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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 4, 2018 (Podcast and Playlist) – 96 Degrees in the Shade!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 4, 2018; 77 sec.

Set 1:

  • Joe Axumite – Home to Africa; 10” EP (Wackies) ’79 Bronx, NY vinyl
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa; Starship Africa (ON U Sound) ’80 UK dub vinyl album of the hour
  • Third World – 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade); Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) ‘81

<Jamaican revolutionaries on the gallows pole – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 44 sec.>

  • Zema – Firefall; Jubilee (Melchizedek) 2009 So Cal dawta
  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘74
  • Pato Banton – Don’t Sniff Coke; Live at Maritime Hall (2B1) 2001 in San Franciso: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Melting Pot; 12” (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Bad Card; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob & Friends Over There; Inside Out (Tree Roots) ’89 Reggae heroes tribute
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Women in Reggae (Shanachie) ‘83
  • Winston Samuels – Moving On; 10” (Clintones)

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Rita Marley – Play, Play; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 
  • Abyssinians – Good Lord; Satta Amassagana (Heartbeat) ‘76
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Jah Lion; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – General Penitentiary; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ‘80
  • Jah “Pecker” Pelicaho & the Wailers – 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-pon Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Too Hot; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ‘79 2 Tone UK ska live at Aston University

<Violence in the British clubs: Racist skins vs. Rock against Racism; 23 sec.>  

  • Aswad – Ire Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Hollie Cook – Looking For Real Love; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta
  • Earl Sixteen & Nick Manassah – Going to Africa + Out of Babylon; 10” (Merge) 2006 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA

<One Love; 72 sec.>

 

  • Full Experience – Nar Soh, So It Stay; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studio  – ’76 Fr.
  • Niney the Observer – King Duppy; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold (Top Beat) 2002 UK 10”
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Your Queendom is Falling; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Live at the Roxy, LA CA

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman (Mango) ’82 soundtrack
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; Full Up (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • The Gladiators – Happy Man 12”; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘77

<Disco in Jamaica 33 sec.;>

  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Interstellar Overdub; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 Peter Tosh cover

<Happy Birthday Jerry!44 sec. >

  • Johnny Nash – Guava Jelly; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 Bob Marley cover
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Living in Fame; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 w/ reggae toaster
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise; Hurricane + Hurricane Dub (Wall of Sound) 2011

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Beat Pharmacy – Keef; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South Africa: Mutant Dub Set
  • The Orb feat. Aki Mora – Once More; Cydonia (Island) ’99 w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – Firing Dub; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Jalal – Mankind; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK – Last Poets singer, picture sleeve
Last Poets – the original rappers

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Rootsy-licious!

 

Greetings,

Had to sneak away for a work conference last weekend during Smile Jamaica. Because I like to have fresh roots every Friday, enjoy this Digital Dubplate of Roots Reggae from disks waiting to be rinsed out in my office.

A whole heap of memories in these 3 hours. Spinning roots for almost 30 years!

All killer,  no filler!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate (Feb. 2018) 

0-30 min.

  • Dennis Brown – Together + Brothers (dub); Junior Delgado – Brothers (DEB Music)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Return of Muhammad Ali; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves)  ’74 boxing
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK dj duo
  • Candy McKenzie – Breakfast in Bed; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Upsetter) ’77 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Aswad – I a Rebel Soul; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; Top Ranking (Rhino)  ’84 dj to Johnny Clarke’s Bob tune – Waiting in Vain 

30 – 60 min.

  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime)  ’83 UK dub poet
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB Music)  ’78 two sisters & a cousin cover Smokey Robinson – Just My Imagination
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’17
  • Hopeton Lindo – Black History; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’84 Mikey Dread prod’n
  • Rod Taylor – His Imperial Majesty; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat)  ’84 same riddim as Black History
  • Lady Ann – Informer; Dancehall (Soul Jazz)  ’81 female deejay
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’89 update to his 70’s classic
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group, herbtune 

60-90 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Bad Weed (Disco Mix); Police & Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark hertbtune
  • The Upsetters – Dyon Aswa; Return of the Superape (Upsetter)  ’78 Black Ark
  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; Compass Point Sessions (Island) ’80 Sly & Robbie, Roxy Music cover
  • Frankie Paul – Pass the Kushempeng; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy) ’84 herbtune
  • Dambala – I Chuwumeka; Azania (Dada Music) ’83 UK

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ‘88
  • Carlene Davis – Ism Schism; 15 Classics of (Sonic)
  • Eagles – Country Living; Reggae Classic (DCC) ‘73
  • Fred Locks – Key Of Life + Acapella; Missing Link (VP) 2000
  • Winston Francis – Going to Zion (Extended); Rare Grooves From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Sisters Jam – People of This World; Rockers International (Greensleeves) female group, A. Pablo prod’n
  • Cookey Monster – Space Age Nigger; Age of Reggae (Twinkle)  ’84

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Yellowman – Pooping Contest; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 – rude, scatological
  • Eddy Grant – War Party; Killer on the Rampage (Portrait/ICE) ‘82
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Studio One Presents (Studio One) ‘81
  • Gregory Isaacs & U Roy – Love Is Overdue (Discomix); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ‘74
  • Donovan Carless – Be Thankful; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds) ‘70’s cover of William DeVaughn soul classic
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Di Eagle an’ Di Bear; Making History (Mango) ’84 UK dub poet
  • Love Joys – Jah Light; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Where He Leads; Face the Music (VP/Go Feet) ’81

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night (Extended Version); Music Works vol. 2 (Ambassa) ’81 Benny Mardones pop hit
  • Pablo Moses – Dubbin is a Must; A Song (Mango) ‘80
  • Rita Marley – Fussing & Fighting; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Earl Zero – None Shall Escape the Judgment; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’80 12” mix of Johnny Clarke original
  • Special AKA – Free Nelson Mandela; In the Studio (2 Tone) ’84 UK 2 Tone ska
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-pril 23, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist) When Dubs Cry!

