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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Harvest Time!

Greetings,

Whiling away the last two Saturdays during KRCL’s Radiothon. Enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in the Secret Dubratory.

Hail up all the gardeners harvesting their bounty!

bless, Bobbylon

0 – 30 min.

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK
  • Armagideon – Grow More Dub; Through the Haze (Dubhead) ’98 UK
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb/ Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Black Uhuru – Sinsemilla; Tear It Up: Live (Mango) ’81 UK tour
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ‘83
  • Dr. Israel- Sinsemilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Dubblestandart – Marijuana Dreams + dub; Marijuana Dreams (Collision) 2010 Jah-stria
Hanf outta Jah-stria

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke – Legalize It; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 Tosh cover
  • King Kong – Legalize It; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Collie Ruler; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • Michael Rose – Draw the Weed; Never Give It Up (Heartbeat) 2001
  • Mikey Ras Starr – Coomyah (African Herbsman)
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Gentlemans Dub Club – High Grade; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnet) 2011 UK 

60-90 min.

  • Peter Tosh – Buk-In-Hamm Palace (12” Mix); Mystic Man (EMI America) ‘79
  • Rootz Underground – Herb Fields; Movement (Mystic Urchin) 2007
  • R.Z. Jackson – Sensimillia; Unda de Struggle (Abraham) ‘99
  • See-I – Dinner of Herbs; Dinner of Herbs EP (ESL)
  • Sister Carol – Red Eye; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ‘96
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries feat. Jah Thomas – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ‘80
  • The Meditations – Woman Piabba; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ‘76
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take: Best of (Trojan) ’78 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde + Version; CD Single (ESL) ’98 w/ female vox
  • Lone Ranger – Jamaican Weed; Big Blunts (Tommy Boy) ‘80
  • Rod Deal & the I-Deals – Helicopters; America’s Dream California Prop 215 (CD Baby) 2013 Soundtrack
  • Martin E.Z. – Light It Up; Babylon Central (ESL) 2005 Soundtrack
  • Jr. Byles & Jah T – Lick the Pipe Peter; Curly Locks (Heartbeat)
From Prop 215 to 8 down, 42 to go!

2 – 2 1/2 hrs.

  • Groove Corporation feat. Luciano – Legalise It; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from Elephant House (Guidance) 2002 UK
  • Lazyboy – The Manual; Lazyboy.TV (Universal) 2004
  • Soom T – Roll It; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow female weedstepper
  • Joseph Cotton – Ali Baba; Pro Cannabis IV  (EFA) ‘94
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Gregory Isaacs – Bush Ganja; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 trance dubbers
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War in a Babylon (Mango) ‘76
  • Zion Tribe – Herbissimo; Barre Chords (Zion Tribe) ’97 SLC group 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Lords of Acid – Marijuana in My Brain; Voodoo-U (American) ’94 hard dance w/ female vox
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) live in Bonn, Germany: Apr. 12, 1998
  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials feat. Laco Tayfa – Instanbul Twilight; Istanbul – The Sex, The City, The Music (Petrol) 2003
  • Cocoa Tea – The Weed; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005
  • Daweh Congo – Ganja Baby; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2006
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Island) ‘79

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 23, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Harvest Time!

 

<Jah Jah clean out the bad weeds. Separate them from the good. 20 sec.>

Greetings,

I always assume Summer is over when I have to switch from AC to the furnace. Alas, that happened this week.

Time to celebrate that with some Harvest Time roots ‘n’ dubbers. Fall also means an anniversary for I ‘n’ I. October 1989 I co-hosted Smile Jamaica with my bredrin Rutabaga Reese. He moved on Summer of ’90 and I have been juggling wax every Saturday, (not cratedigging of course), since.

Selah! Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 23, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 34 sec.

Don Carlos – The day of harvest has come!

