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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

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: Labor Daze Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

Took the Labor Day live cast off for some vacation. Enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in the Secret Dubratory located within the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – African Children; (CBS); Not Satisfied (CBS) ’82 UK
  • Carlene Davis – Quicksand; 15 Hits (Sonic)
  • Black Uhuru – Right Stuff; Dub Factor (Mango) ’82 dub
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79
  • Doctor Alimantado – Marriage License; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’81
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim dj to Version Girl  (Virgin) ’85 
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; Missing Link (VP) ’79
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sweeter the Victory; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74

30-60 min

  • Hugh Mundell & Jah Bull – Blackman Foundation; Blackman Foundation (Shanachie) ’83
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 comp.
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) Isaac Hayes cover ’85
  • Lacksley Castell – Bound in Bondage; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78
  • Sammy Dread – Roadblock; Roadblock (Hitbound) ’82 

60-90 min

  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Signs + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Blackbeard – Ah Weh; Strictly Dub Wise (More Cut) ’78
  • The Ethiopians – Everything Crash; Original Hit Reggae Sound (Trojan) ’68
  • Gayladds & Baba Dread – Little Candle + Ladder of Progress (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Nadine Sutherland – Teach the Youth; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’86
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Scoffers and Scorners; Face the Music (VP)  ’81

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Junior Murvin & Dillinger – Roots Train (Discomix); Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 Keith & Tex Cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Cymande – Zion I; Cymande (Sequel) ’72 UK black soul/funk/nyah
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodfire Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS)  ’84

2-2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 herbtune
  • Dennis  Brown & Ranking Joe – Don’t Want to Be No General + General; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Earl Sixteen – Mr. DJ; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Eddy Grant – Funky Rock and Roll; Killer on the Rampage (Epic) ’82
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’87 update
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 Bob Marley cover

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Wat about di Workin’ Claas?; Making History (LKJ) ’84 UK dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – Everybody Needs a Proper Education; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) ’80 dub to Black Uhuru Plastic Smile
  • Triston Palma – Rub a Dub Party; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • The Skatalites – Devil’s Triangle; Rollin’ Steady (Motion) ’84
  • Roots Radics – Beam Down; Scientist Rids the World of Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Johnny Osbourne – No Ice Cream Love; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
Song is about oral sex not being Ital

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate (Stream + Tracklist): Best of 29 Years of Reggae Radio!

Greetings,

July 2, 1988 was when I ‘n’ I debuted at 3AM on a hot summer night late Sunday/early Monday on radio station KRCL. The name of the show was 3 o’clock Roadblock named after the Bob Marley song.

That started a 3 decade journey of 29 years of Reggae Radio. After a year or so I moved from early morning graveyard shift to the big show: Smile Jamaica. 

Saturdays 1-4 PM in 1989-1990 and then moved back to 4pm. Planted my flag and never left.

If I figure I average about 45 shows a year (with time away for cratedigging on the weekends). That amounts to 1305 + shows. Almost 4000 hours of Reggae.

I celebrated with all vinyl a couple weeks back. Took last Saturday off and cooked up a CD best of 29 years in my Secret Dubratory.

Thanks for the musical memories!

bless, robt

If I remember correctly: Black Uhuru’s What Is Life was the first song I played on Reggae Radio: 3AM July 2, 1088

0-30 min.

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 2 (CSA) ’88 UK
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Brainwashing; African Herbsman (Trojan)  ’71 nursery rhyme
  • Peter Tosh – Recruiting Soldiers; Mystic Man (EMI America) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Cool & Deadly; Marketplace (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Were You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Aswad – Bubblin; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Dis Policeman Keeps on Kickin’ Me to Death; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet 
“Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall. Rastafari sit upon his throne.”

30-60 min.

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Judah Dub; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub a Dub Style (Original) ‘79
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Bob’s Mom tribute to Bob
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘74
  • Black Roots – Pin in the Ocean; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango)  ’82 

60 min – 90 min

  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Capital Letters – Fire; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86
  • Creation Rebel – Chatti Chatti Mouth; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81  Mutant Dub
  • Cymande – Brothers on the Side; Cymane (Sequel) ’74 Cymande = dove of peace. UK crossover group
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan)  ’72 Paul Revere and the Raiders cover – Indian Reservation  cover
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock (Wackies)  ’83 female duo on Rita Marley herbtune 
Cymande – Dove of Peace: UK diaspora of rock, soul, reggae, jazz

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • David Lindley – Quarter of a Man; El Rayo-X (Elektra)
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Martha Velez & the Wailers – Bend Down Low (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
  • Dillinger – Mickey Mouse Crab Louse; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84 
Saw David Lindley at the Zephyr (SLC) Summer ’87. Bought this album the next day

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Linton Kwesi Johnson & Dennis Bovell – Miami Beach;  Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 single
  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ‘75
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (Jah Rubbaal) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know (You’re Leaving); Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK soul does reggae
  • Phyllis Dillon – Midnight Confession; Midnight Confession (Treasure Isle) ’68 Grass Roots cover
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78
Got this album for Christmas 1978. Thanks Mom!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – Trouble You, Trouble Me; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Jacob Miller – A Chapter a Day; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ‘80
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs re-work
  • Jah Wobble – Dreadlock Don’t Deal in Wedlock; The Legend Lives On (Virgin) ‘80
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldheads + Academy Award Version; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Keith Hudson – Musicology; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 update of group’s Version Girl

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-vember 7, 2015: Post Daylight Savings = UFOria Season!

