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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 9, 2019: Lucifer, Ancient Aliens & Smile Jamaica!

Lucifer cast out of Heaven

Greetings,

Sipping bourbon and preventing glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Mike was regaling me with a story about his next door neighbor. The Satantist.

The Satanist who loves Smile Jamaica. 38 sec.

So I “dedicated” rather than “liIvicated” Junior Murvin’s classic, Lucifer on air to the Roots loving Son of Satan. With the spooky Lee “Scratch” (Scratch as in the Devil) Perry Black Ark vibe it really fit the mood.

But did you know that  there is an Ancient Aliens connection to Lucifer?

Lucifer and the Planet Venus

Lucifer: Satan’s accomplice or planetary phenomenon

It works like this:

<Lucifer, Venus and Ishtar; 53 sec.>

  1. Lucifer is what the Romans called the Planet Venus
  2. The Romans were influenced by the Sumerians/Assyrians-Babylonians. The Goddess Inanna, commonly known as Ishtar, was affiliated with Venus.
  3.  Ishtar visited the Underworld where she was killed and then resurrected after three days. “Cast out of heaven.”
The Goddess Isthar Descends to the Underworld.

The stories you might hear on a Reggae program. Stay tuned for what comes next!

bless, Bobbylon

Anton Lavey, of the Church of Satan

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 9, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 57 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of Dennis Brown (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl
  • Black Uhuru + Sly & Robbie – Dub Town; Positive Dub (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl dub album of the hour. Hand painted sleeve
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84. Bob’s Mom covers The Wailers
  • Big Joe – Wicked Ah Watch and Peep; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • The Pioneers – Live and Love; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’72
  • Culture – International Herb; International Herb (Shanachie) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s Brooklyn herbtune
Rare hand painted vinyl sleeve

Set 2:

  • Dry & Heavy – Bright Shining Star;  From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Ethiopians – One Heart; Owner Fe De Yard (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’94
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – You Got My Love (All Day All Night); Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 Bob Marley cover
  • Delroy Wilson – I Am Telling You; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 NY

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<Europe and America love Reggae b/c of this movie; 36 sec.>

  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ’84
  • Aswad – Ways of the Lord 12″; New Chapter (Reissue) (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • Tenor Saw – Surely Dub; Fever Dub (Blue Mountain/RAS) ’85
Wailers – Catch a Fire plus THTC led to US and Europe’s love of Roots Reggae

Set 4:

  • Daweh Congo – One Day; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2008
  • Rasheda – Hail H.I.M.; Foundation Roots in Dub (Foundation) ’95
  • The Specials – Friday Night, Saturday Morning; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’82 UK 2 Tone ska picture
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Wong Chu – Keep On Moving; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Stepping (sic) (High Note) ’79 JA
  • Three Dimension; Roadblock; Three Dimension (Nubian) ’89 UK hertune
  • Yellowman – Which One of Them Wear the Ring; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami
  • The Vision – Reality Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundzierg) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Wings of a Dove; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 original; ’74 re-release JA vinyl

<Wings of a Dove; 2 min.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Zion Train; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthdaya
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Roots Radics and Bunny Wailer – Whrly Girly Dub; Dub D’sco vol. 2 (RAS/Solomonic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Joseph Cotton & Janet Lee Davis – No Touch the Style; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’87
  • Ken Boothe – Can’t You See; 10″ (Trojan) ’68 rock steady/’71 w/ dj soul shouts

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations:
  • Dubblestandart feat. Dillinger – 10 Tons of Dope (Sounds from the Ground Rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 9 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ. herbtune
  • DJ /Rupture – Leech Wisdom; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Junior Reid – God Is a Man; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelikhani – Le Coueur; Saudade (ESL) 2014 DC w/ French female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 – Local Crisis vs. World Crisis!

Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man inna rub-a-dub stylee!

<Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man – The World Crisis>

Greetings,

To turn Smile Jamaica radio into the Smile Jamaica podcast, I need to record a digital signal from the soundboard. I take that .mp3 recording and begin my edits and voila. Smile Jamaica Podcasts

On-demand media is where it’s at. But lately I have had meltdowns in the Studio with electrical gremlins or crashed recordings. Grrr.

Luckily, my job as a Sound Editor: I ripped the KRCL stream from their site, ran it through  a file converter and away we go!

