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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 22, 2019: Space Farce!

 

Greetings,

I’m annoyed with our President. Listen why…

<Trump scoffs at UFO’s;  97 sec.>

This summer I started watching a new program on History Channel called Unidentified

The show features a guy named Lew Elizondo who quit our intelligence service to alert the world about UFO encounters. Our naval pilots are being harassed and traumatized by their encounters with flying “Tic Tacs”. Craft that can neutralize weapons defense systems on our most sophisticated planes.

Pentagon admits to UFO investigations

This popped up on the corporate news cycle and during an interview with George Stephanapolous, The Cheetolini said he didn’t believe in UFO’s. I would have thought he would have believed in UFO’s bigly.

So here is why I am perturbed: Pres. 45 created the Space Force. General Giorgio of Ancient Aliens is heading the effort.

General Giorgio tapped I ‘n’ I to be in charge of Lunar agriculture. I am leading the effort to plant the space dust. The moon is gonna be lonely for a while. That’s why NASA invented vaping. You can’t spark a doobie in space. No oxygen, am I right?

I ‘n’ I am not growing moon weed and deejaying for the harvesters’ entertainment up there, just so Raytheon and Boeing can add to their Military Industrial Complex profits.

Hey 45: It ain’t swamp gas, ball lightning or mother effing weather balloons. It is Extra Terrestrials wary of our nuclear war insanity.

Between Trump’s betrayal and the Walrus of War (John Bolton’s) game of chicken in the Strait Hormuz, I am fed up!

So I told the Mad Tweeter: I QUIT; 60 sec.

The Aliens do not want to see a World War III in the Middle East that could go nuclear. Alien sightings became common after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. They don’t care about us humans, but they need our gold and water. A Bitter Wind destroyed Sumer – and what was that bitter wind? Nuclear weapons inna Mesopotamia

<No war with Iran; 52 sec.>

<Specials – anti-war ska; 27 sec.>

Watching Unidentified and hearing military people talk about a “rain of UFO’s” mankind should heed the warning. If you weaponize space, the Aliens will intercede and it won’t turn out well.

Watch the movie from 1951, the Day the Earth Stood Still and how the Aliens (or  my ancestors – The Anunnaki if you are like me, an Ancient Astronaut Theorist), will put mankind under heavy manners, as the Rastas used to say

<Klaatu Barada Nikto; 54 sec.>

Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 22, 2019 – Annotated Playlist; 76 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; 12″ EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 US picture sleeve
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & the Upsetters – Cloak & Dagger; Cloak & Dagger (Black Art) ’72 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • IBA – Zion Trail; Many Lives (Mt. Nebo) 2006 Chattenham
  • Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 female dj over UB40 Version Girl
  • Tippa Lee & Lone Ranger – Me No Call No Police + Keep on Dubbing in the Dance; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; 12″ (Jah Life) ’79 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Mikey Dread – I Love My Mother; World Tour (Dread at the Controls) ’99
  • Alton & Hortense Ellis – I’m Just a Guy; Cry Tough (Treasure Isle/Heartbeat) ’68
  • Junior Delgado – Tell Me How You Feel; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’90
  • Leonard Dillon – Done ‘I Done; One Step Forward (House of Reggae) ’91
  • Early B – Send in the Patient; 12″ (Vibes and Vibes) ’85 JA

Set 3:

  • Fred Locks – Moving With the Power; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ’95
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Stand Up Dub; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Ken Boothe – Tears in My Eyes; 10″ EP (Trojan) ’71 BB Seaton cover
  • Pablo Gad – Bloodsuckers + dub; Bloodsuckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation – It Takes a Thief/DJ Kicsk; DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Chris Wayne – Don’t Worry Yourself; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Rasta Rafiki – Congregation; Stream of Consciousness (Blue Duck) ’95 Morgantown, WV
  • Rita Marley – That’s the Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’82 picture sleeve
  • Culture – Dubbing in the Capital; Stoned (RAS) ’97 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Specials – The Man at C & A; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone ska; anti-nuclear war
  • Pancho Alphanso – Red Eye; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Leave Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK
  • Pluo Shervington – Ms. Gace; Pluto (Wild Flower) ’75 JA
  • Soom T – 31st Century Song; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2012 UK female weedstepper

