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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-cember 16, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Last Show of 2017!

Set 1:

  • Lee Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year; 12” EP (Trojan) ’86 UK
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds) Redondo Beach Xmas dub album of the hour
  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Irie Christmas in Jamaica (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘65
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Throw Me Corn; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement All I want for ismas is my collie herb!
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12” (African Love/Elektra) ‘89

Set 2:

  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Graduation in Zion (Dub Store) ’78 sublime Christmas tune
  • Rupie Dan & Jenifah Gad – Rastafari Live; Reparation (Flag) 2000
  • Afro Omega – Work It Out; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – This Sound; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ’83 US

Set 3:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2007 Psalms cover of The Melodians
  • Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem; Live at Reggae Sunsplash 1981 (Elektra) ’81 Montego Bay, JA
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean (Extended Mix); All Day All Night (Deluxe Edition) (Bristol Archive) ’87 UK
  • Familyman Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2011 German dub group w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Little Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 Brooklyn

 

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl 

  • Silvertones – Merry, Merry Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 FL
  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’82 FL
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Dean Frazer – Sensimilia; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) ’81 JA to Handel’s Messiah; herbtune

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 28 Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 
  • The Morwells – Reggae Party; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 deck the halls w/ boughs of collie!
  • Dry and Heavy – King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavey in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling; Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) ’86 UFOira tune
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run; 7” (Rolling Stones) ’79 Chuck Berry cover
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 B side to Tyrone Evans Christmas tune

Set 8: Mutant Dub 

  • Dubcheck – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 Mutant Dub Set
  • Soho – Shake Your Thing; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dub w/ female vox
  • Gorillaz – Hip Albatross; G Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • 2 Bad Card – Noise Pollution; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2002 UK
  • Jonah Dan w/ Alpha & Omega – Watching Over w/ dub; Spirit of the Ancients  (Part Two) (A & O) 2007     UK

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Christmas Stylee!

Not the naughty or nice list. Who’s getting probed list.

Greetings,

Eff Bing Crosby! Bob Marley’s White Christmas. Fiyah bun Nat King Cole or Sinatra! Let’s hear Jacob Miller Deck the Halls with Boughs of Collie. Pa rum, pu-pum pum!

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist who knows that Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests Santa was an Alien*, I wish all my Bredrins and Sistrins a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

*Sleigh = spaceship. Rudolph’s Red Nose? Tracking beacon

<Santa Claus – Space Alien; 30 sec.>

Don’t take my word for it…listen to John Holt – A Spaceman Came Travelling

Spin this Yuletide podcast crafted in my Secret Dubratory while opening your gifts, slogging down Rum fortiied Egg Nog and sparking up the “christmas tree”.

bless, Bobbylon

0 – 30 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – White Christmas; Christmas at Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty & Nice (Rhino) 70’s era
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 All I want for Ismas is my collie herb
  • Coco Tea – Christmas is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) ‘84
  • Trinity – Santa Claus Comes Once a Year; Big Big Man (Esoldun) ‘84
  • Tennessee Brown & the Silvertones – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Half Pint – Christmas Vibes; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke & the Aggrovators – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; Reggae Christmas (Trojan)
  • Mighty Diamonds & Dean Fraser – Frosty the Snowman; Reggae Pulse – Christmas Songs (Trojan)
  • The Notables feat. Lynval Golding – Good King; A Notable Christmas (Mossburg)
  • John Holt – Happy Xmas (War is Over); Reggae Christmas Hits Album (Trojan) John Lennon cover
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick You Devil you; Nuttasaurusmeg (Sony) ’87 SoCal funk/ska
  • Yellowman -12 Days of Christmas; Very, Very Yellow Christmas (RAS) ’98

60-90 min.

