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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Halloween Voodoo Boogaloo!

Greetings,

Much love to any and all who might have made a donation to your station that rules the nation on KRCL’s Fall Radiothon.

Enjoy this infamous Digital Dubplate of my favorite Reggae & Dub Jah-loween tunes “stitched” in between with Horror Movie trailers.

It’s boo-tiful!

curse, Bobbylon

 

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sound of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • The Vulcans – Blackula; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan)
  • Soho – Zombies Walk The Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’71 rides around in a coffin 
…rides around in a coffin!

30-60 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

60-90 min.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’80
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’90
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88 American ska
  • Little Roy – Frankenstine; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Thrillah; Thrillah (Easy Star) Michael Jackson cover

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots (Phil Pratt) ’72 Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charley) ’83 Barnabas Collins soap opera vampire
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who I You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 Duppy is Jamaican ghost 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; Writing on the Wall (Trojan) ’64
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Black Survivors) ’94
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 dubber

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

*****

Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

8

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 27, 2018 – All Tricks, No Treats!

No Mixcloud for America. I violated the # of Halloween trailers on a CD that is allowed. Click 3 hour link here: (What a nightmare for I ‘n’ I)

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 27, 2018; 3 hr.>

Greetings Ghouls & Gals,

Since nearly the very beginning I ‘n’ I have harvested all the various Halloween tunes found in Reggae music.

<25+ Years of Jah-loween on 29 Years of Smile Jamaica; 24 sec.>

Over the 3 decades of Reggae Radio my Devil’s menagerie has grown to 2 60-CD suitcases, a crate full of vinyl, a box full of 7″.

About a decade ago, I started hacking up horror bytes, movie trailers and Jah-loween intros. Then like Dr. Frankenstein in his laboratory, I hunker down in my Secret Dubratory and stitch it all together.

It’s alive! It’s alive!

So now enjoy this look back to all Hallow’s Eve and admire how Horror Reggae fits the Season. 11 sec.

Roll a lickle spliff wif di papyrus. Smoking sensimenia inna Mesopotamia!

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 27, 2018 Jah-loween annotated playlist; 41 sec.

Set 1:

  • Ini Kamoze – Hole in the Pumpkin; Shock Out (Greensleeves) ’87 All Jah-loween set
  • Scientist – Voodoo Curse – Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81 dub album of the hour
  • Black Uhuru – Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’84 UK Remix – Dawn of the Living Dead

<Night of the Living Dreads inna this ya Dawn of the Living Dead; 27 sec.>

  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK update of Willi Williams original
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes)  ’96 Boris Pickett cover; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • GG’s All Stars – Vampire Rock; 12″ (GG’s Hit) ’78

Set 2:

  • Ziggy Marley – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; Origination (Sky High)
  • *Barrington Levy – Murderer; 12′ (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn; murderer = vampire

Set 3:

  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dubstress encounters a witch in the park
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 rock/soul does reggae
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Two Bad D.J.; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 duppies in Jamaica

<Duppy bait – Jamaican ghosts; 21 sec.>

Set 4:

  • Bim Sherman – Haunting Ground; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’84
  • Lone Ranger – Barnabas Collins; On the Other Side of Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78 soap opera vampire

<Soap opera vampire: he’ll chew your neck like Wrigley’s; 12 sec.>

  • Tino – The Wolfman Is Everywhere; Tino’s Breaks vol. 6 (Hallowe’en Dub) Tino Corp. 2002

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Judgment in a Babylon; 12″ (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA Chris Blackwell is a vampire

<Sued for libel; 43 sec.>

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa International) ’80 version galore: (1) – soca
  • Pluto & Trinity – Vampire Year; Ire Mas Carnival (Top Ranking) ’81 JA version galore: (2) – reggae

<1978 UN Year of the Woman; 1979 of the Children; 1980 of the Vampires; 12 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 cover of Lord Kitchener’s Love in the Cemetery; 28 sec.

