (CD) Jah-loween Set

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI) ’86; Jah-loween Set
  • African Head Charge – Don’t Let the Devil Hold You Back; Presents Noah House of Dread: Heart 2 (Bonjo I) ’97 UK mutant dub
  • Roots Manuva – A Haunting; Awfully Deep (Big Dada) 2005 UK mutant chanter/dubber

<Roots Manuva – Smile Jamaica Approved; 11 sec,>

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Roots Manuva. Smile Jamaica loves his style. Talk over, sing jay, chanter, militant rapper

Set 7: Mutant Dub

  • Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (EMI) Mutant Dub Set; 2001 Halloween tune
  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Soulmate (Dubvsionist Remix); King Size Dub Special (Echo Beach) 2013 Germany
  • Aldubb with Ras Perez – Oxymorons; Let There Be Dub (One Drop) 2010 Germ.
  • Armagideon feat. Rudy Lee – Edutainment; Through the Haze (Dubhead) ’98 UK
  • Mikey Murka – Sweeter; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germany
  • Natacha Atlas feat. Tuup & Princess Julianna – Eye of the Duck; Something Dangerous (Mantra) 2003 French-Algerian
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Natacha Atlas

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Ancient Aliens over Skygods

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Is not Reggae: Rastafari Gospel music?

<Tune in to your Dub Frequency>

Greetings,

Is Reggae music gospel music? Yes and no. What attracted me to Reggae back in the mid 80s was certainly the Rastafari themed music from stalwarts (pronounced stal-a-watt in Jamaica) like Marley, Tosh and Spear.

Of course there is plenty of non-religious Reggae: love songs, pop and soul covers.

I doubt Reggae would have had such cultural saturation in the West on the backs of novelty hits like “Fattie Boom Boom” and “Israelites” or AM covers with a shuffle beat. Something about Reggae’s heavenly message attracted interested Westerners looking for something exotic and non-mainstream.

In the 70s lots of people in the West opted out of Christianity, (especially Catholicism and Judaism), and went for something new. Some went to cults. Others went for Reggae: Movement of Jah People while also protesting against the “system.” Or the corrupt and greedy “shit-stem” as Peter Tosh called it. Socialism with a small “s”.

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Tired of doing the Judeo-Christian bit? Choose: Jim Jones or Haile Selassie

You don’t have to be a Rasta to sing or enjoy Reggae. But the conventional wisdom is that Reggae is identified as a counter cultural exploration of worship of His Imperial Majesty as a Black Jesus. West Africans ripped from the continent, put down in Jamaica in bondage and expected to worship their master’s white god.

Rebelling against that physical and mental slavery, while still preserving Christian traditions, led to Rastafari in Jamaica: Look to a black king crowned in East Africa. The return of Jesus who will lead blacks out of “Babylon” (The West, Jamaica, UK, America, etc.) to “Zion” (Africa or better still Ethiopia.)

I’m not a Rasta. My roots are in Northern Europe and Iran. I consider myself a Rastafari empathizer. Someone who understands and appreciates the religion as a devoted observer. Not a devotee.

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The Smile Jamaica formula: 50% Rasta music; 20% Mutant Dub; 20% Seven Leaf; 9% UFOs; 1% Lovers Rock

I grew up a twice a year Methodist: Christmas Eve and Easter. The only time the Nelson family really went to weekly Sunday service was the two years my Dad was on the City Council in Fort Benton Montana.

Not that I haven’t been trying to be a “missionary” for the secular consumption of Reggae music. I celebrate Jah for the inspiration in thousands of Reggae tunes that fill my soul with joy. But I am careful not to endorse HIM out of respect for true believers. I don’t want to be a part of what Jacob Miller complained about: Too much commercialization of Rastafari!

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Yours truly, Bobbylon, is a Rasta empthazier. I ‘n’ I look to the heavens for Ancient Aliens. Not Skygods

The reason I bring this up: I had an interview with Jamaican Reggae singer Etana. So I do what I normally do before a phone interview: go on Wikipedia and read up on the artist’s entry.

