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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 8, 2020 – From One Bob to Another!

Happy 75th birthday Robert Nesta Marley

Greetings,

Livicated, never dedicated to the life and legacy of Bob Marley. Born Feb. 6, 1945; 2020 would have been 75 years

<Livicated nah “dead” icated”; 61 sec.>

Let’s hear some Bob stories from Smile Jamaica’s 20+ years of Marley celebrations.

<Smile Jamaica’s Bob Marley 75 Tribute Show; 62 sec.>

First, watch this amazing clip of Redemption Song put together by the Marley Family

Bob and crew had really crossed over with Uprising. College kids and whites in America always loved Reggae, but blacks in America were rather cool to the music. It’s militancy and Old Testament songbook was out of step with 70’s secular disco and soul stylings.

But a disco mix of Comin’ in From the Cold was starting to be played at the end of the 70’s disco supremacy and even black radio was playing the album in limited rotation.

The year 1980 was gonna be the year the Wailers punched through. Blacks and whites at their North American concerts bringing the masses together in love and unity which would have probably lead to Ronald Reagan’s defeat in November that year and who knows what life would have been like had that scenario come to pass

He would have been on the pantheon of 80’s music titans like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. Of that, I am certain.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Bob collapsed jogging in Central Park….livicated nah dead-icate and come May, 1981 dozens of Bob’s contemporaries crashed the studios to pay homage.

<Bob Marley tribute songs; 27 sec.>

After Bob Marley was nearly assassinated by the CIA (According to Alex Jones and yours truly) at the….wait for it…..Smile Jamaica Concert, Dec. ’76. Bob made his “Exodus” to England.

While recording that landmark album, he was exposed to the punk rock movement happening. Rastas were outcasts in Jamaica. So were the punks in England.

<Bob loved punk rock; 36 sec.>

New wave, new rave
New wave, new wave, new rave
Let me tell you, we’re going to a party
And I hope you are hardy
So please don’t be naughty
For it’s a punky reggae party
New wave, new rave
New wave, new rave
Tell you what, take a joyful sound
To make the world go ’round
Come with your heart and soul
Come-a, come-a and rock your boat
‘Cause it’s a punky reggae party
And it’s tonight
It’s a punky reggae party
And it’s alright
Oh-oh-oh?
Rejected by society (do re mi fa)
Treated with impunity (so la te do)
Protected by their dignity (do re mi fa)
I face reality (so la te do)
New wave, new rave
New wave, new wave, new rave
Wailers be there
The Dammed, The Jam, The Clash
Maytals will be there
Doctor Feelgood too, ooh
No boring old farts, no boring old farts,…
Yet, Judy Mowatt, one of the songbirds in the I-Three, Bob’s female backing trio, thought Bob was more like the Biblical Prophet, Joseph. Leading his people out of bondage, not in Egypt, but Babylon. Heading to Zion in Africa.
<Bob Marley = Joseph; 34 sec.>
Last story was about the prodigious father Bob was. Eleven kids (two adopted from Rita) by seven different women. I give the scorecard:
<Bob’s brood; 46 sec.>
And let’s end with this couplet from Punky Reggae Party. Pure brilliance!
Rejected by society 
Treated with impunity 
Protected by their dignity 
I face reality
If mankind gets 500 more years, they will still mention the 3 B’s. Not Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. It will be Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Bob Marley!
Selah!
bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Bob’s Mom: 3 hours of Bob Marley 75th Birthday Celebration
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Weston’s) ’78 Canadian dub of Bob Marley
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry show theme!
  • Macka B – Bob; Hold Onto Your Culture (Ariwa) ’96
  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82 – Order of Merit (Jamaica’s highest civilian honor)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Easy Skanking; Boston ’78 (Tuff Gong) 6/8/78 live at the Boston Music Hall: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; 12″ (Midnight Rock) ’81 JA

  • Set 2:
  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92 Ivory Coast
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends Over There; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’89
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90
  • Sue Chaloner – Missin’ Mr. Marley; 12″ (CNR) ’84 Neth.

