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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 25, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – The Wailers of Mutant Dub!

Not counting box sets, the most I have ever paid for a CD. $80

Greetings,

Advice after forty years of cratedigging: Buy low, sell high. I ‘n’ I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives when people were shedding vinyl for these over priced gadgets called the compact disk.

Titles I bought for 4 bucks on Haight Ashbury fetches hundreds now on ebay and discogs.

It’s not that I’m cheap. I spend the GDP of small third world nations on music. But I believe a record that is worth hundreds that I paid less than a Lincoln for, makes the sound oh so sweet.

Vinyl to the left, CDs and books on the right: The Smile Jamaica Ark-ives

Yet I have wish lists. Things I can’t find cratedigging and must scope online. One of my “white whales” was the 8 track version of Thievery Corporations silky herb tune, Lebanese Blonde.

<$80 dollars for Lebanese Blonde; 55 sec.>

I was coming back from a cratedig in Missoula, Montana. I saw a disk on the new record rack that had a cool cover, name and song titles.

Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon

Heading back to Salt Lake from my parents’ house in Fort Benton, Montana, I detour through Missoula to cratedig in their cool indie stores: Rockin’ Rudy’s and Ear Candy.

I pushed it too far and hit the dreaded Monida Pass at sundown. Anyone travelling on I-15 heading North knows that pass right at the Idaho Montana border. Not a good place to be in a snow storm.

Twice in 25 years of driving that stretch I had to go 100 miles back to Butte, on icy roads, because the pass was closed to traffic.

Monida Pass

I left Missoula too late and hit this pass at the worst time: dusk. As the sun went down at 7,000 feet I watched the road ice up ahead of me.

What every Montana kid is prepared for yet still dreads. Driving over an iced free way with only the guard rails to keep you out of the ditch.

Shit, this is how people die. Slide off the road on Monida. You have about 15 minutes before your car is totally iced over and NO CELL SERVICE. 

He died doing what he loved: record shopping. 

All right. Here we go. My All Wheel Drive Subaru. This is what I bought you for. Slow way down to about 25 MPH and just pick your way through the sheer ice. Even with AWD, do not hit the brakes.

I soldiered through. What usually takes 15 minutes, took me over an hour. Foot off the gas, when a truck would go by kicking up crystals to make visibility almost zero.

Once you hit Spencer, Idaho on the other side of the Pass, the road thaws a little. All through this, I am listening to Richest Man in Babylon and focused on their supple riddims, heavy bass and international vocalists. Kept me from freaking out through the worst of the road hazards.

As soon as I got home, I ordered their entire catalog. So, yeah $80 for one of their rare singles. Priceless.

bless, Bobbylon

 Thievery Corporation led to my last half hour Mutant Dub Sets: 21 sec.

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Wailers of Mutant Dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 25, 2018; 89 sec.

Set 1:

  • Tinga Stewart – Fire; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 FL. vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – El Rockers Chapter Three; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade (1865); 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77

<Morant Bay Rebellion; 77 sec.> 

  • Aswad and Shabba Ranks – Fire; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Zema – Check It Out; Strangers at the Gates (Melchizedek) ’97 So Cal female
  • Barry Brown – Sensemilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Papa Face & the Fashionaires – Girls; 10″ (Top Notch) ’82 UK

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Work; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; Mi Revalueshenary Fren (LKJ) live poem in Nymegen, Netherlands

<Sus law in UK against black youths; 40 sec.>

  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 10″ (Jah Works) 2002 UK militant steppers herbtune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years1

  • The Clash – Police on My Back; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 Eddy Grant/Equals cover
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK herbtune
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Uptown Top Ranking (Object Enterprises) ’77 female
  • Lenox Miller & Jah Coller – Better Must Come + Jah Coller Speakers His Mind; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Auralux) ’80 Jack Ruby prod’n; Junior Byles cover
  • Aisha & the Mad Professor – Children of Dub; There Is More to Life (Ariwa) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) opening for the Rolling Stones in Lexington, KY, 1978
  • Food-a-Rama- Angellina; 10″ (Hitbound) ’80 update of Ken Boothe’s Artibella

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – Ska Jerk; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA: based on Junior Walker’s Shotgun

<Ska Jerk = Shotgun; 71 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Mother Liza – Joy to Your Soul; Chant Down Babylon (Sonic) JA
  • Icarus – Sinking Deep; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Drifint Away; Century (Century) ’84 UK

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) May 24, 1973 live at the Paris Theatre London/Live on the BBC

