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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019: 31 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

<New broom sweeps clean, old broom knows the corners!>

Early spring 1988,  my roommate and I were in the Pie Pizzeria near the Univ. of Utah campus. They were listening to the local community radio station, KRCL. I had discovered its Saturday afternoon Reggae program called Smile Jamaica about a year previous. KRCL were looking for new volunteers to train for graveyard shift shows.

My roommate, also a music fanatic, wanted to do a mid 80s college show. I was interested in Reggae. They had enough rock programmers but wanted someone to do a late night program that could mix up Reggae with Ska and World.

I started training late spring and was granted a show that debuted just before the 4th of July 1988: 3 o’clock Roadblock – named for the Bob Marley song because the show aired from 3am-6am late Sunday night/early Monday morning.

includes 3 o’clock Roadblock

I learned how to juggle tunes for a radio audience for probably a couple hundred graveyard shift workers, night owls and insomniacs.

Black Uhuru was the group that got me into Reggae music. I loved them: Michael Rose, Puma Jones (dawta) and Ducky Simpson (dread.) Their album, Anthem (the first Reggae Grammy award) was a booming 80’s synth from Sly & Robbie meshed with heartical roots and dread anthems.

I had met a guy in the U of U dorms, Neil Copperman. Jewish kid from Baltimore who had all these new compact disks on a massive hi fi with Bose speakers. I had been an early adopter of the round aluminum disks, (and I also favored Bose 301’s),  when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, Montana; Fall Semester 1986. So we would trade disks and listen to each other’s selections.

The dorms were concrete bunkers and the drum and bass from Sly & Robbie ricocheted around the room.  I was hooked on Reggae from that moment forward. I had a few Marley’s, Tosh’s, Toot’s & Cliff’s. None of them made the instant impact Black Uhuru did.

From late June 1988-Aug. 1989 when I quit the late night, I would always start each edition of 3 o’clock Roadblock with a Black Uhuru tune.

<Anthem lit the fuse; 66 sec.>

I was only off air for about 2 months. In Oct. 1989, my mentor Rutabaga Reese offered to have me split Smile Jamaica with him. And that lead to my Saturday adventure of almost 30 years.

In between I have been a part of the digital media transition and this podcast was created before there was even a word for it. I knew that radio was gonna go internationally online.

<Smile Jamaica pre-podcasting “podcast”; 23 sec.>

But that’s a story I will continue Oct. 2019 – when, Jah wiling, I get my 30 year badge.

Humans of the U: Robert Nelson

So enjoy this possible recreation of the very first 3 hours of Reggae Radio from I ‘n’ I. CDs on this podcast. In a month, I will do the same for vinyl.

Thanks for listening from day 1 or 31 years fresh.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 29, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 56 sec.

Set 1: 1972-1976

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Mango) ’83 Best of 31 Years of Reggae Radio
  • Augustus Pablo – Unity Dub; Africa Must Be Free by 1983 Dub (Rockers) ’83 YS US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Cliff – The Harder They Come; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<The Harder They Come and Reggae in US/UK; 74 sec.>

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73 US w/ guitar and piano overdubs

<Catch a Fire and Reggae in the US/UK; 65 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76

Set 2: 1976

  • The Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 soul producer, Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailer cover
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark riddim shower (1) – vox
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark riddim shower (2): deejay

<Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark studio>

Set 3: 1976-1977

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob prod’n/Perry mix/Wailers on the riddims/Wailers cover

<Martha Velez; 38 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 Woody Guthrie cover
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Black Art) ’77 Black Ark prod’n
  • The Revolutionaries – Dawn Creation; Phase  One Dub Wise volume 2 (Phase One) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 4: 1977

  • Culture – Two Sevens Clash; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77

<When the 2 7’s clashed; 72 sec.>

  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’77

Set 5: 1978-1979

  • I Roy – Tiddle Le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Jahmani) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on organ
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprise) ’78 female dj duo
  • Dennis Brown – Love Jah; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79

Set 6: 1979

  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – Bit By Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’79
  • Capital Letters – Run Run Run; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group w/ female harmonies
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie)
  • Sugar Minott & Soul Syndicate – Walking Through the Ghetto; Ghetto-ology + Dub (Easy Star) ’79
  • Roots Radics – Rockers Almighty Dub; Rockers Almighty Dub (Clocktower) Bronx, NY vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 7: 1979-1980

  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’79
  • Johnny Osbourne – Jah Promise; Truths and Rights (Studio One) ’79
  • Earl Zero – I No Lie; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbing is a Must; A Song (Mango) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’80 comp.
New broom sweeps clean. Old broom knows the corners!