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Sister Carol – Lost inna Space; Jah Disciple (RAS) ’99 UFO tune; Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ years
  • Bad Brains – The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth; Rock for Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Michael Prophet – Fight to the Top 12″ version; Serious Reasoning (Mango) ’80
  • Martin Campbell & Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics: Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Another Dance; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Another Dance>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Jamaica (Putomayo) ’76

<Tosh bio>

  • Bunny Wailer – Winepress (Babylon System); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 tracks for 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dubs

Set 8: UFOria

  • Word Sound I  Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) UFOria
  • UFO feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint German des Prev IV (Wagram)
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Jah Warrior Presents
  • Winston Wright & Tommy McCook – Moon Invader; Greater Jamaica Moon Walk-Reggay (Treasure Isle) ’69 instrumental
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outta Space; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Bob Marley – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 15, 2019 – Father & Dreadlocks!

Greetings,

Smile Jamaica pays tribute to all the Fathers. In Reggae, of course, His Imperial Majesty – Haile Selassie I is the universal father

A little story about my father, also named Robert. 2019 was the year everything went sideways. On Jan. 3 he fell while walking the dog and was admitted to the emergency room in Sun City West, AZ.

We found out he has a condition called NPH. It’s a build up of excess spinal fluid on the brain. Its untreated effects include lack of co-ordination in walking, mental impairment and incontinence. It is treated by installing a shunt in the skull that absorbs the excess fluid harmlessly into the stomach lining.

But before he could have that procedure he had: shingles which  led to meningitis, two small strokes and a whole litany of deleterious side effects. He has been in hospital or a rehab facility more nights than he has spent at home.

Talking to him was like he was fading out and not there. So this Father’s Day show was livicated to him and the memories of our family and wondering why nothing seems to be working for him.

When I talked to him on Father’s Day, it was the first time in months we carried on an actual conversation. The first sense of optimism and now I don’t dread calling him.

So I always lead off with this song by Charlie Ace called Father and Dreadlocks: (37 sec.)

Father and Dread Locks – Charlie Ace (lyrics transcribed by Bobbylon)

  • Hail Daddy-man!
  • Wha’ppen when him come for the Holidays
  • Yes-I! Whap’n rate up a draw of herb fi I place y’know!
  • Son – who dat? No Parson’s son turn Rastaman!
  • Yes-I! Man sight the fullness y’know?
  • Parson send him one son fi (to) college for the study of religious knowledge
  • Some day the boy decides to come home for Holiday
  • But when he enter him home something strange happen
  • He wasn’t wearing slicker suit
  • He wasn’t wearing big heel boots
  • He was wearing dungarees and sandals
  • And when he moved his tam from his head
  • Parson frightened til him was drop down dead
  • When him natty dreadlocks drop to the ground
  • So, his Dad looked at him and said:
  • My son, my son what comes over you? What happened?
  • You pass your GCE and sit upon University. What happened?
  • I work morning, noon and night to get you there. What happened?
  • He said, Daddy you don’t understand like I do
  • But Jah has called upon I
  • I have sight of the Promised Land
  • Daddy, I know the way you feel but one day you will understand
  • My son, what is the plan for the future?
  • He said: Daddy, I plan to use my education to defend human rights, equality and justice throughout the Universe
  • This time the Mother is in the kitchen cooking the best dressed chicken
  • So she run when she realize her one son was home to greet her one son
  • When she sight Natty Dreadlocks she nearly drop down dead
  • She said: My son, my son. What are we going to tell the people of the neighborhood?
  • He said: Mom, tell them that the power of Jah is moving on-ya!

So that song has special significance Father’s Day 2019. The power of Jah is movin’ on ya! Foward ever, backwards never Papa Bob!