  • Kofi – Silent Night; A Very Reggae Christmas (Atlantic) ‘94
  • Rough Sounds – Comfort and Jah; Reggae Xmas Party (Rough Sounds)
  • Vince Charles – Mary’s Little Boy Child; Caribbean Christmas (Oglio) ’97 steel drums
  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘80
  • Doreen Scheaffer – Wish You a Merry Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Horace Andy – Christmas Time; Greetings From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Happy Christmas; Natty & Nice (Rhino) ’73

90 min- 2 hr.

  • Silvertones – Bling Bling Christmas; Christmas Greetings From Studio One  (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Alton Ellis – Praise Jah It’s Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Happy Christmas – Washington & Clarke; Natty and Nice (Rhino)
  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Don Carlos & Glenice Spencer – Jingle Bells; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • June Lodge – Joy to the World; Reggae Pulse 4 – Christmas Songs (RAS) ‘84
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (Trojan) ‘86
  • Rough Sounds – Rude Lang Syne; Reggae Xmas Party vol. 1 (Rough Sounds)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Vinyl Cratedig Rinse-out!

Zia Records on West Sahara in Las Vegas. Great source for black wax

Greetings,

2017 was a topsy turvy year for the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives. Massive home remodel was supposed to start Nov. 2016. Alas, weather, Questar natural gas company and Salt Lake City zoning couldn’t agree on when to move my gas line. WHICH WAS UNDER MY HOUSE!

Stones Throw’ record label brags about “my vinyl weighs a ton!” Mine actually did. I had so many records packed into my Record Room that it sunk the floor below the baseboards.

Surprised a racoon or Burmese python didn’t come in through the hole in my floor, sunk below the baseboard!

So the depressing and frustrating delays didn’t even start until March 2017. Seven months of building out an actual physical archive. No more storing boxes of CDs in the bathroom, bedroom, garage and hallway!

Pre-remodel: Bedroom
Pre-Remodel storage shed
Pre-Remodel – Garage

Like any home remodel it was a daily grind of aggravation and interruption to my routine. (If you see me ask me about the bong and the Koran story.)

But once it was done, $25k in over-runs regardless, it has been awesome! New roof, new garage, new AC/furnace/gasline, siding.

I’m no longer that house on the block that looks like a shack with strange smells and jungle drums booming to the street!

Before….
…After

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From my usual cratedig excusion during Thanksgiving Week to Las Vegas 2016 through Fall 2017,  I had done a moratorium on cratedigging. Didn’t see the point in just stacking up new titles til my Archive was finished.

During any major remodel, you can’t really leave the city in case the workmen need a decision. My house was built in 1901. A half ass renovation conducted in the early 90’s and I bought it in 1995.

So there were a lot of problems that needed construction troubleshooting.

Once I paid my final tab to my contractor: $5,059. Ouch! I was stoked to make up for lost time and hit Vegas with a vengeance.

And as I said on Smile Jamaica last week. Glad to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Dec. 2, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 69 sec.

Set 1:  4:20 Set

  • Cornell Campbell – Stalowatt; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK 

<Stalowatt = stalwart; 10 sec.>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – I Need Weed; 10” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Lights Shining (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas ? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 US to Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA dub take
Las Vegas cratedig 2017 – Moondog Records.

Set 2:

  • Tony Tuff – Sweet Reggae Music; Wha We a Go Do (Top Rank) ’84 JA
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Am the Living; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US

<Jimmy Cliff: pop star or reggae singer? 32 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Give Thanks & Praise; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands
  • The Ethiopians – Good Ambition; No Baptism (Crystal) ‘70
  • Sister Carol – Santa Claus; 12” (Grade One) Christmas tune
More Pop than Reggae

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe (Island) ’82 UK vinyl box set

<Zimbabwe in the news; 1 min. 5 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Trenchtown Rock; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Marley cover
  • Peter Tosh – 400 years; Dealing with the Shytstem (bootleg) Nov. 5, 1985 LA, Roxy
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 US picture sleeve herbtune

<Rita the Teacher schooled by Herbie, Smokey & Milla; 16 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer & the Solomonic Reggae’stra  – Love Fire; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’78 JA
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Marley Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

