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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist) – Best of 25 Years (CD era)

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Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio

Greetings,

Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio with the Best of Smile Jamaica: CD Edition 

<Records come from vinyl; what are CDs made of? Aluminum? 5 sec.>

Jump straight to the Jah-vember 15, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Read below for the Tracklist

I pulled 50 tracks from my early days of Reggae collecting (1986-1990). Then I put those 50 in chronilogical order and started juggling the Disks from 4-7 PM.

Essentially: I am trying to recreate  what my first show would have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989: Smile Jamaica.

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Prince Buster – Nyabinghi drums from 1967. Earliest selection from Smile Jamaica’s Top 50

<Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years High-lights; 77 sec.>

Probably the first time in a decade no Black Wax on Smile Jamaica

<Vinyl Free edition; first time in a decade; 17 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014: Best of 25 Years.

Annotated playlist (soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons, photos, captions.)

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25 years of the Red, Gold and Green. Africa: Red (blood); Gold (riches); Green (harvest)

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Mango) ‘84

<Anthem: The album that made me a Reggae fanatic; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.
  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Blue Beat) ’67; nyabinghi drumming
  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76

<Woody Guthrie’s – This Train; 25 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Red, Gold and Green; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ‘75

<Significance of Red, Green & Gold; 45 sec.>

  • The Diamonds & the Upsetters – Talk About It; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘75
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Michael Rose meets Sly & Robbie. This album started a 28 year journey into Reggae & Dubwize

Set 2: 

<Smile Jamaica used to air at 1pm when I started in ’89; 28 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking; Who Say Jah No Dread (Greensleeves) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76; 17 sec.
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 17 sec.
  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76; William Bell cover

<Blues Reggae hybrid; 10 sec.>

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Set 3:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25 Years; 15 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Roots Train; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • Marcial Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • I Roy – Tiddle le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song back after being in the hospital; Nov. 2012; 35 sec.>

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The perfect song after surviving 5 days in ICU with blood poisoning and six weeks off air to recover. Blessings

Set 4:

<Saturday Volunteer History on KRCL 90.9FM: 120+ years of Radio volunteering; 23 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune

<4 down, 46 to go!; 10 sec.>

  • Errol Dunkley – A Little Way Different; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘79
  • Itals – Don’t Wake the Lion; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ‘79

<Tiger loose in Eurodisney; Paris; 11 sec.>

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As if the ticket prices at Disneyland weren’t bad enough. Tiger on the loose. Not looking for Mickey or Minnie

Set 5:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25: From 50 cuts to 33 gems: diamond ruff; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Forever Loving Jah; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80

<When Bob Marley CD’s were first released; 54 sec.>

  • The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!/IRS) ’80 2 Tone ska
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet

<Skinhead shoelaces: Red laces – anti-Racist skins; White laces – Racist skins; 37 sec.>

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When Island finally got around to releasing the Marley catalog on CD, I took part of my student loan check and bought every one: From Catch a Fire to Rebel Music. Ronald Reagan was a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via the Pell Grant and Loans. Give thanks!

Set 6:

<Smile Jamaica: 25 years of Bass in ur Face! 18 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy)  ’81 herb tune

<Wailers Family Tree: Bob, Bunny, Peter, Rita, Marcia, Judy; 22 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
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One draw. Draw is a verb. To inhale, draw, smoke from a smoking utensil or spliff. Probably comes from draft. As in pour me a draft of Heineken while I take a draw off my spliff. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

<25 Years!; 13 sec.>

  • Toure’ Kunda; E’mma; E’mma Africa (Celluloid) ’81; Senegalese West African reggae

<Weaponized Ebola got loose in West Africa? 18 sec.>

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska w/ Pauline Black on vox
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘82

<Put HIM on the currency: Lion Rock; 13 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
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Summer of 2014: ISIS, downed Malaysian airliner, Gaza and ebola all happened in the same week. Google weaponized ebola. Conspiracy theory? No, conspiracy fact!

Set 8:

<Smile Jamaica 25: From my hands to your ears!>

  • Mutabaruka – Intro + Check It!; Check It! (Alligator) ‘83 dub poet
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83; Melodians cover
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83 posthumous deejay release

Prince Far I: him don’t drink Schweppes, just the Heineken!

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The guerrilla army of the Zulu Nation fighting apartheid in South Africa. Army of Mandela’s African National Congress

Set 9:

<Out of 50, who didn’t make the cut list for Best of Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

  • UB40 – Tyler; More UB40 Music (DEP) ‘83
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Ini Kamoze – World a Music; Mini LP (Mango) ‘84

<Rutabaga Reese: My mentor on Smile Jamaica>

 

bless, robt

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One of the earliest additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

 

 

Smile Jamaica Playlist; Jah-vember 8, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist): Seven Leaf Relief

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4 down, 46 to go! Cannabis did a lot better than this guy at the ballot box last Tuesday

Greetings,

<4 down, 46 to!. Dubble the legalize>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive: Jah-vember 8, 2014

<Jah-vember 8, 2014: Show High-lights; 47 sec.>

They call me Nelstradamus: I predicted Obama over Hillary; Russia vs. NATO: Cold War II, Nuclear Boogaloo. I am predicting 2016 Cannabis Legalization.