Etana wikipedia entry

Her album I Rise starts off with a gospel cover of a brilliant Bob Marley cover tune: Selassie is the Chapel. Itself an update of an old American gospel tune. Covered by Elvis.

Etana’s entry mentioned her recording genres thusly: Reggae, Gospel. 

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Reggae Singer Etana. Gave me the Hairy Eyeball for calling her a Reggae AND Gospel singer. Mea culpa!

While introducing her to the radio listeners, I casually mentioned Etana was a Reggae and Gospel artist coming to town. She interrupted me and corrected me. She was most certainly NOT a Gospel singer. Her music was not geared to religiosity.

No worries. I did political interviews for 9 years. You don’t have to agree with me to have a conversation.

But when you lead off your album with a Rasta cover of a full on gospel song you can see where I might have been mistaken!; 21 sec.

By the way, I am not religious either. What earthlings worshipped as Skygods were Ancient Aliens colonizing Earth to mine gold to take back to their homeworld, Nibiru, beyond our galaxy.

Set your I watch alarm to 2900AD. That’s when the Anunnaki return to Earth.

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Skygods came from here. The 12th Planet. Do not scoff!

In fact Etana the Reggae Singer, meet Etana the Sumerian King

Etana was an ancient Sumerian king of the city of Kish. According to the Sumerian King List, he reigned after the deluge. The list also calls Etana “the shepherd, who ascended to heaven and consolidated all the foreign countries”, and states that he ruled 1560 years.

Ascended to Heaven in a Chariot of the Gods (Erich Von Daniken)

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Read this book. It makes sensi to me!

Here is what I have for you during the next 3 hours of Roots Reggae, Dubwize and Gospel; 18 sec.

Annotated Playlist (photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 30, 3015:

Set 1:

  • Wayne Jarrett – Saturday Night Jamboree; 12” (Dub Irator) ‘80
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86

<Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL. Tweet number 666; 27 sec.>

  • Aisha – Ask Jah Jah; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ‘95
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 2 Tone Ska; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Peter & Bob trying to make a living. Planting herbs; 28 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward; Sly & Robbie (Present) ‘79

Smile Jamaica’s Tweet 666

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) ‘ 77 live at KZEL Portland, Oregon; herbtune; 28 sec.

<Acoustic live Tosh; 21 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Many Are Called; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Big Joe; Don’t Huff & Puff; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • Dennis Brown – Give a Helping Hand; 10” (Niney)
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Eerie foreshadowing of Peter’s murder to 2001

Set 3:

  • Etana – How Long; I Rise (VP) 2014; female artist; 27 sec.
  • Barry Brown – My Woman; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
  • ***Etana Interview***

<Interview with Etana. Do not call her a gospel Reggae artist!; 3 min; 12 sec.>

  • Etana – Selassie is the Chapel; I Rise (VP) 2014; Marley cover; Orioles gospel original
  • Mike Brooks – Who Have Eyes to See; Earth Is the Fulness (Moll-Selekta) Extended mix
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Countryman (Mango) ’82 Request
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Chastised me for calling her a Reggae Gospel artist. No religion inna her mixdown. I stand corrected!

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica’s 25 Years

<Reggae Radio: June 1988-May 2015: nearly 27 years; 19 sec.>

  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84; Michael Jackson/Paul McCartney update

<Jah is Mine = The Girl Is Mine; 11 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – The Lord’s Prayer; Psalms For I (Carib Gems) ’78 Bible verses

<Prince Fari and his Old Testament voice: Fire ‘n’ Brimstoned! 18 sec.>

  • Jah Lion – Hayfever; Colombia Colly (Mango) Black Ark mix on Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”; Little Willie John/Peggy Lee update

<Fever: Little Willie John to Peggy Lee to Susan Cadogan; 20 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking + Dub; Who Say Jah No Dead (Greensleeves) ’74 Augustus Pablo singles
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The late Prince Far I: scorched voice of the Old Testament Prophets

 Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Travelling So Long; Show-Down vol. 3 (Hitbound)
  • I Roy – African Descendent; Hell & Sorrow (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Lillian Allen – Riddim an’ Hardtimes; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Emeryville, Colly-fornya; Canadian dub poet
  • Cimarrons – With a Little Luck; Reggaebility (Pickwick) ’82 UK; Paul McCartney tune

