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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: June 24, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Livicated to Ronald Wilson Reagan!

President Raygun regrets funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the Student Loan Program

<Livicated to Ronald Reagan; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

The Rastas called him:

  • Ronald
  • Wilson
  • Reagan – 666

I pay tribute to his legacy in funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the 80’s student loan program. 30 years ago it was more Pell Grants than 9% Loans.

So I would take the check, put in a savings account and once in the summer and usually once during the Holidays, I would travel to the Bay Area and descend upon the plentiful record stores from Reno to San Jose.

So it is hard not be nostalgic after I have been moving into my 400+ square foot Ark-Ive: 31 sec.

From the Garage:

To the Ark-Ive:

Spent 2k on CD towers to empty out the cardboard boxes and onto shelving. Every Saturday before Smile Jamaica since New Year’s I have prepared for this move.

Now that I am inside the house, I have to make sensi of the entropy. A journey of a thousand miles begins with unloading a single box.

A luta continua – The struggle continues

bless, robt

He did alright for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 40 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’76 Porgy & Bess cover
  • Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G.; New York Dub (Channel One UK) ’96 UK Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Aswad – African Children (Part 2); Not Satisfied (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 UK ballad
  • Dennis Brown – Should I; Money in My Pocket (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Time is the Master; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
“Summertime and the living is easy”

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers
  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Ha Ti Gwan; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<grumpy roots guy does dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • Christine Adelsi – Life; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers
Feelin’ High!

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Journey; Red (Mango) ’81
  • Jean Binta Breeze – A Simple Thing + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK dub poet female
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83: UK dub poet male
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ‘76
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It Version; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 box set

<Jawara Tosh beaten into coma in jail; 64 sec.>

Like father, like son: Them Ha Fe Get a Beatin’

Set 4:

  • I Roy and Lee Perry  – Space Flight; Chapter Two of Words (Trojan) UFOria

<Roswell inna Rub a Dub Stylee; 57 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 alternate extended mix
  • Lee Perry – Noah Sugar Pan; Upsetter Shop v.2 (Heartbeat) Dub ’77 Album of the Hour

<Captain Lee “Scratch” Perry driving the Space Shuttle? WTF?; 18 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Prince Far I – Deck of Life; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK deejay
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Gregory Isaacs – Musical Revenge; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 NY
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

Set 6:

  • 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday; Snatch Soundtrack (Maverick) ’76 rockers do reggae
  • Trevor Hartley – Smoke and Chill; Hartley (Jove) ’94 herb tune
  • Fabiane Miranda – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 female
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodifre Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’87 dance number

<Jamaican dance = Get Flat; 40 sec.>

Set 7:

  • Jah Pecker & the Wailers – Jammin’; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese cover of Bob Marley

<From Jah-pon: Jah Pecker & the Wailers>

  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ikonika – Sahara Michael; contact, love, want, have (Hyperdub) 2010 UK Sara Abdel Hamid
  • Herbaliser – Worldwide Connected; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) 2002 UK
  • Massive Attack – Safe From Harm; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Shara Nelson
  • Audio Active – Psycho Buds (Game Mix/Asian Dub Foundation); CD Single (Birdman) ’99 Jah-pon
Dubstep Dawta – Ikonika

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae vs. Mutant Dubbers!

Something nice gonna happen to your ears!

Greetings,

Took a week off from Smile Jamaica for Memorial Day Weekend.  I am building a permanent home for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. So I spent 7 hours in my garage re-arranging vinyl for preparation for my big move in a couple weeks. Check it out!

Nearly 40 years of record collecting gotta fit in a Library 80 feet long and 10 feet wide.

I hope it all fits!

In the meantime, enjoy a Digital Dubplate of one half Orthodox Jamaican roots mashed up with Space Age Mutant Dub. I cooked this up in my Secret Dubratory.