<The Power of Jah is movin’ on-ya!; 51 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: June 15, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 64 sec.

Set 1:

  • The African Brothers – Lead Us Father; Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’74 3 hours of Father’s Day
  • Roots Radics – Time Capsule (RAS) ’82 Barrington Levy dubs
  • Charlie Ace – Father and Dreadlocks; 7″ (Studio One) JA
  • Dennis Brown – Created by the Father; Best of: The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ’79
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Session (Makasound) ’83 UK
  • Sylvan White – Mammy & Daddy; 7″ (Corner Stone Church of Music Congress) JA
  • Capital Letters – Daddy Was No Murderer; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Mi Love the Father; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Jah T – Grandfather Land; The Sound Doctor (Pressure Sounds) ’72 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Prince Alla – In My Father’s House; Sweet Sensations (Corner Stone) ’84
  • Freddy McKay – Father Will Cut You Off; 7″ (Money Disc) ’83 JA
  • Ian Sweetness – Almighty Father; All I Have Is Love (Easy Star) 2001
  • Dennis Bovell – Oh Mama, Oh Papa; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’93 UK dubmaster

Set 3:

  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks & the Light of Saba – Song For My Father; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’76 nyah horns instrumental
  • Big Youth – Mammy Hot, Daddy Cool; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77
  • White Mice – Love Mom and Dad; White Mice (Intelitec Muzk) ’88 youth
  • Alton Ellis – Papa; 7″ (Clintones) ’75
  • Impact All-Stars – Easy Come Dub; Dubwise & Otherwise 2 (Blood Fire) Dub compilation of the hour

Set 4:

  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Mother and Father; Israelites (Trojan) ’62
  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ’72
  • Queen Majeeda – Oh Daddy; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poet
  • Fire Facts – Father Forgive Them; Remand Centre (Sky High) ’94

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Israel Vibration – Universal Father; Why You So Craven (Arrival) ’81 JA 

<Israel Vibration; 30 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Ababa John I (Father Majesty); Spread Out
  • Michigan and Smiley – Sugar Daddy; Sugar Daddy (RAS) ’83 DC
  • Ras Michael – Don’t Sell Daddy No Whiskey; Love Thy Neighbour (Live & Learn) ’79 DC nyahbinghi
  • Jackie Mittoo – Dad Is Home; Macka Fat (Studio One) ’71 JA cover of Shep & the Limeliters Daddy’s Home

Set 6:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Dada; acapella live (LKJ) ’94 live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, London – UK dub poet

<Dub poem to father; 43 sec.>

  • Big Youth – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’77 Temptations cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Created by the Father; Cool Ruler (Virgin) ’78
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama and Papa; Barry (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Merger – Father’s Children; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Los Angeles vinyl
  • 4th Street Orchestra – The Grunwick Affair; Yuh Learn (EMI) ’77 dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Derrick Morgan – Don’t Call Me Daddy; The Legend of Derrick Morgan (Imperial) ’80 Can. vinyl
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75 – cover of Derrick Morgan

<Don’t Call Me Daddy; 48 sec.>

  • The Maytals – Daddy; Sensational Ska (Jamaican Gold) ’65

Set 8:

  • Ky-Mani Marley – Dear Dad; 12″ (Shang) ’99
  • Winston Reedy – Message to Father; Dim the Lights (Inner Light) ’85 UK
  • African Head Charge – Healing Father; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK
  • Robert Marley – Scandal Ska (Island) ’62 – Bob’s first dub
  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; While Relaxing (bootleg) March 14, 1979 – Live at the Bayou, Washington DC

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 – #2 is Musical Youth!

Greetings,

I was born in a small north central Montana town called Fort Benton. Along the Missouri river, it was the furthest the steamboats could go before you had to pack wagon trains of goods to Oregon and Canada.

Brutally cold in the winter. Gorgeous in the summer,  although the mosquitos are the size of kittens. A town of 1500 didn’t have much in the way of shopping, so you had to drive 35 miles to Great Falls.