<Adventures in cratedigging – Marley vinyl box set; 85 sec.>

2017 Ebay offering $225. Amoeba Records 1992 – $75

Set 4:

  • Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA Marley cover
  • Eddie Hooper & Storm – Pass It on; 12” (HCR) ’79 disco/reggae/calypso hybrid

Set 5:

  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label

<No Xmas music before Black Friday! 32 sec.>

  • The Mighty Invaders – Hatred; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY w/ female vox
  • Twinkle Brothers – New Song for Jah; New Songs for Jah (Twinkle) ’89 UK
  • Ras Imru – The Marshall; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK

Set 6: Roots Dawtas

  • Vibal Smash feat. Queen Ekanem – Take a Load Off Dreadlocks; 12” EP (ECKO) ’87  LA cover of The Band’s The Weight  

<Soundtrack to my Vegas crate dig – 36 CDs of Bob Dylan w/ The Band; 35 sec.>

  • Azanyah feat. Marva Shelton – Guiding Light; “The One” (Path of Light) ’87 Atlanta, GA militant jazz

<Rhodesia to Zimbabwe; South African to Azanyah; 31 sec.>

  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon; Woman Deterimined (A luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Lloyd Brevett and the Skatatlites – Stream in the Meadow; African Roots (Moon Ska) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Take a load off dreadlocks!

Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Judgement in a Babylon; 12” (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA picture sleeve – Christ Blackwell is a vampire

<Lee said Chris killed Bob Marley to take away his royalties; 36 sec.>

  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK dub of Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded Me With Science
  • Ras Karbi – Discrimination; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s Signs

<Reggae cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs”; 24 sec.>

<I am a stud, I do not drink blood – Lee “Scratch”; 46 sec.>

Hey Chris, I am a stud I do not drink blood!

Set 8: UFOria

<Great moon watching for some vinyl UFOria; 36 sec.>

Awesome Moon on the night of this Smile Jamaica podcast

<Space Dust at Blade Runner 2049 in Las Vegas; 25 sec.>

  • Prince Jammy  – Martian Encounter; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK

<Aliens gwan whip you, and put you in your rightful place; 9 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Prince Jammy – War in the Asteroid Belt; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2005 UK Star Wars Stormtrooper theme
Better than popcorn, Soda and milk duds while watching Bladerunner 2049 in Las Vegas in the land of 8 down!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: (Stream + Tracklist) Jah-cember 17, 2016 – Joy to the Worlds!

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Greetings,

Chillin’ like a villain with my family. Hope you are able to do the same this Holiday. I am grateful for anyone who listens to Smile Jamaica and these streams.

While I enjoy a few weeks away, and some cratedigging to refresh for 2017, enjoy this Christmas heavy duty edition of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives.

Merry Christmas to the Prince of Peace. Happy Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and any other year end skygod festivities of your choosing!

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Eedokhun Breekkha – Merry Christmas from my Assyrian yimma (mother)

<Santa was an alien. Sleigh = spaceship>

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 17, 2016

Set 1:

  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Interstellar Over Dub; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty ‘n’ Nice (Rhino) love child = Christ child
  • Mike Brooks – Cool Runnings; Classical Anthology (M-10) ‘83
  • Hollie Cook – Used to Be; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 UK dubstress
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ‘79
  • Barry Brown – Sensimilla; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • Derrick Harriott – Jesus Was Born Today; 12” (Crystal) ‘82

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Set 2:

  • Cocoa Tea – Christmas Is Coming; Badd Santa (Stones Throw) Peanut Butter Wolf prod’n
  • Aisha – Glorify His Name; There Is More to Life (Twinkle) 2005
  • Pecker & the Wailers – Militant Sniff; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-pon
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ‘83

