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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: 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

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-pril 13, 2019 – Emotional Rescue!

<Emotional Rescue is dub?; 44 sec.>

Greetings,

Having some bourbon over at my buddy Aquaboy’s house. He, I and our friend Mike like combat glaucoma Friday afternoons with some music on the Hi Fi.

My choIice was Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue. In my elevated condition I’m sitting by the right speaker and noticed the dubby echo of the title track. Mick’s falsetto, Bill Wyman’s bubbling bass and Charlie Watts tapping out a retro Reggae riddim.

Praise Anu! That’s mutant dub! Sounded almost like the Public Image Limited LP Second Edition.  A-tonal echo and meandering pace.

As a drum and bass follower, I always thought Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts are underrated for their syncopation. In my mind, they are the best things on suspect Stones albums like Undercover and Dirty Work. (Before I got into Reggae, living in Montana the Rolling Stones were my most listened to group.)

<Stones drum & bass; 26 sec.>

So listen keenly at around the 2 hour and 30 minute mark on today’s Ark-ive for Mutant Dub Rolling Stones – thus I decree.

Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman September 1981

Also, this show is a prelude to next Saturday’s penultimate 420 blow out on 4/20, April 20th. I harvested 15 new soundbytes, bong rips and movie trailers

10 down, 40 to go!

bless, Bobbylon

<Psalm 18 Verse 8 – The Good Sensi; 18 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Apr. 13, 2019; `1 min.

 

Set 1:

  • Matumbi – Music in the Air; Matumbi (EMI) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Glen Brown – Detrimental Music; Music From the East (Fashion) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Gladiators – Jah Jah Version; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s era
  • Clancy Eccles – Don’t Brag, Don’t Boast; Bob Dylan: Artists Choice (Starbucks) Rock Steady era
  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Mr. Funny (Pressure Sounds) ’75? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; 10″ (Upsetter) ’75 UK herbtune

Set 2

  • Steel Pulse – Throne of Gold; Earth Crisis (Elektra) ’83
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwize + Confusion; LKJ Presents (LKJ) ’96
  • The Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take (Trojan) ’78 Best of
  • Barry Isaac – Mission Against Herbs; 10″ (Reggae on Top) 2008 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 420

  • Search Boys – Searchin’; Up in Smoke (Warner Bros.) ’74 Coasters update: 420 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • U Brown – Tu Sheng Peng; Rub a Dubble Reggae vol. 2 (CSA) ’83
  • Frankie Jones – Collie George; King Jammy a Man and His Hits vol. 1 (RAS) herbtune

<Collie from the Goddess Kali; 15 sec.>

  • The Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’83 Rita Marley cover
  • Ja Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Red Zone (Blood & Fire) 70s era dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Aisha – Free My Mind; Raise Your Voice (Twinkle) ’95
  • Gentlemen’s Dub Club – Bad Girl; The Big Smoke (Easy Star) 2015 herbtune
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambsbread; 10″ (South East Music) ’79 UK herbtune

<Lambsbread: herb from Jamaica; 13 sec.>

from Jamaica>

Set 5: 420 vinyl set

  • Steel Pulse – Drug Squad; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA
  • Jah Woosh & Sis Bee – Herb Reasoning; Rebellion (FORM) Ireland
  • Shorty the President – Kaya; Fire Fire (Charmers) ’78 UK Bob Marley cover
  • Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Mungo’s Hi Fi) Glasgow female weedstepper 2013 UK picture sleeve

Set 6: 420 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Set

  • Queen Omega – Good Cannabis; 7″ (Special Delivery Muzik) 7″ 
  • Jah Lion – Colombia Colly; 7″ (Black Art) ’76
  • Linval Thompson – Smoke Mariguana; 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’79
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensiemena (sic); 7″ (Thompson Sound) ’83
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Arthur Louis – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’75 US vinyl version of Bob Dylan
  • Krieger-Densmore Reggae Bonanza – Get Up Stand Up; 12″ (Rhino) ’83 LA Wailers cover: 1/2 of The Doors
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Reggae Style (Castle Pulse) 70’s herbtune of Brewer & Shipley
  • Gregory Isaacs & Kenny Knots – Bush Ganja + Love Is The Key; 10″ (Inner Sanctuary) 2005 UK herbtune

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Rolling Stones – Emotional Rescue; Emotional Rescue (Rolling Stones) ’80
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 herbtune
  • Bush Chemists – Good Sensi Dub; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Reggae on Top All-Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part 1 (Reggae on Top) 2005
  • Kenny Knots – Good Sensi; 10″ (Conscious Sounds) 2004 UK herbtune
  • Ex-Centric Sound System – Lullaby; Electric Voodooland (Loud) 2004 Israeli/African

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-nuary 12, 2019 – Studio Kinda Froggy!