Movies, clothes shopping, better restaurants. When the drinking age in Montana was 19, we would buy beer where no one knew us. They had a good record store there called Hastings. It was across the street from the mall, so I would always try and swing by there before I left for home.

Usually, I would buy vinyl. But, it was about 45 minutes to drive home, at 55 max MPH speed limit. So I would tend to buy a cassette to listen to for the drive home.

I was getting ready to graduate May of 1983. I remember the album I bought: Ramones – Subterranean Jungle. The cassette was the big novelty hit of ’83. MTV crossover: Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie.

Youth group from UK singing and toasting over a sanitized version of the Mighty Diamonds’ Pass the Kutchie.

Kutchie = cannabis utensil. Can’t have kiddies singing about the Seven Leaf, so they switched up the lyrics to the cooking pot, dutch pot = dutchie.

I bought it for the song, not because it was Reggae. That was #2 Reggae addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Over the years, I picked it up on LP and various 12″ promo singles. Then, cratedigging in Minneapolis a few years ago, I got their 2 albums on 1 CD for $5 in the discount rack. Nice price!

I was cleaning out my garage and came across a shoebox full of cassettes and found it there. (First Reggae album you are wondering? Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Xmas ’81. Thanks Mom!

bless, Bobbylon

<Musical Youth – second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-ive>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 annotated playlist

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Jah Is My Master; Yabby You & King Tubby’s All Stars (Yabby You) early 80’s JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – The Big Rip-Off; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK soul/rock/reggae
  • Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Natural Vibes – Life Hard a Yard; King Jammy a Man and His music Volume 1 (RAS) ’82
  • Tristan Palma – Sensimilla; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lucy Clark – Just One Look; 12″ (Bullet) US Doris Troy cover

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Nerious Joseph – Guidance; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Fashion) ’92
  • The Royals – Pick Up the Pieces: Full Up: Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Wingless Angels feat. Justin Hinds & Keith Richards – Come Down Wicked Man; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 nyahbinghi
  • Junior Delahaye – Working Hard For the Rent Man; 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dennis Brown – Westbound Train; Some Like It Hot (Heartbeat) ’75: 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopias; Stay Red (Esoldun) 77? Black Ark prod’n
  • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp; Bobby Bobylon (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’79
  • Musical Youth – Rub ‘N Dub; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth group
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Puma – Babylon Falling; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2011 SLC w/ female vox
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ’94 herbtune
  • Flick Wilson – My Lady; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK –
  • Dilinger – Tribal War; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chalwa Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK herbtune
  • Nicodimus (sic) – Keep It In the Family; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Curly Locks; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK – Jr. Byles cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – He Who Knows It Feels It; Best of Studio One (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Song history; 88 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Fancy Curls; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th
  • Soon Come/I’m the Toughest/Bush Doctor; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Black Uhuru – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Rockers Hi-Fi w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 Cream cover
  • Daryl Jenifer – Away Away; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010 Bad Brains bassie
  • Jeff Beck Group – She’s a Woman; Live With the Jan Hammer Group (Epic) ’77
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 herbtune King Floyd cover

<75 pounds of lambsbread from Jamaica; 29 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations

<Bob not a fan of UFOs; 22 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Ital Breakfast (ON U Sound) ’96 conspiracy theory
  • Alpha & Omega – Twelve Fruits; Tree of Life (A & 0) ’96 UK trance w/ female vox
  • Sugar Dee – Humble Mr. Babylon; 12″ (Know Thyself) 2012 UK
  • Roots Manuva feat. Wrongtom – Wol’ a Mine; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl!

Greetings indeed,

Been organizing all my vinyl in my Ark-Ive. It’s a never ending proposition of memory refresh. I haul and pull about 40 gems for you on this show.

Find out from where I get my nickname. Bobbylon. (PS – not one of the Reggae good guys!); 51 sec.

When I was a youth in Montana I collected baseball cards and comic books. You had a visual/literary context. But not like the satisfaction of finding a rare record, pulling it from the sleeve, dropping the needle pon the groove and listening to the bass wash over the room.