<Reggae History Lesson: Cimarons – Jamaican freedom fighters; 31 sec.>

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Cimarrons – “Wild pigs”:. Escaped slaves who became the Jamaican Maroons. Freedom Fighters trying to liberate Jamaica from British colonial occupation

Set 6:

  • Rupie Edwards & Sidy – Herbert Spliffington; Rupie’s Scorchers (Reggae Retro); herb instrumental

<High Steppers post ’68-’72 in Reggae; 34 sec.>

  • Gracy & Mystic Dan – Nah Miss Yu Love; Low Budget (Funfundvierzig) ’93 Germany
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island)
  • Robert Emanuel – You Can’t Push I Over; 10” (Mainline) ‘77
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High Steppers: After Rock Steady. Before One Drop

 Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 2000
  • Sarah B Band – Decision; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) SLC band
  • Scotty – Musical Chariot; Unbelievable Sounds (Trojan) ’70
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Lee “Scratch” Perry blowin’ smoke

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers/Bill Laswell – Rebel Music (3 o’clock Roadblock; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Ambient Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
  • Dubblestandart – Marijuana Dreams; Marijuana Dreams (Echo Beach) 2010 Austria
  • Alpha & Omega – Behold; Daniel in the Lions Den (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub with female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Prophecy; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germany
  • African Head Charge – Throw It Away; Great Vintage vol. 2 (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
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Before Smile Jamaica 1989, there was 3 O’Clock Roadblock. July 1988-August 1989

 Words of Wisdom:

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Playlist) May 16, 2015: Riddim Showers Bring May Flowers!

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2015: Dry winter in Utah. Nice to have a wet spring. 2 weeks of Smile Jamaica during rain storms. Very rare in the desert!

<Reggae Music: The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

Been a wet Spring in Utah. Nice to juggle wax ‘n’ dubwize and look outside the Radio Studio in a pouring rain storm.

Here is what I have in store for you this week: 56 sec.

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Let it rain
  •  Wailers Family Tree: Live at Leeds, Tosh acoustic on JBC, Judy Mowatt Black Woman. Bunny: Jesus was a Dreadlock
  • Seven Leaf Relief: Mike Brooks, Michael Palmer, Toyan, Aldubb, Marga mutant dub space dust
  • Roots Dawtas: Jennifer, Akabu, Judy, Rhoda, Bam Bam, Zion Train
  • Disco Mix 10″: Dennis Brown, Jah Glen, Fred Locks
  • Best of 25 Years: Scotty, Spear, lovers rock and Judy M..all played year one (1989-1990 on Smile Jamaica)
  • Vinyl is V-Ital midway:  LA, NYC, DC, JA
  • Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s: 7 Leaf, nyah, roots harmonies
  • Mutant Dub: Scratch Halloween, trance spoken word, extended herb jam, NYC neo-dub, weird LA crossover punkdub

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Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 16, 2015

Set 1:

  • Akabu – I Shall Sing; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK vinyl. Female group on Van Morrison cover
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78; Dub Album of the Week
  • Aswad – Drum and Bass Line – Not Satisfied (Columbia) ’82 UK

<Theme Music for Smile Jamaica; 12 sec.>

<Aswad = “black”; Arabic, Amharic (Ethiopia); 9 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Emmanuel God Is With Us; 10” (Glimmer) ‘78
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth Is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 13 sec.
  • George Faith – Opportunity; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<Black Ark Sound: Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters: 1974-1979>

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UK masters of the drum & bassline

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Handsome Johnny; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); live on the JBC, Kingston, JA acoustic
  • Jah Glen – Save Our Nation; 10” (South East Music) ’79; Glen Brown prod’n over Lambsbread riddim
  • Jennifer Gad – Babylon Must Fall; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Bunny Wailer – Bald Head Jesus; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88

<Bunny Wailer: Jesus was a Dreadlock; 60 sec.>

Wikipedia entry for Nazirites (aka Rastas who live by the Nazarene Creed)

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, intoxicating liquors,[vinegar distilled from such substances, and eating or drinking any substance that contains any trace of grapes.
  • Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head; but to allow the locks of the head’s hair to grow. Neither crease one’s flesh.
  • Not to become ritually impure by contact with corpses or graves, even those of family members.
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The Nazirite Vow

 Set 3: Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica; 14 sec.