You’ve got Roots Reggae inna mi New Age dub!

bless, robt

0-30 min.:

  • Aswad – Warrior Charge; Roots Rocking (Island) ’80 best of
  • Ganja Man – Light Up Your Spliff; Pro Cannabis IV (EFA) ’95 female mutant dub herbtune
  • Lazyboy TV – The Manual (Chapter 4); LazyboyTV (Universal) 2004 NY mutant dub herbtune
  • Culture – Garvey; Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘78

30-60 min.:

  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around + Dub the Bong Around; One Punch (Green Tea) Jah-ponese Mutant dub herbtune w/ female vox
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Rockers (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Karen Gibson Roc – Spirit Made Flesh; Anarchy & Alchemy (Destroy A/C) 2008 Brooklyn mutant w/ female dub poet
  • Jonah Dan & Bush Chemists – Guidance; Dubs From Zion Valley (JKPD) ’94 UK Mutant Dub
  • Coco Tea – Reggae Music; Settle Down (Cornerstone) ’8
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Soom T – Soundboy Police; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnet) 2011 UK mutant dub w/ female vox
  • The Beat (aka the English Beat) – Doors to Your Heart 12” mix; CD Single (IRS) ’81 2 Tone ska 

60-90 min.

  • The Orb – Towers of Dub; U.F.Orb (Island) ’92 UK Mutant Dub
  • Rockers Hi Fi feat. Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 UK, cover of The Cream
  • Gregory Isaacs – Soon Forward 12” mix; Dancehall (Soul Jazz)  ’79
Ella Fitzgerald makes her debut on Smile Jamaica

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Cosmic Rocker & Zeb feat. Harmony – Dub; Babylon Is Ours (Echo Beach) 2003 US Mutant Dub
  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Island Girl (JStar rmx); Immigration Dub (Collision) 2013 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk)  ‘90
  • Rockers Galore – Western Roots; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) 2010 Mutant Dub
  • Hepcat – Hooligans; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA Wailers ska cover
  • Zion Train – Good Day; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK Trance Dub w/ female vox

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr

  • See-I – Global Gangsters; Dinner of Herb EP (Exlle Music) 2003 DC Mutant Dub
  • Matumbi & I Roy– Points of View 12” mix; Empire Road (EMI) UK Best of
  • Dub Pistols feat. Kitten & the Hip; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK Mutant Dub w/ female vox
  • Martin Campbell – Badmen Control; Historical Tracks (Channel One UK) ‘81
  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man (Long Version); Mystic Man (EMI America)  ‘79

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr

  • Samia Farah – Cool (Original); Samia Farah (Sony) ’99 French-Tunisian female
  • Suns of Arqa – Brujo Magic ; Arqaology (Arka Sound) ’92 UK Hindi/Arab Mutant Dubbers best of
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 UK herbtune
  • Marcia Griffiths – Give and You Get; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Thievery Corporation – In Pursuit; .38.45 EP (ESL) ’98 DC Mutant Dubbers
  • Major Lazer feat. Jah Dan – Cash Flow; Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do (Downtown) 2009 Dubstep
  • Wailing Souls – Riddim of Life; On the Rocks (Greensleeves)  ‘83
Let’s end this Digital Dubplate with the Riddim of Life

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Mother’s Day Vinyl Tribute!

<Livicated, never deadicated, to all the Irie Roots Muddah’s, Dawtas, and Granny’s; 12 sec.>

Greetings,

I’m a momma’s boy. Oldest kid. Every Sunday I get up, rise and shine, put the coffee on and around 9:30 either I call Mom or she calls me.

After 45 years of juggling the books in Fort Benton Montana’s High School, her and my dad are becoming Sunbirds in Sun City West, AZ.

So let’s celebrate that maternal goodness with a Smile Jamaica’s Mothers Day. Even better. Let’s make it all vinyl.

Female artists and male artists paying tribute to their mom’s: Paul Simon, Bob Marley, Dennis Brown, Peter Tosh and more.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 13, 2017 playlist: (63 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 19 sec.