LOCAL CRISIS

WORLD CRISIS

So when I spun Al Campbell‘s  massive jam, World Crisis, I couldn’t help think how my petty problems pale to Trump vs. Kim and nuclear weapons.

Like a baby playing with a rattlesnake!

Then in that crummy mood, I played a second version/cover of Bob Marley’s So Much Trouble in the World (Carlene Davis)

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me

Bob Marley not a fan of the United States Space Force

So even if Bob gives the hairy eyeball to the Space Force, I’ve been watching Project Bluebook on the History Channel. Allen J. Hynek and the birth of the UFO “conspiracy”

And speaking of Bob Marley and conspiracies. Alex Jones thinks the CIA killed Bob Marley. (As do I). Uh oh. I hope I don’t start linking to Infowars

bless, Bobbylon

Can’t have musical revolutionaries

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 49 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – I Love Jah Jah; Not So Lucky (Black Roots) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Zema feat. Albert Griffiths – Son and Daughter of Jah; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal roots dawta w/ Gladiators front man
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is at Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victor)
  • Ronnie Davis – It’s  Raining; Sings Hits From Studio One and More (Rhino UK) Carlton Patterson cover
  • Eric Donaldson – The System; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’85
  • The Pioneers – Feelin’ High; From the Beginning (Charm) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Ranking Trevor – Give Thanks and Praise Unto Jah; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK – dj to Morwells Heart & Soul
  • Blakamix – List to Jah;  Blakamix Presents New Dimension Dub (Blakamix) ’89T UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Rhoda Dakar – Landlord; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon World Ska) 2007 – 2 Tone ska dawta
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Don’t Stop the Music; First Light (Easy Star) 2011
  • Bongo Dashi – Chalwa Dub; Ruff Cutt in Roots (Tabou1) Fr. instrumental
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry, Full Experience & Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Yars
  • Aswad – Behld; Hulet (Mango) ’79
  • Charlie Chaplin & Don Carlos – Unity Is Strength: Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Vol. 1 (CSA) ’83
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub (Dub) 70’s Studio dub album of the hour

 

Set 4:

  • Burning Spear – Slavery Days; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ’76 Request
  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Cafe (Ministry) 2002 mutant dub herbtune
  • Bunny Lye-Lye – Mr. Dynamite; Protect Them Lord (Twin Bros.) ’83
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (Star) ’80 NY

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA herbtune
  • ‘Im & David – Chuky (sic); Your Jamaican Girl (Studio One) ’71 JA
  • Della Grant – Murder We Charge For; Ruff ‘n’ Tuff (Twinkle) ’91 UK
  • Toyan – Talk of the Town; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers: 
  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008; Nigerian-German roots dawta
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; Yellow Riot (bootleg) ’82 Willi Williams cover
  • Gov’t Mule – I’m a Ram; Mighty High (ATO) 2007 Al Green cover
  • Bunny Wailer -Roots Raddics; Dubd’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) Dub Album of the Hour ’78

 

Set 7: 

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Carlene Davis – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’91
  • Al Campbell – World Crisis; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – The Heathen; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Richest Man in Babylon (ESL) 2002 DC dubbers with Rasta Elder
  • Dub Syndicate – 2001 Love Part 1 & 2; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve
  • Fun-Da-Mental feat. Subi Shah – Mother India; Essential Lounge Bombay (UBI) 2006: Asian dawta pays tribute to woman heroes of the Middle East/South Asia

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 – From One Bob to Another!

<Black History Month = Bob Marley Month on Smile Jamaica; 21 sec.>

Greetings,

Indeed for I ‘n’ I and over 30 years, February (or Jah-bruary) is not only Black History Month but Bob Marley Month….Feb. 6, 1945

Therefore, during the last Saturday of February, I clipped out a couple of Bob Marley Stories.

Bob’s not a fan of space travel: 37 sec.

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me
So much trouble in the world 

 

In the mid 90’s, I had a student from Saudi Arabia who worked for me who said that nearly every government building in his home town was tagged with Bob Marley in Arabic. The Wahhabis were none too happy.

<Bob Marley would be Bwb MarLee in Arabic; 39 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 56 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Roots Uprising – Beautiful Music; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) b’81
  • Black Uhuru & Sly & Robbie – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Barry Brown – Party Night; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Mary Jane; Songs of Life (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopian/Swedish herbal ballad
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old and New Testament (RAS) ’92 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Running Up and Down; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’81(?)