Set 3: Best of 30+ Years of Bob Marley Tributes

  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K. (Heartbeat) ’82 Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years Set
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ’84
  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ’85
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’83
  • Barrett Brothers – Bradsta Dub; Macka Dub (Clocktower) ’80 Familyman & Carly of the Wailers. Dub album of  the hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Bob Marley Tributes

  • The I Three – He’s  a Legend; 7″ (Tuff Gong) ’86 7″ 
  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Mr. Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari Music)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley; 7″ (Dance Hall) ’82
  • Toots & the Maytals – Marley’s Gone (His Songs Live On); 7″ (Louv) 8/4/82 live at Reggae Sunsplash

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Antigua
  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Tribute to Bob Marley; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’83 Cambridge, MA
  • Shaka Man – If It Wasn’t For the Rastaman (Tribute to Bob); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) 80’s Los Angeles
  • Carlton Livingston – Tribute to Bobby; Soweto (El Bebo International) ’81 DC

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 – Bob as biblical prophet
  • Ky-Mani Marley; Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ’98 Bob’s son
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ’99
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July + dub 7″ (Tamla) ’81
Stevie Wonder in dub!

Set 7:

  • Randeesh – Bob Marley is a River of Love; Courage (Mountain Lion) 2004 Canada
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix

Set 8:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron, Lion, Zion; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’92
  • Everton Blender – Bob; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Anthology (ROIR) ’95
  • Winston Groovy – Nightshift; 12″ (Sound City) ’85 Commodores cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 – Santa Claus is an Alien!

Greetings,

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: Santa Claus is an Alien.

<Santa’s Sleigh was a Spaceship; 22>

UK singer Chris DeBurgh thinks so. So does Reggae singer John Holt.

Alien roots of Santa Claus; 65 sec.

Noel Baba – Father Christmas for Christian communities in modern Turkey. St. Nicholas to Western Christians
  1. A flying sled to ancient peoples in modern day Turkey where Saint Nicholas came from is obviously a spaceship.
  2. He didn’t land on rooftops, it was the green tractor beam. Gifts going down,  in return for abductions going up!
More believable than 12 reindeer pulling a fat white dude full of gifts across the skies

3. Rudolph’s red nose? WTF? Tracking beacon on the nose cone of the Spaceship

4. What about that star in the East where the Magi were bringing gold, frankncense and weed? Spaceship!

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: The star in the East was a spaceship
More likely occurrence

So when that Spaceman comes travelling on Dec. 24th, now you know where the true history lies.

Eida breikhoun (Merry Christmas in Assyrian)

Bobbylon

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – Reggae Music; Stand Firm (Justice) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Burning Spear/Black Disciples – Children of Today; Living Dub vol. 1 (Burning Spear) ’79 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty ‘n’ Nice (Rhino) ’79? Xmas tune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Time Bums; Married to the Mob Soundtrack (Reprise) ’88
  • Junior Delgado – Runaway Love; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’94
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12″ (Hot Stuff) ’83 JA Xmas tune

Set 2:

  • Temple Rockers feat. Wayne Jarrett – Almighty Light; Festival of Lights (Fresh Roots) 2018 Hanukkah reggae
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 singjay
  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12″ (Elektra) ’89 Xmas tune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 herbtune
  • Prince Buster & the Folks Brothers – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Oldies Part 2 (Prince Buster) ’60 folk nyahbinghi
  • Judy Mowatt – Who Is He; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86 Reggae Gospel
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 …is my collie herb
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James instrumental