 

I am a stud, I do not drink blood!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’73 dead guy who rides around in his coffin

<Who is Mr. Brown?>

  • Peter Tosh – Dracula; 7″ (Intel Diplo) ’76 JA
  • Lord Kitchener – Love in the Cemetary; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan) ’62 scoa
  • Dubskin – USA; No End in Time (Dubskin) Colorado – from the White to the Pentagram

Set 7:

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Death in Vegas; Aisha; Milk It – Best of (Concrete) 2006 serial killer
  • Ras Karbi – Babylon Gravestone; 7″ (Rockstone) ’84 JA
  • Fela & Africa 70 – Zombie; Zombie (Knitting Factory/Polydor) ’76

<Zombies = soldiers who blindly follow politicians; 34 sec.>

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 27, 2018; 3 hr.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 20, 2018 – Oh, Bumba Klaat!

Greetings,

Jah-tober 20th Smile Jamaica, livicated to the late great Peter Tosh – born Oct. 19, 1947.

Jah-tober is Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica,

Peter was at the pinnacle of the masses of Reggae songs devoted to the Halloween menagerie: vampires, ghosts (duppies in Jamaica), witches, mummies, anti-Christs, zombies and general evil. I and I have hundreds of Jah-loween tunes on CD, black wax: LP, 12″, 10″ and 7″.

Peter’s additions to the canon?

  • Dracula
  • Vampire
  • Mark of the Beast – about his brutal beating at the hands of Jamaican cops
  • Jumbie Jamboree – ska update of a classic soca song about the cousin of the duppy – jumbies.
  • With the Wailers: Mr. Brown (who drives around in a coffin) and Duppy Conqueror.

There is one more….

My very first Reggae LP was Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Christmas 1981. Thanks mom!

My American copy had this track list:

Coming In Hot 3:37
Nothing But Love 5:01
Reggae-Mylitis 6:31
The Poor Man Feel It 4:09
Cold Blood 4:37
Wanted Dread And Alive 4:24
Rastafari Is 6:14
That’s What They Will Do 4:35
Fools Die

It was only after I got into Reggae that I discovered that was not the intended track list.

For European markets: lose Poor Man Feel It, Cold Blood and That’s What They Will Do. Substitute: Rok With Me, Guide Me From My Friends and Oh, Bumbo Klaat.

Peter’s tale of how a Jamaican spirit (Duppy) had him paralyzed. The only way to free himself from malevolent possession was to scream the Jamaican equivalent of Mother F******: Oh Bumbo Klaat

Bum: coarse word for our four letter “c” word. Klaat as in cloth – menstrual rags, not to be indelicate.

Such a foul epithet would horrify Jamaicans to hear uttered anywhere. But Peter mustered all his energy and burst out: OH BUMBA KLAAT

The duppy was so shocked at hearing such an utterance that he let go of Peter and the Stepping Razor broke free of his paralysis:

<Smile Jamaica story on Peter’s possession: Oh Bumbo Klaat; 102 sec.

Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

[Verse 4]
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Until Jah told me, “Son, use the word”
And now I’m as free as a bird

[Chorus]
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

***

I was very happy to be cratedigging in SLC, at Get In Here Records  I scored the above 12″ black wax aboved.

Tosh’s tragic end belied an “Omen”. I had just got into Reggae bigly as 45 would say around Sept. ’86. A year later I was working at Graywhale CD and used my employee discount to buy 2 CDs:

  1. Ramones – Halfway to Sanity
  2. Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War.

I think the Tosh album dropped on Sept. 3, 1987. On Sept. 12, I remember going to the SLC airport to pick up my sister off the plane. On page 2 of the paper that morning:

Reggae singer Peter Tosh killed in Jamaica.

Peter Tosh dead on, …wait for it: Sept. 11.

The other 9/11 tragedy

Peter the mystic did not go quietly to Jah’s Heavenly Choir. He got his “revenge” on his birthday that year: Oct. 19, 1987:

<Peter Tosh murder: Sept. 11, 1987. Black Monday – Oct. 19, 1987; 75 sec.>

Black Monday was the worst stock market collapse since the Great Depression. Only, since, eclipsed by the Great Recession of 2008.

Dow Jones stock market lost 22.6% of its valuation in one day. Peter Tosh exacted his revenge against the “shystem” in A-sad-ica. Because for the poor there is nothing “merry” about America.

Poor man feel it, indeed!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 20, 2018 – Annotated Playlist: 67 sec. 

