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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): June 3, 2017 – Black Wax Cratedigger’s Harvest!

 

Lots of my Student Loan kasheesh was spent at this SLC record shop. Going strong 30 plus years later. Removed 90% of their CDs to make room for MOAR vinyl

A life in cratedigging. Kick started the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive’s in my friend Neil’s dorm room. Fall of 1986. That lit the fuse!…..

<Black Uluru in a dorm room? Instant Reggae fanatic; 20 sec.>

…I’m going through a home remodel. 40 years of record collecting crammed into my garage right now. When I ran out of shelves, I bought some big ass tupperware bins to try and make it all fit.

This has to fit into my new addition. A Library for a Librarian

Between my organic collecting (used record stores, Ebay/Amazon, stock from my distributor when I sold Reggae online) and my binge buying when Record Stores started dying out in the mid 2000’s, my 1200 square foot house had reached a state of entropy.

So to make room for the demolition of two bedrooms to accommodate an actual Library (A Librarian with his own Library!), I had to move everything into my garage in a short amount of time.

Now that the project is coming to completion, I have to move everything back in!

Can 40 years of books, records, CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes fit into a space 41 feet by 10 feet? Stay tuned!

My method?

  • Get up early on Saturday. Have my spinach determining what I’m going to sort and separate  in the garage.
  • Go have breakfast at Left Fork Grill with my best bredrin Leonard and his buddy John
  • Drink about 8 cups of coffee
  • Head back to mi casa in Sugarhouse
  • Grab a stack of disks for my CD boombox to while away the time sifting wax
  • Fully caffeinated: Start to organize the entropy.
    • I would separate by format: LP, 12″ disco mix, 10″ disco mix, non-Reggae vinyl
    • Then: look by title and cull albums if they fit one of my preferred set-genres
      • 420
      • Roots Dawtas
      • UFOria
      • Wailers Family Tree
      • Halloween
      • Marley Tribute songs
      • Rockers doing Reggae

I don’t know how many physical vinyl pieces I have (not even including 7″ 45s). CDs a whole separate issue.

10,000 pieces? 15,000? Somewhere in between.

It has literally taken me from early January to June to sort it all and separate for the final move into the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive.

From when I moved to SLC from Bozeman, MT in Sept. of 1986, I have been on a vinyl crusade. And the nostalgia of where and how I acquired the lion’s share of black wax really kicks off memories of a subculture that has mostly died out: the local record store.

Many great ones are still slinging wax: Like Randy’s in Salt Lake. Ditched their CDs to make room for the vinyl resurgence: 20 sec.

But over 500 stores have gone out of business in the last decade. When the music industry killed vinyl, they didn’t anticipate that digital music sales like Itunes, Spotify etc. would make those $18.99 CDs economically irrelevant.

Columbus and Bay in North Beach. I would stay across the street at the Travelodge and crate dig til closing. Nearly cried when I heard the news Tower was going under

And even though vinyl is making an awesome comeback (full vindication for I ‘n’ I), it’s too late for many of my favorite haunts.

Last summer my local Montana chain went out of business: Hastings. I would drive through gorgeous wheat fields and flowing rivers and cratedig from Butte, Missoula, Helena, Great Falls, Bozeman and Billings.

700 hundred miles from SLC to Fort Benton, Montana. Hastings books/cds/DVDs broke up the monotony of the drive. Went out of business Summer 2016

As much as I love Montana and my parents, I’m not driving home this summer. Not much for me to do there now but watch wheat grow.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 3, 2017 – All Vinyl Showcase; 34 sec.

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Everyman a Mi Bredrin; Jamaica, Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC:
  • Bullwackie’s All Stars – Nature’s Dub; Nature’s Dub (Wackies) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Time Unlimited – Live Upright; Devil’s Angel (Live Wire) ’84 JA
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tollo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Devon Russell- Homebound Train; Homebound Train (Freedom Sounds) ’83 JA
  • Zap Pow – Be Cool; Irie Land (Rhino) ’80 LA
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12” (Jah Life) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
The Record Room: Phoenix, AZ, 2016

Set 2:

  • Inner Circle – Forward Jah Jah Children; Reggae Thing (Capitol) ’76 US

<Inner Circle: Capitol’s answer to Bob Marley; 15 sec.>

  • Leroy Smart – What Will I Do; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’77 Fr.
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Reggae Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 NY female dj