Now that is the joy of collecting!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: May 18, 2019 – All Vinyl; 68 sec.

Set 1:

  • Half Pint – Greetings; Greetings (Power House) ’86 JA vinyl
  • Black Disciples/Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Francisco
  • Merge – Vision of Life; Prisoner of Your Love (Takoma) ’84 Hollywood, CA
  • Steel Pulse – Nyahbinghi Voyage; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK
  • Wailing Souls – Ishen Tree; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ’83 UK herbtune (1) vox
  • Josey Wales – Love Me Ishen Tree; Ganja Pipe Is Harmless (Live & Learn) ’83 DC herbtune (2) dj
  • Pad Anthony – Praise Without Raise; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 2:

  • Yellowman & Fathead – Proud of Me; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
  • The Meditations – Fly Your Natty Dread; Greatest Hits (Shanachie) ’84 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Mighty Invaders – Mr. Officer; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY youth group w/ female vox
  • Sister Nancy – One, Two; One, Two (Techniques) ’82 JA
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 3:

  • Gregory Isaacs & Christine – Rock On + Saturday Night; Rock On (Jah-Live) ’75 Fr.
  • Hugh Griffiths – African Dream; Motherland Africa – Gone Clear (My-0-Lantic) ’86 NY
  • Inner Circle – Rock the Boat; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK – Hues Corp. disco cover
  • Dennis Brown w/ Nigger Kojak & Liza – Hole in the Bucket/Cork It; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’78 JA – Luther Ingram cover
  • 4th Street – Ah Who Seh? Ah Who Sey? Go-Deh1 (EMI) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Reid – Love Mama; Original Foreign Mind (Harry J) ’85 JA
  • Lillian Allen – The Subversives; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’85 Emoryville, CA; Toronto dub poet
  • Latty Guzang – Forward to Zion; 12″ (Atlantean) ’84 Houston, TX

Set 5:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny – Sunday Morning; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ‘ 66 JA

<Sunday Morning: gospel ballad; 1 min. 16 sec.>

  • Sis Nya – Works of Jah; Jah Music (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK dawta
  • Jah Lion – Soldier & Police War; Scratch on the Wire (Island) ’79 UK; dj to Police & Thieves
  • George Faith – Please Stay; Ravers Rock vol. 2 (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Dubplate); 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.

Set 6:

  • Akabu – Life; Akabu (Viva) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • The Heptones – Book of Rules; Night Food (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mr. Talkative; Reggae Jamboree (Moodisc) ’92 Miami
  • Tony Tuff – Take It Down Low; Wha We A Go Do (Top Rank) ’84
  • Eek  a Mouse – Noah’s Ark; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

<Utnapishtim in his tesseract space ship. Not Noah and a wooden boat>

They waited 500 years for the flood to recede on a space ship. Not an ark

  • Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’82 UK mutant dub album of the hour

Set 7:

  • Freddie McGregor – Bobby Bobbylon; Bobby Bobbylon (Studio One) ’79 JA; how I get my nickname
  • Shakeena – Reggae Music; Dance Music (Majicaa) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Phillip Frazer – Come Ethiopians; Reggae All Star (Freedom Sounds) ’79 JA
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 New York

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players feat. Lizard & Prince Far I; Dungeon/Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub

<The horror of the Middle Passage; 50 sec.>

  • Niney the Observer – My Spliff; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago herbtune
  • Junior Byles – Education Rock; Reggae Hit the Town (Pama) ’68 UK
  • The Regulars – Ital Club; Victim (CBS) ’79 UK
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – Radical Star (Green Tea) ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019: Kentucky Derby Stylee!

Spark up a mint julep. Smile Jamaica celebrates the Kentucky Derby

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing just like Americans do. One way to celebrate that love is through music.

So on behalf of the “Super Bowl” of American racing (to mix metaphors), the  I play my annual Jamaican horse racing set.