  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) ’77 Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley cover
  • Dread and Fred – Dub Connection; Powerhouse (Dub Venture) ’96 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Max Romeo – I Chase the Devil; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Sister Carol – Blackman Time; Call Mi Sister Carol (Heartbeat) ’94 I Roy update
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Live at the Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1) 2001 Police cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Easy Skanking; Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino UK) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bob Marley cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience- Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 update of Max Romeo

Set 2:

  • Yabby You – Anti Christ; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’83 comp.
  • Garland Jeffreys – We the People; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 Dennis Bovell 12″ mix
  • Wendy Shaw – Sensimilla Crisis; Sing Out (Izachaar Muzik) mid 90’s herbtune

<North Dakota. Next to legalize?; 16 sec.>

  • Moses – When the Vampire (Comes to Your Neighbourhood); 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx

<Vampire = Informers in Jamaica>

10 down 40 to go

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 Jah-loween

  • Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown; 7″ (Observer) ’70 Mr. Brown in his coffin

<Mr. Brown, the talk of the town in his coffin; 49 sec.>

  • Yami Bolo – Traitors; 7″ (Yam Euphony) Traitors = Vampires
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – Frankenstine (sic); 7″ (Greedy Puppy) ’79
  • Twinkle Brothers – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Twinkle) 2000
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Rolling Down the River; Yuh Learn! (Rama) ’77 Dennis Bovell dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Wailing Wailers – I’m Still Waiting; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Song story: I’m Still Waiting; 79 sec.>

  • Mad Professor feat. Love Clinic – Studio 54 Dub; Black Liberation Dub 5 (Ariwa) cover of Blondie’s Rapture w/ female group
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 I’m a ghostbuster
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Ghost Town – fighting closed the clubs down; 39 sec.>

Set : Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK Ernie Smith; Duppy = Jamaican ghost – Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween
  • The Ethiopians – Satan’s Kingdom; No Baptism (Crystal) ’70 JA
  • U Roy – Evil Doers; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line) ’83 UK comp. dj to Gladiators
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism + Dub; Voodooism (Anachron) ’89 Neth. Black Ark reissue

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween

  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’75: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 about Soap Opera vampire Barnabas Collins

<Please sir. May I have a cup of blood?>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’86
  • Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81
  • The Revolutionaries – False Ruler Dub; Kool Roots Dub (Pressure Sounds) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Barnabas Collins

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree Jah-loween

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81
  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live 1973-1975 (Starucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds Polytechnic
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 even the lions fear him
  • Peter Tosh – Jumbie Jamboree; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64? Jumbie = ghost

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Heavweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Return of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009: Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Alpha & Omega – Mystical Things; Mystical Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub
  • Got to Move feat. Bim Sherman – Melting Pot pt. 2 (The Mix); King Size Dub Chapter 1 (Echo Beach) ’95
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Pupajim – Boat People; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnett) 2011 UK
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; Sound of Reality (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. herb tune
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampire; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 Best of

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-Loween Digital Dubplate 2018!

Greetings,

While raising kasheesh for your station that rules the nation, KRCL, I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory and cooked up a 3 hour Digital Dubplate tis the season.

Halloween? No Jah-loween. All my ripped audio from my Horror DVD collection trailers followed by vampires, ghosts, demons and duppies.

Boo-tiful, Bobbylon

Digital Dubplate Jah-loween 2018 Halloween movie trailers included:

  1. Halloween
  2. Frankenstein
  3. The Mummy
  4. War of the Worlds
  5. Wolfman
  6. Creature From the Black Lagoon
  7. Village of the Damned
  8. Carnival of Souls
  9. Fearless Vampire Killers
  10. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  11. Deranged
  12. Young Frankenstein
  13. It’s Alive
  14. To the Devil a Daughter
  15. Nosferatu (1979)
  16. Humanoids From the Deep
  17. Motel Hell
  18. Thriller
  19. The Hunger
  20. Toxic Avenger
  21. Lifeforce
  22. Beetlejuice
  23. Night of the Creeps

0-30 min.