Set 8: 1980-1981

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeni Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux/Clappers) ’80
  • Sister Jam – People of the World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Flo & Eddie – Rock With Me; Rock Steady With Flo & Eddie (Epiphany) ’81 of the Turtles; Melodians cover
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Miami Beach; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NY rock artist w/ dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 22, 2019: Space Farce!

 

Greetings,

I’m annoyed with our President. Listen why…

<Trump scoffs at UFO’s;  97 sec.>

This summer I started watching a new program on History Channel called Unidentified

The show features a guy named Lew Elizondo who quit our intelligence service to alert the world about UFO encounters. Our naval pilots are being harassed and traumatized by their encounters with flying “Tic Tacs”. Craft that can neutralize weapons defense systems on our most sophisticated planes.

Pentagon admits to UFO investigations

This popped up on the corporate news cycle and during an interview with George Stephanapolous, The Cheetolini said he didn’t believe in UFO’s. I would have thought he would have believed in UFO’s bigly.

So here is why I am perturbed: Pres. 45 created the Space Force. General Giorgio of Ancient Aliens is heading the effort.

General Giorgio tapped I ‘n’ I to be in charge of Lunar agriculture. I am leading the effort to plant the space dust. The moon is gonna be lonely for a while. That’s why NASA invented vaping. You can’t spark a doobie in space. No oxygen, am I right?

I ‘n’ I am not growing moon weed and deejaying for the harvesters’ entertainment up there, just so Raytheon and Boeing can add to their Military Industrial Complex profits.

Hey 45: It ain’t swamp gas, ball lightning or mother effing weather balloons. It is Extra Terrestrials wary of our nuclear war insanity.

Between Trump’s betrayal and the Walrus of War (John Bolton’s) game of chicken in the Strait Hormuz, I am fed up!

So I told the Mad Tweeter: I QUIT; 60 sec.

The Aliens do not want to see a World War III in the Middle East that could go nuclear. Alien sightings became common after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They don’t care about us humans, but they need our gold and water. A Bitter Wind destroyed Sumer – and what was that bitter wind? Nuclear weapons inna Mesopotamia

<No war with Iran; 52 sec.>

<Specials – anti-war ska; 27 sec.>

Watching Unidentified and hearing military people talk about a “rain of UFO’s” mankind should heed the warning. If you weaponize space, the Aliens will intercede and it won’t turn out well.

Watch the movie from 1951, the Day the Earth Stood Still and how the Aliens (or  my ancestors – The Anunnaki if you are like me, an Ancient Astronaut Theorist), will put mankind under heavy manners, as the Rastas used to say

<Klaatu Barada Nikto; 54 sec.>

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 22, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 76 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; 12″ EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – Cloak & Dagger; Cloak & Dagger (Black Art) ’72 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • IBA – Zion Trail; Many Lives (Mt. Nebo) 2006 Chattenham
  • Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 female dj over UB40 Version Girl
  • Tippa Lee & Lone Ranger – Me No Call No Police + Keep on Dubbing in the Dance; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; 12″ (Jah Life) ’79 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – I Love My Mother; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) ’99
  • Alton & Hortense Ellis – I’m Just a Guy; Cry Tough (Treasure Isle/Heartbeat) ’68
  • Junior Delgado – Tell Me How You Feel; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’90
  • Leonard Dillon – Done ‘I Done; One Step Forward (House of Reggae) ’91
  • Early B – Send in the Patient; 12″ (Vibes and Vibes) ’85 JA

Set 3:

  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Power; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ’95
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Stand Up Dub; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Ken Boothe – Tears in My Eyes; 10″ EP (Trojan) ’71 BB Seaton cover
  • Pablo Gad – Bloodsuckers + dub; Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation – It Takes a Thief/DJ Kicsk; DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Chris Wayne – Don’t Worry Yourself; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Rasta Rafiki – Congregation; Stream of Consciousness (Blue Duck) ’95 Morgantown, WV
  • Rita Marley – That’s the Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’82 picture sleeve
  • Culture – Dubbing in the Capital; Stoned (RAS) ’97 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Specials – The Man at C & A; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska; anti-nuclear war
  • Pancho Alphanso – Red Eye; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Leave Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK
  • Pluo Shervington – Ms. Gace; Pluto (Wild Flower) ’75 JA
  • Soom T – 31st Century Song; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 UK female weedstepper