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Dec. 18 – Star Wars. Fiyah Burn Jar Jar Binks!

<Imperial Death March: Star Wars a gwaan!; 14 sec.>

Greetings,

The first Saturday after Daylight Savings Time puts the last half of Smile Jamaica in the dark.

That’s prime UFO watching time so all winter expect nuff tunes about Aliens and Space Travel.

I’m starting to build a 3 hour Digital Dubplate – Mixcloud only with music and soundbytes. Soon come.

Til then…

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

<Here’s what I feature on the Jah-vember 7, 2015 Ark-Ive Edition of Smile Jamaica; 105 sec.>:

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Space Dust and Gold brought my ancestors the Anunnaki to Earth from Planet Nibiru

Set 1:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Get Up Stand Up; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Reggae Sunsplash) ’83 US vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 tribute
  • Aisha – Now or Never; True Roots (Ariwa) ‘94
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Turn Me Loose; 10” (Hitbound) ‘80
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Toots HIbbert – The Otis Redding of Reggae

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Know a Place; CD Single (Ascension) Lee “Scratch” Perry rare prod’n
  • Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2011 UK

<Dawta of a Sex Pistol; 8 sec.>

  • Burning Babylon – Sproing-a-Dub; Beat, Beat, Beat (I Tones) 2008 Mass. dubber
  • Izyah Davis & Coptic Sound – No More War; 10” (Livication Corner) 2008 Fr.

<50 special forces in Syria? No more war; 13 sec.>

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Resist the Mission Creep

Set 3: Rockers do Reggae

  • Garland Jeffreys – Lovers Walk; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC black artist

<Garland Jeffreys – underrated rocker great at Reggae; 18 sec.>

  • Bad Brains – Make a Joyful Noise; Into the Future (Megaforce) 2012 punk dub reunion

<Punk Dub reunion outta DC; 9 sec.>

  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Polydor) 2006 Nigerian-German female soul/reggae

<Great female hybrid Reggae; 9 sec.>

  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK Caribbean expat soul/funk/reggae group

<Cymande – Dove of Peace in Creole;14 sec.>

  • Scientist – Jab; Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves) ’80; Dub Album of the Hour
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The Black Springsteen

<Underrated NYC artist: The Black Springsteen; 10 sec.>

Set 4: Best of 26 Years – Smile Jamaica

  • Peter Tosh – African; Captured Live (EMI America) Aug. 22, 1983 Greek Theater LA
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where Is the Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Sign; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’86 youth man toaster killed
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
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Youthman Deejay killed in his prime

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Heathen Back Weh Pon the Wall (Heartbeat) ’83 Marley cover
  • Roots Uprising – No Doney (Get High); Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami; herbtune doney = money

<No doney, no honey  translation no green? then you no get to partake of the “green”; 14 sec.>

  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP; Black Ark/Upsetters
  • Crucial Bee – No Bother With the Fuss and Fight; Just a Sting (All-Starr) US Virgin Islands; Tribal War riddim
  • Dennis Brown – It’s Too Late; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami: Carole King cover
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Crown Prince of Reggae covers Carole King

Set 6:

  • Bunny Wailer – Boderation; Crucial! Roots Classic (Shanachie) ’83 rare roots singles
  • Likkle Mai – Your Pocket; Roots Candy (Beat) 2006 female Jah-ponese singer w/ Dry & Heavy
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group
  • Mad Professor & the Robotiks feat. Michael Walters – Jungle Vibrations; 10” (Ariwa) 2002 UK
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Jah-ponese Dubstress: Likkle Mai – you’ve got Lovers Rock in my Mutant Dub!

Set 7: UFO-ria

<Smile Jamaica loves UFO watching; 11 sec.>

  • Audio Active – Audio Active’s Adventures in Time & Space; Happy Happer (ON U Sound): ’95 Jah-ponese mutant dubbers
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Walk; Original Reggae Recordings from 1968-1970 (Trybute); rock steady
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – African Hitchhiker; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango); ’90 Adrian Sherwood prod’n “I am an alien from outer space”
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (NMC) ’80 Joe Jackson prod’n

<Space Travel is an affront to Jah; 11 sec.>

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Not a fan of space travel: The Aliens gonna whip you and put you in your rightful place!

<Alien Attacks for not singing praises unto Jah! 36 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK: Darth Vader’s Imperial March cover
  • Alpha & Omega – One Culture; Everyday Life (A & O) ’93 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Aldubb Meets Ras Perez – Poppy Dub; Aldubb Meets Ras Perez (One Drop) 2012 Germany; herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Desi Hyson; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC; Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation
  • Dubvisionist feat. Tackhead – Black Cinderella Dub (Dubvisionist rmx) 2013; update of Errol Dunkley tune
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005; Algerian/Belgian singer in Arabic/English; Screaming Jay Hawkins cover
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We use matches or butane. Yoda sparks his Space Dust via Light Saber

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): July 25, 2015 – Selassie I Weekend!