  • Max Romeo – Horrorzone; Horrorzone (Nu Roots) 2016
  • Little Roy – Frankenstein; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Funky Porcini’s Zombie – Flesheater Boulevard; Jerry von Rooyen Remixes (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2000

30-60 min.

  • Scientist – Night of the Living Dead; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88
  • Tino – Loch Ness Monster Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’86
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014

60-90 min.

  • Black Uhuru – Vampire; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Twinkle Brothers – Evil Doers; New Songs For Jah (Twinkle) ’89
  • Alan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81
  • The Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; Jamaica’s Pride (Bluebeat) ’67
  • The Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (Virgin) 2001
Drinking Red Stripe in the boneyard

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • The Crystalites – Blackula; Black Magic Woman (Trojan)
  • Andrew Tosh – Evil Ones; Make Way For the Youth (Tomato) ’89
  • Capleton – Mark of the Beast; I Testament (Def Jam) ’97
  • Dub Chek – Monsta; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001
  • Sly & Robbie – Theme from the Twilight Zone; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ’86

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Benjamin Zephaniah & Sinead O’Connor – Empire; clear (Quango) ’95
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodoo Man; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001
  • Singers & Players – Dungeon/Merchant Ship/Jah Army Band; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82
Dungeon: Packed like sardines in a tin. When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thriller; Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson/Vincent Price cover
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; Origination (Sky High)
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Reggae on Top) ’79
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 28, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist): Lucky Dube and Dracula!

Greetings,

It was October 2003. My bredrin Grizzlite and I headed up to Park City to catch one of my favorites from the 90’s: Lucky Dube. Terrific South African roots singer in the era of apartheid.

A huge favorite with the Pacific Islander community, the club was packed. Everyone singing along on a cool fall night in the mountains.

Grizz and I got a beer and angled ourselves and positioned ourselves on the patio with a view of the stage. Everyone bumping along to Lucky’s melodic Peter Tosh-esque vocals.

All of a sudden the packed dance floor scattered and the music screeched to a halt. A youth had been shot. Later I found out it was a gang assassination. Tribal war in the Polynesian community. Assassins were dispatched from California. They knew their target would be out in the open and vulnerable at a must see event: Lucky Dube is on a par with Bob Marley among the Island community.

Before we knew it, the paramedics had wheeled the victim pass Grizz and I on a gurney. One of the EMT’s was straddling his chest doing CPR. Right next to me, a massive Island dready stepped up and punched the dying man in the face, caving in his nose.

Murder at Park City Lucky Dube concert, Oct. 2003

As we head into Jah-loween season, would you like to know the song that Lucky was performing when the violence took place???

<Dracula; 1 min. 52 sec.>

The Park City show was Oct. 16, 2003. Four years later, nearly to the day: Oct. 18, 2007 Lucky Dube was cut down in a carjacking.

Lucky Dube carjacking

One of the many eerie and sad coincidences in 30 years of Reggae culture for I and I

bless,

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 29, 2018: Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Zap Pow – This Is Reggae Music; Reggae Rules! (Rhino US) ’80 US vinyl
  • Agrovators – Kaya; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2014
  • Israel Vibration – Licks and Kicks; Live Again! (RAS) ‘97 California live
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: Obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Operation Eradication in Jamaica; 67 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK
Jamaican army on their way to burn the weed fields. Tips from the locals: stand down wind of the bon fire

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Nuggets (Mojo Magazine) 50th anniversary of UK’s Trojan Records
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK new wave female group; bonus 12”
  • The Itals – Give This Love a Try; Modern Age (RAS) ‘98
  • Barry Brown – Dreadfull (sic) Day; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83 JA
Bananarama on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years

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

<Reggae popularity: The Wailers Catch a Fire and The Harder They Come; 16 sec.>

  • Fred Locks – Wheat and Tears; Missing Link (VP) ‘78
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Ranking Dillinger – See and Blind; None Stop Disco Style (Abrahama) ‘78
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’78 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Scrolls of the Prophet (Columbia/Legacy) remix of Babylon Queendom
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackman Redemption; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • The Skatalites – Malcolm X; Rough Guide to Ska (Rough Guide) Request
  • Ranking Joe & Cha Cha – You’ll Never Know; 10” (Above Rock) 2010 UK ska rocksteady w/ female Chinese singer