Greetings,

  1. Flu shot – check
  2. Shingles shot – check
  3. Zicam and Vitamin C during the Holiday/plane rides – check

I shouldn’t have gone back to work. That was what laid me low. Second day back. Too busy to get sick so I paid the price Saturday.

Everyone else came from their travels and those of us working with the public are well exposed. After 2 weeks off air seeing family, I didn’t want to miss a show.

Bad radio etiquette to hack and wheeze on air, but I soldiered on. The worst thing about colds for a deejay? Not only the horrible voice croak announcing set lists, but worse: Congestion for me settles between my ears. That makes it rough to cue up the record when I drop the needle.

Very exact skill to place the needle pon the groove, back cue and remote start. Hard to do when deaf

bless, Bobbylon

<COLD, COLD WINTER>

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 12, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 27 sec.

Set 1:

  • Rasta Generation Band feat. King Caleb – Stand By Jah; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 Oakland, CA vinyl – Ben E. King update
  • The Aggrovators – A Version of Class; Dub Justice (Attack) UK vinyl dub album of the hour; 70’s Bunny Lee B-Sides
  • Eric “Rebel Lion” Bubble – Forward Jah People; Roots of Black People (Progressive International) 2013
  • Joy White – Tribulation; United Dreadlocks (Rhino UK) ’77
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – It Noh Funny; A Capella Live (LKJ) ’93 in Brussels UK dub poet

<LKJ poem; 46 sec.>

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 UK cover of Keith & Tex
  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Hugh Mundell – False Rumours; 12″ (Rockers International) ’79 JA

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Gypsy Woman; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-pon roots dawta
  • Al Campbell – Rock Your Soul; 22 Karat Solid Gold vol. 1 (Jet Star) ’81
  • Sugar Minott – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84 comp.
  • Desi Roots – Warning; 12″ (DEB) ’79 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Steppin’ (Shanachie) Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound) ’78 Chi-Lites cover
  • Wailing Souls – Old Broom; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’87 comp.

<New broom sweeps clean, Old broom knows the corners; 13 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Lamb of Judah + Dub; Meets Horace Andy & U Black in a Rub-a-Dub Style (Original) ’79

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Carlton Livingston – Cold, Cold Winter; 7″ (Grade One) 
  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sounds) herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’79
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7″ (Crystal) ’80
  • Keith Hudson Meets King Tubby – Satta Dub; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide)

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • African Woman – Warrior Queen; In Progress (People Unite) ’84 UK female:
  • Heptones – I Shall Be Released; Party Time (Mango) ’77 Bob Dylan cover/Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry – Dubbing Psycho Killer; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Dennis Alcapone – Mava; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74 UK – take on Java

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natty Dread; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks)

<When the Wailers became Bob  Marley & the Wailers; 1 min. 14 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Soon Come; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY

<Toshisms; 39 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Mix Up; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guajira Ska; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 rare CD mix of early single
  • Centry – Release the Chains; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Live

  • Bob Dylan – Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright; At Budokan (Columbia) ’79 live in Jah-pon

<Dylan Reggae w/ heinous flute overdubs; 67 sec.>

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses Live (Arista) 6/26/2005 Royal Hall, London
  • Gov’t Mule feat. Toots Hibbert – Hard to Handle; Mighty High (ATO); 12/31/2006 at the Beacon Theatre, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 DC 
  • The Slits – Grapevine; In the Beginning (Jungle) ’80 live; UK punk dub female group covers Marvin Gaye
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Pre-Fade Listening – Mr. Medicine; King Size Dub Chapter Seven (Echo Beach) 2001 Germ.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 15, 2018: Was Santa Claus an Alien?

Greetings,

Last show of 2018 before I head out for the Holidays. So nuff Christmas a gwaan. And a lickle Hanukkah stylee for good measure.

<Reggae Christmas at the Nelson Family gathering; 40 sec.>

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests Santa is an Alien

<Santa: spaceship, Rudolph’s nose – tracking beacon; 36 sec.>

But, in fact I tell you the story about Saint Nicolas from modern day Turkey. Baba Noel (father Christmas)

<Baba Noel; 18 sec.>

I ‘n’ I never know the right mix of Christmas tunes to play. If I don’t play any, listeners call in to complain. If I play too much, listeners call and complain.

Last week I was 0 for 2. I played a take on Handel’s Messiah called the Sensimilla Choir. A woman called in and thought that was blasphemous and I shouldn’t be play songs about drugs.

Then I played Fishbone’s Slick Nick — you devil you! Saint Nick (Baba Noel) gone to seed and wrecked Christmas.

Listener called: That song was the worst and Smile Jamaica keeps getting worse.

So for those naysayers, they want I ‘n’ I to postpone Christmas!

<Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; 39 sec.>

So no matter where you fall on the spectrum, I hope you have a great Holiday. I get to take my Mom and Pop shopping for the medicinal mistletoe in Sun City West

<All I want for Ismas….>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-cember 15, 2018; 81 sec.

Set 1:

  • Steel Pulse – Reggae Fever; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Black Uhuru w/ Sly & Robbie – Let Us Dub; Brutal Dub (RAS) ’86 DC vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty & Nice (Rhino) 70’s tune about Jesus
  • Akabu – Warrior Queen; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK female roots group
  • Martin Campbell – Iliteracy (sic); Historical Tracks (Channel One UK) ’92 mispelled word on perpose
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’77 herbtune: All I want for Ismas is my collie herb
Medical cannabis shopping with my parents in Sun City West, Jah-rizona for New Years

Set 2:

  • Temple Rockers feat. Linval Thompson – The Blessing + Days Long Ago; Festival of Lights (Fresh Roots) 2018 Hanukkah
  • The Ethiopians – Let Me Blow My Smoke; Owner Fe De Yard (Heartbeat) ’84 herbtune
  • Cornell Campbell – King’s Heart; Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm (Striker Lee) ’75
  • Sister Carol – Santa Claus; 12″ (Grade One)
Inna Hanukkah stylee

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Carlene Davis – Ism and Schism; 15 Classic Tracks (Sonic) 
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Vote For We; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Lucky Dube – False Prophets; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African
  • Freddie McGregor – Irie Christmas;  Reggae Christmas From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’80
  • Joe Ferry – Skalalleujah; Skalellujah (Big Music) ’97 Christmas ska album of the Hour: Handel’s Messiah

Set 4:

  • Alton Ellis – Praise Jah It’s Christmas; Christmas Vibes (Studio One)
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (DEP) ’85 female toaster over ‘Version Girl”
  • Macka B – Ganja Ladies; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 herbtune
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen + Joyful Tidings (Clocktower) ’78 Bronx: Christmas hymn

Set 5: Christmas Vinyl Is Vital

  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Barrington Levy – I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus; Christmas Sting (Thunderbolt) ’81
  • Hortense Ellis & Trinity – Santa Is Black; African Christmas (Top Ranking) ’79 Miami
  • Johnny Osbourne, Jennifer Lara & the Family Group – Christmas Medley; Christmas Stylee (Studio One) ’80 JA
Alien

Set 6:

  • The Gaylads – We Three Kings; 7″ (Soul Beat) ’69 

<The Magi – 3 Kings; 38 sec.>

  • Sugar Minott – Christmas Time; 7″ (Black Roots) ’79
  • Iron Phoenix – Natty Dread Christmas; 7″ (Observer) ’78
  • Keith Richards – Run Rudolph Run; 7″ (Rolling Stone) ’78 Chuck Berry cover

<Keef does Chuck inna Christmas stylee; 17 sec.>

  • Yabby You & the Prophets – Fire; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lively Up Yourself; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’71 bonus from first LP
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Trenchtown Rock; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 6/10/75 at the Quiet Knight, Chicago

<The I Three replace Bunny and Peter in the Wailers; 54 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Jump Nyahbinghi; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for his 50th birthday

Set 8:

  • John Holt – Spaceman Came Calling; Reggae Christmas (Trojan) ’86
  • Thievery Corporation – Lagos Connection; Outernational Sound (ESL) 2004 DC
  • Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G Sides (Virgin) 2001
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Sandra Robinson – Merry Christmas, Happy Birthday (Trojan) ’86 UK
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Mesa) ’97 Police cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 10, 2018: 10 down, 40 to go!

<10 down, 40 to go!; 67 sec.>

Greetings,

No matter where you come down on the election: from Blue Wave to Purple Puddle, cannabis did well at the polls. Took 3 out of 4.

Green Wave at the ballot box:

<Green Wave: 19 sec.>

  1. Michigan legalized the Seven  Leaf
  2. Utah medical marijuana
  3. Missouri medical marijuana
  4. 10 legal + DC + all of Canada
  5. 33 states medical marijuana

<Without seeds; 23 sec.>

Had a great conversation with my window installer this summer. He was a young Mormon man with a family. We got to talking based on my Reggae/cannabis menagerie of posters up in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.

He has excruciating pain in his back. None of the official pain meds were tolerable: gave him terrible constipation and nightmares. His wife was offered pharmaceutical anti-nausea medication while pregnant. Later the drug was found to cause birth defects.

Both of them relied on cannabis for pain and nausea relief. Not CBD. Cannabis. Smoked not eaten. My Dad uses it for neuropathy and carpal tunnel in Arizona. It’s a medicine. Congrats to Utahans for exercising their free agency.