<Roach Killer shoes: favorites in the dancehall for killing roaches and rub a dubbing; 35 sec.>

Starboard Records, 1988 – West Valley City, UT. RIP

Set 3:

  • Ras Michael and the Sons of Negus – I Am an Ethiopian; Movements (Dynamic Sounds) ’78 JA

<I’m not Mr. Brown, Mr. Smith, Mr. White – I’m an Ethiopian; 12 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Wake Up; Wake Up (Natty Congo) ’85 UK
  • The Meditations – Running From Jamaica; Message From the Mediations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On; Rock On (Jah Live) ’75 Fr. Combination style
  • Prince Far I – Bendel Dub; Front Line Dub (Virgin Front Line) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

<Virgin record label in Nigeria; 50 sec.>

Randy’s Records: SLC, 1986

Set 4:

  • Lone Ranger – The Clock; Hi-Yo Silver, Away! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 Boston; female vox on Judy Mowatt tune
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Misty in Roots – Wandering Wanderer; 12” (People Unite) ’81 UK
Rough Trade Records: San Francisco, New Years Even 1988

Set 5: 420 Black Wax

  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold 10” LP (Top Beat) 2000 UK 

<Coconut chalice; 14 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Winston Reedy – Sensimilla; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’83 UK
  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ‘83

<Johnny Law in your rear view? 28 sec.>

Reckless Record, 1990 San Francisco/Haight Ashbury: RIP

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up; Wailers Vinyl Box Set (Island) #3484 of 10,000 vinyl box set

<Lessons in crate digging: Buy low ($70), sell high (working kidney)>

  • Bobby Culture, Brimstone & Fire, Nicodemus & Louie Culture – Going Home; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica: R.B. Greaves pop update
  • Junior Byles – I Don’t Know; Rasta No Pickpocket (Nighthawk) ’86 St. Louis
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Blackout in the Ghetto; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) NY
  • Black Uhuru – What Is Life; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve

<Not Marley, Tosh, Cliff or UB40: Black Uluru’s Anthem made I ‘n’ I a Reggae fanatic>

  • Ras Command – Education; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.: Mutant Dub album of the hour
9 disk vinyl box set: Amoeba Records, Berkeley 2001: $70. Versus $3500 on eBay

Set 7:

  • Blue Riddim Band – Restless Spirit; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St. Louis

<Livicated to our KRCL bredrin: Bad Brad Wheeler>

  • Fab 5 – Shaving Cream; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’90 UK
Smokey’s Records, SLC 1987: RIP

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Fila Brazillia rmx no. 2); Dancehall Queen Soundtrack (Island Jamaica) ’97 US
  • Dub Syndicate – Roots Commandment; Echomania
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK female vox on Lena Horne classic
ON U Sound mail order, London: 1990?

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 11, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): 27 Year Anniversary of Reggae Radio!

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Celebrating 27 Years of Reggae Radio! Give thanks!

Greetings,

Spring 1988. Salt Lake City/University of Utah Campus. Reagan’s last year in the White House; 21 sec.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan – 666. Did fund the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via Student Loans and Pell Grants. Give thanx! Ronnie Raygun. Believed in UFO’s too

Celebrating 27 years of Reggae Radio. My roommate and I were in The Pie (University of Utah campus) listening to Community Station KRCL. They were looking for early morning hosts. Him and I went to the new volunteer meeting. He wanted to do College Rock. They had enough of that. I was interested in doing Reggae.

 I had been a volunteer at the Univ. of Utah’s K-UTE “radio” station that only broadcast in the Student Union. Called my show Positive Vibrations after the Marley tune. But that wasn’t real radio. But gave me the idea Terrestrial Radio was something I wanted to do.

If I could commit to 3-6 AM, I could do a Reggae Show. Late Spring of ’88 radio training. 4th of July weekend: The debut of 3 O’Clock Road Block: Graveyard Roots Reggae Ska and African music. During the coldest winter in Decades. Praise Jah for AAA!

<1988 Alaska Clipper Winter; 34 sec.>

I was cratedigging in Montana during the actual 27 year date and the July 11 show was to commemorate that legacy. 43 sec.