<Wailers on the BBC; 69 sec.>

  • Sinead O’Connor – Prophet Has Arise; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Abyssinians cover
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • King Tubby – Bag a Wire; 10″ (Select Cuts) ’75
  • Herbman Band – Dub O Much; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45s

  • The Ability – Rasta Never Give Up; 7″ (Sky High) 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Charley Ace – Ten Commandments of Joshua; 7″ (Scorpion) ’72 about Michael Manley; Prince Buster update

<Michael Manley as Joshua>

  • Cynthia Richards – Sentimental Reasons; 7″ (Duke Reid)
  • Bobby Hunt – Mother’s Love; 7″ (Flash) ’76
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Uganda; Dub Ranting (Radical Wallpaper) ’81 UK dub poet, picture sleeve; 9 poems EP
  • Neville Martini – The Cliques; 7″ (Clandisc) ’76

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pamela Bricker – Around the World ; 8 Trk CD Single (4ad) ’98
  • Khato (Smith & Mighty rmx) – No Compromise; King Size Dub Chapter 4 (Echo Beach) ’98 female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Pama International – Float Like a Butterfly; Float Like a Butterfly (Asian Man) 2005 UK tribute to Muhammad Ali
  • Aldubb feat. Alcapone JJ – Free Sensimilla Now; 10″ (One Drop) 2009 Germ. herb dub
  • Dubcheck feat. Everton Sylvester – Reparation; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 w/ dub poet

Words of  Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 28, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – City Too Hot!

Greetings,

So hot I worry if my record bag might start to melt black wax from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives to KRCL. 5 mile trip.

Utah 4 seasons, late July it’s too sunny and too hot. Too hot to even want to blog.

bless, Bobbylon

  • Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 28, 2018 Annotated Playlist: 47 sec.

Set 1

  • Cornell Campbell – Have Mercy Oh Jah; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK vinyl
  • Creation Rebel & New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (ON U Sound) ’81 UK white vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Jimmy Riley – It’s Too Hot; Magic (Omar) ’84
  • Sonya Spence – Peace & Love; In the Dark (Skynote)
  • Alpha Blondy & the Solar System – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92 Ivory Coast tribute to Bob Marley
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of (Island) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcements
  • Winston Fergus – Praise Him; 10″ (Dubwise) ’98 UK

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Can’t Stop Them Now (Real Situation); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Upsetters – My Girl; Africa’s Blood (Trojan) ’71 Smokey Robinson cover
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female singjay & male toaster
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – City Too Hot; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK

Set 3:

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder (poem); Riot in Progress; 7″ picture EP of poems (Workers Playtime) ’82 UK
  • Aswad – Can’t Stand the Pressure; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Sheryl Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley – I’m Hurtin’ Inside; Mighty Quinn (A & M) ’89 Soundtrack to Denzel Washington movie
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson & the Dub Band – Sonny’s Lettah + Iron Bar Dub; Independent Intavenshan (Island Jamaica) ’78 best of UK dub poet
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; DUB (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour
Dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah with his mudder, Valerie

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Jam + Legalize It; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 dubble disk vinyl – Live at the Roxy, LA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – What’s New Pussycat?; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA Tom Jones cover

<Reggae does pop: Marley vs. Tom Jones, WTF? 66 sec.>

  • Jah Woosh – Penetrate the Works of Jah; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK
  • Leroy Smart – Strictly Sensi; Live Up Roots Children (Striker Lee) ’85

<No bush herb. Only in the chalwa!18 sec. >

  • Lillian Allen – Why? – Dub Version poem + Freedom is Azania (South Africa Must Be Free); Conditions Critical (Redwood) ’87 Toronto dub poet
  • Akimbo – Kalimba 2; So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds) ‘8 UK instrumental
Bob Marley covers Tom Jones. Not a good idea.

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; 7″ (Tuff Gong) ’74 JA – can’t kill Jah

<Jah Live single and the death of HIM; 2 min. 3 sec.>

<Ethiopian Communists take over in ’74>

  • Steel Pulse – Handsworth Revolution; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 JA
  • Aisha – Good Ambition; There Is More to Life (Ariwa) ’95
  • Papa Face & Red Man – Dance Pon the Corner; 10″ (Top Notch) ’82 UK toasters
  • Black Uhuru/Sly & Robbie – Big Spliff; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox of 45’s

  • Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 Five Stairsteps cover
  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’74 Gregg Allman cover
  • King Burnett – Babylon a Fall; 7″ (Justice League) ’74 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Cedella Booker – Daddy’s Mommy; 7″ (Ghetto Youths) ’96 picture sleeve