  • Scotty – Draw Your Brakes; Unbelievable Sounds (Trojan) ’71

<Scotty: Forward ‘n’ Payaka! Mon-ackle ‘n’ dem go Sacka!; 53 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Fire Down Below; Presenting (Studio One) ‘72
  • Errol Dunkley – Baby I Love You; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Judy Mowatt – Zion Chant; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
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A+ Record.

Set 4:

  • The Wailers – Lively Up Yourself; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition); Live at Leeds UK; 11/23/73
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Lively up yourself and don’t be no drag. Reggae is another bag

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital Set

  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87; female artist out of Los Angeles: Vinyl is V-Ital Set
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Bassie; Don’t Stop (Island in the Sun) ’85 Corona, NY
  • Toyan – Herb Transplant; Every Posse Want Me (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • Amjam – Give the People; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 US; Am(erican)Jam(aican)
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SoCal Reggae. Features Hunt Sales of David Bowie/Tin Machine fame

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

<Rarest Reggae not on Digital; 35 sec.>

  • Michael Palmer  – Don’t Smoke the Seed; 7” (Hitbound) ’83 JA herbtune

<NORML sez: 10 billion in legal weed sales this year; 4 down, 46 to go! 33 sec.>

  • Earth & Stone – Run Home; 7” (Channel One) ’77 JA

<Chinese Jamaican Producers: HooKim Brothers; 25 sec.>

  • Ansel & the Meditations – Tricked; 7” (Scandal) ’76 JA
  • Giginri – Zion ‘Iah; 7” (Harry J) ’73; nyah update

NORML – National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: $10 billion sold

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$10 billion in 2015. Legal weed. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

  • Rhoda Dakar – Let’s Do Rocksteady; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon Ska) 2007 acoustic update of 2 Tone Ska

<Rhoda Dakar bio; 9 sec.>

  • Fred Locks – Vision of Redemption; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2003
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Tommy; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2010 Germany herbtune
  • Fun Boy Three – Going Home; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’83 2 Tone group

<2 Tone commentary against Racists in Britain; 23 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83

<James Brown = Ants in his Pants; Dillinger = Crabs in his pants; 16 sec.>

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….And I need to dance!

 Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dubblestandart feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry & GuGabriel – Chase the Devil (Sin City Mix); Marijuana Dreams (Echo Beach) 2010 Austria, Max Romeo cover
  • Zion Train – Love the Earth; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Marga – The Chronic; 10” (Reality Shock) 2007 herbtune
  • Dubadelic – High; Below the Radar (ROIR) 2001: Best of WordSound Label
  • Jai-Alai Savant – Low Frequent See; Flight of the Bass Delegate (Gold Standard) 2007 Los Angeles  punk dub                  
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Mutant Dub pedigree: Black Ark Jamaican, 70’s UK punkdub, Austrian mutant dub

 Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 2, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Longshot Kick de Bucket!

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Nuff respect to Kentucky Derby Winner American Pharoah. Sip your “mint julep” pon the left hand side!

Greetings,

<Reggae: The King’s music. Jamaican Blues>

Letting the smoke clear after Cannabis Service Month on Smile Jamaica

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Letting the smoke clear after celebrating Cannabis Service Month (April) Dennis Emmanuel Brown

Nonetheless, here are the high-lights of this week’s Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: May 2, 2015

<Musical high-lights over 3 hours; 75 sec.>

  • Set of horse racing songs for Kentucky Derby
  • Dub Album of the Week: Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile. Melodica and the Far East sound
  • First Saturday of the month: Rockers do Reggae – Black artists: rock, blues,  jazz, funk & soul Reggae
  • Wailers Family Tree: Tosh acoustic, Wailers Live at Leeds, Bunny Liberation ’88, Lee “Scratch” Perry bassa-delica
  • Best of 25 Years: Baltimore, UK and a JA by way of DC
  • 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM
  • Roots Dawtas: UK to JA
  • Vinyl is V-Ital midway
  • Mutant Dubbers last half hour
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NYC Rocker goes to Jamaica: Black Artists do Reggae on Smile Jamaica

 bless, robt

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HIM wins every race

Annotated Playlist: May 2, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: set lists, photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons 