<recorded in Jamaica at Dynamic Studios>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78: Tammy Wynette cover

<Tammy Wynette Reggae stylee; 18 sec.>

<No Charge – mother’s lyrics to son wanting allowance; 19 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Babylon Trap; Jah Jah Way (Jah Shaka) ’89 UK
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 San Diego
  • Mystic  Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Save the Roaches Best Wishes (Sunship) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bay Area youth group

<Youth band from the Saint John Coltrane African Orthodox Church, San Francisco; 43 sec.>

  • The Jaytees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo
No Charge – Tammy Wynette mother’s day reggae tune

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Songs My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds) Herman Chin-Loy prod’n
  • The Main Attractions – Jam Up, Jam Down; Roots Rock Reggae (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’89 DC
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
Sister Carol – Mother Culture

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Pauline – Babylon; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK
  • Sister Africka – Rivers of Babylon; 10” (Dub Jockey) UK niyabinghi
  • Prince Lincoln – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (Poem); Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 JA
  • Aura Lewis & Lee “Scratch” Perry – Full Experience; Full Experience) ’76  Black Ark EP (Fr.)
South African Reggae singer, Aura Lewis

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Wailers Family Tree Set – Bob’s last words to his mom

<Bob’s last words turned into a song; 75 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; At Studio One (Studio One) ’68 JA
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ‘85
  • Rita Marley – Good Morning Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80

<Good name for a Reggae show; 14 sec.>

Set 6:

  • The Triumphant Singers – Don’t Forget to Pray; Man from Galilee (Tabernacle) ’68 JA gospel
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Positive Vibration; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee, WI folk-reggae duo, Bob Marley cover
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; One Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Sister Rasheda – Jah is Love; 10” (Jah Warrior) 2006
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mama says: Don’t forget to pray!

Set 7: Dawta Dub Poets

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK

<Nanny of the Maroons – Jamaican Heroine; 97 sec.>

  • Lillian Allen – Rub a Dub Style in a Regent Park; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dubber
  • Louise Bennett – Dry Weather Houses;  Jamaican Folk Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) ’53 10”
  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Woman Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses

  • Alpha & Omega feat. Tracey J – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Akabu – Work; Akabu (Viva) ’89 U
  • Sinead O’Connor – War; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK dubble disk; Bob Marley cover
  • The Slits – Return of the Giant Slits – Walk About; Return of the Giant Slits (CBS) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President Man ; The Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK

<Livicated to Pres. #45 – Vladimir Putin>

Words of Wisdom

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (March 18, 2017): From Yodel Reggae to Sumerian Flood stories!

Greetings,

I know it’s spring when I have to go to the pharmacy for that behind the counter Claritin D

Love that extra hour of daylight on Smile Jamaica

I am going through a home remodel and have packed up my records until my room addition is completed. As I pack I pull out gems.

Musical nostalgia. Most of the shops I stocked the Ark-Ives from are long gone. Everything else is pieced out as single items on ebay.

Bim Sherman Century bought for $20 from UK now fetches $1250 on ebay.

When I started collecting Reggae in the mid 80s, people would sell their entire black collection for seed money for these new novelty items: the compact disk. So I scooped up as much Reggae vinyl as Ronald Reagan’s student loan check would allow. Bargain basement price.

I have records I bought for $4 in perfect condition that sell for $400 now in lousy condition.