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Noiseshaper fear. Carl Douglas – Kung Fu Fighting; Rough Out There (Echo Beach) 2005 Austria Mutant Dub Set – cover of classic
  • Dubcheck – Duppy Train; Down Memory Lane (Unitone World) 2001
  • Tena Stelin – Mother’s Song; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK militant steppers
  • Natacha Atlas – Yalla Chant; Diaspora (Nation) ’95 Dub Arabic chanteuse

  • Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-ly 14, 2018 (Podcast & Playlists): 30 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Just say no to starving kids, eh Nancy? Thanks to your husband, Smile Jamaica was well stocked with fresh roots! Selah!

Greetings,

It was July 2, 1988. Late Sunday Night/early Monday Morning. I jumped in my car and drove from my apartment by the University of Utah campus downtown to community radio station KRCL 90.9FM.

Unloaded a suitcase full of CDs and a crate full of LPs. At 3 am on a hot summer night, I cued up Black Uhuru’s “What Is Life” from the album that made me a Reggae fanatic  – Anthem.

Drop the needle pon the record and that began a 30 year legacy of Reggae Radio.

<Sunday Night/Monday Morning, July 2, 1988; 3-6AM, debut of 3 o’Clock Roadblock on KRCL; 30 sec.>

Not Bob Marley. Not Peter Tosh. Not Jimmy Cliff. Not UB40. Black Uhuru lit the Reggae fuse that led to Smile Jamaica

I had returned that Sunday afternoon from a massive cratedig in the Bay Area. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkely, Mill Valley, El Cerrito, Oakland, Santa Cruz.

I was glad my car didn’t break down. It would be bad juju to be late for my debut radio show. Not to mention how would I keep two crates full of vinyl from melting on the side of the road somewhere.

Ronald. Wilson. Reggae. 666 as the Rastas might say. Not I ‘n’ I. I didn’t see eye to eye with Ronnie politically, but I am forever grateful to him as the benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, even if it was a misuse of funds.

The 80’s were a time you could get more student grants than student loans. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today. That left me about $2k left over to front load music for a Radio show. LPs and these recent creations called CDs. I was format agnostic. Good Reggae for the masses.

And I have Ronald Wilson Reagan to thank!

<Ronald Wilson Reagan – benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 2 min.>

Ronald Wilson Reagan or as I call him – the Smile Jamaica financial enabler

So from July 2, 1988 to July 14, 2018 – 3 o’Clock Roadblock (July 1988-August 1989) to Smile Jamaica (Oct. ’89), let’s celebrate with the Sequel to my 30th Anniversary showcase (cd versions) from 2 weeks ago.

All vinyl this time out!

 

<Who wants to live in a world without bass? 30 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Hoping Interwest Electronics can bring Yammy the Subwoofer back from the dead

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 30 Years of Vinyl: July 14, 2018; 83 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Reggae Music; Free From Sin (Trojan ’79 UK vinyl: 30 years of Reggae Vinyl
  • Black Beard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • Jah Lion the Humble One – Dis Ya Sound; The Humble One (Virgin Frontline) ’78 UK
  • Sister Carol – Principle; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Zap Pow – Irie Land; Reggae Rules! (Rhino) ’80 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
When you hear the beat, you gonna move your feet!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 at the Roxy; LA CA
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 

<The Middle Passage; 54 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

<Revelation 18 and UFOs; 18 sec.>

Earth lightened by his glory? UFO

Set 3:

  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee; Bob Marley cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mothers Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US
  • Itals – Herbs Pirate; Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis herb tune
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK; youth update of Mighty Diamonds Pass the Kutchie
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Sound; In Dub (Nature Sounds) 70’s Dub Album of the Hour
How does it feel when you got no food

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA
  • The Meditations – Do Mama Do; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Lovindeer feat. Wailing Souls; Man Shortage; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 cover of Sonny & Cher

Set 5: Heavy politics set

Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan (ORA International) ’85 US

<Man a fight man over lollipops; 33 sec.>

  • Pablo Moses – Bomb the Nation; Tension (Alligator) ’84 Chicago blues label
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK female group
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World World War is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland; twin youths

<World War III: No Cold War 2.0; 89 sec.>

Meme all you want. If this is what it takes to prevent Cold War 2.0? You may kiss the bride

Set 6:

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 US herbtune

<North Dakota legalization in 2018; 37 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Dread Locks; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal female
  • Black Survivors – President; 12″ (Witty) UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

North Dakota legalization

10 down, 40 to go!

