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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Roots Bash!

Greetings,

Stepped away from the airwaves last week for a four day weekend. So I bunkered down in the Secret Dubratory and cooked up 3 hours of my favorite roots tunes for the massive.

Bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – Deliver Us Jah; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005 NY
  • Afro Omega – Move Like Light; Move Like Light (Afro Omega) 2012 SLC
  • Burning Spear – African Postman; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Dub Skin – Heavy Load; No End in Time (Dubskin) 2009 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Eek a Mouse – Virgin Girl; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) ’82 Montego Bay, JA

30-60 min.

  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dread Locks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Heavy Manners – Turtle on Its Back; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago ska/reggae w/ female vox
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79 (’92 comp.)
  • Jah Bull – Fuckery’s a Gwan; Press Along Rasta (Bull Don) ’96
  • King Sighta – Dollar fe a Reaffer (sic); Master of All (Jet Set) ’78
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Mighty Diamonds – Back Weh Mafia; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 Junior Byles cover w/ female lead vox
  • Johnny Osbourne – Man of Jahoviah; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Prince Far I & the Arabs – A Message; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 1 (ROIR) ’78
  • Queen Majeeda – Our Creator; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Ranking Slackness – Bathroom Sex; Slackest LP (Techniques) ’80
  • Sly Dunbar – Sesame Street; Sly, Wicked & Slick (Virgin Front Line)  ’79 children’s TV theme
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Radio Retaliation; Radio Retaliation (ESL) 2008 DC

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • UB40 – Johnny Too Bad; Labour Love (Virgin) ’83 Slickers cover
  • Velvet Shadows – Wailing of Black People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’77
  • Wailers Movement & I Roy – President Sadat; Chant Down Babylon (Paradise) ’80
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK
  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell prod’n
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) SLC herbtune ’97 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Hands Off She’s Mine; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ’80 2 Tone Ska
  • The Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man (Extended); Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77
  • The Meditations – Stoning Me Away; Anthology 1971-1979 (Nighthawk) ’78
  • The Pretenders – Private Life; The Pretenders (Sire) ’80
  • The Rolling Stones – Luxury; It’s Only Rock and Roll (Columbia) ’74
  • The Ruts – Give the Youths a Chance; Punk Singles (Captain Oi!) ’79 punk dub

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • The Selecter – Jams Bond; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover w/ female vox
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ’75
  • Jr. Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat) 70’s cover of Little Willie John
  • 311 – Who’s Got the Herb; Hempilation (NORML) ’95 H.R. herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Pass It On; Hawaii Five-0 Soundtrack (CBS) 2011 Bob Marley cover
  • Jr. Reid – Concrete Castle King; History Of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl!

Greetings indeed,

Been organizing all my vinyl in my Ark-Ive. It’s a never ending proposition of memory refresh. I haul and pull about 40 gems for you on this show.

Find out from where I get my nickname. Bobbylon. (PS – not one of the Reggae good guys!); 51 sec.

When I was a youth in Montana I collected baseball cards and comic books. You had a visual/literary context. But not like the satisfaction of finding a rare record, pulling it from the sleeve, dropping the needle pon the groove and listening to the bass wash over the room.

Now that is the joy of collecting!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl; 68 sec.

Set 1:

  • Half Pint – Greetings; Greetings (Power House) ’86 JA vinyl
  • Black Disciples/Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco
  • Merge – Vision of Life; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Hollywood, CA
  • Steel Pulse – Nyahbinghi Voyage; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune (1) vox
  • Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Ganja Pipe Is Harmless (Live & Learn) ’83 DC herbtune (2) dj
  • Pad Anthony – Praise Without Raise; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman & Fathead – Proud of Me; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
  • The Meditations – Fly Your Natty Dread; Greatest Hits (Shanachie) ’84 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Mighty Invaders – Mr. Officer; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY youth group w/ female vox
  • Sister Nancy – One, Two; One, Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On + Saturday Night; Rock On (Jah-Live) ’75 Fr.
  • Hugh Griffiths – African Dream; Motherland Africa – Gone Clear (My-0-Lantic) ’86 NY
  • Inner Circle – Rock the Boat; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK – Hues Corp. disco cover
  • Dennis Brown w/ Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole in the Bucket/Cork It; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 JA – Luther Ingram cover
  • 4th Street – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who Sey? Go-Deh1 (EMI) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Reid – Love Mama; Original Foreign Mind (Harry J) ’85 JA
  • Lillian Allen – The Subversives; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Emoryville, CA; Toronto dub poet
  • Latty Guzang – Forward to Zion; 12″ (Atlantean) ’84 Houston, TX

Set 5:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny – Sunday Morning; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ‘ 66 JA

<Sunday Morning: gospel ballad; 1 min. 16 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Works of Jah; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK dawta
  • Jah Lion – Soldier & Police War; Scratch on the Wire (Island) ’79 UK; dj to Police & Thieves
  • George Faith – Please Stay; Ravers Rock vol. 2 (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Dubplate); 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.