Set 5: Vinyl ls Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Love or Affection; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA  

<Love or Affection; 1 min. 39 sec.>

  • Paulette Tajah – Last Night; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) ’83 UK 
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase LP (Nigger Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Three Dimension – Roadblock; Roadblock (Nubian) ’87 UK herbtune

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds (UK) Polytechnic

<UK Tour 1973; 62 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Surrender Dub; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-strian dub w/ female vox
  • Adrian Sherwood – Zero Zero One; 10” (Green Tea) 2001 UK mutant dub
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From StudioOne (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jah-loween 

  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echdelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2005 LA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • Earth & Stone – The Devil Must Have Made You; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ‘79
Murdered shortly after his SLC performance where a youth was murdered in Park City

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFOria

<Aliens in the Bible; 28 sec.>

  • Thievery Corporations – Warning Shots; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC best of
  • Desmond Williams – Dread a the Roughest; Delights of the Garden (ESL)
  • Alpha & Omega – It Hurts + It Must Be Dub; Mystic Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 about Alien invasion

<When the Aliens attack. let’s go out with a bang! 47 sec.>

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Jah-loween Monster Mashdown!

Nuff Jah-loween today. So don’t get stoned on my tombstone

Greetings,

I sent a Tweet that captures my nearly 30 years spinning Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica love Halloween or as I call it Jah-loween as much as April 20th.

So I give you a taste of what I’m featuring for three hours Saturday Jah-tober 28th: 4-7 PM Mtn.; KRCL.or or 90.9FM i Salt Lake City.

Ghouls, Vampires, Witches, Frankenstein and The Mummy, Ghosts and Duppies in between Horror movie trailers and spooky soundbites.

<Smile Jamaica’s Jah-loween Monster Bash>

In today’s podcast I give you a preview of Halloween: Monster Hash, UB40, The Specials. 7″ Jamaican Jukebox, Vinyl is Vital and 12″ Disco Mixes.

Mutant Dub and 4 of my favorites from my usual Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years set.

Boo-tiful!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Annotated Playlist; 55 sec.

bless, I should say curse Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Lion Youth – Easy Skanking; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G. Dub; New York Dub (Top Beat) ’96 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘79
  • Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Jah Lloyd – Natty Bid Goodbye; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) ‘78
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 update of Boris Pickett; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 40; 50 sec.>

<Three Little Birds – 77 to 2017; 36 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rock With Me; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 live in Detroit

<Oct. 19 – Peter Tosh birthday and the Black Monday Stock Market crash; 45 sec.>

  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.
Peter Tosh murdered Sept. 11; crashed the stock market on his birthday from the next world 6 weeks later

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Halloween

  • Jah Fish – Vampire Rock; 7” (Mod) ’72 over Keble Drummond’s “Dangerous”
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ‘72
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate) ‘78
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; 7”
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour
Rare 45 from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder & Gunjan (female) – Warning Shots; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC dubbers
  • Afro Omega – Love Letter; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Black Slate – Mind Your Motion; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • GG All Stars – Vampire Rock; 12” (GG Hit) ’78

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl 

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 

<The Blackheart Man – even the lion fears him; 51 sec.>

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Willi Williams & the Armagideons – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Inland) ’80 Can.
  • Ras Karbi – Babylon Gravestone; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA
  • Sly & Robbie – Gravestone Version; 7” (Rockstone) ‘84
Bought for the amazing cover even before I was a Reggae fanatic

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years – Halloween Stylee

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!; 22 sec.>

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Black Sounds of Freedom (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • King Tubby – Roots of Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Terrific bi racial New York soul rocker does reggae for Halloween

Set 7:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; More UB40 (DEP/Sound) ‘81
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12” (2 Tone) ’81 UK
A song about violence in the clubs. Livicated to the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA

<The Mummy – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus; 22 sec.>

  • Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Soho – Zombies Walk the Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK w/ female vox
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Vampire + Dub Down the Vampire; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian dub
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US – Duppy = Jamaican ghosts
Saturday: Jah-tober 28; 4-7 PM Mtn. Smile Jamica’s Jah-loween: KRCL 90.9 FM krcl.org