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Jah-cember 27, 2014: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive
<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives sends seasons greetings to the Sky Deity of your choosing; 8 sec.>
Praise Anu! Smile Jamaica’s favorite sky god. Sumerians
Snuck away for a combo birthday/Christmas/cratedig with my family.
Jah-buqureque, New Jah-xico. Flu shot ahead of time. Feeling good when everyone else in the vicinity had the crud.
Fly back, Friday AM the day after Christmas. Decided why not end the year, last
Ark-Ive of 2014, with an All Vinyl Black Wax Attack. Yes I! Selah!
3 things that make Cabin Fever bearable: a roaring fire, burning a spliff, Irish coffee and the sound of vinyl pon your turntable
<Nyquil cocktail for 3 hours on air>
2 hour fog delay. Everyone cooped up on a non-moving tin can. Six in the Morning. Right there on the tarmac. Babies crying, everyone sniffling, coughing and wheezing.
Get back to the
Ark-Ives, immediately start inoculating myself: Zicam for the Zinc; Nyquil just in case. Ate two oranges for the Vitamin C. Whatever…..
<One extra present after Christmas. Can’t hear the cue speaker on where to drop de needle pon de record with a massive head cold; 35 sec.>
All Vinyl Show. Had to crank the cue speaker to hear where to drop de needle pon di wax
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-cember 27, 2014: Year-End Vinyl Blowout!
Smile Jamaica’s Lessons in Deejaying: Why They Call it the “One Drop”
Similar to the Radio Board at KRCL. VU Meters on the top. Bump the red, don’t peg the red. Otherwise cipped signal feedback on the listener end. Speaker volume (cue, monitors, headphones) to the right. Higher the slider, the louder the gain (volume) over the air, if Track Button is lit, aka “hot”
Radio Studio setup 8 Tracks: 3 CDs, 2 Turntables, 1 Microphone, 1 Computer. Any sound on a “hot” track goes over the airwaves. 1 CD for my
Dub Album of the Week If a
deejay wants to sample a portion of a song without that song going onto the airwaves, he puts the Track into “cue” mode The
cue speaker is on a different, internal sound channel within the mixing board. Separate from the Tracks that go over the airwaves. The deejay hears those “live” Tracks over the studio’s monitor speakers. Had to turn the
cue volume up to 11 to hear where to drop the needle on the vinyl, back-cue (reverse direction) on the Turntable till dead silence. This is where the next song starts on beat 1 – hot on the air. The One Drop!
Eyes and Ears in synch when you drop di needle pon de record! Searching for the One-Drop
Here’s the nitty gritty on Smile Jamaica’s Year-End Vinyl Blowout! (Jah-cember 27, 2014; 1 min. 55 sec.)
Rarities/Vinyl Only classics out of the Ark-Ives
Seven Leaf, 4 down, 46 to go.
<Smile Jah-pocrypha: Skilers want to be in their cars, heading home in time to hear the Smile Jamaica 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement>
Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45 RPM
Disco Mix 12″ boomshots
Smoke Shack. 4 down, 46 to go!
Annotated Playlist (captions, photos, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons): Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-cember 27, 2014
3 HOURS OF VINYL
Misty in Roots – Praises; Musi O Tunya (People Collective) ’85 UK
Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire); Dub Album of the Week
Dennis Brown – Concrete Castle King; Visions (Blue Moon) ’76 UK
Augustus Pablo – The Big Rip Off; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’74 UK dub to Inner Circle Forward Jah Jah Children
Ini Kamoze – Dreadlocks; 12” (Mogo Naba) ’82 JA
Melodians – Irie Feeling – Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Most Underrated Roots LP Nomination: Melodians – Irie Feeling; 29 sec.>
Prince Far I – Jamaica; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK, boxing theme
1983 Rock Steady reunion. Sleeper classic from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Black Wax wing
Set 2: Roots Dawtas
Judy Mowatt – Mr. Dee Jay; Mr. Dee Jay (Ashandan) ’81 JA
Maxine Miller – How Many Times; Showcase (Wackies); ‘80 NY early Bob Marley doo wop lovers rock
Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Tenement Yard (Winner) ’86 JA
Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; At Studio One (Studio One) JA
<Reggae History Lesson: Judy and Marcia, 2/3 of the I Threes; 17 sec.>
Hey Mr. Deejay, play that song for me
Jackie Mittoo – Eleanor Rigby; Jackie Mittoo (United Artists) ’78 Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya; Beatles Hammond B 3 cover
Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trench Town) ’72 Allen Toussaint New Oreans soul cover
The Gaylads – Little Candle; Vision of Reggae (Tamoki Wambesi); Roy Cousins prod’n best of
Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; 12” (Island) ’82 Roots Radics on the riddims
Keyboard wizard minor key vibe on The Beatles classic.