Set 2:

  • Alton Ellis – Lord Deliver Us; I’m Still in Love With You (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70
  • Junior Delgado – Part Time Lover; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’79
  • DJ /Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat) 2004
  • Dennis Bovell – Za-ion; 12″ (Rama) ’76 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’87 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Horace Andy – Elementary; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’85
  • Freddie McGregor – Joggin’; Strictly Rockers (Mango) ’80
  • Earth & Stone – Three Wise Men + Dub; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76
  • Lady Ann – What You Put Me Through; Bad Gyal inna Dance
  • Natural Roots – For My Sensi (Extended); CD Single (Solid Rock) 2011 SLC islander herbtune
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (Virgin) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin) ’85 UK dub

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 US vinyl tribute to Bob Marley
  • Annette Brissett – Freedom Fighters; Get Up and Dance! (Zodiac) ’91 NY
  • The Moody Boys – Free; Journey Into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK EP mutant dub
  • Fab 5 – What the Police High Command Can Do; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Jacob Miller – Take a Lift; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’79 Miami cream soda colored vinyl; herb tune
  • Roots Radics – How Long Version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Cry to Me; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Cry to Me>

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Summer – Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Trouble in the World (So Much Trouble in the World); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob Marley’s 50th
  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; 12″ (Shanachie) ’78 US

Set 7: Bob Marley Birthday Tributes

  • Anthony B – Marley Memories; Universal Struggle (VP) 2001
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island (Rounder)
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’84 German trumpet covers of Bob Marley. Dub Album of the hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley feat. Bill Laswell – No Woman, No Cry; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Sound the Alarm
  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture
  • 2 Bad Card – Mentally Ska’d; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019 – Polar Vortex Stylee!

Greetings,

My brother lives in Minneapolis. When the Polar Vortex hit, it took me back to my youth in Montana.

Cold so bitter, just closing the car door shattered glass. Only Chinook winds, (warm winds) kept Montana from being Alaska

<Chinook Winds; 46 sec.>

So when it became our turn in Utah to be homebound with a massive mid week snowstorm, I took advantage of the day:

Feb. 6 – Bob Marley’s Birthday. Once I got the notice on my phone to stay home. I turned off the alarm, cranked up the furnace and decided what better way to celebrate a Snow Day than starting with The Wailers Catch a Fire and play through to Uprising.

Turned out to be a fine way to endure Cabin Fever.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019: Annotated Playlist: 101 sec.

Set 1:

  • Gladiators – Can’t Stop Righteousness; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’83 US Brooklyn vinyl
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (Ballistic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • UB40 – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today; Signing Off (DEP) ’80
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female; Joe Gibbs prod’n

<Dhaima; 24 sec.>

  • Alpha Blondy – God Is One; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Morwells – They Hold Us Down; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 2:

  • Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’78
  • Ika Black – Human Life; Special Love (Keyman) ’90 UK dawta
  • Johnny Osbourne – If Jah Didn’t Love You; 12″ (Rockers Forever) ’85 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 + Years

  • Bim Sherman – Golden Locks; Across the Red Sea (ON U Sound) ’82
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 Temptations cover
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Gayladds – I.N.I.R.I.; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dennis Brown – Whip Them Jah; United Dreadlocks (Joe Gibbs) ’77
  • Dub Organiser – Herbal Dub; Fashion in Fine Style (Fashion) UK instrumental
  • Zema – Their Own Sight; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 SoCal dawta
  • Hubert Lee – Table’s Gonna Turn; 12″ (Wild Flower) Pembroke Pines, FL; Blues Busters update
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost (Marcus Garvey) Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 dub to Burning Spear Marcus Garvey

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Purple Man – King On His Way; Laserbeam (Enterprize) ’83 Brooklyn
  • Lion Youth – Couchie Vibes; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear
  • Exuma – Superstar Who Do You Think You Are; Universal (Cat Island) ’82 Bahama
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub Flute; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Bend Down Low; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA vinyl

<Bend Down Low ’64; 98 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Give Thanks and Praises; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob tribute for his 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – The Toughest; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Woman, No Cry; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Live at the Lyceum; 7/17/75

<Live! – Best of 100 best Live by Rolling Stone mag; 61 sec.>

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Long Time; God of Love (Maverick) ’95 
  • Bob Dylan – God Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79
  • David Lindley – Pay the Man; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’81
  • Grace Jones – Pull Up to the Bumper; 12″/80s (Family) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Do You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Anima Sound System – ’68; King Size Dub Chapter Eight (Echo Beach) 2002 Germ.
  • Vicegrip & Dub Front Outernational – Run Come Children + Dub and Run; 10″ (Dub Front) 2000 Germ.
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Baba Maal – I Will Follow You; Abductions & Reconstructions (ESL) ’99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Cannabliss A-Z!