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Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – White Christmas; Christmas Greetings From Studio One  (Studio One/Heartbeat) ’65 Bing Crosby cover
  • Judy Mowatt – Only a Woman; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Peter Tosh – Arise Blackman; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy)  ’71 Jamaican Singles box set
  • Bunny Wailer – Redemption Song; Retrospective (Shanachie) ‘81
  • Israel Vibration – Israel Dub (Greensleeves) ’78 Same Song dub; Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • Barrington Levy – Flash Your Dread; 7” (Mic) ’81 Xmas tune
  • Special A.K.A. – Racist Friend; Checkered Past (2 Tone) UK ska from ‘83
  • The Pioneers – Feeling High; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’73 herb tune
  • Dennis Alcapone – Fat Man; Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) dj to Derrick Morgan

<Why Robin Hood stole from the rich>

  • Tyrone Evans – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12” (Clocktower) ‘78

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Set 5: Christmas Vinyl is Vital

  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ’84 DC
  • Carlene Davis & Trinity – Santa Claus + Christmas in the Ghetto; Christmas Sting (Thunder Bolt) ’81 JA
  • Joe Gibbs Reggae Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) ’84 Miami FL
  • Dillinger & the Brentford Harmonics – Hi Fashion Christmas; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA

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Set 6:

  • Keith Richards – Run Rudoph Run; 7” (Rolling Stone) ’78 cover of Chuck Berry
  • Dubblestandart feat. GRIZO – The Rhythm; Are You Experienced? (Groove Attack) 2006 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 herbtune
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ’78 dub to God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

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Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years

  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’75
  • Don Carlos – Cool Johnny Cool; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • Doreen Schaeffer – Wish You a Merry Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Capital Letters – Natty Walk 12” mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Sly & Robbier– Herb; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) Dub Album of the Hour

 

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ancient Astronauts – Crescent Moon; We Are to Answer (ESL) 2009 Germ.
  • Human – Home; Earthjuice (Waveform) ’95
  • Jahtari Riddim Force – One Armed Swordsman; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari)  2012 Germ.
  • Systemwide feat. Dr. Israel – Crisis Time; Pure and Applied (BSI)  2002 US
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Leslie Weiner – If You Reach the Border; clear (4th & Broadway) ’95 UK
  • Natacha Atlas – Bastet; Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Belgian/Algerian/Jewish chanteuse

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-cember 3, 2016: Christmas Soon Come!

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<Smile Jamaica’s Christmas dilemma>

Greetings,

I don’t get hung up on the Holiday PC stuff. Happy Holidays? Okay. Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Kool Kwanza. Most awesome Mawlid (that’s what the Muslims call Jesus’ birthday – one of their Top 5 Prophets.)

My skygod of choice is Anu, Marduk and Isthar. Those who came down from the sky

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Anunnaki goddess: Ishtar. Don’t put this Angel pon your Christmas Tree!

My dilemma hosting Smile Jamaica for 27+ years is how much and when to start Xmas Reggae. Some years I get complaints, “Bah humbug Nelson – play some Christmas jams!” Other years it it, “I listen to Smile Jamaica to not hear commercial Christmas”.

So this week? One Christmas tune. All I want for Christmas is my Collie herb! 8 down 42, to go!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Playlist: Jah-cember 3, 2016

Set 1:

  • Phillip Frazer – Give King Selassie I Praises + Jah Blessing Flowing Dub; I and I in Inity (I & I Sound) ’87 US vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. Vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Beres Hammond – Bubbling; Beres Hammond and Friends (ERC)
  • The Specials – Rude Boy Outa Jail; Stereo-Typcial (2 Tone) ’80 3 CD best of
  • Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity At Last (Wrasse) 2008: Nigerian-German female artist
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’73 Temptations cover
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Freddie McGregor – Jahovah; 10” (Observer Gold) over Satta riddim

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Set 2:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Trench Town School; Dancehall 2 (Soul Jazz) ‘80
  • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; Classic Reggae Hits (Time)
  • Black Slate – Legalize Collie Herb; Amigo (bbr) ’80 herbtune
  • Buume – Seriously; 10’ (Zimatime) 2006 UK mutant dub instrumental

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Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74: 
  • Rita Marley – Who Is Your Neighbor; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • UB40 – Little by Little; Signing Off (Sound/DEP) ’80 singles collection
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Twelve Days of Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 xmas herbtune
  • Burning Spear & the Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) Dub Album of the Hour
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All I want for Christmas is my collie herb!