I always start with this song….

<The Selassie I Cup>

The horses and their odds of winning:

  • Babylon 2-1
  • Soul Youth 3-1
  • Rome is Even
  • The Pope 3-5
  • Dreadlocks 8-1
  • Baldhead 15-1
Jamaican race track

Listen to this clip to see who won!

<The Selassie I Cup: win, place and show; 20 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 4, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • The Chantells – Children of Jah; Waiting in the Park (Phase One) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Zulu Warriors – Warrior Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Silvertones – Give Thanks; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n;
  • Prince Hammer – Dutty Man Skank; Rastafari Bible (Patate) late 70’s Deejay
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Sharing; Songs of Sharing (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopians outta Swedung
  • Bushman – Weed fi Bun (You Got Me Gone); Weed  Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • 15 16 17 – Suddenly Happiness; 12” (DEP) ’78 UK: 2 sisters & a cousin

Set 2: Horse Racing

  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) Kentucky Derby/horseracing set
  • Race Fans – Bookie Man; 7” (Upset) ‘68
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) race track in Kingston, JA

<Caymanas Park in Jamaica>

  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick de Bucket; Give & Take (Trojan) ‘68
  • The Specials – Longshot Kick de Bucket (Live): Too Much Too Young  (Receiver) ’79 Pioneers cover live at Aston Univ., UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ride Natty Ride; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’80 JA
Jamaican race track

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dambala – Future; Azania (Dada Music) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc)
  • Pato Banton – My Opinion; Recaptured (Ariwa) ‘89
  • Pablo Moses – A Step Before Hell + dub; Pave the Way (Mango) ‘80
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Lambs Bread; Trojan Dub Box Set 2 (Trojan) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Bob’s mom. Smile Jamaica celebrates Mother’s Day Sat. May 11

Set 4:

  • Wingless Angels – No Dark There; Wingless Angels (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hines and nyah drummers

<Wingless Angels; 41 sec.>

  • Lorna Asher – Straight to Your Heart; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ‘99
  • Cornell Campbell & U Brown – Pride & Joy + Rock to the Rhythm; 12” (Mash It) Brooklyn
Wingless Angels feat. Keith Richards

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Shakers – Emergency Call; Yankee Reggae (Asylum) ’76 female vox
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Dreaming; Century (Century) ’84 UK
  • Barry Brown – Ital Rock; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Can.
  • Laurel Aitken – Je T’aimerai Toujours (I Love You, Yes I Do); Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Bankie Banx – Oh Caroline; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Cayman Islands
Rolling Stone Record Guide called Yankee Reggae the worst reggae LP ever released

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Dancing Shoes; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One)  JA vinyl

<Dancing Shoes; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Judge Not; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) 3/14/1979 Wash’n DC
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Request

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (CBS) ’85 cover of Half Pint “Winsome”: Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Watching the Detectives; Live at Hollywood High Hip-O) June 4, 1978
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise + Dub; Hurricane + Dub (PIAS) 2011

Set 8: Mutant dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient dub; Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – The State of the Union; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC rmx
  • Dry & Heavy – New Creation; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox from Likkle Mai
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 27, 2019! Reggae Loves American Radio

Greetings,

When I was a youth in Montana, radio in the 70’s and early 80’s was “format agnostic.” The one pop radio station we could receive out of Great Falls would mix a singer songwriter, like Jackson Browne, next to a rock artist like the Rolling Stones or Boston and then expect to hear some classic 70’s soul from the Spinners.

In the late 70’s it was not unreal to go from a Kiss rocker straight into thumping disco.

Radio is not that way any longer. Everything is separated and boxed in with narrow playlists.

So having nearly two decades of pop music knowledge, even in a rural place like Northern Montana, I have a keen ear for pop hits.

We even had disco in Montana

In Jamaica, even cheap transistor radios could pick up stations from Miami and New Orleans. So what I heard in rural Montana was also picked up in Jamaica.