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Xmas

  • Barrington Levy – Flash Your Dread; 7″ (Mic) 7″ ’81
  • Jah Walton – D.J. Christmas; 7″ (Black & White) ’83
  • Sugar Minott – Christmas Time; 7″ (Black Roots) ’79
  • Iron Phoenix – Natty Dread Christmas; 7″ (Observer) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pauline Black – No Woman, No Cry; Party Party Soundtrack (A &M) ’81 US – Bob Marley cover
  • Carlton Livingston – Tribute to Bobby; Soweto (El Bebo International) ’81 US
  • Ini Kamoze – Babylon, Babylon; Here Comes the Hotstepper (Columbia) ’95 US
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick; It’s a Wonderful Life EP (Sony) ’87 SoCal ska
  • Dean Fraser – Sensimilla Choir; Christmas Sting (Thunderbolt) ’81 JA – Handel’s Hallelujah Choir herbtune

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Stop the Train; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (ALA) ’71 Lesley Kong; JA vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom/Legalize It; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 at the Ritz; NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Survivors (Survival); Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for 50th birthday
  • Pablove Black – Meditation; Charcoal Charlie (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Spaceman Came Calling; Reggae Christmas (Trojan) ’86 Chris deBurgh Xmas/UFOria mashup
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 request
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Joyful Tiding; 12″ (Clocktower) ’78 Bronx, NY: Xmas

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Gorillaz – Left Hand Suzuki Method; Gorillaz (EMI) 2001 UK cartoon group
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang – Show Me a Purpose (There Must Be a Dub); Show Me a Purpose – Versions (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub
  • Samia Farah – Rien N’est Acquis; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr. Tunisian roots dawta

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019: Your Perception is Not My Reality!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I was fighting glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aqua Boy. I was laying out my Presidential strategy for taking down The Cheetolini in 2020:

Tulsi-Bernie

America’s only hope in 2020

With the JFK coup anniversary looming: Was it Bin Laden on the Grassy Knoll? Discuss!

But then the discussion took a turn. When baseball season is over, I ‘n’ I turn to a new time suck: Ancient Aliens on the History Channel.

I was talking about the documentary’s 2 hour tribute to Erich von Daniken, the Father of Ancient Astronaut Theory. His book, Chariots of the Gods, lit the fuse for a whole generation seeking a connection between ancient astronauts mis-labelled as Sky Gods by mankind.

I took to the alternative cosmology of Ancient Astronaut Theory late in life. But I should have been into it for 40 years….

I grew up in a small farming community in North Central Montana called Fort Benton. Beautiful little river city. We had a theater and a drive in. It was a short bike ride from my house to go see a movie to get out of the sun.

Fort Benton, Montana – the Birthplace of Montana and cattle multilations

It was sometime, summer 1975. I was ten years old. The movie was Young Frankenstein: Mel Brooks, Marty Feldman and Teri Garr. But, in the lobby was something that really intrigued me: a whole display of cut outs, movie stills and placards describing Chariots of the Gods. The movie.

One of the stills described a picture in Ancient Assyria; my mother’s homeland in the Fertile Crescent. I was totally enthralled and could not wait to see it in two weeks!

Coming soon to a farm implement dealership

The following week, the movie theater went out of business and became a farm implement manufacturing business. Cursed!

****

Wheel it forward to last weekend. I was regaling my mates, between bongrips and bourbon, of the story von Daniken described from the Bible: Ezekiel and the crystal ship. A wheel within a wheel.

Ezekiel 1:14-28. Ancient Astronaut Theory

 14And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

16 The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

17 When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went.

18 As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

19 And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

20 Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

21 When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

22 And the likeness of the firmament upon the heads of the living creature was as the colour of the terrible crystal, stretched forth over their heads above.

23 And under the firmament were their wings straight, the one toward the other: every one had two, which covered on this side, and every one had two, which covered on that side, their bodies.

24 And when they went, I heard the noise of their wings, like the noise of great waters, as the voice of the Almighty, the voice of speech, as the noise of an host: when they stood, they let down their wings.

25 And there was a voice from the firmament that was over their heads, when they stood, and had let down their wings.

26 And above the firmament that was over their heads was the likeness of a throne, as the appearance of a sapphire stone: and upon the likeness of the throne was the likeness as the appearance of a man above upon it.

27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.

That, my friends, is the description of nothing other than a space ship which travels by gyration, the wheel within a wheel!

