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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 10, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy 26th Anniversary to I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica debut: Oct. 1989 – 26 years on air!


<Happy 26 Years of Smile Jamaica; 30 sec.>

In October of 1989 I began an excursion on the version: Radiothon (fund-drive) ’89 was when my bredrin Rutabaga Reese invited me to co-host KRCL’s long running Reggae program Smile Jamaica (then on from 1-4 pm Saturdays). I had just resigned from the grind of the Graveyard (Mondays 3-6 am) and figured I would finish my undergrad degree at the U of Utah and then head to Collie-fornya for Grad School.

Funny how things change. I stayed. Rutabaga and I shared Saturdays for about nine months and around July 1990 was when I took over the reigns solo.

For me programming Smile Jamaica is my absolute favorite thing on earth to do. And I like to say give thanks to KRCL for investing in the show and I ‘n’ I.  Same guy, same channel, same time, same format.

I started in Oct. ’89. The Simpsons (post Tracey Ullman) started Dec. ’89. Both programs still running well-hot!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica: Oct. 1989; The Simpsons: Dec. 1989

High-Lights of the Jah-tober 10, 2015 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 59 sec.


Set 1:

  • Winston Jarrett – Solid As a Rock; Atra 10 Track (Atra) ’72 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic; Exodus Dub (Westons) ’77 Can.; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Sly & Robbie – Sesame Street; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ‘79 kids cover
  • Judy Mowatt – Slave Queen; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Bunny Wailer – Reggae Burden; Gumption (Shanachie) ‘90
  • The Specials – Rat Race; 2 Tone Collection: A Checkered Past (Chrysalis) 2 Tone Brit ska
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo (BBR) ’80 UK; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Tamlins – Irie Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 herb tune
Brought to you by the letter S for Sensi. Now you know why Oscar is so grouchy

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Kinky Reggae; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ’73: JA vs. US/UK mixes

<Catch a Fire LP: Different mixes – JA original vs. Blackwell overdubs; 28 sec.>

<Kinky Reggae differences in mixes; 71 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Willi Williams – Jah Righteous Reighn; 10” (Uptempo) ’84 Sugar Minott prod’n
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Completely different mix on the Jamaican vs. the Island US/UK version

Set 3: Best of 26 years 

  • Third World – Third World Man; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77

<Rasta Man not Bionic Man; 18 sec.>

  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Scratch prod’n/Black Ark
  • Sister Audrey – English Girl; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Professor prod’n
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Channel One: Hitbound the Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Soul Syndicate – Redder Than Red; Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79; Dub Album of the Hour (Sugar Minott)
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Steve Austin. Bionics are not ital!

Set 4: Jah-loween Stylee

<Jah-tober is for Jah-loween; 22 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’88; “I ain’t afraid of no ghosts!”
  • Ijahman Levi – One Step From Hell; Two Double Six 701 (Jahmani) ‘94

<Two Double Six 701 – Ijahman’s inmate number caught with weed; 15 sec.>

  • Bunny & the Kiemanaires – Devil’s Angel; From GG’s Reggae Hit Stable (Jamaican Gold) ‘71
  • Junior Dan – Look Out for the Devil + version; Junior Dan (Hi Try)
Halloween falls on Saturday this year!

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russia Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Bert Brown & Olubayo – Iry Feeling; Escape From Babylon (Bertene)  ’83 NY
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – State of Man; Spycatcher (ROIR) 2013 NY
  • The Chantells – Eva; Waiting in the Park (Phase 1) ’77 UK
  • Sister Candy – Keep on Bubbling; Showcase (Raiders) ’84 UK
Ultra rare

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation) 11/27/82; Montego Bay, JA

<Tosh: Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival: 11/27/82, sunrise; 13 sec.>

<Peter Tosh: The Sun/Son of Reggae; 18 sec.>

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25 minutes of fire and brimstone!

Set 7: Mutant Dub

  • African Head Charge – Irie Day; Akwaaba (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK: Mutant Dub Set
  • Rockers Hi Fi – Round Reversion; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Rootah – Mr. Vibes; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012 Germany
  • Mankind Liberation Front – Dope Dreams; Grass Soundtrack (Mercury) 2000
  • New Blood – Worries in the Dance; Jungle Massive vol. 1 (Payday) ’95 jungle
  • Ben Wa – Macrocardio Dub Infarction; Devil Dub (Black Hole) ’98 San Francisco
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Ben Wa great mutant dub out of San Francisco

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Playlist Jah-gust 29, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Sturgeon Moon Stylee!