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Tunis, Montana – Suburb of Fort Benton
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Paid my dues early Mornings: 3 O’Clock Roadblock: Monday 3-6AM. KRCL 90.9FM July 1988-Aug. 1989

<Montana Roadtrip – Climate Report; 47 sec.>

bless, robt

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Founded 1846. The Birthplace of I ‘n’ I: The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

SMILE JAMAICA ARK-IVES: JULY 11, 2015 PLAYLIST:

27 Year Anniversary: Best of the 70’s: Polyester nah jester! 15 sec.

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The 70’s – Roots Reggae highpoint showcased on Smile Jamaica for two and a half decades plus

Set 1:

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae vol. 1 (CSA) ’83 UK
  • Scientist – King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Week

<First Dub Album added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 1987; 12 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’76; you cyaan kill God!

<Jah Live – Bob’s comments on Selassie’s overthrow, 1974; 54 sec.>

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The Dergue: Ethiopian Communists overthrow His Imperial Majesty, 1974.
  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting Burning Spear (Studio One) ‘70
  • Errol Dunkley – You’re Gonna Need Me; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Smokey, Herbie and Milla (as in Sensimilla) learn about the Seven Leaf; 18 sec.>

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So Bob Say!

Set 2:

  • Joe Higgs – There’s a Reward; Life of Contradiction (Micron/Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

Set 3;

  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76 William Bell soul cover

<William Bell Stax soul. Tosh cover; 25 sec.>

  • Mighty Diamonds – You are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK; Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Third World – Human Marketplace; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77

<The Human Marketplace – Slavery & the Middle Passage’ 73 sec.>

  • U Roy – Control Tower; Rasta Ambassador (Virgin Front Line) ’77 over Gladiators vox
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The Middle Passage. Prince Far I – We were packed like sardines inna tin
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Prince Far I: When the boat overload, they throw some of us overboard

Set 4:

  • Naggo Morris – Killer Flour; Clocktower Classics vol. 1 (Abraham) ’75; poison flour

<True story in Jamaica: Flour kill the uncle, flour kill the granny;  35 sec.>

  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry (Mango) ‘76
  • Junior Byles – Fade Away; Channel One: Hitbound – The Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ‘75
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
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Poison flour: The fritters are kinda bitter!

Set 5:

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76; Woody Guthrie Bound to Glory cover
  • The Pioneers – Chucky; From the Beginning (Jet Star) 1969-1976
  • Yabby You – Deliver Me From My Enemies; Deliver Me From My Enemies (Blood and Fire) ‘77

<When the 2 Sevens Clashed: July 7, 1977. Rasta Armageddon; 20 sec.>

  • I Roy – Heart of a Lion; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
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This train is bound to glory!

Set 6:

  • Dennis Brown – Words of Wisdom; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78; great Hawaiian guitar
  • Itals – I See a Sign; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) 1971-1979
  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango) ‘77
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Features killer Hawaiian guitar

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Kings of Reggae (Pop Eye; Dutch flautist does Jamaica ‘80

<Dutch flautist inna Jamaica; 44 sec.>

  • Prince Far I feat. Joseph Hill of Culture – Message From a King; Message From a King (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song I played after six weeks off Smile Jamaica for blood infection, Dec. 2012. Give thanx! 18 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Someday; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U Black (Original) ‘79

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Set 8:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem); Forces of Victory (Mango) ‘79

<Sus law for “vagrancy” in UK; 35 sec.>

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeini Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Clappers) ‘79
  • Black Uhuru – Shine Eye Gal; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ‘80; 35 sec.
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Every week I would lead off with Black Uhuru at 3am Mondays on 3 o’clock Roadblock

Words of Wisdom: 24 sec.

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 9, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day. Love my Yimma: Jeannette in Fort Benton, Montana

<Roadmap for the May 9 Ark-Ive; 49 sec.>

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day! Gonna start the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 9, 2015 with a great Mother’s Day tune.

Tammy Wynette did the Country original. Sonya Spence the Reggae version. Every Mother’s Day Saturday, I will play this tune. It brings this blackheart nearly to tears thinking about the love for my own Yimma – (Mother in Assyrian), Jeannette living in Fort Benton, Montana.