Happy 420. Celebrate early and often!

Greetings,

Thank you to a successful Spring Radiothon at KRCL. The coffers are replenished, let’s get back to the Roots.

While fundraising, I spend my evenings cooking up a special herbal brew in the Secret Dubratory: Smile Jamaica’s 420 Cannabliss A-Z. Plus a number

From Aswad to dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah plus the 2 Bad Card.

All my favorite 420 movie c,ips Joe Friday cautionary tales and other Seven Leaf shoutouts.

9 down, 41 to go!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: 420 Cannabliss from A-Z

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo – Best of (Ensign) ’84 UK
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″ Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK dubbers
  • Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Reggae Hits Sounds (Trojan) ’69 

30-60 min.

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 German w/ female vox
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/98 Germany
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Island) ’79
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Mutant Dubber 
Bern One Down

60-90 min.

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’71
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80 don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow
  • Tristan Palma – Spliff Tail; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun v. 1 (Charm) 2005

90 min – 2 hr. plus

  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’99
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at KZEL: Eugene, OR
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • Various w/ Sugar Minott – Oh Mr. D.C.; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Yellowman – Couchine; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’84 UK dub poet
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Mar. 24, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Plant the seeds to harvest the roots!

Greetings,

Winter in our rear view. Time to plant your garden! First pleasant Saturday in March I will lead off a Smile Jamaica with Monty Montgomery and his song Seeds. 13 sec.

For I ‘n’ I, Winter has been a harvest. I have spent my weekends in my Ark-ive sorting out several thousand 7″ 45’s . Pulling titles out for my theme sets: herb, Halloween, Roots Dawtas, Wailers Family Tree, Reggae covers, etc.

I collected baseball cards as a kid. Flipping 45’s took my back to my youth. I am up to letter O for Johnny Osbourne

I give you a serving of 7″‘s in this Ark-Ive edition: Reggae covers of Soul & Rock; 27 sec.

I also feature the second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of tens of thousands of pieces: vinyl – LPs, 7″, 10″, 12″; cassettes and CDs.

  1. Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
  2. Musical Youth – Youths of Today (Spring ’83).

As a youth growing up in North Central Montana. I had to drive from my hometown, Fort Benton (1500 people) to Great Falls. 40 miles away.

I would shop at the local record hut (Eli’s or Budget Tapes & Records). Usually I would buy a piece or two of vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Police, Rolling Stones. But I usually also bought a cassette for the hour drive home.

That was how I acquired the smash novelty hit of 1983. A group of ex-pat Jamaican kids living in the UK who turned the Mighty Diamonds herb tune, Pass the Kutchie into a song about going hungry: Pass the Dutchie.

<Musical Youth, #2 in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Before I knew about Smile Jamaica; 84 sec.>

Among all the synth rock and New Wave of the early 80’s, a cute Reggae toasting jam ruled the airwaves.

Alas, in Great Falls now if you want to buy a CD or record your only hope is Wal-Mart or Target.

Ahh, the forlorn memories of a cratedigger who’s world of record shopping is fading away.

Forward ever, backwards never

bless, Bobbylon

Also where I purchased my first pot pipe

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.

Set 1:

  • Monty Montgomery – Seeds; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Luanda Dub; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Freedom Singers – Train Is Coming; Denzil Dennis – Me Nah Worry (Trojan)
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat)  ’72 cover of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Lorna Asher – Leave Them; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Greensleeves) ’77
  • Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Ganjaman Mix); 10″ (MCA) ’93 green vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Time to plant your seeds for your Roots harvest to grow!

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (Shanachie) ’83 Request
  • Tchiya Amet – Natural; Rise Again Truth (Milky Way) ’99 Chicago female African-American/Native American
  • Bunny Wailer – Want More; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers for 50th birthday
  • I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 1/2 years

  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; Youths of Today (MCA) ’82 

<No Kutchie pipe for 10 year olds: Dutchie = Dutch pot; 31 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Gayladds – Peculiar Man; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Sly  & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub comp of the hour
Dis generation rules the nation, wif VERSION!