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’99 UFO tune; Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ years
  • Bad Brains – The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth; Rock for Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Michael Prophet – Fight to the Top 12″ version; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
  • Martin Campbell & Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics: Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Another Dance; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Another Dance>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Jamaica (Putomayo) ’76

<Tosh bio>

  • Bunny Wailer – Winepress (Babylon System); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 tracks for 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dubs

Set 8: UFOria

  • Word Sound I  Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) UFOria
  • UFO feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint German des Prev IV (Wagram)
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Jah Warrior Presents
  • Winston Wright & Tommy McCook – Moon Invader; Greater Jamaica Moon Walk-Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 instrumental
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outta Space; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Bob Marley – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 8, 2019 – Conspiracies, Casinos, Cannabis & Keith;

Greetings,

Lots of stories on this edition of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. During our vinyl segment I played a song by Yellowman chronicling the fallen heroes of Reggae music, Many of them murdered: Peter Tosh, General Echo….and Bob Marley? (Lee “Scratch” Perry blamed Island records own Chris Blackwell of killing Bob for his royalties.)

Alex Jones also believes the CIA killed Bob Marley to stop his revolutionary music from influencing liberation movements in South Africa, Palestine and Central America. My cryptic comment. How does a black man die of melanoma (skin cancer.)

<Did the CIA kill Bob Marley? 27 sec.>

On a more positive note, the state of Illinois is so broke they had no choice but to legalize the seven leaf — through their legislature. Signed by the governor! Now it’s 11 down, 39 to go!; 41 sec.

Illinois also legalized casinos throughout the state. State Casino Board chairman, Al Capone III, said blackjack and cannabis are a winning combination that rules the nation!

<weed and casinos in Illinois; 71 sec.>

Al Capone spins in his grave: legal weed and gambling

And lastly, a guy who likes weed, Reggae and probably conspiracy theories, one Keith Richard, guitarist of the Rolling Stones shows his love of the rub-a-dub by covering Half Pint off the Dirty Work CD.

bless, Bobbylon

<Winsome = Too Rude; 49 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 8, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 77sec

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Psalms; D.J. Legend (Original) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Derrick Harriott & the Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub-a-Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA dub album of the hour
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’81 4:20 for Illinois legalize
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Canada
  • Loi – One Draw; 12″ (Abraham) Willowdale, Ontario Canada; female
11 down, 39 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’98 Bob Marley cover
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female Joe Gibbs comp.

<Dhaima – Roots Dawta; 16 sec.>

  • Ronnie Davis – Wheel of Life; Wheel of Life (Upstairs Music) ’83
  • Horace Andy – Get Up; Living in the Flood (Melankolic) ’99
  • Pad Anthony – Lovin’ Stylee; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years Set

  • Macka B – Black Man; Natural Suntan (Ariwa) ’90 take on Batman Theme
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Posse; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ’83
  • Alton Ellis & U Roy – Can’t Stand It (Extended Mix);  Cry Tough (Heartbeat/Treasure Isle) ’68
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific, Higher Ranking Dubb (EMI) ’76 Dennis Bovell dubplates; Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style (MCA) ’83 UK youth group cover Desmond Dekker
  • Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Jah Bunny – Gimme African Leggo Babylon; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Blackstones – Soul Shakedown; Insight (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK red vinyl; Bob Marley cover – Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Yellowman – In Memory; Rides Again (RAS) ’88 tributes to fallen heroes
  • Boom Shaka – Wicked Man; Creation (Moving  Target) ’86 Los Angeles
  • Pancho Alphanso – Babylonian; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Hortense Ellis – Sweetheart; Dance Hall Session (Studio One) JA vinyl

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Straight and Narrow Way; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 feat. Junior Braithwaite

<Junior Braithwaite on lead Wailers vox; 2 min.>

Bunny Wailer – Zimbabwe; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50 years

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; While Relaxing (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 in Wash’n DC
  • Roots Radics – Love and Understanding (Version); Understanding (Deluxe Edition) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Half Pint – Winsome; In Fine Style (Sun Set) ’84 JA vinyl: (1) – original
  • Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (Columbia) ’85 (2) – Keith’s cover
  • Love Clinic – Love Rapture; Love Clinic (Ariwa) 2005 female dj & singer over Blondie’s Rapture
  • UB40 feat. Admiral Jerry – Up and Coming M.C.; I Got You Babe EP (Virgin) ’85 UK toaster
  • Junior Murvin – Cross Over; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Exodus; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust; Who Can You Trust (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Back Against the Walls of Babylon; Mystical Things (BSI) 200 UK trance dub
  • Sugar Dee – High Grade; 12″ EP (Know Thyself) 2012 UK herbtune

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 – #2 is Musical Youth!