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Haile Selassie: b. July 23, 1892. No Jah. No Reggae. No Reggae Radio. No Smile Jamaica. 3 Hours in Tribute! Selah!

<Haile Selassie – King of Kings; 23 sec.>

Greetings,

For me, Reggae Music is Rastafari Gospel music. So two days after Selassie’s birthday, it’s 3 hours of the King’s Music!

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Ras Tafari Makonnen – b. July 23, 1892 in Ethiopia.

❤  3hours devoted to His Imperial Majesty, Jah Rastafari; 79 sec.>

  • Emperor of Ethiopia; 1930-1974
  • His Imperial Majesty
  • King of Kings = Negusa Negast
  • Lord of Lords
  • Jahovah
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah
  • The Head Creator (Ras Tafari)
  • Elect of God
  • Ever-living God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Power of the Trinity = Haile Selassie
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The Lion of Judah kept lions as pets. “Here kitty, kitty!”

Annotated Playlist: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – July 25, 2015

Set 1:

  • Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel (JAD); Elvis Presley gospel cover: 3 Hours devoted to Haile Selassie I – July 23, 1892

<Elvis Presley gospel;  17 sec.>

  • Selassie I Rockers – 30 Pieces of Dub (The Business) ’83 Dub Album of the Week
  • Cymande – Rastafarian Folk Song; Promised Heights (Janus) ’74 UK black funk, rock, reggae group

<Cymande – Dove of  Peace; 19 sec>

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Errol Dunkley – Created By the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Dennis Brown – So Jah Say; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Weed; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jennifer Lara – Jah Will Lead Us Home; 12” (Kingston Connexion/Hitrun) ‘79
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The Original Dread. “Hail Rastafari, the world’s first hippie!” — Cymande

Set 2:

<Negusa Negast = King of Kings in Amharic; 6 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – I Broke the Comb; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘78

<Dreadlocks and Rastas; 56 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru  – I Love King Selassie (Live); Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) ’82 best of
  • Wailing Souls – They Don’t Know Jah; Very Best of (Greensleeves)  ‘82
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
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World War II – Fought Italian Fascists from British exile

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree for His Imperial Majesty; 4 sec.

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Ultimate Peter Tosh Experience (Shanachie): Wailers Love H.I.M. Set
  • Rita Marley – Thank You Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Trident) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman; This Is Reggae Music vol. 3 (Island)  ’76 US vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’75; ’82 movie

<Jah Live – you can’t kill God; 51 sec.>

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Set 4:

<The Honorifics of Jah; 14 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Jah No Dead; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) Lloyd Coxsone prod’n ‘78; 20 sec.
  • Sister Carol – Oh Jah (Mi Ready); Black Cinderella (Heartbeat/Jah Life) ‘84
  • Steel Pulse – Worth His Weight in Gold (Rally Round); True Democracy (Elektra) ‘82
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL); DC punk  Rastas

<Mosh it! Mosh down Babylon!; 11 sec.>

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Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Evil Forces (Calabash) ’84 Opa-Lock, FL; 17 sec.

<There are many mansions, there are many rooms; 7 sec.>

  • The Heptones – Can’t Hide From Jah; Good Life (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Jah Woosh – Penetrate Jah Works; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Johnny Clarke – Wrath of Jah; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 UK
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With JFK in the White House

Set 6:

  • The Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae vol. 1 (CSA) ’83 UK; #1 favorite reggae song of all time! 42 sec.

<The Rastas, not the beer! 13 sec.>

  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘88

<Lion Rock for the bank notes; 24 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Only Jah Love; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘79
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Everyone Should Praise Jah; Songs For Jah (Reggae Best) ’77 Nyahbinghi
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No Jah. No Reggae. No Reggae Radio. No Smile Jamaica. No i ‘n’ I

<No Reggae without Jah Music; 10 sec.>

Set 7: Vinyl Set

  • The Melodians – Jah Reggae; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC: Vinyl set
  • Crucial Bee – Give Thanks an Praise; Just a Sting (All-Mighty Starr) US Virgins Island
  • Version feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10” (Web Cam Hi Fi) Fr. w/ female vox

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Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah Love

<Zombies Love Jah too! 5 sec.>

  • Alpha & Omega – Rastafari; Sound System Dub  (ROIR) ’95 UK  trance dubbers w/ female vox. Mutant Dub Selassie Tribute
  • African Head Charge – Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Abassi Allstars feat. Junior Kigwa; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Jr. Reid – God Is a Man; Thrillseekers (Shanachie) 2005 UK
  • Horace Martin – Awake Jah Jah Children; Rub a Dub Showcase Part II (Ambassah)
  • Abyssinians – Jahovah; Last Days (Tabou1)

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