Set 4: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Republic) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover

<Keef Meets the Cool Ruler>

  • Eric Clapton – Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) ’74: Peter Tosh cover, unreleased
  • Magic! – Rude; Don’t Kill the Magic! (RCA) 2014 Canadian
  • The Slits – Fade Away; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live female punk cover of Junior Byles original

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Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Trinity – Bad Card; Bad Card  (Joe Gibbs) ’81 FL
  • Sis Nya – Serious Time; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
  • No Fixed Address – Black Man’s Rights; Wrong Side of the Road (Black Australia) ’81  Australian soundtrack
  • Sugar Minott – This Old Man; Studio One Sales Conference (Studio One) ’75 JA: nursery rhyme
  • Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA

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Set 6:

  • Pato Banton – No Worry; Never Give In (Primitive Man) ‘88
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant dub
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ’82 herbtune, request  

<420 Election Tally: 8-1-1>

  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Showcase (Wackies) ‘82
  • Ja-Man All-Stars  – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) Dub Album of the Hour
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Don’t worry. It’s only going to be for four years. 8 years tops

Set 7:

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Comfortable; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’94 Germ. Female singer
  • King Kong – Earth Is the Lord; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Rob I Peart – Scorpion; 10” (Kingston Connexion)

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – Roots; Legend of A & O (Dopic Sounds) 2006 UK trance dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Audio Active – Kick the Bong Around (Adrian Sherwood mix); Bong (Birdman) 2000 Jahpon
  • Dubblestandart – Steets of Dub (Anxiety Mix); Are You Experienced (Collision) 2006 Jah-stria
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone Wold) 2001
  • Jim Nastics & Mungo’s Hi Fi – Nah Lef Africa; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germ.

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Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 19, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Merry Jahs-mas from Smile Jamaica!

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Now you know why he enters via chimney!

<Seasons Greetings from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 9 sec.>

<Smile Jamaica’s annual Christmas Reggae dilemma; 16 sec.>

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I bet you think that Santa Claus is from the North Pole. You would be wrong in that assumption. He is from modern day Turkey:

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Quite a ways away from the North Pole

<Saint Nick is from Turkey (Asia Minor) = Baba Noel; 18 sec.>

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The real St. Nick. Not from the North Pole

Highlights from the last Smile Jamaica of 2015; 41 sec.

  • Nuff Christmas Stylee
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Mutant Dubbers

Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 19, 2015 Smile Jamaica

Set 1:

  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA
  • Hollie Cook – Shadow Dub; Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo) 2012 Dub Album of the Hour
  • UB40 – Dream a Lie; More UB40 Music (Graduate) ’83 UK; 12” mix
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Solid Foundation; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – Deck the Halls; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement: Deck the Halls w/ boughs of collie!

<Bing Crosby won out over Jacob Miller at the Nelson Family Xmas; 16 sec.>

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Banned from the Nelson Family Xmas

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • The Wailers feat. Bob Marley – Sound the Trumpet; Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Studio One/Heartbeat)
  • Bunny Wailer – Here In Jamaica; Crucial! (Shanachie)  ’85: Roots best of
  • Peter Tosh – Where You Gonna Run; Complete Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 23, 1983, Greek Theatre, LA

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Set 3:

  • Carl Bert – Higher and Higher; 30 Wicked Hearts (Bushranger) ’75 Jackie Wilson cover
  • Lorna Asher – No Turning Back (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Sly Dunbar – A Who Say; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘78
  • Charley Fresh – Jam Down Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington + Youth; Universal Masters Collection (Universal) JA neighborhood of Toronto
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; East of the River Nile; ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • Alpha & Omega – This Is a Prayer; The Half That’s Never Been Told (A & O) 2014 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aswad – Smokey Blues; Distant Thunder (Mango) ’88 UK
  • Cocoa Tea – Christmas Is Coming; Badd Santa (Peanut Butter Wolf)
  • Jah Woosh – Collie Sound; Best of (Rhino) ’76 herbtune
  • Derrick Morgan – Night at the Hop; Original Reggae Recordings From 1968-1970 (Trybute) UFO dance tune
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Smile Jamaica’s fave Trance Dubbers

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl

  • Joe Gibbs Family – We Three Kings; Reggae Christmas (Joe Gibbs) 1982 FL
  • Nora Dean – Merry Christmas; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
  • Michigan & Smiley – Little Drummer Boy; Reggae Christmas (RAS) ‘84
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa is Black + My Santa; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ‘79

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Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26 Years

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Black History; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Natural Wild; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK: Joe Jackson prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Tell Me Now; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want for Ismas + On the Twelth Day of Ismas (RAS) ’78 “All I want for Ismas is my collie herb; 6 sec.”
  • Jah Thomas Meets Scientist – Runadub; Jah Thomas Meets Scientist in Dub Conference (Munich) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 7:

  • Jennifer Lara, The Silvertones & the Brentford Allstars – Christmas Combination; Christmas Greetings From Studio One (Studio One)
  • Special A.K.A. – Gangsters; 2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (2 Tone) dubble disk best of
  • Pato Banton – Legalize it (Acapella); Live at the Maritime – San Francisco (2 B 1); herbtune
  • Junior Dan – Mr. Big Shot + Version; Junior Dan (Hi Try) early 70’s
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Obscurity for sure-ty. Killer roots 70’s

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • International Dub System – Aam Bollock; I.D.S. (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Zion Train – Free the Bass; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub
  • Roots Manuva – Mind 2 Motion; Awfully Deep (Big Dada) 2005 UK chanter
  • Distance – Tuning; My Demons (Planet Mu) 2007 UK
  • Audio Active – Happy Shopper; Happy Happer (ON U Sound) ’95 Japan

<Happy Shopper – the customer is always right; 29 sec.>

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Livicated to all the hard working retailers during the Holiday Season
  • Natacha Atlas – Eye of the Duck; Best of (Mantra) 2005: French/Algerian singer

<Merry Christmas or which ever Sky God you worship>

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 12, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Calm Before the Snowstorm!

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Jesus Christ: Born a Refugee

<Hey Donald  Trump – Jesus was born a refugee; 14 sec.>

Ho Ho Highlights of this nice December Saturday the 12th before a massive Monday storm in Salt Lake City. Well nitty and gritty. Took me three hours to get from Sugar House to the University of Utah. About 3 miles. 1 min. 16 sec.

  • Christmas Stylee
  • Wailers Family Tree – Bob/Bunny/Joe Higgs Live in San Fran KSAN Radio; Peter Live in SoCal ’83. Bunny Roots Best Of
  • Vinyl Is Vinyl
  • UFO-ria Mutant Dubwize – in time for the new Star Wars flick!

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Hey crowd a people: put the Prius in the garage until at least April!