<They call me Nelstradamus; 38 sec.>

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Nostradamus ain’t got nuthin’ on Nelstradamus! Smile Jamaica predicts Marijuana Legalization states in 2016

High-lights of the Jah-vember 8, 2014: Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

3 sets out of 8 devoted to the Black Wax

  • Seven Leaf Vinyl set

<Smile Jamaica’s Seven Leaf Election Recap; 45 sec.>

  • 420 Cannabis Service Announcements: upstate NY, JA singjay, UK dubstep toaster, Marley cover, dubplate rmx, Jah-pon
  • Dub Album of the Week: Bush Chemists – Raw Raw Dub (UK mutant dubbers)
  • Disco Mix extended Vinyl singles: herbs, dubstep, militant steppers, cannabis rmx
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45s: Panadol, Jamaican heroes, Gregg Allman cover
  • Mutant Dub World Tour: France, Los Jah-ngeles, Jah-pon, UK

<Praise Jah for Daylight Savings: UFO watching soundtrack>

  • Roots Dawtas: Pacific Islander duo, Soom T from Scotland; Aisha UK; Canadian dub poetess; Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya, French dubstress
  • Vinyl is Vital …. rhymes with Ital: Canadian dub poetry, herbage, JA harmony trio, JA deejay; Marley tribute
  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob last live ’80; Peter at the One Love Peace Concert ’78; Bunny Wailer digital ’86; Johnny Clarke covers Bob inna herbal stylee.
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Slaying the Drug War with riddim!

Below is the Annotated Playlist: photos, captions, Reggae History Lessons, soundbytes: Jah-vember 1, 2014 Smile Jamaica 

 Set 1: Vinyl Seven Leaf Election Celebration Set

<4 down, 46 to go!: Smile Jamaica’s Pot Prediction 75% success rate; 85 sec.>

  • Aisha – His Imperial Majesty; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK vinyl
  • Bush Chemists – Raw Raw Dub (ROIR) 2005, Dub Album of the Week; UK mutant dubbers
  • Azeem & Session – Big Head Spliff; Dreadfly (Joe Gibbs)  ’82 FL vinyl: 4:20 Vinyl Set. 4 down, 46 to go!
  • Kenny Knotts – Good Sensi; 10” (Conscious Sounds) 2012 UK; mutant dub Horace Ferguson herbtune
  • Bert Brown & Olubayo – Iry Feeling; Escape From Babylon (Bertene) ’83 NY. Irie = condition after partaking

<Cannabis History Lesson: Irie Feeling; 20 sec.>

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Nelstradamus Predicts: In 2016 to counter President Romney it will be 16 down, 34 to go!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sound) live at One Love Peace Concert; Kingston, JA; 4/22/78

<Heartland Reggae: Concert Film of the One Love Peace Concert; 30 sec.>

  • 10 Ft. Ganja Plant – 10 Ft. Ganja Plant and Weed; bushrock (ROIR) 2009 NY herbtune
  • Mike Brooks – Devil’s Conspiracy; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2007 UK militant steppers
  • Rose Marie – Stop Falling; Inner City Roots (Joe Gibbs) 2005 lovers rock
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Concert Film of the One Love Peace Concert; Apr. 22, 1978

Set 3:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Get Up Stand Up; Live Forever (Tuff Gong) 9/23/80 last live in Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania

<Bob’s last live performance clip; 24 sec.>

  • Universal Speakers – We Roots + In Dub; We Roots (Catch Me Time); 2012 Pacific Island female duo
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Get Up Stand Up: Last encore, of last live performance; 9/23/80. How fitting. Live Forever he shall

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Old Time Singting; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Lee Perry – Blackboard Jungle Dub (Ver. 1); Blackboard Jungle Dub (Clocktower) ’73 flute dub
  • Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know; 10” (Scotch Bonnet) 2007 mutant dub herbtune; Soom T female vox
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Wailers Family Tree. Early digital classic

Set 5: Vinyl Is V-Ital 

  • Carlton Livingston – Trodding; Retrospect (Jah Life) ’79 herbtune: trodding inna jungle w/ chalice in hand: Vinyl Is V-Ital Set

<Trodding thru the jungle w/ chalice in hand! 19 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Oh What a Joy; Gladiators (Virgin Front Line) ’80 UK
  • Lillian Allen – One Poem Town + Why Do We Have to Fight?; Conditions Critical (Redwood) Canadian dub poet; Emeryville, Collie-fornya ‘87
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK; livicated to Bob Marley
  • Lone Ranger – U.F.O.; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
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…”with chalice in hand”. Singly classic on Black Wax

Set 6:

  • Johnny Clarke – Easy Skanking; Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino); herbtune, Marley cover

<4 down, 46 to go!; Easy Skanking; 18 sec.>

  • Zema – Still Not?; Black Sheep (Melchizedek) female artist, Los Jah-ngeles, Collie-fornya
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootical Dubplate Mix); 12” EP (Greensleeves) herb tune
  • Shark Wilson & the Basement Heaters – make It Reggae; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz); James Brown high stepper reggae
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Johnny Clarke: Roots cover artist extraordinaire

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 45 7″ RPM

  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7” (M & M) Panadol is pain reliever; herb is better

Panadol for menstrual cramps. Collie works better.

<Reggae History Lesson: Panadol versus cannabis; 34 sec.>

  • Neville Martin – The Clique; 7” (Clandisc) ‘76 Clancy Eccles; Jamaican national heroes
  • Desmond Biggs – What Happen to the People; 7” (Run Come)
  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7” (Hometown) ‘75 Gregg Allman cover
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Bumba klaat: Seven Leaf is better than Acetaminophen

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Audio Active – Universal Joint; Back to the Stoned Age (Beat) 2003 Jah-pon herb tune; 18 sec.
  • Botom Botom – I’m Alive; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hamerbass) Fr. Dub w/ female vox
  • Future Pigeon – Evil (Eatin’ at My Soul); Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collectio) 2006 Los Jah-ngeles
  • Gorillaz – Clint Eastwood (Ed Case Refix); Gorillaz (Virgin) 2000 UK
  • Roots Manuva – Proper Tings Juggled; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK
  • Little Roy – Frankenstein; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96 UK
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