So nearly every pop hit had a local Reggae “chucka chucka” cover. That guitar chop in Reggae comes because of wave distortion in the radio single. The modulation was thought to be a part of the song.

I cold do dozens of shows of covers and we hear some of these examples on today’s Smile Jamaica.

  • The Pioneers cover one hit wonder Steam
  • Junior Murvin falsetto on Curtis Mayfield
  • Lloyd Charmers AM hit by Tommy James; 40 sec.
  • The Clash turn the tables and cover Reggae – Willi Williams

From Fort Benton Montana to Kingston Jamaica inna rub a dub stylee!

bless, Bobbylon

<Pioneers cover Steam>

Set 1:

  • Dillinger – Rock to the Music; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Glenmore Brown – South East Rock; Dube From the South East (Rhythm Foundation) Stevanger, Norway vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Our Own Song; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) 2003 UB40 cover
  • General Plough – No Pity in the City; One and One = Two (JA) ’83
  • The Pioneers – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye; Give & Take (Trojan) ’69 Steam soul cover
  • Prince Hammer – Legalise (Discomix); Rastafari Bible (Patate) ’76 Peter Tosh cover 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scatch” Perry & the Upsetters – Stay Dread; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – High Tide or Low Tide; Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 riddim shower (1) – cover of Dad’s
  • The Wailers – High Tide or Low Tide; Songs of Freedom (Tuff Gong) ’73 riddim shower (2) original

<High Tide or Low Tide; 49 sec.>

  • Candy McKenzie – Jah Knows; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents Candy McKenzie (Trojan) ’70’s Black Ark prod’n
  • Junior Delahaye & Wackies Riddim Force – Mystic Revellation (sic); 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx herbtune

Set 3:

  • Lloyd Charmers – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae vol. 3 (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James & the Shondells cover
  • Soulettes – Shoo Be Doo; 7″ (Upsetter pre) Rita Marley’s rock steady group
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (DEP) ’85 UK – dub
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Burn Pipe Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Junior Murvin – Rasta Get Ready; Police & Thieves (Deluxe Edition) ’77 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Ras David – Legalizer Dub; One Love Vibration (Gold Poet) ’95 Santa Barbara 420 dub
  • Gideon Zinger & U-Brown – So They Say + Can’t Keep a Good Man Down; Ire Hi-Fi (Play de Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Marcia Griffiths – Don’t Ever Leave; 12″ (Sheba) ’81 JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Love Won’t Be Mine; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Doo wop Bob 1 min. 28 sec.;>

  • Shaka Man – Tribute to Bob (If It Wasn’t For the Rasta Man); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) LA Bob Marley tribute
  • Mother Liza – Ten to Ten; Mother Liza Meets Pappa Tullo (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Linval Thompson – Lick Up the Chalice; Look How Me Sexy (Greensleeves) ’82 UK herbtune
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time/Justice Tonight/Kick It Over; Black Market Clash (NuDisk) ’80 10″ EP

<10″ oil crisis; 1 min. 2 sec.>

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Aisha – The Creator; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Burning Spear – Fire Man; (Heartbeat) ’83 aka Mr. Fire Coal Man
  • Naturalites – Lion inna Jungle; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Part 2 (CSA) ’85 UK

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years/Stepping Razor – Live at The Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman Rides Again (Ride Natty Ride); Hall of Fame; RAS (1995) 50 Bob covers for his 50th birthday

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation/Boojoo Bazou – Under Me Sensi Remix; Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Raise the Dead; Survival Guide for the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collierado dub-hop
  • Dry & Heavy – Riders on the Storm; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon Doors cov
  • Dub Syndicate – Not a World; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20, 2019 – 420 on 4/20!

Greetings,

April 20th. 4/20. Smokers in San Rafael code for getting together for a toke. Grew from there to what we know now. The Smoker’s Holiday in 10 down, 40 to go.

Even my Mom sent me a Happy 420 meme

Vaping with my parents last Xmas is one of my fondest memories of the past few years. Especially now that my Dad is deathly ill.