What the Prophet Ezekiel saw in the Old Testament

<Ezekiel’s crystal ship>

My bredrin Aquaboy, who reads dinosaur media like the New York Times and The Nation magazine, was not having it. He was giving me the red eyed hairy eyeball.

The hairy eyeball

So I’n’ I zone in on the kill shot: The Ancient Aliens episode devoted to Chariots of the Gods’ legacy talked about one of the original NASA scientists who thought von Daniken was a crank and set out to use physics to debunk the wheel within a wheel.

His name was Sidney Blumrich…

I ‘n’ I, who does not read the New York Times nor the Nation, never got to finish…Aquaboy was full on scoffing. I ‘n’ I held up my hand and calmly said,

“Your perception is not my reality.”

They’re here. They’ve always been here. And they’re coming! Scoffing won’t save you!

bless, Bobbylon

Bobbylon’s Top Ten Biblical Alien Encounters

  1. Moses and the burning bush – spaceship
  2. Ezekeiel and the Crystal Ship: the wheel within a wheel aka a gyroscopic spaceship
  3. Stairway to Heaven – walkway to a spaceship
  4. Enoch – Noah’s grandfather who walked with God and then was not
  5. Lot’s wife – turned into a pillar of smoke, not salt after Armageddon was destroyed in a nuclear attack
  6. The New Jerusalem – Borg cube massive space ship
  7. The Nephilim – Biblical giants describing the Anunnaki who created mankind and mated with their women
  8. Noah’s Flood (1) – Utnapishtim in a tessaract spaceship to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  9. Noah’s Flood (2) – Ziusudra in a submarine to wait for the flood waters to recede (Sumerian origin story)
  10. Jacob’s Ladder – spaceship walkway (see #3)

How about some examples from Islam and Hinduism:

  • Magic/flying carpets
  • The Prophet Muhammad’s midnight journey to Heaven on the back of a winged horse Al-Buraq. Buraq means “lightning” in Arabic (one man space capsule)
  • Descriptions of flaming minarets in the sky (missiles)
  • Hindu Vimana’s: space chariots fighting battles
  • Shiva’s Trident – missile
Al-Buraq “lightning”. Took the Prophet Muhammad to heaven from earth….spaceship!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 16, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 73 sec.

Set 1:

  • Mikey Dread – Voice of Jah; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • Aggrovators – Dread Locks in Jamaica (Attack) ’76 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Chachi feat. Sister Carol – Natty Dread;  (Kariang) ’99 Ethiopian dawta cover Bob Marley
  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley’s Natty Dread
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; In Disco Style – Entertainment (Midnight Rock) ’81 Bob Marley tribute
  • Sublime – Legalize It; Hempilation (Capricorn) ’96 Peter Tosh cover; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Junior Murvin – Bad Weed; 12” (Upsetters) ’78 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; herbtune over Police & Thieves

Set 2:

  • Zema – Joy in the Morning; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 Culver City, CA dawta
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah; a capella live (LKJ)

<UK sus laws against “vagrancy”; 28 sec.>

  • The Eagles – Country Living; Reggae Classics (DCC) ‘73
  • Tapper Zukie – Black Man 12”; I Can Hear the Children Singing (Blood & Fire) ’78 dj to Prince Alla
  • Barry Brown – Release the Chains; 10” (Rockers) ’80 UK; Augustus Pablo prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Martha Velez – Get Up Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76; Wailers cover
  • Mighty Diamonds – Gnashing of Teeth; I Need a Roof (Hitbound) ‘76
  • Junior Delgado – Armed Robbery; Brothers (DEB) ‘77
  • Ranking Dillinger – African Worldwide; None Stop Disco Style (Abraham) ’77 dj to Johnny Clarke’s “African Roots

Set 4:

  • Winston “King” Cole – Black Magic Woman; Impact! (Soul Jazz) 70’s Fleetwood Mac/Santana cover
  • Hopeton Lewis – Dreadlocks Lewis; 7” (Thorough Bred) ’75 herbtune
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12” (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Dub; In Dub (Nature Sounds) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Michael Rose – Born Free; Trojan Story (Trojan) 3 LP UK box set
  • Tony Brown Band – Iration Song; Prisoners in Paradise (Mountain Railroad) ’81 Madison, WI
  • Matumbi – Man in Me; Best of (Trojan) ’75 UK: Bob Dylan cover
  • Kofi – Reggae Starship; Black…With Sugar (Ariwa) ‘89 UK roots dawta UFOria

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – Give a Little Love; 7” (Rockers International) 7” Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) 70’s Ben E. King cover
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ‘79
  • The Lions – Roll It ‘Round’ 7” (Lions Bread) 2010 LA roots group*
  • Sly & the Revolutionaires – Cocaine; Bill Laswell: Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Bunny Wailer – Dreamland; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Dreamland – Bunny Wailer’s vision of heaven; 1 min. 23 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Natural Mystic; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Wanted (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 at the Ritz, NYC
  • Ziggy Marley – Live on Mars; Fly Rasta (Tuff Gong) 2013 UFOria
Bunny’s vision of heaven

Set 8: UFOria

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFO-ria
  • Unity – Stargazing; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Thievery Corporation  feat. Sleepy Wonder – Stargazing; Culture of Fear (ESL) 2011
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Akua Naru – Last Night; Into Bass and Time (ESL) 2010 w/ female vox alien love song
  • Rockers Hi-Fi – Dick From Outerspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 – Hole in the Pumpkin!

 

High Fructose, the true horror of Halloween

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I have been hosting Smile Jamaica for 30 years now. October 1989. Don’t remember the first Halloween Reggae show I did, but it would have been early 90’s.

So a quarter century of the exploration of Jamaican, mostly, superstitions about witches, vampires, ghosts/duppies, Obeah Black Magic, The Mummy, Dracula, Frankenstein and the rest!

About 10 years ago I was transitioned into head of the Audio Studio at the Marriott Library: Fall 2009. The early days of digital content. So I had started to notice many soundbytes in a horror vein from my Reggae CD collection.

I started ripping those clips from CDs, pull them into ProTools digital editor. “Snip, snip”. Export as .mp3. Same with a multitude of Halloween sound effects disks.

And there you go! Just like Dr. Frankenstein cutting up sound for your ghoulish pleasure!

Oct. 26th Smile Jamaica will be 3 hours of Boneyard Skanking. But play this podcast to keep the kids off your porch while you hand out your high fructose delights.

curse, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 91 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83 DC vinyl
  • The Aggrovators – Strictly Rockers in the Dreadland (Justice) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Victor Essiet & the Mandators – Mi Friends (Duppy Conqueror); One Love One World (Mystic) 2006 Nigerian singers cover Bob Marley Halloween tune
  • Hortence Ellis – Words; Queen of Reggae (JA) ’82 soul cover?
  • Delroy Wilson – Better Must Come; Norman Jay MBE Presents Ska and Boogie (Sunday Best) ’71
  • The Itals – Herbs Pirate; Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk) ’82 comp: 4:20 Service Announcement
  • Mike Brooks – Devil’s Conspiracyj 10″ (Sip a Cup) Mid 2000’s UK militant steppers

Set 2:

  • George Faith – All the Love I’ve Got; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am? (Wackies) ’85
  • Zema – Somebody Wrong; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 Culver City, CA female
  • Dennis Bovell – Pow Wow; All Over the World (EMI) 2006 UK dubber on 70’s I Roy riddim
  • Moses – When the Vampire Comes to Your Neighbourhood; 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx, NY

Set 3:

  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charly) ’79 Barnabas Collins vampire: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years – Halloween
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 ghostbuster
  • Willi Williams – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Wailing Souls – Face the Devil + Dub; Wailing (Jah Guidance) ’81

Set 4:

  • Sheryl Lee Ralph, Sharon and Cedella Marley – (I’m) Hurting Inside; Mighty Quinn soundtrack (A & M) ’89 Bob Marley cover
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2004 DC dubers rmx Rasta elder
  • Scientist – Blood on His Lips; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81 Halloween dub
  • General Saint & Clint Eastwood – Talk About Run; 12′ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Stepping Out a Space; Dub Revolutionaries (Ariwa) 2003 Dub Album of the Week

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Lone Ranger – Annie Palmer; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA – Jamaican witch

<Annie Palmer; 39 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Mark of the Beast; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Island
  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami, FL
  • Chalice – Back Weh Evil Forces; Stand Up (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Dub; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Maga Dog; Marley, Tosh, Livingston & Associates (Studio One) ’66 Tosh vox

<Maga dog = mangy dog; 66 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Live at the Ritz (bootleg) 9/29/81 in NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Running Away; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 UK dub album of the hour

Set 7: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Halloween

  • Twinkle Brothers – Devil Worshippers; 7″ (Twinkle) ’99 – 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Jah-loween Set
  • Chezidek – Vampire; 7″ (Massive B) ’96
  • Levi Williams – Duppy Jamboree + Dub; 7″ (Mighty Cloud + Student) ’74

Set 8: Mutant Dub Halloween

  • Balkan Beat Box – What a Night; Give (National Geographic) 2012 Israeli about a ghost:

<Who is Jimmy Savile?>

  • Ghetto Priest – Dungeon; Vulture Culture (ON U Sound) 2003 UK: Singers & Players cover
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta about a ghost encounter in the park
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Grim Reaper; On the Wire (Trojan) 200 UK
  • Finley Quaye – Mash Up Lucifer/Stone the Devil; CD EP (Epic) ’97
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train;  Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-tember 21, 2019 – 29.98% Years of Saturday Reggae Radio!

 

Greetings,

Not many stories on this show before Radiothon, the 51st week of 29 years. Just kick back and enjoy 3 hours of 29.98 years!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-tember 21, 2019; 42 sec.

Set 1:

  • Third World – Freedom Song; This Is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island) ’76 US vinyl
  • Scientist – Under Surveillance; Scientist Encounters Pac-Man (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Inner Circle – We ‘a’ Rockers; Rockers Soundtrack (Mango) ‘79
  • Black Roots – The Father; In Sessions (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Ambessa) ‘76
  • N***** Charley – Coventry Rock; 12” (Thebes Sounds) ’81 US
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Oldwah Mix) + dub; (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’85 unreleased; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Zema & the Gladiators – Your Mercy Endureth; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal dawta
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Ride On/Wild Goose Chase; Best of Dennis Brown: The Niney Years (Heartbeat) ‘74
  • English Beat – Twist & Crawl; Live at the US Festival (Shout Factory) Sept. 3, 1982; 2 Tone Ska
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12” (Big Spanner Disco Ajax) ’79 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Prince Buster – Ten Commandments of Man; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years
  • Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Woman; Sings His Hit (RCA) ’67 answer record
  • Toots & the Maytals – Pressure Drop; Harder They Come (Mango) ’72 Soundtrack
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Aswad – Red Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 instrumental
  • Now Generation – Jah Rock; Aquarius Dub (Black Solidarity) ’71 very first dub album (of the hour)

Set 4:

  • Sister Carol – Wild Thing; Something Wild Soundtrack (MCA) ’86 Troggs cover
  • Jah Woosh – Chalice Blaze; Harder Shade of Black (Pressure Sounds) ’78 – Leonard ‘Santic’ Chin p rod’n
  • Bim Sherman & U Black – What You Sweet So; 12” (Scorpio) ’78 JA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

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

<Song Diary – Dance With Me; 1 min. 15 sec.>

  • The Specials – Dawning of a New Era; Gangsters (bootleg); Jan. 30, 1980 at the Paradise, Boston
  • Twinkle Brothers – Undergrond (Twinkle) ‘
  • Bunny & Ricky – Bushweed Corntrash; Creation Rockers vol. 3 (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry herb prod’n
  • Baby Rose – Barb Wire; Can Jam Reggae Rockers Disco Style (Rocktone) ’81 Can. Nora Dean cover