As an avid skywatcher looking for UFOs, last Saturday was a special treat. The Supermoon (aka the Sturgeon Moon). Hot end of Summer Saturday. Watched a little baseball, waited for the sun to go down and around Midnight I sat on my front steps with a little bourbon (and some spinach salad) and scanned the skies while Thievery Corporation* boomed in my living room. I look for Aliens but alas have never seen one of their crafts.

*Mutant Dub your UFO skywatching soundtrack

One summer on my way home to Montana one of the Supermoons was so bright, I shut off my headlights and drove a mile down I 15 illuminated only by Moonlight.

One day before it’s my time, I will see a UFO. Because they are out there! Do not scoff!

bless, robt

Who do you believe? The liars in the government or your own eyes?

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 29, 2015 Playlist: photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons

Show High-lights; 43 sec.

Set 1:

  • A Doeman – Jah Jah Come Now; Jah Jah Now Come (I & I Sounds) Los Angeles vinyl
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; (Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic); Dub Album of the Hour

<“Don’t show I your teeth, your plastic smile nah work” – Michael Rose, Black Uhuru; 39 sec.>

  • Rastafarians – Roll Call; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
  • Johnny Clarke & U Brown – Stop Tribal War/No More Tribal War; 10” (Observer Gold) ‘76
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
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Set 2:

  • The Wailers – Stop That Train (JA + UK/US); Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA original mix vs. US/UK overdubs. Both A+; 16 sec.>

<Differences in the two mixes: Stop That Train; 33 sec.>

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Christine Miller – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 militant steppers
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Gritty Jamaican mix vs. Euro/US psychedelic rocker mix? You’ve got chocolate in my peanut butter!

Set 3: Best of 27 Years – Reggae Radio; 16 sec.

  • The Itals – Living in the Ghetto; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ’71-’79: Best of 27 Years Set
  • Roots Radics – Ear Say; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Roots Radics: Held hostage in England when Gregory Isaacs was a no show>

  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Kalachnikov Love; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86 Ivory Coast
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female group
  • Crazy Caribs – 50 Pence Dub; Dancehall Dub (Ariwa); 2004 Dub Album of the Hour
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Added in the first month of the 3 decades of building the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation): Montego Bay, JA: 11/27/82 – sunrise
  • Bunny Wailer – Dog War; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90 Toots Hibbert cover


Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Triston Palma – Jailhouse; Joker Lover (Jah Guidance) ’82 JA
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pass the Kouchie; Indestructible (Alligator) ’82 Chicago; herbtune
  • Nicodimis (sic) – Mother in Law; She Love It in the Morning (Hit Bound) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Alton Ellis – Too Late to Turn Back Now; Fashion Revives – The Jamaican Connection (Fashion) UK; Cornelius Brothers soul cover
  • Lillian Allen – Revolutionary Tea Party; Revolutionary Tea Party (Redwood) ’86 Canadian dub poet
Canadian Dub Poet “trumps” the American Tea Party by 20 plus years

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • David Lindley – Do You Wanna Dance; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 
  • Daryl Jenifer – Black Judas; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010; bass player for Bad Brains
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (RAK) ’78 UK soul/rock hybrid
  • Patti Smith  – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’75
Patti’s roommate Robert Mapplethorpe snapped the cover photo

Set 7: Livicated to His Imperial Majesty; 18 sec.

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78: Hail HIM Set
  • Devon Russell – Thank You Jah; Prison Life (Tamoki Wambesi) ‘83
  • Chronicle – Jah Rise; Culture Jugglin’ (Massive B) 2005
  • Leroy Smart – Jahoviah; Hit Bound! Revolutionary Sound of Channel One (Heartbeat) ‘77

<Reggae History Lesson: Rockers 20 sec. intro on Channel One 7″s; 1 min 15>

Roots Dawta Deejay Duo – Smile Jamaica favorite

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ari Up – Kill ‘em With Love; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2005 former lead singer of the Slits, New Age Steppers: Mutant Dub Set

<RIP Ari Up – Johnny Rotten’s stepdaughter; 26 sec.>

  • Aswad – African Children ’06; Aswad vs. the Rhythm Riders (Liaison) 2006 jungle remix of UK roots reggae
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lee’s Garden; Mighty Upsetter (ON U Sound) 2008
  • Congo Natty/Adrian Sherwood – Lion of Judah Hath Prevailed; Process Meets Ghetto Priest
  • Jah Warrior – Herbsman Anthem; Hi-Fidelity Dub Sessions 2 (Guidance) 2000 Chicago label
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Ari Up (left) of The Slits – punk dub and reggae

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist) – Stir It Up!