In 2017 of all ironies: The Compact Disks is going the way of the dodo and vinyl (and vinyl only Record Huts) are coming back.

bless, robt

An unpaid intern hard at work in the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: March 18, 2017 – highlights 54 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jennifer Lara – Rocking Tonight; Presenting Jennifer Lara (Studio One) ’81 JA vinyl
  • Africjam – Woman I Love; Instrumental Dub Reggae Music ’93 UK vinyl; Dub Album of the Hour

<Guiltiness riddim shower; 27 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 riddim shower (1) – vox
  • I Roy – Commandment Ten (Guiltiness); Ten Commandments (Virgin Front Line) ’80: riddim shower (2) – deejay
  • Chalawa – Guiltiness Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. vinyl
  • Bunny Wailer – Conscious Lyrics; Dancehall Massive (Shanachie) ’92
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement 
  • Junior Dan – Look Out For the Devil + version; Junior Dan (Hi Try) 70’s
I Roy deejays over Bob’s Exodus LP

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – No Mercy; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’72 – Rare Jamaican singles
  • Grace Nelson & Ire Hi-Fi; Jah Is Real; Play de Music (Planet Dread) 2007 Germany
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Cornell Campbell – What Kind of World; 10″ (Music Lab) cover of The Cables classic

Set 3: Best of 27+ Years

  • Lacksley Castell – Morning Glory; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’83
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75

<Reggae History Lesson: Soldering; 11 sec.>

  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82
  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ’85 – version galore (female vox)
  • Charlie Chaplin – Boyie, Boyie; 12″ (Winner) ’85 – version galore (male vox)
  • Augustus Pablo – East of the River Nile; (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“Soldering dem young girls want”

Set 4:

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance  + DJ version; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ’84
  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; AT the Control (Attack)  ’78 dj to Ronnie Davis’ cover of Bob Marley; herbtune
  • Admiral Tibett – Poor Freddy; Dancehall Roots (Metro) ’91
  • Christine Miller – Warmonger; 10″ (Backyard Movements) 2003 UK militant steppers
in the original 10 Reggae purchases of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing; Century (Century) ’84 UK ON U Sound

<Bim Sherman record worth $1250; 1 min 12 sec.>

  • Time Unlimited – Devil’s Angel; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago
  • Dennis Brown – Hallelujah; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 JA
  • The Gladiators – You Can’t Say That I’m Lying; Show Down vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 NY
Vinyl going for $1250 on ebay

Set 6:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Kings of Reggae (Keyman) ’80 Dutch jazz flute player w/ Word, Sound & Power

<Dutch flautist with Sly & Robbie + Peter Tosh; 44 sec.>

  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walk Under Ladders (A & M) ’80 feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Pfaff Family Dog – Two Hits and the Joint Turned Brown; Marijuana’s Great Hit Revisited (Re-Hash) ‘92 Dillard Hartford Dillard bluegrass/reggae herb tune
  • Chariot Riders – Sanford and Son; 12” (Crystal) ’79 cover of Quincy Jones TV theme
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Leroy Gibbs – Yodel Reggae; 12” (Echo) ’87 Sleng Teng riddim

“You’ve got Swiss Miss inna mi Jamaican rum”; 28 sec.

  • Prince Buster – Police Trim Rasta; Sister Big Stuff (Sunset) ‘72

<Reggae History Lesson: Police would shave Rastas in jail as a religious insult; 36 sec.>

  • Aisha – Glorify His Name; 10” (Ariwa) 2005
Yodel-a-ee-hoo!Set 8: Mutant Dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live de International Festival de Jazz (BSI) 2002 Mutant Dub Set

<The original Sumerian flood story; 80 sec.>

  • Abassi All Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Free jah Dub; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2005 UK
  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dub Step vol. 3 (Full Melt) 2011 herbtune
  • Tena Stelin – I.D. Chip; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 UK – conspiracy theory
  • Black Uhuru – Journey; Red (Mango) ’80 request
Sumerian hero Gilgamesh. So bad ass he kept a lion as a kitty

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): March 4, 2017: Vinylicious Spring Cleaning!

Greetings,

Winter is when I usually spend the most time in my Ark-Ives. Organizing, sorting, reminiscing about how and where I bought these musical curios.

I had a couple days off and was really in a vinyl listening mood. After 30 years on the shelf, the vinyl still sounds criss  as the Rasta might say (aka crisp).

Doubt any of these are readily found on .mp3 and not many on CD. Gems and obscurities for surety!

bless, robt

No brittle 1’s and 0’s for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 4, 2017: Vinylicious!; 37 sec.

Set 1:

  • Natural Roots – Children of Jah; Natural Roots (Only Roots) ’84 Fr. – Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Jah Shaka – Zulu Chalice; Sensi Dub vol. 5 (Original) ’91 Dub Album of the Hour
  • The Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Best of (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis
  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Seven Seals (Harvest) ’78 UK green vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stand Up to Your Judgement; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 JA: Request
  • The Jay Tees – A Prayer to Jah; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’81 JA female duo
  • Ras Shaka – Ganja Parrot; Melchizedek Vibes (Melchizedek) ’96 Florida herb tune
Do yourself a favor and educate your mind

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Set

  • Sugar Minott- International Herb; Jamming in the Street (Wackies) ’86 Bronx
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Prince Far I – Don’t Deal With Folly; Free From Sin (Trojan) ’79 UK

<Don’t deal with folly, smoke up the collie!>

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise + Confusion; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet

<Binta: Arabic & Swahili for Dawta; 4 sec.>

Binta – Arabic or Swahili for Dawta

Set 3:

  • Reggae Regular – Tribute to the D.J. (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Simple Simon – Judgement Time;  Bad Man (Kingdom) ’85 UK Eek a Mouse singjay
  • Oku Onuora  & AK7- Slum Dweller Declares + Dread Times; Pressure (Heartbeat)  ’84JA dub poet
  • Scientist – The Anti-Christ; Dub 911 (Nature Sounds) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour
Tribute to the D.J. – Thanks!

Set 4:

  • Leroy Sibbles – Rock and Come On; On Top (Micron)  ‘82 Can.
  • Riot Squad – Peacemaker; What the Hell is Going On (Riot Squad Inc) ’89 Margate FL
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band  – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK: Thomas Dolby inna rub a dub stylee; 13 sec.
Thomas Dolby in a Reggae Stylee
  • The Clash – Bankrobber/Robber Dub; Black Market Clash (Nu Disk) ’80 10” EP Mikey Dread prod’n

<$90 dollars Phoenix vinyl; $4 Randy’s Records bought 1986; 35 sec.>

Set 5: Roots Dawtas

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand by Jah (Black Spade)  ’90 San Francisco
  • Blondie – The Tide Is High; Top Chrysalis 2 (Chrysalis) ’80 US Paragons cover
  • Sister Carol – None of Babylon Business; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Sis Nya – Zion I; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK
New Waves Meets Rock Steady

Set 6:

  • Twinkle Brothers  – Let The Music Play; Burden Bearer (Twinkle) ’83
  • The Vision – Youth Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 West. Germany Green vinyl
  • Willin Prophets – Pressure; Resurrection EP (1Up) ’87 LA
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If The Third World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ‘88 Finland

<War with Russia; 63 sec.>

  • Version Dread – Dub Specialist (Heartbeat/Studio One) 18 Dub shots from Studio One, Dub Album of the Hour; 16 sec.
youthman brothers – If the Third World War is a must Russia and American haffi bust. Prophecy!

Set  7:

  • Wayne Wade – What’s Going On; Poor and Humble (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
  • Tony Tuff – Follow Fashion; Sailing (Park Heights)

<Jamaican saying: Follow Fashion Monkey>

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Elektra) ’76 Judy Mowatt covery by American band

<The Shakers – Rolling Stone’s worst Reggae LP ever released; 16>

  • Frankie Paul – Brothers; Strictly Reggae Music (Londisc) ’84 JA

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Alpha & Omega – King & Queen; King & Queen (Alpha & Omega) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Basement 5 – Work: Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK – future members of Big Audio Dynamite
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Skip McDonald – Roots Commandment; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK
  • Moody Boys – A.U.N.; Journey into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK
  • Martin Campbell – Everywhere I Walk; Rootsman the Real Thing (Chanel One UK) ’98 UK
  • Singers & Players feat. Brent Dowe – These Eyes; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’89 Melodians singer on the Guess Who
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; An ON U Journey Through Time and Space; 10” (ON U Sound) 2015 picture sleeve

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): All Killa, Nah Filla!

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Greetings,

The great thing about the Digital Media Age and Social Media, if I take a week off the radio, I can still mash up Roots for I ‘n’ I from the comfort of home.

Enjoy my favorites from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Living room kinda cloudy!

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Roulette:

0-30 min.

  • Thievery Corporation feat.  Lou Lou Ghelichkhani; Temple of I & I (ESL) brand new DC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Jolly Brothers – Oppression; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’78 Lee Perry/Black Ark
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus (Kindread Mix); Why Should I (CD Single) (Tuff Gong) ’92 rmx
  • Ijahman Levi – Zion Train; Haile I Hymn (Island) ’78 feat. Steve Winwood on keys
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley – (I’m Hurting Inside); Mighty Quinn Soundtrack  (A & M) ’89 Bob cover
  • Aswad – Nuclear Soldier; To the Top (Simba) ’87 UK 
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Brand new good for you: Thievery Corporation – Temple of I & I. All killer, no filler!

30-60 min.

  • Dennis Brown – Should I; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Very Best of the Wailing Souls (Greensleeves) ‘77
  • Blood Sisters – Ring My Bell; Hustle! (Soul Jazz) ’79 Anita Ward disco cover
  • Don Carlos – Crucial Situation; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • The Gayladds & Baba Dread w/ Roots Radics – Little Candle + Candle Version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘80
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Disco is not a 4 letter word on Smile Jamaica

60-90 min.

  • M.I.A. – Double Bubble Trouble; Matangi (XL) 2013 female dubstep
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Judgeman (sic) Time; Free Us Now (ACL2000) ‘77
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Communication; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘78
  • African Head Charge – Hymn; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 mutant dub world sounds
  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sad to Know You’re Leaving; Night Nurse (Mango) ’82 lovers rock
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’79 UK dub poet
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Sri Lankan Dubstep

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Mango) ’84
  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012; ½ of Thievery Corp w/ female vox
  • Mike Brooks – Feeling of Reggae; Rum Drinker (Teams)  ‘79
  • Matty G – Sesimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 03 (Full Melt) 2011 mutant dub herbtune
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Skydubbing; Ten Dubs that Shook the World (EM) ’88 Jah-stralia Dub
  • Destroy Babylon – Nuh Skin Up; The Shadow Army (MusicADD) 2008 Mutant dub cover of Keith Hudson; Waltham MA band
  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) singjay to Troggs classic

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2 hr – 2 and 1/2 hr

  • Winston McAnuff – Fear; Diary of the Silent Years (Makasound)
  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (A Fistful of Peanuts); Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 remix set
  • Lily Allen – Nan You’re a Window Shopper; Alright, Still (Capitol) 2007 UK pop singer hates her grandma
  • Mighty Diamonds – Cat O’ Nine; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line)  ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Bad Brains – To the Heavens; God of Love (Maverick) ’95 Punk Reggae
  • Jacob Miller & Fatman Riddim Section – Healing of the Naiton + Joshua “A” Loaf; Jacob Miller Meets the Fatman Riddim Section (Crocodisc) ’78 herbtune:  Rev. 22:2 – And the leaves of the tree are the healing of the nations (2 and ½ hr.)
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8 down, 42 to go!

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 dawta of a Sex Pistol
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Bellville) 2001 downtro herbtune
  • Misty in Roots – Wondering Wanderer; Chronicles (Kaz) ’81 Best of UK group
  • Samia Farah – Homesick Blues; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian female singer
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 update
  • The Pioneers – Na Na Hey Hey (Kiss Him Goodbye); Give and Take (Trojan) Steam soul cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Monkey Business (Trojan) ‘69