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<Bob hails the punkers who played Reggae before they took the stage; 93 sec.>

  • Groundation – Young Tree; Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica vol. 3 (Skank)  ’99 comp.
  • J.C. Lodge – Hurricane; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers
No boring old farts

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Roxy, Los Angeles – 11/5/82: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Urban Jazz Ritual – Ear Crazy; Zulu Compilation (Zulu) ’84 UK – dub poetry
  • Dub Syndicate w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry & Akabu – Dubaddisababa; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK; Akabu is female harmonies
  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’77 Franklin Lakes, NJ – Obeah is Jamaican folk magic

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45s – Reggae does Rock & Soul

  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’75 Can. (Gregg Allman)
  • Big Youth – Dock of the Bay; 7″ (Move & Groove)  ’73 JA (Otis Redding) 
  • Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 JA (Five Stairsteps)
  • Donovan Carless – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got; 7″ (Giant) US (William De Vaughn)
  • Mikey Dread – Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Pass It On; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73 livication to a listener who passed away
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska, herb tune
  • Dubble – South Side Dub (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK mutant dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Angel Fire; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2008 UK dubstress
  • Thievery Corporation – One; Lebanese Blonde CD Single (4ad) ’98 Fr. EP
  • Beat Pharmacy – Cape Town; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South African
  • G.T. Moore – King David’s Dub; 10″ (Jah Works)  ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 3, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Lemonhead vs. The Cheetolini!

Bad Vlad Putin or as I call him affectionately – Lemonhead

<World War III – soon come? 54 sec.>

Greetings,

My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:

  1. Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
  2. Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
  3. America invaded Grenada

It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.

Not so fast….

Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.

Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:

Rachel Maddow – peddling war for higher ratings

Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America  and its allies.

I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL  but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.

See that splotch of Green in the Northeast. That is where World War III could start

Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.

So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!

bless, Bobbylon

Lemondhead vs.
The Cheetolini

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.

Set 1:

  • Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
  • Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Positive Reality; SWALK (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK
  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Aug. 1981, Jarrett Park Montego Bay, JA
  • Jah T – Lick the Pipe Peter; Jr. Byles – Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; dj to “Fever” riddim
  • Bushman & Alton Ellis – Back Weh Vampire + Jah Make Me Stronger; 10″ (Sting Ray) 2012 UK
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Rock Reggae; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley cover
  • The Emotions – There Are More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles (Stax) ’74 female soul group in Jamaica
  • Eric Donaldson – Drug Addict; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’97
  • Dub Syndicate – ’93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK Mutant Dub picture sleeve. Prince Far I cover
It’s a struggle all over the world…

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Judy Mowatt  – Screwface; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 Bob Marley cover

<Don’t give me your Screwface; 12 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – Bloody Eyes; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Free Us Now; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk) ’90
  • Mad Professor – Black Heroes; Afrocentric Dub – Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’99 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox – Tributes to Bob Marley

<Extending Black History Month w/ Bob tributes; 37 sec.>

  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Bob Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari) Hollywood, CA 
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley (Dance Hall) ’81
  • Lui Lepke – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound) ’81
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin) (Dub); 7″ (Motown) ’80

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Eugene Paul – Blowin’ in the Wind; Sentimental Reasons (World) ’84 UK Bob Dylan cover:
  • Mighty Invaders – Evil Spirits; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY
  • Ranking Joe – One Draw; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami herbtune dj to Doret Myers cover of Rita Marley
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Mutant Dub
  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Fleetwood Mac cover
Jamaican soul take on Bob Dylan

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; No More Trouble (Columbia) 6/27/81 London 

<Bob Dylan – The Christian Era: 1979-1981; 87 sec.>

  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Swing Chariot; Timepieces (RSO) ’82 Best of; Negro Spiritual
  • Prince Flo & Jah Edward – Happy Together; Rock Steady With Flo and Eddie (Epiphany) ’87
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK female trio New Wave
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter’s band – Word, Sound and Power
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live in London – June 1977
  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German female singer
  • Max Romeo & Dennis Brown –  African + I am the Conqueror; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC dubbers best of: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Moving Out of Babylon Dub; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – This Souond; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – We Will Conquer; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Dub-hop out of Boulder, CO
  • Little Annie – Going For Gold; 10″ (ON U Sound)
  • Samia Farah – Personne; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.Tunisian female