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – The Creator; Joseph’s Coat of Many Colours (Laser) ’80 UK

<Genesis 49: Verse 22-26  – Dennis Emmanuel Brown; 23 sec.>

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
  • Bunny Wailer – Serious Thing; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
  • Aisha – Let’s All Unite; There is More to Life… (Twinkle) 2005 UK
  • Aswad – Bubblin’; 12” (Simba) ’85 UK

<Aswad – one of the first dozen added to the Smile J Ark-Ives, 1986; 21 sec.>

  • Jah Woosh – Collie Sound; Best of (Rhino) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds); acoustic in KZEL, Eugene, Oregon

<Tosh rare acoustic live radio performance; 22 sec.>

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The Stepping Razor would have listened to Smile Jamaica. Jah’s Heavenly Choir gets Mixcloud?

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Tribute

<“Mint julep!” Drink or spliff?; 18 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 14K Gold Golden Hits (Scandal Bag) JA vinyl

<Caymanas Park Racetrack in Jamaica. 12 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Chinese Jamaican jockeys; 16 sec.>

  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ’98

<Dance to the Reggae Beat to the riddim of the horses’ feet!; 11 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Abyssinia before it was Ethiopia; 4 sec.>

  • The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick the Bucket; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ‘69
  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77; horserace between: Babylon, Pope Pious and Dreadlocks

The Selassie I Cup; 12 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1 odds
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome Even money
  4. Pope Pious 3-5, the big favorite; came up lame; 11 sec.

5. Dreadlock 8-1

6. Baldhead 15-1

  • The Winner: Dreadlock; 8 lengths!
  • Place: Baldhead
  • Show: Soul Youth
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Yes I! Dreadlock defeat Babylon. Pope Pious to the glue factory! Give Thanx! Selah!

Set 3: Monthly Rockers do Reggae: Black Music Artists; 8 sec.

  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ‘72 UK black group “Dove of Peace; nyahbinghi style. 

<Caribbean Expats in UK – Dove of Peace; 16 sec.>

  • Taj Mahal – Desperate Lover; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Bob Andy cover
  • Ben Harper – You Can’t Blame the Youths; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ’98 unreleased Peter Tosh cover
  • Garland Jeffreys – Bound to Get Ahead Someday; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Classics) ’73 NYC singer in JA

<NYC to JA. Byron Lee Dynmic All Stars; 31 sec.>

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Cymande: Guyana, Jamaica and Saint Vincent Exodus to UK: Doves of Peace

Set 3:

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) Live at Leeds 11/23/73

<England too cold for Bunny Wailer; Nov. ’73; 23 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers w/ Wong Chu – Keep On Moving; 12” (Upsetter) ‘77

<What is twisted can not be straightened! What is not there cannot be counted! 5 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Oh Dread; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad feat. Macka B – Devil Dance; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
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10 minutes of Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark psychedlia bass wobble. “What is twisted cannot be straightened!”

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital 

  • Horace Andy – The Devil; Don’t Stop! (Island in the Sun) ‘85 Corona, NY
  • Charlie Chaplin – Electric Skank; Chaplin Chant (Tamoki Wambesi) UK
  • Triston Palmer – Nice Time; Nice Time (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Myrna Hague – Melody Life; Melody Life (Studio One) JA; Marcia Griffiths cover
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A+ cover of Marcia Griffiths classic!

Set 5: Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica

  • The Tamlins – Baltimore; Taxi Fare (Heartbeat) ’80; Nina Simone cover; 13 sec.
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Peter Broggs – Just Because I’m a Rastaman; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 DC
  • Akabu – Feeling Good; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
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1978 comeback cover of Randy Newman. Baltimore in the news.