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Anicia Banks – I Want to Thank You Jah; 7” (Ashandan) 7” JA; Jamaican Jukebox Set
  • Juks Dread & Big Youth – 23rd Psalm; 7” (Black Art) ’74 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Madoo – Jamming So; 7” (Crazy Joe) ’79 JA
  • Roland Burrell – Hey Mama; 7” (Well Charge) ’82 JA
  • Richard Ace – Supernatural Thing; 7” (Clocktower) ’73 Brooklyn; Ben E. King cover
  • Roots Radics & the Gayladds – Love and Understanding version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Walk & Don’t Look Back; Live at the Ritz, NYC (bootleg) Sept. 29, 1981 Motwn cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Simmer Down; Hall of Fame (RAS)
  • The Disciples feat. Empress Rasheda; Foundation of Roots in Dub vol. 1 (Roots) UK mutant dub
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n

  • Alpha & Omega – Guide Over Dub; Trample the Eagle, the Dragon & the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 UK trance dub w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Dr. Israel – Dub in a Babylon; One Dub (Interchill) 2009
  • Roots Manuva Meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – Drop Your Guns; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC
  • Congo Sanchez – Democrazy; Vol. 1 (ESL) 2012 DC EP
  • Jah Rej & Seventh Sense – Yes I; 12” (Jah Works) 2007 UK militant steppers

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

*****

Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

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Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 7, 2019 – Guest Mutant Dub Selector!

Greetings,

School is in session. Quick upload of last week’s Smile Jamaica. Be sure to play through the last 45 minutes with Mutant Dub selections by guest Mixcloud deejay from Ogden: Nerd Show!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tember 7, 2019: Annotated Playlist ; 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Natural Roots – Control Tower Dub; Natural Roots (Onlyroots) ’84 Fr. vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rainbow Country; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th Birthday
  • Aisha – Crisis; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Big Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Rastafarmers – International Herb; Dread in America (Natural Mystic) ’94 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Welton Irie – Man Next Door; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’79 Opa Locka, FL: Paragons cover

Set 2

  • Dillinger – Natty Kung Fu; When Rhythm Was King (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’75
  • Prince Buster – Sata a Masa Gana; Sister Big Stuff (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Evil Doers Retire; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sound) ’99 UK mutant dub w/ females vox
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Zap Pow – River/River Stone; 12″ (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr. Black Ark prod’n

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’77 Bunny Wailer cover: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone UK Ska w/ Pauline Black on the vox
  • Jah Pelicaho & the Wailers – Dub Jam Rock; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese dubber
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers + Dub; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Live at the Ritz; Sept. 29, 1981 (bootleg)
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B) 2011 SLC
  • Augustus Pablo & the Upsetters – Lama Lava; 12″ (Daddy Kool) ’79 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US – Wailers cover
  • The Pioneers – Papa Was a Rolling Stone; Freedom Feeling (Trojan) ’73 UK
  • Tyrone Taylor – Mama Soca; Jamming in the Hills (World Enterprise) ’87 US
  • Jah Woosh – African Sound; D.J. Legend (Original) 70’s era UK
  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop; Millie Small (Smash) ’64 US

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Keith Richards – Love Overdue; Crosseyed Heart (Mindless) 2015 Gregory Isaacs cover: Rockers do Reggae set
  • HR – We Belong Together; Hey Wella (DC Hardcore) 2007 throat of Bad Brains
  • Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy – Cool It; Wayne McGhie & the Sounds of Joy (Light in the Attic) ’70 Canadian soul group does reggae
  • Eric Clapton; Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroads Box Set (Polydor) Peter Tosh cover
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83
  • Andrew Passey & Alien Dread – Cosmic Dub Clash (Log On!) 2007 mutant dub album of the hour

    Keef warbles Gregory Isaacs. WTF?
  • Nerd Show guest deejay: Mutant Dub Hour