Set 4: Seven Leaf Herbal Vinyl Set
<Seven Leaf Set Livicated to Rockers International from WNMC, Traverse City, MI; Reggae Radio in town skiing; 45 sec.>
<Revelations 22:2 – The Healing of the Nations; 30 sec.>
Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nations; Reggae Greats (Mango) ’84 US: Seven Leaf Set: Revelations 22:2 “the leaves were used for medicine for the healing of the nations”
<Cannabis History Lesson: Jacob Miller; 24 sec.>
Barrington Levy – Sensimelea; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK
Pioneers – Feeling High; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’76 UK
I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ‘ over Johnny Clarke – African Roots ’81 JA
Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
<Don’t go 55 inna 35 with 100 Weight of Collie Weed in your vehicle; 12 sec.>
Read your Bible!
Krieger-Densmore Reggae Bonanza – Kinky Reggae; 12” (Rhino) ’83 Marley cover by ½ The Doors
<Smile Jamaica’s brush with Ray Manzarek, The Doors; 58 sec.>
Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; 12” (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell mix
Zema – Ride on; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 Culver City, Collie-fornya; female singer
<Rare 7″ 45: Keith does Jimmy & Chuck; 12 sec.>
Keith Richards – The Harder They Come; 7” (Rolling Stones) ’78 Jimmy Cliff cover; 19 sec.
There’s some Jimmy Cliff in there somewhere
Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45
<Jamaican Jukebox: The Rarest Vinyl; 5 sec.>
<Black Sabbath on Smile Jamaica? Yes I!; 20 sec.>
Black Sabbath vs. Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7” (Peabody and Sherman); Seven Leaf mashup; 7” Set: Jamaican Jukebox
<Copy-wrong? 20 sec.>
Frankie Paul – Ites, Gold and Green; 7” (Jusic) 2001 JA
Leo Graham – Not Giving Up; 7” (Locks) ’75 JA
Errol Dunkley – Train to Zion; 7” (Topco) ’75 JA
Guess Who’s Coming for Sweet Leaf
I Roy – The Heathen (Commandment IV); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line); ‘ 80 yellow vinyl/picture sleeve cover of Marley’s Exodus album
Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco, Collie-fornya
Big Youth – When Revolution Come – Chi Chi Run (Prince Buster) ’72 JA
Bunny Wailer – Conqueror; 12” (Solomonic) ’81 JA
Yellow, vinyl, picture sleeve. Deejay covers Marley’s Exodus
Set 8: Mutant Dub
African Head Charge – Heading to Glory; In Pursuit of Shashamane land (ON U Sound) ’93 UK Mutant Dub
<Reggae History Lesson: Shashamane Land; 12 sec.>
Capital Letters – House Breaker (Rootical Rebuild); 12” EP (Reggae Archive Records) 2014 UK of 80s roots reggae rmx
King Kong – Free de Herb; 12” (Ink Alink) 2008 herbtune
Singers & Players feat. Bim Sherman – Run Them Away; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 UK
Dubkasm Meets the Disciples – Gideon Armour; 12” (Sufferah’s Choice) 2006 UK
New Age Steppers – Foundation Steppers; 5 Dog Race (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
Love this album