Baltimore by Randy Newman

  •  Beat-up little seagull
  • On a marble stair
  • Tryin’ to find the ocean
    Lookin’ everywhere

Hard times in the city
In a hard town by the sea
Ain’t nowhere to run to
There ain’t nothin’ here for free

Hooker on the corner
Waitin’ for a train
Drunk lyin’ on the sidewalk
Sleepin’ in the rain

And they hide their faces
And they hide their eyes
’cause the city’s dyin’
And they don’t know why

Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

Get my sister sandy
And my little brother ray
Buy a big old wagon
Gonna haul us all away

Livin’ in the country
Where the mountain’s high
Never comin’ back here
’til the day I die

Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live
Oh, baltimore
Man, it’s hard just to live, just to live

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 45 RPM; 6 sec.

  • Rob Smarley (aka Albert Griffiths) – Holiday Ride; 7” (Portland) ’78 JA; 7” Jamaican Jukebox set

<Albert Griffiths as Rob Smarley? 14 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Oh Jah; 7” (Corner Stone) JA
  • Lady Ann – Informer; 7” (Taxi) ’83 JA
  • Carlton Livingston – Chalice in Hand; 7” (Taxi) herbtune
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Some sort of inside joke by The Gladiators lead singer? Albert Griffiths

Set 8: Mutant Dub*

*Programming Note: power surge from all the Mutant Dub bass knocked the station off air. Most of Jah Woosh and 2 Bad Card zapped by KRCL’s weak sauce transmitter. 2 minutes of dead air chopped from the stream. Mea culpa — the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. 21 sec.

   

  • Ari Up – Kill Em With Love (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of The Slits punk group; mutant dub set

<Reggae History Lesson: punk dubstress Ari Up: The Slits, New Age Steppers, solo 14 sec.>

  • The Archives feat. Ras Puma – Who’s Correct?; The Archives (ESL) 2012; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Red I – Jahdgement Day; Jahdgement Day (Red I) Phillipines dub
  • Jah Woosh – Woodpecker Sound; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ‘81
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD single (ON U Sound) ‘95
  • Jah Rej – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works)
  • African Head Charge – Fruit Market; Drastic Season (ON U Sound) ‘83
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Ari Up of The Slits and New Age Steppers. Johnny Rotten was her father in law

Parting Shot Words of Wisdom: Do yourself a favor educate your mind!

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The Lion of Judah shall break every chain and give I the Victory again and again…Robert “Nesta” Marley

 

 

 

Cannabis Service Weekend on Smile Jamaica: Read your Bible!

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Celebrating 1 Year on the Web at the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives! Selah

Greetings,

***From the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives legal offices of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe, please read the following disclaimer***

**The operator of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives wishes those reading to know that we do not endorse, encourage or engage in illegal activity. These writings are in spirit with anti-authoritarian subcultures and are meant solely for informational and or educational purposes only. Edutaiment isn’t illegal….yet***)

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Herbert Spliffington, Esq. Legal counsel for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. From the law firm of Dewey, Cheatem & Howe

4 down, 46 to go!

A year ago I finally turned aspiration into action. And after 25 years of Reggae Radio decided it was time for the Smile Jamaica blog. One more guy on the Internet with an opinion.

I started it out with the 20 Days of Cannabis Service Month. But it mainly became a forum to upload the Smile Jamaica Playlists and links to the Smile Jamaica Show Archives Podcasts. Or Ark-Ives as I call it. As in Black Ark – Lee “Scratch” Perry.

I quickly developed the system of cutting up 3 hours of Radio sound into soundbytes, clips and Reggae History Lessons. Upload the .mp3s. Add some photos and captions. How do you liven up a long list of songs? Week after week. Year after year for a quarter century.

So a year later, I have a crocus bag full of Cannabis Soundbytes. The Seven Leaf Symphony.

<Cannabis History Reggae Lesson – Crocus Bag; 16 sec.>

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Filled this crocus bag with about a 100 Seven Leaf sound bytes over the past year on the Smile Jamaica blog

So for the 4:20 Weekend, I am going to string a whole heap of air checks from Smile Jamaica that talk about the Seven Leaf:

Read your Bible: 30 sec.