Set 7:

  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Women Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Carlton Livingston – Call of the Rastaman; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Disarm the World; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory)*80 UK
Female heroes through history

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<What is Mutant Dub? 18 sec.>

  • Singers & Players w/ Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 female tour of the Bible: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’88 UK trance dub
  • The Clash – This Is England; 12″ (CBS) ’85 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UKKeith & Tex update
  • Steel Pulse – Heart of Stone; Reggae Fever (Island) ’80 UK Request

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate, April 2018 – Spring Roots!

Greetings,

While we spend two Ark-ive shows raising money for your station that rules the nation, KRCL, enjoy this 3 hour Roots Mashup cooked up in Smile Jamaica’s Secret Dubratory.

Thanks for listening. Thanks for donating. Enjoy!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica’s 420 Cannabliss Show: KRCL 90.9FM krcl.org – Sat. April 21, 2018: 4-7 Mtn. Time

0-30 min.

  • Culture – Rally Round Jahoviah’s Throne; International Herb (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Linval Thompson – I Spy; Look How Me Sexy (Greensleeves) ‘82
  • Eek a Mouse – Wa Do Dem; Wa Do Dem (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Judy Mowatt – My My People; Mellow Mood (Trice) ‘75
  • Wailing Souls – Riddim of Life; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Michigan & Smiley – Rub a Dub Style; Live at Reggae Sunsplash ’82 (Genes) Aug. 1982 in Montego Bay, JA
  • Beres Hammond & Zap Pow – Bubbling; And Friends (Ejaness) ‘78ish 
  • Jennifer Lara – I Am in Love; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ‘81

30 min.-1 hr.

  • Prince Far I – Jah Footsteps; Ten Commandments (Rhino UK)
  • Frankie Paul – The Beginning; Fire Deh a Mus Mus Tail (Blacker Dread) ‘86
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Big Neck Police; Roast Fish, Collie Weed & Cornbread (Upsetter) ‘78
  • Lady Ann – Doctor, Doctor; Bad Gyal Inna Dance (Jump Up) ‘84
  • Lone Ranger – Natty Burial; M16 (Hitbound) ’82 on Peter Tosh original
  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ‘79
  • Randy’s All-Stars – Mission Impossible; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds)  70’s cover of the TV Theme (1 hr.)

60 – 90 min.

  • Eddy Grant – Another Revolutionary; Killer on the Rampage (Ice/Portrait) ‘83
  • Hortense Ellis – Jah Mysterious Works; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’80 extended mix
  • Augustus Pablo – Cool Melody; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 melodica style
  • Gregory Isaacs – Financial Endorsement; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ‘74
  • Earl Zero – Shackles and Chains; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘79
  • Pam Hall – Children of the Night; Music Works vol. 2 (SPV) ’82 Stylistics cover

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Wat About Di Workin’ Class?; Making History (Mango) ’84 UK dub poet
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 Kingsmen cover
  • Pablo Moses – Music Is My Desire; A Song (Mango) ‘80
  • Love Joys – Watch Them; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Special AKA – Racist Friend; In the Studio (2 Tone) ’84 UK 2 Tone ska w/ Rhoda Dakar on vox
  • Ken Boothe – Run Coming Back; Rare Grooves From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘67
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Scoffers and Scorners; Face the Music (VP) ’81 

2-2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Mighty Diamonds – Why Me Black Brother Why?; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Lorna Bennett – It’s My House; Reggae Songbirds (Heartbeat/Hignotes) Diana Ross cover
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – You’re Under Arrest; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Roland Burrell – Johnny Dollar; Crucial Reggae (Mango) ‘82
  • Itals – Jah Glory; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Brigadier Jerry – On the Road; On the Road (RAS) ’90

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Ringo – Special Request All-Stylee; King Stur-Gav Hi Fi Lee Unlimited (Live &  Learn) ’83 live in the dancehall
  • African Head Charge – They Took I; Sankofa (Bonjo) ’97 UK
  • Phyllis Dillon – Picture on the Wall; I Shall Sing! (Trojan) ’72 Carl Dawkins cover
  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall – the Rise of Jamaican Dancehall Culture (Soul Jazz) ‘81
  • Prince Far I & DJ Buzz – Love Everyone/Fear No Devil; ON-U Sound Present Reggae Archive vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’79?
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 Wailers cover
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78
  • The Beat – Stand Down Margaret/Whine and Grine – I Just Can’t Stop it (Go Feet!) ’80 UK 2 Tone

 

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

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