Utah’s Prop 2 legalizing medical marijuana

So what will 2020 bring?

I’m predicting these states go for it:

  1. Wisconsin
  2. Ohio
  3. Illinois
  4. New Jersey
  5. Florida
  6. Montana (my homeland!)
  7. New Mexico
  8. Arizona (second try)
  9. Hawaii? (they should be  no brainer)

10 down, 40 to go! Maybe Pres. 45 will legalize it nationally if he wants to get re-elected?

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 10, 2018 – Annotated Playlist: 57 sec.

 

Set 1: 420 Victory Set

  • Clint Eastwood – Jah Lights Shining; Jah Lights Shining (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Mad Professor – Mind Jungle Dub; Bob Andy’s Dub Book (I-Anka) ’89 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Pato Banton – Legalize It (Acapella) + Don’t Sniff Coke; Live at Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1) 2001 live: 4:20 Victory Set
  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Junior Jazz & Daddy Lion – One Likkle Draw; First Light (Easy Star) 2011
  • Sugar Minott  – Herbman Hustling; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’84
  • Jacob Miller – Take a Lift; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80

Set 2:

  • Carlene Davis – Brother Bob; No Bias (Silveredge) ’91 Bob Marley tribute
  • Massive Dread – Vamps on the Corner; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ’82
  • Ken Boothe – Can’t You See; 10″ EP (Trojan) ’71 deejay intromix
  • Leroy Smart – Love Me Tonight; 10″ (Hitbound) ’83 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Greyhound – Black & White; Three Dog Night covered this (Trojan) ’71

<Black & White: Greyhound reggae before Three Dog Night rock; 48 sec.

  • Keith Hudson – No Compromise; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Mighty Diamonds – No Opportunity For the Youth; Tell Me What’s Wrong (Hitbound) ’78
  • Sister Carol – My Children; Black Cinderella (Heartbeat/Jah Life) ’84
  • Hi Fi Killers – Hieronymous; Turf War Dub (Contra Coup) 2007 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Wailing Wailers – It Hurts to Be Alone; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl feat. Junior Braithwaite on lead vox

<It Hurts to Be Alone; 89 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Live at My Father’s House (Rock) Summer ’78 live in Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Man to Man (Who the Cap Fit); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob covers for his 50th birthday
  • The Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 live at Leeds Polytechnic in UK
Wailers singer Junior Braithwaite

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl herb tune
  • The Ethiopians – Best of 5 (Medley); No Baptism (Crystal) ’71 JA
  • Errol T, Bingy Bunny and General Echo – Extra-ordinary Dub; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’74
  • Annette Brissette – Rise Again; Get Up and Dance (Zodiac) ’91 US
  • Jah Malla – Bad Moon Rising; Jah Malla (Modern) ’81 US  – CCR cover

<Jah Malla – kids from Reggae stalwarts; 29 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 Hungary – Rockers do Reggae Set: Bob Dylan’s I and I w/ Sly & Robbie

<Theremin; 33 sec.>

  • Flo & Eddie (Prince Flo & Jah Edward) – Moving Away; Rock Steady (Epiphany) ’81 of The Turtles
  • Corey Harris – Got to Be a Better Way; Daily Bread (Rounder) 2005 blues
  • Sade – By Your Side (Reggae Mix); CD Single (Sony) 2000 Sly & Robbie rmx
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″

  • Dawn & Christine – Free Marijuana; 7″ (Thompson Sound)  ’79 herbtune
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Soul Syndicate) ’78
  • Danny Ray – Revolution Rock; 7′ (High Note) ’76 (riddim shower – Clash covered this)
  • Jackie Edwrds – African Language; 7″ (Golden Age) ’76 (riddim shower 2)
  • Jackie Edwards – Get Up; 7″ (High Note) ’76 (riddim shower 3)

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Richest Man in Babylon + Acoustic; CD Single (ESL) 2002
  • Bim Sherman – Heaven (Underwolves rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 5 (Echo Beach) ’99
  • Sevendub feat. Angelique – Rock With Me (Rockers Delight Mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Fr.
  • Jah Mason – Ganja For Life; 10″ (Calabash) 2010 UK
  • Natacha Atlas – Moustaqil; Halim (Mantra) ’97 North African dubstress

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

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

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

Greetings Ghouls & Gals,

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

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

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

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

It’s alive! It’s alive!

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

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

curse, Bobbylon

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

Set 1:

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

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

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

Set 2:

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

Set 3:

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

<Duppy bait – Jamaican ghosts; 21 sec.>

Set 4:

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

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

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

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

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

<Sued for libel; 43 sec.>

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

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

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

 

I am a stud, I do not drink blood!

Set 6:

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

<Who is Mr. Brown?>

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

Set 7:

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

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

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