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The Holy Bible. For reading not rolling

Roll a lickle spliff with di papyrus

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Hey Thoth. You have any papyrus so we can smoke a little Sensimenia on our trip to Mesopotamia?

Smile Jamaica – Healing of the Nations (Revelations 22: 2); 30 sec.

Revelation  22:2. New Testament

It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations.

Ergo, partake of the Seven Leaf with a fresh crop each month for the healing of the nation. Come together as a community in harmony

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Yeah, it’s from the Bible

 

Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it

There was no tobacco in the Holy Land during Old Testament times. That was green smoke emanating from the Israelite nasal passages

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It’s not recreational. It is Biblical

 

<Don’t h8, time to appreciate!; 2 sec.>

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Don’t be a gerbil. Get down with the herbal!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014 (Stream + Playlist); 25 Year Anniversary: Vinyl is Vital Edition

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Happy Anniversary to I ‘n’ I. 25 Years of Smile Jamaica Reggae Radio

<Smile Jamaica Radio Autobiography; 73 sec.>

Jump  straight to the Sept. 20th 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: 33 songs for 25 Years.

Or read the story and look below for the Annotated Playlist

Greetings,

Aww, strolling down memory lane. 25 years every Saturday on Smile JamaicaAs the Ark-Ive grows, it just takes too long to cull from A to Z. All the Vinyl especially. I just reminisce too much on each album. Where I bought it, why I bought it. Are there herb tunes or Marley covers I forgot about? Halloween ditties or other oddities….and on and on and on.

So my methodology was to try my best to re-create a potential first episode. (I actually debuted first Saturday of KRCL’s Fall Radiothon). So I knew I would have to have a representative from at least a dozen or so of my original favorite artists….all on Black Wax. 50 Records where I get to juggle, consistently from show to show, between 32-35 selections over 3 hours.

I knew I had to feature these artists:

  1. Bob Marley
  2. Don Carlos
  3. Jimmy Cliff
  4. Burning Spear
  5. Lee Perry’s brooding Black Ark sound
  6. Roots Dawtas
  7. Seven Leaf
  8. UK artists
  9. Adrian Sherwood’s Mutant Dub ON U Sound label
  10. The Clash – discovered Reggae via UK punkers before Marley, Tosh and Bunny
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Everyone on the floor of my dorm at the U of U got to “enjoy” this album. Perhaps my all time favorite?

Plus songs that I absolutely loved in the 1986-1988 Era:

  • Culture – Calling Rastafari
  • UB40 female toaster V’s Version from the rare dubble disk UK version pared down to a single in the US – Baggariddim
  • Big Youth – Get On Up. Hardcore Reggae disco funk
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit: From Methodist Sunday School to Pablo’s “Far East” Jamaican sound
  • Arthur Louis – beautiful version with Eric Clapton of Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Below is the Annotated Playlist: Reggae History Lessons, Soundbites, Playlist, photos and captions.

On this Playlist, I search deep in my LONG term memory to try and remember where I would have purchased these Black Wax Vinyls; 1986-1988. Most of  these Record Stores are gone now, but back in the day it was a Vinyl Paradise. Lps were cheap to make way for these new gizmos called CDs.

Thanks for being a part of 25 years listening to Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never!

bless, robt

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25 Years of the Red Gold and Green. Give Thanx!

Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 20, 2014

Set 1: 25 Year All Vinyl Is Vital Showcase

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’84 US (Smokey’s Records, SLC)
  • Bullwackies All Stars – Recording Connection; Black World (Wackies) ’79 Dub Album of the Week; NYC
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC); single recorded 1976

<Reggae History Lesson: Bob Marley: You cyaan (can’t) kill God! 25 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Rita Marley (Trident) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Culture – Calling Rastafari; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk)  ’82 Various Artist St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (Randy’s Records, SLC)

<Reggae History Lesson: US Record Labels slinging Reggae; 30 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb + Legal Dub; Rasta Festival (Alligator) UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; ’81 Jah-cago blues label (Rasputin Records, Berkeley)
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T Shirt from Year 1 of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive (circa 1988). 1976 single written after Haile Selassie was overthrown as Emperor of Ethiopia and imprisoned by the Dergue (Ethiopian Communists)

