It was Spring of 1984 in Bozeman, Montana. After a brutal winter, students at Montana State University thaw out thanks to warm air from Chinook wins.
The local record store, Cactus, was two blocks from my apartment. I walked in and right on the front display was the gatefold vinyl of Bob Marley’s Legend.
I picked it up sight unseen.
I took it to the counter and paid for it immediately. I wish I could say that was the catalyst moment that led to being a Reggae Deejay — I love all kinds of music in the mid 80s: The Clash, Neil Young and 60’s Rolling Stones especially.
It took 2 years for me to have the Hallelu-JAH moment with Black Uhuru’s Anthem….
So we celebrate Bob Marley’s Birthday with Tributes. I wanted to do Bob Marley A (Ambush) to Z (Zion Train. But the Digital Millennium Copyright Act won’t let me…
<How the Digital Millennium Copy-WRONG Act screws over Bob Marley; 22 sec.>
Bobstock on Smile Jamaica!
Enjoy the Marley family and Bob’s bredrins and sistrens in celebrating his legacy as the King of Reggae!
Smile Jamaica’s Tribute to Robert Nesta Marley: Jah-bruary 4, 2017; 39 sec.
Jah Thomas – Happy Birthday to You; 12” (Midnight Rock) ’81 – 3 Hour Bob Marley Birthday Tribute
Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82 – Order of Merit – Jamaican civilian honor; 14 sec.
Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Looking back on 28 plus years of seeking and collecting Reggae and Dub has led to 25 plus years of playing that harvest every Saturday afternoon on Smile Jamaica!
Especially now that Vinyl has made a roaring comeback from its decline* during the late 80’s and 90’s. I never gave up on it for one minute. And now that the Digital Music era is in ascendance, Vinyl as “artifact” has never been more important. And that is why I ‘n’ I don’t play Digital. Drop the needle pon de Record!
*Vinyl is the only music source growing in sales. CD’s are in a coma. Even Digital is flat because of the Great Recession.
<Paying Tribute to Vinyl: 25+ years worth on Smile Jamaica. Class of ’89; 12 sec.>
<Celebrating 25 Years with 3 hours of All Vinyl!; 44 sec.>
HIgh-Lights to listen for:
Seven Leaf – 4 down, 46 to go!
<4 down, 46 to go!>
Bob-ruary Tribute: Jah-bruary or Urb-ruary is Bob Marley month on Smile Jamaica
Roots Dawtas: singer, harmony, deejay dub poetess
Disco Mix: Dubstep, Mutant Dub, 10″, 12″, picture sleeves, red Vinyl, herbtune
7″ Jamaican Jukebox
Mutant Dub: Tosh rmx herbtune, Hindi-dubbers, African crossover,