Catch a Fire LP and Harder They Come Soundtrack/Movie lit the fuse on Reggae in the West & World-wide!

<End of June: 27 Years of Reggae Radio! 34 sec.>

<High-lights of the June 13, 2015: Smile Jamaica Arkives; 2 min 18 sec.>

  • Dub Album of the Week: Black Disciples dubs to Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey LP
  • Vinyl Is Vital: All Seven Leaf Black Wax. 4 down, 46 to go!
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45s. Rarest of the Rare!
  • Best of 25 Years: My Favorites year one of Reggae Radio: 1988-1990
  • Mutant Dub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Dubble dose of Stir It Up: JA vs. UK/US mixes. Bunny Wailers dubble dose of Ballroom Floor. Tosh lie at the Jamaica World Music Festiva; 11/27/82 – Montego Bay, JA
  • Roots Dawtas: Marcia Griffitsh, French Dubstress,
  • Disco Mix: Don Carlos, French mutant dub
Tosh played at Sunrise

Set 1;

  • Don Carlos – I Love Jah; 10” (Negus Roots) ’80
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Week
  • African Head Charge – Somebody Touch I; Shashamane Land (ON U Sound) ’93 Africanized Mutant Dub

<Shashamane: Jamaican Rastas in Ethiopia; 24 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – I’ve Got to Go Back Home; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bob Andy cover

<Zion is My Home: Fort Benton, Montana; 15 sec.>

  • Pioneers – Feeling High; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’79; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<4 down, 46 to go!; 12 sec.>

  • The Specials – Stereotype Pt. 1 & 2; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
My Birthplace as well!

Set 2: Best of Smile Jamaica: 25 Years

  • George Faith – Opportunity; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark

<Blues Reggae Singer: George Faith; 15 sec.>

  • Jimmy Riley – From the Ghetto; Clocktower Classics (Clocktower); ’75 Brad Osborne prod’ns
  • Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself; Channel One Hitbound: The Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ’74 HooKim Bros. prod’n

<HooKim Brothers: Chinese Jamaicans; 23 sec.>

  • Mad Professor vs. Puls Der Zeit – Abu Dhabi Check; At Checkpoint Charlie (ROIR) ’89 German dubbers

<Cold War II: The Sequels are Never Better Than the Original; 27 sec.>

War in Transnistria begins World War III

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation); 11/27/82 Montego Bay, JA

<Christened the Bob Marley Performing Arts Center; 18 sec.>

  • Taj Weekes & Adowa – Lonesome in Babylon; Hope & Doubt (Alpha Pocket) 2005 St. Lucia; Request

<Adowa: Where the Ethiopians defeated the Italian invaders; 27 sec.>

  • Version feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10” (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr.; Mutant dub w/ female vox
Menlik II, HIM Grandfather defeats the Italian invaders at Adowa, Ethiopia

Battle of Adowa

Set 4: Dubble Dose of Wailers Family Tree

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (JA mix) (Tuff Gong) ’73
  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch A Fire (UK/US mix) (Tuff Gong) ’73; guitar/key overdubs; 1:45 longer

<Stir It Up: JA tough mix vs. UK/US guitar/keyboards rmx; 2 min>

<Stir It Up: Different mixes explained; 1 min 20 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Rock ‘n’ Groove (Solomonic); toasting single version + vinyl long mix
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Add Psychdelic guitar and country & western keyboards to tough Jamaican riddims, 1973: Catch a Fire. Zippo lighter cover

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital – Seven Leaf Black Wax

  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Head to Head Clash (RAS); vs. I Roy

<4 down, 46 to go!; 5 sec.>

  • Dillenger (sic) – Jamaican Collie; All on the Same Rhythm (Studio One/RAS); JA via DC
  • Edi Fitzroy – Informer; Youthman Penitentiary (Alligator)  ’82 Chicago
  • U Brown – Chalice to Chalice; Third World vol. 1 (Third World) ’77 UK; Chalice in the Palace
  • Ranking Soldiers – Light Up Your Chalice; Tokyo Reggae Clash (Wackies) ’83 all Jah-ponese artists; Chalice in the Palace
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Chalice in the Palace by way of Jah-pon