Set 2:

  • Desmond Dekker – Big Headed; Compass Point (Stiff) ’81 UK (Streetlight Records, SF)
  • Junior Byles – Cally Weed; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 herb tune; St. Louis, Jah-ssouri (label promo)
  • The Selecter – Bristol and Miami; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis)  ’81 2 Tone Brit Ska; about riots in UK and FL (Mad Platter Records, SLC)
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon/Magnum)  ’85 UK (RAS mail order, DC)
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Ferguson 2014. Miami 1980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 3:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Congo Ashanty)  ’77 JA; Lee Perry/Black Ark/Upsetters (RAS mail order)
  • Big Youth – Get On Up; Rock Holy (Negusa Negast) ’80 JA (RAS mail order)
  • Burning Spear – Jah a Guh Raid; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA (Rutabaga Records, SLC)
  • Sister Frica – One in the Spirit; Rockers All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’83 A. Pablo prod’n; Sunday School Hymn (label promo)
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While my Dad was on the City Council. Methodist Sunday School hymn

Set 4:

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Stern’s) ’86 UK; Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa (RAS mail order)
  • Desi Roots – Weedfields; Doing it Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK; herb tune (Esoteric Records, Sacramento)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharoah (Blue Moon/Magnum) ‘84 UK; Marley Waiting in Vain –  Johnny Clarke (Greensleeves mail order, UK)
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One of hundreds of gems my Smile Jamaica predecessor, John “Rutabaga” Resse, turned me on to circa 1987-88

Set 5:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US Bob Dylan cover (Smokey’s Records, SLC)

<Arthur Louis and Eric Clapton cover Dylan; 32 sec.>

<Reggae History Lesson: Reggae’s love of AM pop and black soul; 23 sec.>

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eyes on the Sparrow; Best of Jimmy Cliff (Island) ’75 Jah-taly; folk ballad (Half Price Records, Berkeley)
  • UB40 & Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ‘85 dubble disk. Update of Boy Friday rock steady classic (Randy’s Records, SLC)
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Perhaps the best Zimmy cover of this out of hundreds. Eric Clapton on guitar

Set 6:

  • Ruffy & Tuffy – Third World War; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland (Tower Records, SF)

<World War III as predicted by Nelstradamus last Feb. during Ukraine Coup; 16 sec.>

<Cold War II, Electric Boogaloo: Obama v. Putin; 20 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – Legalise the National Herb; Hi-Yo, Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herb tune (Tower Records, Las Vegas)
  • Leroy Smart – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron) ’82 Can. (RAS mail order)
  • Full Experience feat. Aura – Young, Gifted and Broke; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studios  (Blue Moon) Fr. Nina Simone cover; Black Ark w female vox (RAS mail order)
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Cold War II – Proof that the sequel is never as good as the original

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 7:

  • Casselberry & DuPree – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg); ’86 Jah-waukee Marley cover (label promo)
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Bankrobber/Robber dub; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) 10” US (Randy’s Records)
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’88 UK; Bunny Lee comp (Smokey’s Records)

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Lexicon: Soldering or Welding; 10 sec.>

  • Flick Wilson – Slave Master; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 JA (The Beat, Sacramento, CA)
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10″ Vinyl picture sleeve Nu Disk. One of the very first additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Randy’s Records, Salt Lake City; Oct. 1986

Set 8: Mutant Dub Adrian Sherwood set

  • Bim Sherman – Mighty Ruler; Dancer (Century) ’84 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Akabu – Time; Akabu (Viva)  ’89 UK female roots group (Rough Trade, SF)
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 Fr (ON U Sound mail order, UK).
  • Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread – School Days; Staggering Heights (ON U Sound) ’83 UK (Rough Trade, SF)
  • New Age Steppers – Stabilizer; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ‘82 (ON U Sound mail order)
  • African Head Charge – Stebeni’s Theme; My Life in a Hole in the Ground (ON U Sound) ’81 African w/ female vox (Cosmic Aeroplane, SLC) 
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Rutabaga Reese turned me on to Adrian Sherwood and the ON U Sound Mutant Dub Massive. Circa 1987