Set 6:

  • Akabu – Life; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • The Heptones – Book of Rules; Night Food (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Talkative; Reggae Jamboree (Moodisc) ’92 Miami
  • Tony Tuff – Take It Down Low; Wha We A Go Do (Top Rank) ’84
  • Eek  a Mouse – Noah’s Ark; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

<Utnapishtim in his tesseract space ship. Not Noah and a wooden boat>

They waited 500 years for the flood to recede on a space ship. Not an ark

  • Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’82 UK mutant dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobbylon; Bobby Bobbylon (Studio One) ’79 JA; how I get my nickname
  • Shakeena – Reggae Music; Dance Music (Majicaa) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Phillip Frazer – Come Ethiopians; Reggae All Star (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 New York

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players feat. Lizard & Prince Far I; Dungeon/Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub

<The horror of the Middle Passage; 50 sec.>

  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago herbtune
  • Junior Byles – Education Rock; Reggae Hit the Town (Pama) ’68 UK
  • The Regulars – Ital Club; Victim (CBS) ’79 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Radical Star (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 13, 2019 – Emotional Rescue!

<Emotional Rescue is dub?; 44 sec.>

Greetings,

Having some bourbon over at my buddy Aquaboy’s house. He, I and our friend Mike like combat glaucoma Friday afternoons with some music on the Hi Fi.

My choIice was Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue. In my elevated condition I’m sitting by the right speaker and noticed the dubby echo of the title track. Mick’s falsetto, Bill Wyman’s bubbling bass and Charlie Watts tapping out a retro Reggae riddim.

Praise Anu! That’s mutant dub! Sounded almost like the Public Image Limited LP Second Edition.  A-tonal echo and meandering pace.

As a drum and bass follower, I always thought Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are underrated for their syncopation. In my mind, they are the best things on suspect Stones albums like Undercover and Dirty Work. (Before I got into Reggae, living in Montana the Rolling Stones were my most listened to group.)

<Stones drum & bass; 26 sec.>

So listen keenly at around the 2 hour and 30 minute mark on today’s Ark-ive for Mutant Dub Rolling Stones – thus I decree.

Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman September 1981

Also, this show is a prelude to next Saturday’s penultimate 420 blow out on 4/20, April 20th. I harvested 15 new soundbytes, bong rips and movie trailers

10 down, 40 to go!

bless, Bobbylon

<Psalm 18 Verse 8 – The Good Sensi; 18 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Apr. 13, 2019; `1 min.

 

Set 1:

  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Matumbi (EMI) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Glen Brown – Detrimental Music; Music From the East (Fashion) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Gladiators – Jah Jah Version; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s era
  • Clancy Eccles – Don’t Brag, Don’t Boast; Bob Dylan: Artists Choice (Starbucks) Rock Steady era
  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Mr. Funny (Pressure Sounds) ’75? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2

  • Steel Pulse – Throne of Gold; Earth Crisis (Elektra) ’83
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwize + Confusion; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’96
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take (Trojan) ’78 Best of
  • Barry Isaac – Mission Against Herbs; 10″ (Reggae on Top) 2008 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 420

  • Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke (Warner Bros.) ’74 Coasters update: 420 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • U Brown – Tu Sheng Peng; Rub a Dubble Reggae vol. 2 (CSA) ’83
  • Frankie Jones – Collie George; King Jammy a Man and His Hits vol. 1 (RAS) herbtune

<Collie from the Goddess Kali; 15 sec.>

  • The Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 Rita Marley cover
  • Ja Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Red Zone (Blood & Fire) 70s era dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Aisha – Free My Mind; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ’95
  • Gentlemen’s Dub Club – Bad Girl; The Big Smoke (Easy Star) 2015 herbtune
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambsbread; 10″ (South East Music) ’79 UK herbtune

<Lambsbread: herb from Jamaica; 13 sec.>

from Jamaica>

Set 5: 420 vinyl set

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA
  • Jah Woosh & Sis Bee – Herb Reasoning; Rebellion (FORM) Ireland
  • Shorty the President – Kaya; Fire Fire (Charmers) ’78 UK Bob Marley cover
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Mungo’s Hi Fi) Glasgow female weedstepper 2013 UK picture sleeve