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Greetings,

David Bowie and now Prince. Sad year for music giants. We livicate this Ark-Ive to the great pop singer in his 80’s heyday.

Until I got into Reggae this was my automatic soul purchase a youth in frozen Montana:

Smile Jamaica’s Top 5 Prince songs

  1. When You Were Mine
  2. Little Red Corvette
  3. I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man
  4. Kiss
  5. Sign o’ the Times.

On the Ark-Ive below we hear When Doves Cry. Bass added for the Reggae which wasn’t there on the original.

bless, robt

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<Plant your seeds!>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-pril 23, 2016:

Set 1:

  • Monty Montgomery – Seeds;  Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
  • Sound Dimension – Rockfort Rock – Mojo Rock Steady (Studio One/Soul Jazz) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Laurel Aitken – Heile Heile; Rasta Man Power (Unicorn) ‘69
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI) ‘86
  • Ayo – Lonely; Gravity at Last (Polydor) 2008 Nigerian-German female
  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hardway (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant; Bass Chalice; Bass Chalice (ROIR) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Horace Andy – Collie Weed; Prime of Horace Andy (Music Club) best of herb tune

<Just minding my own business. Smoking my collie weed>

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Set 2

  • Denver Dub Collective – When Doves Cry; Purple Rain (Denver Dub) 2009 Prince RIP

<Prince: Rest in Peace; 40 sec.>

  • Aswad – Pass the Cup; Not Satisfied (CBS) ’82 UK herbtune

<Pass the Cupe = the sacred chalice>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Yard Crew; Movements (Funfundvierzig) ’95 German-Jamaican toaster
  • Black Crucial – Mr. Vincent; 10” (Fatman) ‘83
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Rest in Peace. Livicate never deadicate

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae; Retrospective (Shanachie) 
  • Rita Marley – Fussing  & Fighting; Harambe (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Crazy Baldhead (Unreleased Album Mix); Rastaman Vibration (Tuff Gong) ’76 bonus track
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ‘86
  • Scientist – The Anti-Chris; 911 Dub (Nature Dub) Dub Album of the Hour

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Set 4:

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; Private Life: Compass Point Sessions (Island) ‘80 Roxy Music cover w/ Sly & Robbie
  • Don Carlos & Barry Brown –  Mr. Big Man + Shoot Up the Town; 10” (Uptempo) ’83 Sugar Minott prod’n

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<Put da needle pon di record. Penny keeps the bass in the groove>

Set 5: 7 inch Seven Leaf; 19 sec.

  • Prince Hammer – Export Ganja; 7” (Tamoki Wambesi) 7” herb set
  • Black Sabbath vs. Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming for Sweet Leaf; 7” (blank) Peaboy & Sherman rmx
  • Levi Roots – It a Fi Bun; 7” (Conqueror)
  • Alpha Steppa Meets Alpha & Omega feat. Flex Zaggazow – Highest Grade; 7” (Steppas) 2012 mutant dub; Korean prod’n
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Ozzy loves the Sweet Leaf

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 26+ Years

  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied;  Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Tetrack – I’m Not Satisfied; Clocktower Classics (Clocktower/Abraham)
  • Marcia Griffiths – Where There is No Love; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Peter Broggs – International Farmer + Version; Never Forget Jah  (Nocturne) ’82 herbtune
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Peter Broggs – International Farmer. 4 down, 46 to go!

<2016: 9 down, 41 to go?>

Set 7:

  • Augustus Pablo – Islington Rock; East of the River Nile (Deluxe Edition) (Shanachie) ’78 melodical instrumental
  • Dillinger – Cocaine in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune

<Dillinger soul update – Knife, fork a bottle & a cork – that’s the way you spell New York>

  • Sarah B Band – Overnite; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) 2011 Salt Lake City roots group
  • Louie Lepke – Love Is Not a Play Thing; 10” (Merge) ’82 over Earl Sixteen vox
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Melodica and the Far East sound

Set 8: Mutant Dubstresses; 9 sec.

Samia Farah – Les Temps Difficiles; Samia Farah (Sony) ’99 Fr.-Tunisian singer: Mutant Dubstresses

Transglobal Underground feat. Natacha Atlas – Boss Tabla; Psychic Karaoke (Nation) ’96 Hindi dub

Dub Gabriel feat. P.J. Higgins – Silent Warrior; Raggabass Resistance (Destroy A/C) 2013

Zion Train feat. Molara – Dance of Life; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 UK trance dub

Cool Hipnoise – Dama Dada; King Size Dub vol. 10 (Echo Beach) Germ. 2003 comp

Alpha & Omega – One Culture + One Prayer; Everyday Life; (A & O) ’93 UK trance dub

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