So, every April I start looking for new soundbytes to “rip.” This year I “harvested” about 15 new ones

  • Blues Brothers:
  • Dub Side of the Moon:
  • Queen Elizabeth

And how about some Biblical affirmation of the Seven Leaf….

<Revelation 22:2 – Healing of the Nations; 22 sec.>

<Psalm 18:8 – Fire out of his nostrils; 20 sec.>

from the Holy Land to Egypt and Mesopotamia

As we roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus and smoke sensimenia inna Mesopotamia

<Mummy Rock; 11 sec.>

Then back to America for jazz chanteuse Billie Holiday’s Seven Leaf motivation…

<Whenever I get low, I get high…Billie Holiday; 12 sec.>

I wonder if there is anyone out there in terrestrial radio land that did 3 hours of all marijuana music in the middle of a Saturday afternoon. And even if they did, who stitches in 420 soundclips, movie dialog and musical bong rips? (The advantages of being a sound editor by trade.)

I ‘n’ I that’s who! Let’s celebrate some free speech while it is still allowed.

<Sensi…ng a theme?; 13 sec.>

So enjoy the 25th (or so) annual 420 on Smile Jamaica. Until it’s 50 down, none to go….

bless, Bobbylon

The only shotgunning that should be allowed between these two nuclear leaders

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 20 – 420 on 4/20 Annotated Playlist: ( 1 min. 55 sec.)

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Mariguana World Tour; Marijuana World Tour (Original) ’79 UK vinyl: 420 Cannabis Service Show
  • Sly & the Revolutionaries – Rizla; Black Ash Dub (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
  • Glen Judah – Mr. Collie Man; 12″ (Atlantean) ’83 Houston

<Collie = Kali; 29 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Melodians – Irie Feeling; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
  • Leroy Smart – Collie Give Me Wisdom; Let Everyman Survive (Jamaican Gold) ’78
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK Roots Dawta trio
  • Soul Syndicate – Mariwana; Harvest Uptown, Famine Downtown (Epiphany) ’77    
Two spliff ‘n’ two Heineken

Set 3:

  • Eek a Mouse – Ganja Smuggling; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 1 (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Michael Palmer – Don’t Smoke the Seed; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 2 (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Can. Rita Marley cover
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of  the hour

Set 4:

  • Snoop Lion & Collie Budz – Smoke the Weed; Reincarnation (Berhane Sound System) 2013 Michael Palmer cover

<Snoop Lion vs. Bunny Wailer; 26 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Healing of the Nation; Classics Collection
  • Lone Ranger – Ganja Man; 12″ (Satta Rock) JA

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital 420

  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81 UK 

<Wanted Dread & Alive – I ‘n’ I first Reggae LP: 1981; 38 sec.>

  • Tinga Stewart – Give Me a Puff; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami
  • Earl 16 – Herb Man Corner; Super Duper (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Soom T – Boom Shiva; 12″ (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 EP: female weedstepper
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part I (Reggae on Top) ’95 420 dub album of the hour

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 420

  • Black Uhuru Meets Black Sabbath – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf (blank) 
  • Lighty of Saba – Lambsbread Collie; 7″ (Uhuru) ’75
  • Winston Jarrett & the Righteous Flames – Kaya; 7″ (Tony Shabazz) ’78 Bob Marley herbtune
  • Horace Ferguson – Sensi Addick; 7″ (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87

Set 7:

  • The Toyes – Smoke Two Joints; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA “roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus”
  • Bobby Melody – Low the Sensie Man; 12″ (Vibes & Vibes) ’85 UK
  • Jah Power Band – Sticky Sticky Weed Dub; Sensi Dub Part 7 (Original) 420 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub 420

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Pam Bricker – Lebanese Blonde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2002 DC 
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman (Kooba Rmx); Roots, Rock, Remixed (Quango) 2007
  • Dry & Heavy – Kick the Bong Around feat. Likkle Mai ; 12″ UK (Green Tea)  ’99 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover