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


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 (Stream + Tracklist): March 5, 2016: Hayfever Season!


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Two tings signal Spring for I ‘n’ I. Daylight Savings Time (this weekend) and Hayfever. Not from my favorite hay either. 4 down, 46 to go!

Spun tunes in a nice little Flonase Allegra-/D cocktail to keep the serial sneezing at bay. How does it affect the snow?

Tune in and find out!

bless, robt

Woman sneezing with tissue in meadow
Whole heap of this for the next month

<High-lights: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: March 5, 2016 Edition; 56 sec.>

  • You’ve got Roots Dawtas inna my Wailers Family Tree
  • Bob live in the studio, Peter’s last album debuts on Smile J, Bunny Roots
  • Rockers do Reggae
  • Vinyl Is Vital
  • Mutant Dub


Set 1:

  • Matumbi – Reggae Stuff; Hit Me With Music (Trojan) ’77 UK vinyl
  • Ronnie Davis – Raining Dub; (Jamaican Recordings) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Devon Russell – Jah Will See; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • Della Humphrey – Dreamland; Studio One Women (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’66 Bunny Wailer
  • Capital Letters – Rejoice; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Mango) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Wayne Jarrett – Youth Man; 12” (Wackies) ‘79
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Jacob Miller of Inner Circle. Tragically killed in car accident

Set 2: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica: Wailers Dawtas/Sistas/Mamas: 17 sec.

  • Marcia Griffiths – Give and You Get; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79:
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 UB40 cover
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Goodnight (Just One More Time); Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ‘84

<I-Three + Bob’s mom; 22 sec.>

Judy, Rita, Marcia – The I-Three. Not I Threes

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear (EMI America) ‘87; 28 sec.
  • John Brown’s Body – Tell Me Something I Don’t Know; Among Them (Shanachie) ’99 Upstate NY instrumental
  • Ranking Ann – Liberated Woman; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’81 UK singjay
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After a 4 year hiatus, murdered a month after its release. Livicate, nevah deadicate

Set 4: Rockers do Reggae 

  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster; Double Fun (Island) ’78 Lee Perry/Black Ark mix
  • Taj Mahal – Johnny Too Bad; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Slickers cover
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London); ’83 single
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 King Floyd cover; 20 sec.
John & Dan flying back from Jamaica with 75 pounds of lambsbread!

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; Jamming in the Streets (Wackies) ’83 NY: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Aura Lewis – Full Experience; Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studio (Blue Moon) Fr. EP w/ female vox
  • Michigan & Smiley – Thank You Jah; All on the Same Rhythm (Studio One/RAS) ’79 DC
  • Jah Woosh – Get Together; Rebellion (Freedom of Reggae Music) Ireland
  • Pluto & Trinity?– Vampire Year; Ire Mass Rockers (Top Ranking) ’79 FL
  • Bullwackies All-Stars – Free For All; Free For All (Wackies) Dub Album of the Hour
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International Herb – 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) live on KSAN Radio, San Francisco: Oct. ‘73; 50 sec.
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Conquer; King Size Dub: ON U Sound 30 Year (Echo Beach) 2011 mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Sip a Cup Family – Zulu’s Attack; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2005 militant steppers instrumental
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Inventors of free form FM radio – hosted the Wailers ’73

Set 7:

  • Bunny Wailer – Free Jah Jah Children; Crucial! (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Leroy Smart – Ballistic Affair; Strictly For Rockers (Mango) ’85 comp.
  • Aisha – Carnal Mind + dub; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94 Yabby You cover
Smile Jamaica favorite Roots Dawta

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Burial – Ghost Hardware; Untrue (Hyperdub) 2007 UK Mutant Dub Set
  • Samia Farah – Gratuit; Many Mood of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.
  • Word Sound I-Powa; Bass Flight; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 NY
  • DJ Nut Nut feat. Top Cat  & Frankie Paul – Special Dedication; Jungle Massive vol. 1 (Payday) ’95 UK
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Ababjanhoy Dubplate; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 It.
  • Snoop Lion – Tired of Running; Reincarnated (Berhane Selassie) 2013

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