Tammy Wynette – No Charge

<Sonya Spence’s Reggae version of “No Charge”; 54 sec.>

My little girl came up to me in the kitchen this evenin’
While I was fixing supper
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron I read it, and this is what it said

For mowin’ the yard, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
Goin’ to the store, fifty cents
Playin’ with little sister while you went to the store, twenty-five cents

Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen dollars and seventy-five cents

Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly
And a thousand memories flashed through my mind
And so I picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what I wrote

For the nine months I’ve carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you, doctored you, prayed for you, no charge
For the ties, folding clothes and for wipin’ your nose, there’s no charge
When you add it all up, the full cost of my love is, no charge

Well, when she finished readin’ she had great big old tears in her eyes
And she looked up at me and said, “Mommy, I sure do love you”
Then she took the pen and in great big letters she wrote, ‘Paid in full’
When you add it all up, the cost of real love is, no charge

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Killer song. Brings tears to your eyes

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives May 9, 2015: Annotated Playlist (Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes, photos, captions)

Set 1: Mother’s Tribute

  • Carlton Patterson & Trinity – It’s Raining; 12” (Black & White) ‘77
  • Conscious Minds – Laughing Dub; Gun Court Dub vol. 2 (Soul Beat) 70s era; Dub Album of the Week
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (High Note) ’75; Mother’s Day Set; Tammy Wynette cover
  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mothers Prayer; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic)
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84; Bob’s mom

<Bob to his mother on his deathbead: May 11, 1981; 21 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – Song’s My Mother Used to Sing; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds)
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72; recorded in Jamaica

<Paul Simon recorded this song in Jamaica; 10 sec.>

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Recorded in Jamaica with Jamaican musicians

Set 2:

  • Abja – Good Sensimillia; Mahogany Road (I Grade) 2006 US Virgin Islands; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 11 sec.
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi-Try) 2006 UK update of classic Junior Dan riddim
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Jah Work; Reggae Sampler (Virgin) ‘98

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Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Stop That Train; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at WXFM Chicago
  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad – Arise; Solid Foundation (Flag) ‘92
  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ‘83
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Hosted Peter Tosh and his acoustic guitar

Set 4:

  • The Wailers – Put it On; Burnin’ (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong); Live at Leeds: 11/23/73
  • Lorna Asher – I’m Still Satisfied; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle)  ‘99
  • Bunny Wailer – Food; Liberation (Shanachie) ‘88
Bob Marley Live At Leeds
11/23/73

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital: Roots Dawtas; 11 sec.

 

  • Chalawa feat. Merri & Sandi Callender – If You Drop That Cross; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can.
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Tenement Yard (Winner) ’86 JA
  • Zema – Blood Money; Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 Los Angeles, CA
  • Marcia Griffiths – Feel Like Jumping; At Studio One (Studio One) JA

<Feel Like Jumping: Soundtrack of Smile Jamaica; 11 sec.>

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On the Green Weenie label

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years

  • Prince Buster – Oh! Carolina; Original Golden Hits vol. 1 (Prince Buster) ’61; Best of Smile Jamaica: 25 Years

<Features the nyahbinghi drum collective Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari; 14 sec.>

  • Joe Higgs – Come on Home; Life of Contradiction (Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Aswad – Down the Line; Not Satisfied (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 herbtune
  • Jean “Binta” Breeze – Shame-a-Lady + Ordinary Mawning; Tracks (Shanachie) ’91 female dub poet produced by LKJ

<Binta: dawta in Arabic and Swahili; 9 sec.>

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Nyahbinghi Drumming: Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari

Set 7:

  • Turbulence – Mama Don’t Cry; I Believe (M) 2005
  • Black Roots – Oh Mama Africa; On the Ground (Sugar Shack) 2012 UK
  • Carlton Livingston – Confusion; Retrospect (Grade One) Best of
  • Sister Nancy – Roll a Ball; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83
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Black Slate: Gritty late 70’s UK group reunited

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<Definition of Mutant Dub; 13 sec.>

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK; Mutant Dub Set
  • Dubblestandart feat. Elephant Man – Vampire Informer; Marijuana Dreams (Collision) 2010 Germany
  • Joe Ariwa & the Trixsters – Hard Battle Dub; Dubstep Dub (Ariwa) 2011 UK
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Jonah Dan – City of Dub (Alpha & Omega) 2006 UK trance dub
  • African Head Charge – Throw It Away; Off the Beaten Track (ON U Sound) ‘86
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Jonkanoo – the folk music of Jamaica

<Call Your Mom!>