Greetings,

I was born in a small north central Montana town called Fort Benton. Along the Missouri river, it was the furthest the steamboats could go before you had to pack wagon trains of goods to Oregon and Canada.

Brutally cold in the winter. Gorgeous in the summer,  although the mosquitos are the size of kittens. A town of 1500 didn’t have much in the way of shopping, so you had to drive 35 miles to Great Falls.

Movies, clothes shopping, better restaurants. When the drinking age in Montana was 19, we would buy beer where no one knew us. They had a good record store there called Hastings. It was across the street from the mall, so I would always try and swing by there before I left for home.

Usually, I would buy vinyl. But, it was about 45 minutes to drive home, at 55 max MPH speed limit. So I would tend to buy a cassette to listen to for the drive home.

I was getting ready to graduate May of 1983. I remember the album I bought: Ramones – Subterranean Jungle. The cassette was the big novelty hit of ’83. MTV crossover: Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie.

Youth group from UK singing and toasting over a sanitized version of the Mighty Diamonds’ Pass the Kutchie.

Kutchie = cannabis utensil. Can’t have kiddies singing about the Seven Leaf, so they switched up the lyrics to the cooking pot, dutch pot = dutchie.

I bought it for the song, not because it was Reggae. That was #2 Reggae addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Over the years, I picked it up on LP and various 12″ promo singles. Then, cratedigging in Minneapolis a few years ago, I got their 2 albums on 1 CD for $5 in the discount rack. Nice price!

I was cleaning out my garage and came across a shoebox full of cassettes and found it there. (First Reggae album you are wondering? Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Xmas ’81. Thanks Mom!

bless, Bobbylon

<Musical Youth – second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-ive>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 annotated playlist

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Jah Is My Master; Yabby You & King Tubby’s All Stars (Yabby You) early 80’s JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – The Big Rip-Off; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK soul/rock/reggae
  • Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Natural Vibes – Life Hard a Yard; King Jammy a Man and His music Volume 1 (RAS) ’82
  • Tristan Palma – Sensimilla; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lucy Clark – Just One Look; 12″ (Bullet) US Doris Troy cover

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Nerious Joseph – Guidance; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Fashion) ’92
  • The Royals – Pick Up the Pieces: Full Up: Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Wingless Angels feat. Justin Hinds & Keith Richards – Come Down Wicked Man; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 nyahbinghi
  • Junior Delahaye – Working Hard For the Rent Man; 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dennis Brown – Westbound Train; Some Like It Hot (Heartbeat) ’75: 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopias; Stay Red (Esoldun) 77? Black Ark prod’n
  • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp; Bobby Bobylon (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’79
  • Musical Youth – Rub ‘N Dub; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth group
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Puma – Babylon Falling; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2011 SLC w/ female vox
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ’94 herbtune
  • Flick Wilson – My Lady; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK –
  • Dilinger – Tribal War; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chalwa Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK herbtune
  • Nicodimus (sic) – Keep It In the Family; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Curly Locks; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK – Jr. Byles cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – He Who Knows It Feels It; Best of Studio One (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Song history; 88 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Fancy Curls; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th
  • Soon Come/I’m the Toughest/Bush Doctor; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Black Uhuru – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Rockers Hi-Fi w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 Cream cover
  • Daryl Jenifer – Away Away; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010 Bad Brains bassie
  • Jeff Beck Group – She’s a Woman; Live With the Jan Hammer Group (Epic) ’77
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 herbtune King Floyd cover

<75 pounds of lambsbread from Jamaica; 29 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations

<Bob not a fan of UFOs; 22 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Ital Breakfast (ON U Sound) ’96 conspiracy theory
  • Alpha & Omega – Twelve Fruits; Tree of Life (A & 0) ’96 UK trance w/ female vox
  • Sugar Dee – Humble Mr. Babylon; 12″ (Know Thyself) 2012 UK
  • Roots Manuva feat. Wrongtom – Wol’ a Mine; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20, 2019 – 420 on 4/20!

Greetings,

April 20th. 4/20. Smokers in San Rafael code for getting together for a toke. Grew from there to what we know now. The Smoker’s Holiday in 10 down, 40 to go.

Even my Mom sent me a Happy 420 meme

Vaping with my parents last Xmas is one of my fondest memories of the past few years. Especially now that my Dad is deathly ill.

So, every April I start looking for new soundbytes to “rip.” This year I “harvested” about 15 new ones

  • Blues Brothers:
  • Dub Side of the Moon:
  • Queen Elizabeth

And how about some Biblical affirmation of the Seven Leaf….

<Revelation 22:2 – Healing of the Nations; 22 sec.>

<Psalm 18:8 – Fire out of his nostrils; 20 sec.>

from the Holy Land to Egypt and Mesopotamia

As we roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus and smoke sensimenia inna Mesopotamia

<Mummy Rock; 11 sec.>

Then back to America for jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday’s Seven Leaf motivation…

<Whenever I get low, I get high…Billie Holiday; 12 sec.>

I wonder if there is anyone out there in terrestrial radio land that did 3 hours of all marijuana music in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. And even if they did, who stitches in 420 soundclips, movie dialog and musical bong rips? (The advantages of being a sound editor by trade.)

I ‘n’ I that’s who! Let’s celebrate some free speech while it is still allowed.

<Sensi…ng a theme?; 13 sec.>

So enjoy the 25th (or so) annual 420 on Smile Jamaica. Until it’s 50 down, none to go….

bless, Bobbylon

The only shotgunning that should be allowed between these two nuclear leaders

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20 – 420 on 4/20 Annotated Playlist: ( 1 min. 55 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Mariguana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK vinyl: 420 Cannabis Service Show
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
  • Glen Judah – Mr. Collie Man; 12″ (Atlantean) ’83 Houston

<Collie = Kali; 29 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
  • Leroy Smart – Collie Give Me Wisdom; Let Everyman Survive (Jamaican Gold) ’78
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK Roots Dawta trio
  • Soul Syndicate – Mariwana; Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown (Epiphany) ’77    
Two spliff ‘n’ two Heineken

Set 3:

  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 1 (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Michael Palmer – Don’t Smoke the Seed; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 2 (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Can. Rita Marley cover
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of  the hour

Set 4:

  • Snoop Lion & Collie Budz – Smoke the Weed; Reincarnation (Berhane Sound System) 2013 Michael Palmer cover

<Snoop Lion vs. Bunny Wailer; 26 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Classics Collection
  • Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; 12″ (Satta Rock) JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital 420

  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK 

<Wanted Dread & Alive – I ‘n’ I first Reggae LP: 1981; 38 sec.>

  • Tinga Stewart – Give Me a Puff; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami
  • Earl 16 – Herb Man Corner; Super Duper (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Soom T – Boom Shiva; 12″ (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 EP: female weedstepper
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part I (Reggae on Top) ’95 420 dub album of the hour

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 420

  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf (blank) 
  • Lighty of Saba – Lambsbread Collie; 7″ (Uhuru) ’75
  • Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames – Kaya; 7″ (Tony Shabazz) ’78 Bob Marley herbtune
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addick; 7″ (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87

Set 7:

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA “roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus”
  • Bobby Melody – Low the Sensie Man; 12″ (Vibes & Vibes) ’85 UK
  • Jah Power Band – Sticky Sticky Weed Dub; Sensi Dub Part 7 (Original) 420 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub 420

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pam Bricker – Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2002 DC 
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Kooba Rmx); Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) 2007
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around feat. Likkle Mai ; 12″ UK (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Pot-Cast 2019; 4 hrs., 20 min., 0 sec.!

Greetings,

That time of year. Just after winter, just before allergy season. While we were off raising money for your station that rules the nation (thank you for your continued support for KRCL), I was in my Secret Dubratory stitching up 4 hours and 20 minutes, 00 seconds of herbal medication inna irie meditation.

Includes all my infamous bong rips, movie trailers, Reggae and Dub soundbytes all for your mood elevation that rules the nation!

10 down, 40 to go

bless, Bobbylon

You all got Sensi. We got Ruderalis

Smile Jamaica 2019 Digital Dubplate: 420

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly)
  • Dub Syndicate- Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Glen Brown – Lambsbread; Way to Mt. Zion (ROIR) ”79
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78 Coasters update
  • Dr. Israel Presents Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005

30-60 min.

  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng; Pass the Tu-Sheng Peng (Greensleeves) ’84
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Top Ranking) ’78
  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Peter Tosh cover
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) Rita Marley cover 

60-90 min.

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live on KCGL Eugene, OR
  • Macka B & Mad Professor – Legalise the Herb + Smoking Dub; Hold Onto Your Culture (Ariwa) ’95 UK
  • Mike Brooks – Good Herb; Earth Is the Fullness (Moll-Selekta) 2004
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Seefari – Homegrown; Dread Pon da Scene (Upful Sound) ’98
  • See-I – Dinner of Herb; Dinner of Herb EP (Exile) 2004
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Marley-juana Megamix (Smile Jamaica 420 Rmx)
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Sammy Dread – Plant the Sensi; Jah Live (Heartbeat Europe)
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’86 UK
  • Soom T Marijuana-Mix (Bobbylon Seven Leaf Rmx)
  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf; 7″ (blank)  Mashup
  • Rootz Underground – Herb Fields; Movements (Mystic Urchin) 2007

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Prince Far I –  Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK) ’79?
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Lone Ranger – National Herb; Collections (Grapevine) ’84
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Disco Mix); Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Redder Than Red + Dubb; All the Hits (Rohit) ’73

3-3 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Yellowman – Couchie; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone)
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83
  • Dub Lounge International – Dub Hangover; Dub Lounge International (Anchor & Vessel)
  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Wa Do Dem (Greensleeves) ’81
  • Eric Smith – Marijuana; Rocky Road (CTA) 2007 cover of Black Uhuru Sinsemilla

3 and 1/2 – 4 hrs.

  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Sip Your Cup; Rally Round (Shanachie) ’78 nyahbinghi
  • Sugar Minott – Sensimilla; 20 Super Hits (Sonic)
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC world/reggae group
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Herbs an’ Spices; Jahmekya (Virgin) ’91
  • Tippa Irie – Senci (Remix); Sign of the Times (Chackhouse) 2003
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks  (Wailing Souls) ’83
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; 7″ (Attack) ’78 Bob Marley cover

4 hr. and 20 min.

  • The Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69
  • Adrian Sherwood – Nu Rizla; Becoming a Cliche (Real World) 2006
  • Armagideon – Herbal Input; Steppin’ Forward (Armagideon Sounds) ’95
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Live From Mars (Virgin) 2001 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Spring Roots Cleaning!

Greetings,

Still having no luck with KRCL’s Window’s 95 era machines and lost another recording. (All vinyl, too, dammit!). Having to make space on my laptop and am combining all my various ITunes folders into one.

So I thought what a great way to craft a Digital Dubplate of favorite roots jams. Enjoy!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – Love Fire; New Chapter (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla (Discomix); Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Culture – Down in Jamaica; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79
  • Dr. Alimantado – Oil Crisis; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’81
  • Earth & Stone – Jailhouse Set Me Free; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ’79
  • Future Pigeon – Gift Tax; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Love Rasta; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77

30-60 min.

  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78
  • Inner Circle – Tenement Yard (Live); Best of (Island) ’92 comp.
  • Jah Shaka – Father and Son; Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Claudius Linton – World War III; Sign Time (Sun King) 2008
  • Lovejoys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Mikey Dread; World War III (Extended Mix) (Dread at the Controls) ’80 

60-90 min.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Tine; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82
  • Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Prince Jazzbo – Ital Corner; Ital Corner (Clocktower) ’76 Black Ark: dj to Max Romeo One Step Forward
  • Queen Majeeda – Our Creator; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub oet
  • Rootz Underground – How Much Longer; Movement (Mystic Urchin) 2007
  • Sade – By Your Side (Sly & Robbie mix); CD Single (Sony) 2001
  • Tenor Saw – Fever + Version; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • UB40 – Version Girl; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83
  • Wailing Souls – Don’t Burn Baby; On the Rockers (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Gaylads & Baba Dread – Little Candle + Ladder of Progress; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • The Ethiopians – Train to Skaville; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77
  • Scientist – Laser Attack;  Scientist Meets the Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’81
  • Jah “Pecker” Pelicaho & the Wailers – Jamming; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’86 Jah-ponese dubber

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla Dub; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Eastern Bloc; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian dub
  • Sammy Dread – Runnin’ Around; Jah Live (Heartbeat Europe)
  • Phyllis Dillon – On the Right Track; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ’69
  • Prince Far I – Ten Commandments; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK) ’81
  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man (Long Version); Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79
  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’73 Bob Dylan/George Harrison cover

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Peter Broggs – Jah Jah Voice is Calling; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’71
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77
  • Martha Velez – Revelation; Escape Babylon (Sire) ’76
  • Matumbi – Empire Road; Empire Road (EMI) ’78
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Burning Spear – African Postman; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80