Set 6: 420 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • Queen Omega – Good Cannabis; 7″ (Special Delivery Muzik) 7″ 
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; 7″ (Black Art) ’76
  • Linval Thompson – Smoke Mariguana; 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’79
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensiemena (sic); 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’83
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US vinyl version of Bob Dylan
  • Krieger-Densmore Reggae Bonanza – Get Up Stand Up; 12″ (Rhino) ’83 LA Wailers cover: 1/2 of The Doors
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Reggae Style (Castle Pulse) 70’s herbtune of Brewer & Shipley
  • Gregory Isaacs & Kenny Knots – Bush Ganja + Love Is The Key; 10″ (Inner Sanctuary) 2005 UK herbtune

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue; Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones) ’80
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 herbtune
  • Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part 1 (Reggae on Top) 2005
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; 10″ (Conscious Sounds) 2004 UK herbtune
  • Ex-Centric Sound System – Lullaby; Electric Voodooland (Loud) 2004 Israeli/African

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 16, 2019

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 16, 2019: 29 sec.

Set 1:

  • Azeem & Session – Cool Running; Live and Direct (M. Al’s) early 80s Oakland vinyl
  • The Agrovators (sic) Meet the Revolutioners (sic) – Conquer Dub; The Agrovators Meet the Revolutioners (Third World) 70’s Bunny Lee dub UK vinyl album of the hour
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK vinyl. Bob Marley riddim shower (1): vox
  • Jah Batta – Great Superstar; 12″ (Top Ranking) ’82 Miami. Bob Marley riddim shower (2); deejay
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 Beatles
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Mighty Threes – Sata; 12″ (April) ’79 Haledon, NJ

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Crystal River; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-ponese roots dawta from Dry & Heavy
  • Pablo Gad – Trodding on Home; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; Tribute to the Reggae King (Gorgon) ’81 JA
  • Musical Youth – Please Give Love a Chance; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK youth group

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwize + Confusion (Warner); Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Linval  Thompson – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks; Clocktower Classics vol. 1 (Clocktower/Abraham) ’75
  • Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise?; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Gregory Isaacs – My Time (12″ mix); More Reggae Music (Sound) ’84 Neth.
  • Cedric Brooks – Father Forgive Him; Studio Scorchers vol. 2 (Soul Jazz/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Mr. Symarip – I Was Busted; Skinheads Dem a Come (Jump Up) Chicago ska
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Love of the Common People (Trojan) Joe Gibbs comp.
  • Hortense Ellis – Can I Change My Mind; (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster Jammin; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami vinyl; Stevie Wonder Bob Marley tribute
  • Roots Uprising – Ranking Jam; 12″ (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami vinyl

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Tinga Stewart – Musical King; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami – Bob Marley tribute
  • Big Youth – Hotter Fire; Hit the Road Jack (Trojan) ’76 UK
  • Deadly Headley feat. Bim Sherman – The Danger (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • I Three – Neighbour; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US Bob’s female trio
  • The Mighty Diamonds – Kouchie Vibe/Pass the Knowledge; Kouchie Vibes (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune

Set 6:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Marley’s Gone (His Songs Live On); Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 4, 1982 Live from Montego Bay, JA
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’85

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ruddie (sic); Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl; Bunny Wailer on lead vox

<Ruddie; 2 min.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Live at the Lyceum, London 7/17/75
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Burning Babylon – Mek We Jump; Knives to the Treble (Mars) 2004 Boston
  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Dr. Israel  – Battle of the Righteous Man; Alchemy & Anarchy (Destroy All Concepts) 2008
  • Doug Wimbish – Arabic Cat; Trippy Notes For Bass (ON U Sound) ’99 

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 12, 2019 – Studio Kinda Froggy!

Greetings,

  1. Flu shot – check
  2. Shingles shot – check
  3. Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check

I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.

Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.

Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.

Very exact skill to place the needle pon the groove, back cue and remote start. Hard to do when deaf

bless, Bobbylon

<COLD, COLD WINTER>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
  • The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet

<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumours; 12″ (Rockers International) ’79 JA

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Gypsy Woman; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon roots dawta
  • Al Campbell – Rock Your Soul; 22 Karat Solid Gold vol. 1 (Jet Star) ’81
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84 comp.
  • Desi Roots – Warning; 12″ (DEB) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Steppin’ (Shanachie) Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 Chi-Lites cover
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’87 comp.