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 12, 2015:

Set 1:

  • Johnny Osbourne – Christmas Stylee; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) JA vinyl
  • Studio 1 Band Meets The High Times Band – Kill a Sound Wid Dub; Dub From Jamaica Roots (Original) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Innocent Blood; Crucial! (Shanachie) Best of Roots era singles
  • Barry Brown – Jah Jah Guide Them; Richman Poorman (Moll-Selekta) ’78-’80 Best Of
  • Marcia Griffiths – The Way I Feel About You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; Crisus Time (Virgin Front Line); ’76 update of Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen; 12″ (Clocktower) ’79 Xmas update
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Nuff Disco Mix black Wax Christmas on this Ark-Ive

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Talkin’ Blues (Tuff Gong) Oct. ’73 live on SF Radio Station KSAN

<Bob, Peter & Joe Higgs Live on KSAN Radio, San Fran; 1 min. 5 sec.>

  • Capital Letters – Bread and Water; Bread and Water EP (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Ayo – Help Is Coming; Joyful (Interscope) 2006 Nigerian-German Female
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12” (Hot Stuff) ‘83

<No snow inna JA fi Christmas; 8 sec.>

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Set 3: Best of 26 Years of Smile Jamaica

  • The Jolly Brothers – Oppression; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) Lee Perry/Black Ark
  • Hell and Fire – Show Us the Way; Hit Bound! The Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat)
  • Steel Pulse – Blues Dance Raid; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • The Selecter – Danger; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 Brit Ska w/ female vox
  • Stamper Doctor – Time to Cool Dub; Dub Zone (Teams); Dub Album of the Hour to Mike Brooks tunes
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Out of tens of thousand, here is Smile Jamaica’s All Time Favorite: Heavenly harmonies, Lee Perry genius, Black Ark drum ‘n’ bass. Sublime

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Captured Live (EMI America) ’84: Live in Los Angeles: Aug. 22, 1983 – Greek Theatre
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Deluxe CD upgrade preserves the whole show

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Florida
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label does Reggae
  • Barrington Levy – Sensimilea; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Oshawa, Ontario, Can.
  • Norwood Rockers – Rocking; Christmas Time (Studio One) JA
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Canadian Reggae at its finest. On the Green Weenie label

Set 6:

  • One Love Family – Bo’Ten Qu’Luta – African Reggae (Putomayo) 2009 Cape Verde group

<Reggae From Cape Verde; 19 sec.>

  • Clinton Fearon – Blame Game; Goodness (Boogie Brown) 2014 bassie of the Gladiators
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune
  • Search Boys (feat. Cheech Marin) – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.) ’78: weed update of old Coaster R & B tune
  • Joe Gibbs & the Profesisonals – Crucial Attempt; All-Mighty Dub Chapter 4 (Joe Gibbs); ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
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As many Cape Verdeans live in the US as on the Islands

Set 7:

  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’78: Marley produced, Wailers played, Lee Perry engineers; 12 sec.
  • Kingman + Jonah feat. Cluadius Linton; So Wrapped Up; Signtime (Sunking) 2008
  • African Head Charge Presents Noah House of Drea – Neighbours; Heart 2 (ON U Sound) ’97 UK mutant dub
  • King Kong – I Feel Joy; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Doctor Alimantado – Poison Flour; Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Keyman) ‘75
  • Derrick Harriott – Jesus Was Born Today; 12” (Crystal) ’82
  • Glen Adams – Joyful Tidings; 12” (Clocktower) ‘ 79 Hammond B 3 version of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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NY Puerto Rican Broadway singer Martha Velez does Reggae

Set 8: UFO-ria Mutant Dub

<Star Wars Dec. 18: No Jar Jar Binx for I ‘n’ I; 18 sec.>

  • Boxcutter – Arecibo Message; Arecibo Message (Planet Mu) 2009 UK: Mutant Dub UFO-ria

<Arecibo, Puerto Rico – where they look for Aliens; 8 sec.>

<Arecibo – Carl Sagan; 10 sec.>

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Arecibo Radio Telescope – Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick inna Outaspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Wordsound I -Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 Brooklyn, NY

<Space Dreads hunting for herb in NYC; 13 sec.>

  • Transcend – 2002; Earthrise.ntone no. 1 (Instinct) ’95 US
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel and the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • Les Nubians – Que Le Moit Soit Perle; One Step Forward (Virign) 2003 French/African sisters
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This idiot better not be in the new Star Wars flick or I’m walking right out the door!