 

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl dj to Mike Brooks Feeling of Reggae
  • Scientist – Surveilance (sic); Encounters Pac Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Lions Den – Zion Dub; Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubbers
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jarrett Park; Montego, Bay JA
  • Loi – One Draw; 12” (Abraham) female cover of Rita Marley’s 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 herbtune

<Adventures in Cratedigging – The Melodians big seller; 22 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Not Gonna Give It Up; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Hooverphonic – This Strange Effect/ Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC rmx w/ female vox
  • Mighty Diamonds – Fools Rush In; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Channel One) ‘78
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; 12” (Black Art) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27 Years

  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’82 

<Mondays: Theme to my first show: 3 O’Clock Roadblock; 13 sec.>

  • Black Roots – Mighty Lion; All Day All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Burning Spear – People of the World; People of the World (Blue Moon) ‘86
  • Love Joys – Long Lost Lover; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo on Black Cinderella riddim
  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shsnachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
“One day I don’t like is a Monday, Monday”

Set 4:

Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley = Joseph Biblical Prophet

<Bob as Biblical Prophet Joseph; 28 sec.>

Eric Donaldson – Black Magic Love; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ‘89

Horace Andy & Jah Mike – Praise Him + Babylon Happening; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ‘81

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (PVC) ’83 DC punkdub 

<HR throat of Bad Brains on Smile Jamaica in the studio; 59 sec.>

<Say it with me: Bad Brains; never THE Bad Brains; 6 sec.>

  • Bobby Culture w/ Brimstone & Fire – Dreadlocks Man; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ‘84
  • Icarus – State of Mind; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • I Roy – Quarter Pound of Ishens; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK

<Qtr. pound of herb costs $1.10 and you still can’t pay your rent?! 17 sec.>

Autographed copy from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s ’77 Exodus. Ziggy’s 2017 rmx; 45 sec.>

<Waiting in Vain mix ‘n’ match – ’77 to 2017; 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl: riddim shower (1): original
  • Simply Red – Love Fire; 12” (Elektra) (2): Lee Perry/Adrian Sherwood rmx

<Bunny Wailer & Simply Red Meet Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood of ON U Sound; 38 sec>

  • Earl Moodie – Untouchable Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 2 (Moodie Music) ’74 Dub Album of the Hour
Great Lee “Scratch” Perry & Adrian Sherwood Bunny Wailer rmx Rokers do Reggae!

Set 7:

  • Fabiane – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 original female vox
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 cover
Aisha – my favorite female Reggae singer

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Roots Manuva – Yellow Submarine; Badmeaningood no. 2 (Ultimate Dilemma) 2002 Beatles Cover
  • Sons of Arqa – Asian Rebel; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound)
  • Systemwide – Ripe Up Version; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • New Age Steppers/Creation Rebel – Threat to Creation; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ‘81
  • Alpha & Omega – Conscious Black Woman + Version; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Sinead O’Connor – Rivers of Babylon; Theology (Koch) 2007 Melodians cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon!

<World politics is like a boxing match: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon; 14 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 33 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockin’ Time; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • The Revolutionaries – Killer’s Goal Range; Spider’s Web (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl dub album of the week to  I Roy’s The General
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Hepcat – Dance Wid’ Me; Hepcat; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA ska
  • Empress Rasheda – Hail HIM (Acapella); Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubstress
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Stamma) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ‘83

<Adventures in Cratedigging: The Melodians – Irie Feeling; 51 sec.>

Sublime Rock Steady reunion, 1983

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dubstress on vox
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75

<Soldering = slang for the Jamaican stud; 12 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002 update
  • Misty in Roots – Crying Out For Peace; 1” (People Unite) ’81 UK

Soldering the young girls want

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 punk dub

<HR throat of Bad Brains – weirdest interview I ever did; 40 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘84
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Trojan)
Autographed by HR – throat of Bad Brains

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Honorary Citien (Columbia/Leacy) ’82 live in Calgary, Canada

<If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones!>

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’81 Dutch flute player w/ Word, Sound and Power in JA

<You’ve got jazz flute inna mi roots reggae! 26 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; Plantation Heights (Mango) ’76

<Smoking spliff wif Queen Elizabiff! 11 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (Trojan) ’78 UK
Smoke up the chalice inna Buckingham Palace

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Barry Brown – Conversation Slip Away; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Brooklyn cover of Stephen Stills’ Love the One You’re ith
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderella; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ‘8 UK
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian) ’89 UK
Smile Jamaica – the soundtrack to your Sensee Party!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + new Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 1977 to 2017; 69 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching You; Anthem (Island) ’83 Rockwell soul cover

<Rockwell; 31 sec.>

  • Aisha – Don’t Tell Me No More Lies; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ‘73

<Bob Dylan’s New Morning; 26 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Long Time I No Smoke; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – Bong Bong; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK herb mutant dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sista Pat – Wires and Watchtowers; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 herbtune
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ‘82
  • Systemwide – Reclame; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • Alpha & Omega – Sharu Att Our Aunt (Beginning and End); King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Steely Dan’s Reggae Debut!

Cactus Records: Bozeman, MT; my go-to shop from 1983-86

Greetings,

I went to Montana State University in Bozeman from Fall of ’83 to Spring of ’86. I had a studio apartment right around the corner from Cactus Recyords.

I would spend hours there on Saturdays. Buying vinyl. Music magazines like Trouser Press and Spin. (AlreadIy a subscription to Rolling Stone.)  had read in an electronics magazine about these space age inventions called the compact disk.

Aluminum based not vinyl. Harder to scratch or warp. Smaller and lighter so easier to store. For me the best benefit was you could play the whole disk without need to get up and flip the disk over for Side 2.

I wanted these. November ’85 Cactus put up a little rack of these disks. I didn’t even have a CD player yet. So I bought 2 of a very limited stock. The first Fleetwood Mac album (Nicks/Buckingham edition) and Steely Dan a Decade of Hits. I think they each cost $20 which was a fortune in 1985 dollars.

I would stare at them and wait impatiently for Christmas. I had asked for a CD player for the Holiday. Got a Fisher Deck. Mom probably got it from Sears or Montgomery Ward’s.

The deck itself was bare bones. All it did was display track number. No time counter, no programming. I think it had a repeat feature but that was it.

So when Walter Becker, one half of Steely Dan passed away this week, I fetched this disk and livicated the Reggae jam “Babylon Sisters” on this Ark-ive edition of Smile Jamaica

Livicated to Walter Becker; 22 sec.

<Babylon Sisters – turn that jungle music down; 26 sec.>

I can usually find a Reggae jam

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • I Roy – African Continent; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – So Much Things to Say Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub vinyl of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 – cease fire and light the chalice: Trump vs. Kim Jong-un

<2  guys w/ bad hair – Cease Fire and light the chalice!; 30 sec.>

  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon + Ghettoman Corner; Lambs Bread International (Blood and Fire) ‘79
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; 10” EP (Deep Root) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
Always start a Smile Jamaica episode with rare vinyl!

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Tear It Up – Live (Mango) ’82 live in London; herbtune
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 cover of Bob’s cover of the Orioles gospel tune
  • Michigan and Smiley – Reggae Ska; Reggae Dance Part (RAS) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12” (Shanachie) ‘81
Duckie Simpson, Michael Rose and the late Puma Jones. My Holy Trinity of Reggae

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7” (Clintones) 
  • Dyema – Jah-Jah-I; 7” (Paradise) ’77 female singer
  • Georges – The Light’ 7” (More Relation)
  • Ronald Auboine – Unity; 7” (Little Sports)
  • Cecil Barker – Pay the Bills; 7” (Hit Maker) ‘76
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Bum Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) Dub Album of the Hour
Ultra rare out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original vs. Ziggy’s rmx: Wailers Family Tree set

<Bob’s Exodus; 93 sec.>

<’77 vs. Ziggy Remix: Exodus title track; 25 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Reseda, CA live

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Max Romeo – Bell the Cat; Holding Out My Love to You (Shanachie) ’81 Keith Richards prod’n
  • The Gladiators – That Nuh Right; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 Brooklyn
    Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Sista Ruby – Think and Wanda; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK singjay
  • Peter Metro – Metric Connection; Yellowman, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA

<Ancient Aliens and the metric system; 51 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters; Gaucho (MCA) ’80
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Atlantic) ’73 NYC bi racial rocker/soul guy
  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 San Rafael, CA live – Tosh cover
Walter Becker RIP

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years: Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • The Upsetters – Tell Me Something Good; Return of the Super Age (Upsetter) ‘78: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years: Lee Perry set (Rufus cover)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – You Thought I Was Dead; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 – Adrian Sherwood co-production
  • Candy McKenzie – Ice Cream; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) ‘77
  • The Diamonds – Talk About It/Ya-ma Ky; Open the Gate (Trojan) (aka Mighty Diamonds) ‘75
Lee “Scratch” Perry in his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Mutant Dub Set

  • DeeDee Bridgewater & UFO – Flying Saucer; Saint-Germain Des-Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio (Rewound); Babylon Rewound (ESL) EP: 2004 remixes
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Earl 16 – Stem the Tide; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Alpha & Omega) ’90 UK trance w/ female vox
  • South – Remedies; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2002 UK  

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-gust 12, 2017 – World War 3.0: The Ultimate Bad Hair Day!

<World War 3.0..; 16 sec..>

<…started by 2 guys with bad hair; 51 sec.>

Greetings,

Man am I exhausted by the divisiveness in this country and the world. Seems like we’re lurching to mass destruction through hatred and mean spiritedness. War is the first bag out of the club. Threats of war, sanctions, all negativity for surety.

What can we do? What comes first: Civil War in America or World War 3.0 in East Asia.

Reggae prophesied what happens  when nations result to wars and rumors of wars.

Wish I had something more encouraging to report. But I don’t. So let’s hope we can cool down the pace and get along in the rat race

Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

-Bob Marley : Redmeption Song

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 12, 2017; 63 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 JA vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Hanging on the Wall; Dub Store Special (Studio One) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87

<Tosh’s murder – 1987; 26 sec.>

  • Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah; King Jammy in Roots (Auralux) ’82

<Mundell’s murder 1983; 30 sec.>

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Ask Ed – How people get busted for weed; 43 sec.>

Ed Rosenthal of High Times

3 Ways people get busted:

  1. carelessness
  2. family members/significant others turn you in during quarrels
  3. bad luck/wrong place at the wrong time
  • Naffi I – We Shall Not Want; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female militant steppers
Augustus Pablo protege murdered in 1983: Hugh Mundell

Set 2:

  • Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day Collie Buddz (Columbia) 2007
  • Mike Brooks – Culture; Classical Anthology (Teem) ‘75
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune
  • Marcia Aitken & Trinity/I’m Still in Love + Three Piece Suit (Trojan) ‘77
Collie Buddz

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ’80 

<Black Uhuru – adventures in cratedigging; 37 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Education; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Aisha – Hi-Tech; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire/Ja-Man) Dub Album of the Hour
Bought my first CD’s for the Ark-Ives at Smokey’s Records; SLC

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Let Him Go; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Sammy Dread – Independent Dread; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old & New Testament (RAS) ’92 herbtune
  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Fab 5 – Ooh?  Wa?; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA 
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK tribute to soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins
  • Della Grant &The Twinkle Brothers – Jah, Jah I’m Calling You (Twinkle) ’91 Oakland, CA
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK to Dawn & Christine herbtune
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Cimax (Black Star) ’88 Finland, twins
If the Third World War is a Must!

Set 6:

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

<Bob’s Exodus; 70 sec.>

 

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’76 Rasta themed comp
  • The Selecter – Train to Skaville 12”; Celebrate the Bullet (Deluxe Edition) (Chrysalis) ‘80 2 Tone UK ska cover of the Ethiopians
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89 Commandments of Dub ch. 9:Dub Album of the Hour
Train to Skaville

Set 7:

  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 update of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Indian Reservation

<African People = Indian Reservation; 19 sec.>

  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78 herbtune of Ronnie Davis doing Bob Marley
  • Webcam Hi Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dubstress
Reggae re-working as African People

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – Dance on Vaseline; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 rmx from Talking Heads 

<David Byrne debut on Smile Jamaica; 16 sec.>

  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi-dubstress, UFOria
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwe – High Grade; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together?; The Archives (ESL) 2012 – ½ Thievery Corp; covers Timmy Thomas soul
  • Dubsultan – Salmin Dub; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) 2012 Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT!

<Mutant Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT; 23 sec.>

Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald and now…David Byrne on Smile Jamaica!

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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

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