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners; 13 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Dub; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Carlton Livingston – Cold, Cold Winter; 7″ (Grade One) 
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sounds) herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’79
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7″ (Crystal) ’80
  • Keith Hudson Meets King Tubby – Satta Dub; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide)

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • African Woman – Warrior Queen; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female:
  • Heptones – I Shall Be Released; Party Time (Mango) ’77 Bob Dylan cover/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dubbing Psycho Killer; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Dennis Alcapone – Mava; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – take on Java

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks)

<When the Wailers became Bob  Marley & the Wailers; 1 min. 14 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY

<Toshisms; 39 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Mix Up; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guajira Ska; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 rare CD mix of early single
  • Centry – Release the Chains; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Live

  • Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; At Budokan (Columbia) ’79 live in Jah-pon

<Dylan Reggae w/ heinous flute overdubs; 67 sec.>

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses Live (Arista) 6/26/2005 Royal Hall, London
  • Gov’t Mule feat. Toots Hibbert – Hard to Handle; Mighty High (ATO); 12/31/2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 DC 
  • The Slits – Grapevine; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live; UK punk dub female group covers Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Pre-Fade Listening – Mr. Medicine; King Size Dub Chapter Seven (Echo Beach) 2001 Germ.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 3, 2018: Vote for We!

Greetings,

Wow. That was quite the election without objection. Say what you want about Pres. 45, he motivates people to the polls. Although 5 billion dollars seems like quite a squandering of resources for such lack of choice.

But listening to Reggae for 3 plus decades, I learned to give the Hairy Eyeball to the isms and schisms.

So, this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives delves into the real politik. And the same thing for breakfast.

I also think The Cream has it on the money too….

<Same thing for breakfast  & The Cream’s Politician; 85 sec.>

The Cream – Politician

I’m a political man
And I practice what I preach
I’m a political man
And I practice what I preach
So don’t deny me, baby
Not while you’re in my reach
I support the left
Though I’m leaning, leaning to the right
I support the left
Though I’m leaning to the right
But I’m just not there
When it’s coming to a fight
The Cream – I support the left, but I’m leaning to the right aka “The Same Thing for Breakfast”

Best outcome for I ‘n’ I

  1. Michigan legalized the collie weed
  2. Missouri medical MJ
  3. Utah Proposition 2 – Medical Marijuana puff puff passed

Now I get to say: 10 down, 40 to go!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 3, 2018 Annotated Playlist: 79 sec.

 bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrants; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl
  • Aggrovators – A Crabit Version; Johnny in the Echo Chamber (Attack) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Dillinger – Daylight Saving Time; The Deejays Meet Downtown (Voice of Jamaica)
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Duppy or Gunman; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82 duppy = Jamaican ghost
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories ‘75
  • Black Roots – Tribal War (12” mix); Black Roots (Makasound) ’85 UK
  • IBA – Babylon Don’t Like; Many Lives (Mt. Nebo)  2006 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lion a de Winner; 12” (Upsetter)

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Sun Is Shining; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthday
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B Band) 2011 SLC group
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • The Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 29 Years: UK Ska

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 

<Celebrate the Bullet released the same week Reagan was shot; 40 sec.>

  • The Beat – Best Friend; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ‘80
  • General Public – Tenderness; All the Rage (IRS) ’84 Beat spinoff
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’84 two herb farmers named Peter & Bob
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ‘82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; Live at My Father’s House (bootleg) Summer 1978, Roslyn, NY
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’83 comp.
  • Gregory Isaacs – Coke Seller; Do Lord (Xterminator) ’88
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10” (Hitbound) ’83 JA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Simmer Down; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Simmer down, control your temper! 80 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’81 UK
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Lights Shining; (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Relaxation; Best Wishes (Sunspot) youth in San Francisco feat. Female vox
  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP

Set 6: Election Special

  • Keith Poppin – Same Thing For Breakfast; 7” (Spider Man) 
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Vote For We; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’77 UK vinyl
  • Popa Georg (sic) – Vote Fe Me; 12” (Witty)
  • Bullwackie’s All-Stars – Recording Connection; Black World Dub (Wackie’s) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 live at Leeds Polytechnic
  • Ken Boothe – Satisfaction; Freedo Street (Beverley’s) ’70 Rolling Stones cover
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’88 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Blackalicious feat Niki Giovanni – Ego Trip; Nia (Mo Wax) ’99 female dub poet:
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Palestine; Back to Roots (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK dub poet
  • Thievery Corporation – Revolution Solution (Brendan Lynch rmx); CD Single (ESL) 2004
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Return to Jericho (Dub Version); King Size Dub vol. 4 (Echo Beach) ‘98
  • Humble I & Weeding Dub – Guide Me; Sound of Reality (Control Tower) 2009 Fr.
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Ayeshtheni (Mantra) 2001 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover

Words of Wisdom:

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: