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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 29, 2020 – Leap Day Reggae Vinyl!

 

Greetings,

Ah, yes. The endorphin rush of finding that record. I ‘n’ I been a vinyl collector since clothes shopping with my Mom at Woolworth’s the beginning of 7th grade: ‘Sept. 77. The year the two sevens clashed.

My first “dig”: Best of the Doobie Brothers. (For a Seven Leaf guy, who knew the significance of that purchase 40 years on!)

With an extra Saturday, during the shortest month of the year, why note celebrate that legacy of vinyl collection with a trip down black wax memory lane on Smile Jamaica .

I was getting crosseyed with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Friday 4:20. I ‘n’ I brought over a 60 minute mix for Mixcloud of my favorite UK Reggae faves. Segue into the first Black Sabbath album.

WTF?

So I’n’ I said: Would you believe I have a 7″ record that mashes up Black Sabbath with Black Uhuru?

That’s the delight in record obsession. You’ve got Satanic Heavy Metal inna mi Rasta Roots Reggae!

<Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf>

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA – 3 Hour Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Bullwackie’s All-Stars – Black Heart Dub; Dub Unlimited (Senrab) ’76 Dub album of the hour
  • Phillip Frazer – Watch This Sound; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA Buffalo Springfield cover
  • The Specials – Friday Night Saturday Morning; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK EP Ghost Train picture sleeve; 2 Tone ska
  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US Wailers cover
  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’89 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Black Harmony – Our Feelings; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock

Set 2:

  • Marcia Griffiths – Ghetto Stays in the Mind; Songs of Bob Andy (Jove) ’93 UK; her ex-husband
  • The In Crowd – More Employment; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Johnny Osbourne & the Sensations – See and Blind; Come Back Darling (Techniques) ’70 JA
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12″ (Big Spanner Disco) ’77 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3:

  • Yellowman – Two to Six Supermix; Jack Sprat (Hit!) ’82 JA
  • Amjam feat. Leisa Salesman – 99 Times; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 US w/ female vox
  • Dillinger – Hearsay; Badder Than Them (A & M) ’81 US
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK
  • Israel Vibration – Dub Worry; In Dub  (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour


Set 4:

  • Triston Palma – Out a Hand; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA – request
  • Big Youth – Chi Chi Run; Chi Chi Run (Prince Buster) ’72 JA herbtune
  • The Selecter – Selling Out Your Future; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Jonathan Arthur – Burnin; 12″ (Emerald Isle) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale

Set 5:

  • Doctor Alimantado – This Little Bird; (Tell Me You are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman)
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet

<Nanny – Shero of Jamaica>

  • Unity – Rasta Man; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America & Russia/Selective Service System (ORA Interntional) ’85 LA

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Do It Twice; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’71 JA

<Do It Twice>

  • Sister Carol – Black Woman; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Matumbi – Brother Louie; Best of (Trojan) ’77 cover of the Stories AM pop hit
  • Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12″ (Eruption) ’84 US herbtune

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Black Sabbath Meets Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweetleaf; 7″ (bootleg) 7″ 
  • Negus Dawtas – I Speak the Truth; 7″ (Natty Cong) ’78 UK female roots group
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; 7″ (Epic) US picture sleeve cover of Willi Williams reggae
  • Leroy Smart & the Revolutionaries – Waiting in Vain+ dub; 7″ (Black Star + Channel One) ’77 JA cover of Bob Marley

Set 8:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow; Pop Gold (Warner Bros.) ’75 German
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) ’84 UK female weedstepper
  • Noiseshaper – Only Redeemer; 12″ EP (Quango) 2002 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-tober 12, 2019 – 400 Years/Anti-Columbus Special

Greetings,

They called it”spoilage”. That is what you lose when your cargo goes bad. Or you are a trucker and you are overweight for the Interstate. I remember asking my Dad once in California. “Why did that trucker dump a bunch of oranges by the side of the road?” Pops: “The truck is too heavy and he had to lighten his load.”

Now picture that same dynamic on a slave voyage from 1526 til the Mid 1800s. Spoilage was the loss of life on the journey from West Africa to the New World. Either dead slaves, or if the ship was overloaded, several excess slaves would be simply chucked over the side to drown.

<Spoilage in the Slave Trade; 65 sec.>

Prince Far I – “When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard”

Reggae music came about in Jamaica because of slavery. The Brits lived in the upscale plantation house. Irish and Scottish immigrants worked as overseers in the fields. Black slaves worked the sugar plantations.

Eventually, The Irish and Scottish wiled away their time by playing fiddle and piano. As time went on, blacks picked up those instruments and learned to play. Usually on Sunday – Church services. When you absorb African drumming onto Western melodies and instruments — that is how you get Reggae music.

<British instruments + African drums = Reggae; 41 sec.>

In October, Columbus Day, is a Holiday. Christopher Columbus. The Genovese explorer who stumbled onto “India” on behalf of the Spanish Crown.  Thus began the American Holocaust

David Stannard’s classic about the ravages of slavery gave context to my love of Reggae Music

Columbus was looking for a Western route to India that wouldn’t take Europeans through Muslim territory for the riches of the Subcontinent.

Ancient Astronaut Theory Suggests….Columbus had two UFO Encounters

<Columbus, The Bermuda Triangle and UFOs>

Christopher Columbus and UFO’s

Columbus wrote in his journal

  • The incident took place on October 11th 1492, 10pm. At the time of the incident it is said that Santa Maria (the ship) was sailing through what is now known as the Bermuda Triangle. The crew first noticed a disc shaped object emerging from the sea. The description given in the ship’s log is that of a wax candle light moving up and down in the night sky.
  • Prior to this incident the ship’s logs in the month of September (17th and 20th) provide accounts of what are described as stars making noticeable movements in the night sky.
Christopher Columbus tracked by UFOs

Columbus’s crew reached what is now the Bahamas in 1492. He thought he had landed in India. The Taino and Arawak natives, (soon to be wrongly called Indians), greeted the explorers with friendly intent. Unfortunately for them, they arrived in gold finery.

The Euros returned the generosity with massacres, cholera, syphilis and  rape. Whoever survived the onslaught was enslaved and forced to mine gold. After a generation the Indigenous tribes fought back with the only real weapon they had: mass suicide. They would simply jump off cliffs into the sea. Or eat a meal of poisonous roots.

<Taino and Arawak devastation by Columbus; 1 min. 55 sec.>

As the Conquistadors prepared to burn Hatuey alive, a “helpful” Catholic Priest offered salvation to him. If he accepted Christ he would immediately go to Heaven and not burn for Eternity in Hell as a Heathen.

Hatuey politely declined. “I have seen what the Christians are like on Earth. Why would I want to meet anymore of them in the Sky?”

***

In 1526 the Portugese kicked off the Atlantic Slave Trade. Soon to follow were the Spanish, English and Dutch. Thus began what Peter Tosh sang: “400 Years and it’s the same philosophy)

<Wailers and Peter Tosh – 400 Years; 1 min. 15 sec.>

Actually, this is Peter Tosh with Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters

Thus began 3 centuries of the Middle Passage

  1. Europeans would load ships full of commercial goods: textiles, rifles, flint locks
  2. They would dock on the Gold Coast of West Africa. They would trade their goods for slaves. (Most slaves were captives in tribal wars.)
  3. The slaves would be packed on the ships “like sardines in a tin” and shipped to the New World: America, Mexico, South America, the Caribbean and especially Brazil.

<The Dungeon in the Merchant Ship; 36 sec.>

Human cargo packed like sardines in a tin

4. The slaves, in Jamaica, would be forced to harvest sugar cane.

5. The ships return to Europe with sugar products: granular sweetener, rum, molasses.

6. European factory workers, driven by their sugar rush, in the beginning of the Industrial Revolution , could make the consumer goods….to return to Africa

The “Middle Passage” was the leg between Europe to the  New World. As many as as 12.5 million “human cargo” made the excruciating journey over 3 centuries. As many as 2.5 million of those unfortunate wretches perished during the journey.

That’s a spoilage rate of 20%.  And yes, those losses were expected and factored into the price.

<The horrors of the Middle Passage; 90 sec.>

The major themes of Reggae music explore this psychic disruption. Songs about loss, the repatriation to Zion away from Babylon. Rastas worshiping a Black Christ – His Imperial Majesty in  Ethiopia.

Those were the stories that made me a Reggae fanatic. Epitomized by Eek a Mouse’s “Do You Remember”. Song 2 of this podcast

Do you, do you remember those days of slavery?
It wasn’t black man alone, who died through bravery
‘Though some a dem threw dem self over board
Because dis ya slaveship overload

 

Before KRCL moved their Radiothon fund drives to October, I would do an Anti-Columbus show. I would always lead off with Burning Spear‘s takedown of the Italian mass murderer, Columbus

 

This year the beg-a-thon took place a week earlier. Felt good to harvest 40 songs for Indigenous People’s Day. Not Columbus. Or Comb-buss’ (bust) us as Peter Tosh called him.

 

<1526-1970’s: 400 Years of Slavery; 30 sec.>
bless, Bobbylon

 

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-tober 12, 2019 – Anti-Columbus Day> 

Set 1:

  • Burning Spear – Columbus; Hail H.I.M. (Burning Spear) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Big Youth/Soul Syndicate – Reggae Gi Dem Dub (Nichola Delita) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the week
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember?; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 do you remember the days of slavery?
  • Misty in Roots – Slavery Days; Wise and Foolish (People Unite) ’81 UK vinyl
  • Dillinger – Plantation Heights; CB 200 (Mango) ’76
  • Culture – Pirate Days; Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ’77
  • Don Carlos – Black History; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC
This poster hangs over the Secret Dubratory when I cut up Smile Jamaica’s

Set 2:

  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Master; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ’77
  • Mutabaruka – Witeman Country; Check  It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Bam Bam – Slave; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA vinyl w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – More Slavery + Dub; Life of Contradiction (Lagoon) ’75

Set 3:

  • Third World – Human Market Place; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Third World) ’76
  • Hugh Griffiths – 400 Years; Mother Africa (Gone Cold) (My-O-Lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Althea & Donna – The West; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Jimmy Cliff – Poor Slave; Unlimited (Reprise) ’73 US vinyl
  • The Skulls – Black Slavery Days; Black Slavery Days (Clappers) ’80
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Bob Andy – Unchained; Bob Andy’s Song Book (Studio One) ’72 JA vinyl (1) original
  • Sister Carol – Shackles; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC vinyl (2) dj coer
  • Ken Boothe – Christopher Columbus; 7″ (Fox) JA 70’s era
  • Aswad – African Children; New Chapter (CBS) ’81 UK

Set 5:

  • Rastafari Elders – 400 Years; Rastafari Elders (RAS) ’90 nyahbinghi
  • Black Slate – Bondage and Slavery; Black Slate (Alligator) ’80 Chicago vinyl
  • Rashani – Columbus Myth; Who’s Feelin’ Who (Zamani) ’98 Duncanville, TX
  • Courtney Melody – Black Liberation; 12″ (CRAT) 80’s digital

Set 6:

  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Lorna Asher – True History; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Little Roy – Christopher Columbus; Prophecy (Tafari) ’75 US vinyl
  • Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 reggae cover of Paul Revere’s Indian Reservation
  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horror; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australian Dub Album of the Hour
aka Jay Boys “African People”

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; The Toughest (Heartbeat) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n – riddim shower (1) Peter solo
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (2) – ’72 Jamaican mix
  • The Wailers – 400 Years; Catch a Fire (Tuff Gong) (3) – ’72 Chris Blackwell rmx
  • Bunny Wailer – Slave Driver; Tribute (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl – Bob Marley covers

Set 8:

  • Singers & Players – Dungeon + Merchant Ship; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Junior Delgado – Sons of Slaves; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark prod’n
  • Earl Zero – Shackles and Chains; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79
  • Abyssinians – Black Man’s Strain; Satta Massagana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • I Kong – Set Jah People Free (Rohit) ’87
  • Capital Letters – Out of Africa; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Djosos Krost feat. Jah Bobby – Creation; Djosos Krost (Quango) 2004 Swedish dub w/ dub poet

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 9, 2019: Lucifer, Ancient Aliens & Smile Jamaica!

Lucifer cast out of Heaven

Greetings,

Sipping bourbon and preventing glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Mike was regaling me with a story about his next door neighbor. The Satantist.

The Satanist who loves Smile Jamaica. 38 sec.

So I “dedicated” rather than “liIvicated” Junior Murvin’s classic, Lucifer on air to the Roots loving Son of Satan. With the spooky Lee “Scratch” (Scratch as in the Devil) Perry Black Ark vibe it really fit the mood.

But did you know that  there is an Ancient Aliens connection to Lucifer?

Lucifer and the Planet Venus

Lucifer: Satan’s accomplice or planetary phenomenon

It works like this:

<Lucifer, Venus and Ishtar; 53 sec.>

  1. Lucifer is what the Romans called the Planet Venus
  2. The Romans were influenced by the Sumerians/Assyrians-Babylonians. The Goddess Inanna, commonly known as Ishtar, was affiliated with Venus.
  3.  Ishtar visited the Underworld where she was killed and then resurrected after three days. “Cast out of heaven.”
The Goddess Isthar Descends to the Underworld.

The stories you might hear on a Reggae program. Stay tuned for what comes next!

bless, Bobbylon

Anton Lavey, of the Church of Satan

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 9, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 57 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of Dennis Brown (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl
  • Black Uhuru + Sly & Robbie – Dub Town; Positive Dub (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl dub album of the hour. Hand painted sleeve
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84. Bob’s Mom covers The Wailers
  • Big Joe – Wicked Ah Watch and Peep; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • The Pioneers – Live and Love; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’72
  • Culture – International Herb; International Herb (Shanachie) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s Brooklyn herbtune
Rare hand painted vinyl sleeve

Set 2:

  • Dry & Heavy – Bright Shining Star;  From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Ethiopians – One Heart; Owner Fe De Yard (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’94
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – You Got My Love (All Day All Night); Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 Bob Marley cover
  • Delroy Wilson – I Am Telling You; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 NY

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ’72

<Europe and America love Reggae b/c of this movie; 36 sec.>

  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ’84
  • Aswad – Ways of the Lord 12″; New Chapter (Reissue) (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • Tenor Saw – Surely Dub; Fever Dub (Blue Mountain/RAS) ’85
Wailers – Catch a Fire plus THTC led to US and Europe’s love of Roots Reggae

Set 4:

  • Daweh Congo – One Day; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2008
  • Rasheda – Hail H.I.M.; Foundation Roots in Dub (Foundation) ’95
  • The Specials – Friday Night, Saturday Morning; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’82 UK 2 Tone ska picture
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Wong Chu – Keep On Moving; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Stepping (sic) (High Note) ’79 JA
  • Three Dimension; Roadblock; Three Dimension (Nubian) ’89 UK hertune
  • Yellowman – Which One of Them Wear the Ring; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami
  • The Vision – Reality Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundzierg) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Wings of a Dove; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 original; ’74 re-release JA vinyl

<Wings of a Dove; 2 min.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Zion Train; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthdaya
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Roots Radics and Bunny Wailer – Whrly Girly Dub; Dub D’sco vol. 2 (RAS/Solomonic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Joseph Cotton & Janet Lee Davis – No Touch the Style; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’87
  • Ken Boothe – Can’t You See; 10″ (Trojan) ’68 rock steady/’71 w/ dj soul shouts

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations:
  • Dubblestandart feat. Dillinger – 10 Tons of Dope (Sounds from the Ground Rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 9 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ. herbtune
  • DJ /Rupture – Leech Wisdom; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Junior Reid – God Is a Man; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelikhani – Le Coueur; Saudade (ESL) 2014 DC w/ French female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist) May 12, 2018: Happy Mother’s Day!

 

 

 

Bob and his beloved mother, Cedella. Happy Mother’s Day from Smile Jamaica!

Greetings,

To my beloved mother, Jeannette and my sister, Stacey. Happy Mother’s Day to all the Mother’s, Mom’s, Mommies & Mamas.

Harvested tracks out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive celebrating motherhood.

By tradition, I will always begin each show with this beautiful country ballad about a youth who does chores, babysits and gets good grades. Youthman tallies up  his bill and presents it to mom for reimbursement.

Mom, takes a look and this is what she says:

<No Charge>

No Charge by Tammy Wynette, Reggae version by Sonya Spence

Now our little boy came up to his mom
In the kitchen this evenin’ while she was fixin’ supper
And he handed her a piece of paper he’d been writin’ on
And after wipin’ her hands on her apronn
She read it, and this is what it said.
For mowin’ the lawn, five dollars
For makin’ my own bed this week, one dollar
And for goin’ to the store, fifty cents
An’ playin’ with little brother while you went shoppin’, twenty-five cents.
Takin’ out the trash, one dollar
Gettin’ a good report card, five dollars
And for rakin’ the yard, two dollars
Total owed, fourteen seventy-five.
Well, as mom looked at him standin’ there expectantly
And I could see the mem’ries flashing through her mind
And so she picked up the pen, and turnin’ the paper over
This is what she wrote.
For the nine months I carried you growin’ inside me, no charge
For the nights I’ve sat up with you
Doctored you, and prayed for you, no charge
For the time and the tears
That you’ve cost through the years, there’s no charge
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is no charge.
For the nights filled with dread
And all the worries ahead, no charge
For advice and the knowledge
And the cost of your college, no charge
For the toys, food and clothes and even for wipin’ your nose
There’s no charge, son
And when you add it all up
The full cost of my love is, no charge.
Well, when he finished readin’
He had great big old tears in his eyes
And he looked up at her standing there and said
Mama, I sure do love you
Then he took the pen,
And in great big letters
He wrote paid in full.
Lord knows when you add it all up
The cost of real love is, no charge…
bless, Bobbylon
This one will bring a tear to your I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 12, 2018 – 3 Hours Mother’s  Day; 38 sec.

Set 1:

  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72

<Paul Simon at Dynamic Studios: Kingston JA; 23 sec.>

  • Mother Earth – The Quiet Storm; A Breath of Fresh Air (Ariwa) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 Tammy Wynette mother’s day
  • Mighty Diamonds – Hey Mommy; Speak the Truth (RAS) ’94
  • Burning Spear – Mother; Man in the Hills (mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Daweh Congo – Mother Arose; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2004
  • Desmond Dekker – Honor Your Father & Mother; Israelites: Best of (Trojan) ’63
Paul Simon paid union wages while recording in Jamaica.

Set 2:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75
  • Peter Roots – Poor Mama; 7″ (Belleville International) 2002 Fr.
  • Black Roots – Childless Mother; All Day, All Night (Nubian) ’87 UK
  • Papa Levi – Baby Mother; 12″ (Jah Records)) ’86 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Nicky Thomas – Mama’s Song; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’70
  • Heptones – Mama Say; Night Food (Mango) ’76 US vinyl
  • Jah Messengers – Mama Mama; Reggae Time (Heartbeat) ’93
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Mama Look Deh; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 
  • Reggay Boys – Mama Look Deh; 7″ (Amalgamated) ’68
  • Chosen Brothers – Mother I Love You; 12″ (City Line) ’77 Bronx
  • Ja Man All Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire) ’77 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Benjamin Zephaniah – I Love Me Mudder; Dub Ranting 7″ EP (Radical Wallpaper) ’82 UK picture sleeve: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox set
  • Barry Brown – Thank You Mama; 7″ (Observer) ’83
  • Dennis Brown – Song My Mother Used to Sing; 7″ (Aquarius)
  • Doctor Alimantado –  Mama (I Thank You); 7″ (Vital Food) ’77
  • Chantells – Baby Mother; 7″ (Communicating) ’74
10 poems, 2 sides, 33 and 1/3

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Mama Africa; Mama Africa (EMI America) ’83 US
  • Yellowman – Honor Your Mother; Jack Sprat (Hit) ’82 JA
  • Simple Simon – Obey Your Mother and Father; Reggae Move (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK
  • Little John –  I Love My Mommy; Give the Youth a Try (Live & Learn) ’83 DC
  • The Meditations – Mother Love; No More Friend (Greensleeves) ’83 UK

Set 6:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mother Don’t Cry; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 on Bob’s deathbead: 5/11/81

<Bob going to a better place, “Mother don’t cry”>

  • Jimmy Riley – Black Mother Prays; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’83
  • Mighty Maytones – Father and Mother; Madness (Burning Sounds) ’76 UK
  • Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion; Mr. Bassie (Heartbeat/Studio One) Paul Simon
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
Mother Don’t Cry, I’m going to a better place

Set 7;

  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Mama’s Trippin’; Voodoo Child (bootleg) Bonn, Germany Apr. 1998
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’86
  • Hugh Griffiths – Mother Africa; Mother Africa (My-o-lanta) ’86 UK vinyl
  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • Gregory Isaacs – Motherless Children; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80

Set 8:

  • Creation Rebel – Mother Don’t Cry; Psychotic Jonkanoo (Statik/ON U Sound) ’81 UK mutant dub
  • Fun-da-Mental feat. Thievery Corporation; Mother Africa Feeding Sister India DJ-Kicks (!K7) ’99
  • Nicodemus – Mother-in-Law; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 US
  • Prince Alla – Mama Don’t Fight; Reggae All Stars (Freedom Sounds) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Donna V – Black Mother Cry; 7″ (Grade One) ’94
  • Michael Rose – Mama Africa; 7″ (RCR) 2008 for Darfur, Sudan
  • Ari Up – Baby Mother; Dread More Dan Dead (Collision) 2012 UK dubstress
RIP mutant dub mama

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-bruary 24, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-lympic Motivation That Rules the Nations!

U.S Cross Country Olympic Ski Team

Greetings,

So I was getting ready to go on air in the last half hour of Smile Jamaica. The phone rings and I pick up. The guy on the other line was pretty animated. “Hey Robert, I’m here with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in South Korea and we are listening to your show. Play us a tune.”

<Crown of Creation livicated to the U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team; 22 sec.>

Wow! If true, I am sure the Dubstep/Mutant Dub set I was about to spin would match heavy bass to skiing a fast race. I dunno? They did medal for the first time at the Olympics. Or as I call it, the Jah-lympics

bless, Bobbylon 

 

Smile Jamaica A.rk-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 24, 2018: 85 sec.

Set 1:

  • Cornell Campbell – O Jah Forgive Me; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK vinyl

<Stalowatt = Stalwart in Jamaican patois; 23 sec.>

  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Hopeton Lindo – Black History; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’84 Mikey Dread prod’n
  • Carlene Davis – Quick Sand; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic)
  • Chalawa feat. Strangers Cole – Just Like a River; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’79 JA singer w/ Ontario Canada group
  • Daweh Congo – Ganja Baby; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2008 Sweden
  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’82 UK

<Revelation 18; 28 sec.>

The Angel of Revelation 18 – Ancient Astronaut

Set 2:

  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 singjay classic
  • Ronnie Davis – People Bawling; Wheel of Life (Upstairs) ’83
  • Cedric Im Brooks – Lambs Bread Collie; Light of Saba (Honest Jon’s) ’78 horn instrumental herbtune
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter Disco Cork) ’77 UK take on Max Romeo’s I Chase the Devil

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Black History; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years
  • Burning Spear – I’m Not the Worst; People of the World (Blue Moon) ’86
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK female dub poet

<Who is Nanny?; 43 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Darkness/Dubness; 10″ (Island) ’82 UK picture sleeve
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour
Jamaican Heroine; expert markwwoman – Nanny of the Maroons

Set 4:

  • Chalice – Master Blaster (Jammin); Best of Reggae (Sonoma) 2011 Stevie Wonder cover
  • Jimmy Cliff – No Justice; Marked For Death (Delicious Vinyl) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation and Rockers Hi-Fi – Trance Mission Central; Abductions & Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 DC dubbers rmx
  • Cynthia Richards  Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 herbtune
  • Doctor Alimantado – It Cold in a Babylon; 12″ (ISDA) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Michael Franti – No No; Echomania
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 Bronx
  • Hortense Ellis – Wooden Heart; Ravers Rock vol. 2 ()
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound)
  • Amp-Ech – Blood Stains; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake; Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 Wailers Family Tree
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Burnin’ & Lootin’; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) live in London June 1977
  • Bunny Wailer – Rastaman Vibration (Positive Vibration); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist in JA
Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter Tosh and crew

Set 7:

 

  • UB40 – Strange Fruit; Signing Off (DEP) ’80 – update of Billie Holiday

<Billie Holiday’s Strange Fruit; 58 sec.>

  • Dubble feat. Molara – Crown of Creation; 10″ (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK Mutant Dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Matty G – Sensimilla; Bay Area Dubstep vol. 3 (Full Melt) 
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Boney L – Babylon Children; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 best of UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – One; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Bush Chemists – Dub Secret; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 UK
  • Dubblestandart feat. Ken Boothe – When I Fall in Love; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist: Every Sat. is Black History Month!

<When every Saturday is Black History Month>

Greetings,

Have time for one quick update. My Pops’ 76th birthday was last Saturday. They are Snowbirds from North Central Montana living in the land of the Sun. Sun City West AZ that is.

Where next to the doggy hotel is a Medical Marijuana Dispensary. I helped my Dad go through the process of getting his medical card.

And for his birthday, as a good son interested in the health of aging parents, I sent him $50 to stock up on the Seven Leaf Relief.

Got Mom convinced to go 3/1 CBD to THC up to half and half. Stay tuned!

Free joint on his birthday? How come the Utah Liquor store doesn’t give me a mini bottle of bourbon on MY birthday

bless, Bobbylon

<Happy birthday Pops! 25 sec.>

Dad’s bounty for his pain. Notice free joint for his birthday

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 17, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 56 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Read a Chapter; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl

<Why I Read a Chapter a Day – UFOs in the Bible; 20 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Greensleeves) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84 tribute to her son Bob
  • Big Youth – Johnny Reggae; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’77
  • Groundation – Praising; Crucial Reggae From Outside of Jamaica vol. 2 (Skank) 2005 Sonoma, CA
  • UB40 – Mi Spliff; Credit to the Nation (bootleg) ’86 European Tour – 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Healing in the Balmyard; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’81 UK
He’s a Rastaman carrying out Jah’s plan

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (DEB) ’79 Bob Marley cover
  • The Selecter – Deep Water; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska
  • Michael Rose – Short Temper; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’95 Best of
  • Barrington Levy – Tell Them Already; 12″ (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind ’75 Bob Marley cover
  • Sophia George – Honestly I Do; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ’86
  • Cultural Roots – His Majesty Reign; Running Back to Me (Mango) ’88
  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • The Lions – This Generation; 7″ (Lions Bread) 2010 LA 

<This generation; 9 sec. >

  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7″ (Orchid) ’79 UK – Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark
  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7″ (Clintones)
  • Alton Ellis – Confusion; 7″ (Venture) ’77
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft (Studio One) Isaac Hayes cover

<Talking about John Shaft! 13 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley

  • Toots & the Maytals – (Marley’s Gone) HIs Songs Live On; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 4, 1982, Montego, Bay JA
  • Culture – Psalms of Bob Marley; Good Things (RAS) ’89 DC
  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn

<Livicated not Dedicate; 19 sec.>

  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London June 1977

<From Smile Jamaica to Exodus; 54 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand (Version 2); Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter) ’70ish
  • Bunny Wailer – Trench Town; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob covers
  • Anthony B – Memories of Bob; Universal Struggle (VP) ’97 Bob Marley Tribute
  • Burning Spear – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Hollie Cook – Lunar Addiction; Vessel of Love (Mr. Bongo) 2018 UK dubstress
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island: Reggae From Martha’s Vinyard (Rounder) 2001
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – One Drop; 12″ (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA Bob Marley cover, picture sleeve

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 trip hope w/ female vox: Mutant Dub set
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Sensimilla; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn herbtune
  • Alpha & Omega – Lion’s Den; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dry & Heavy – Reverse Again; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Gorillaz -19/2000 – G-Sides (Virgin) 2001 UK cartoon

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 27, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – 9 down, 41 to go!

#Berniewouldhavewon

Vermont – the GREEN STATE makes it 9 down, 41 to go!; 90 sec.

  1. Collie-rado
  2. Washington
  3. Jah-laska
  4. Jah-regon
  5. Collie-fornya
  6. Jah-vada
  7. Jah-suchusetts
  8. Maine
  9. Vermont
  10. DC* not a state

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 27, 2018; 80 sec.

Set 1:

  • Blue Riddim Band – One Love, One Heart; Restless Spirit (Flying Fish) ’81 St Louis band, vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Brand New Second Hand; Peter Tosh and Friends (Upsetter) ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Israelites (Trojan) ’73 dubble disk Best of
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 best of w/ female vox
  • Dubblestandart feat. Devon D – We All Have to Get High; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-strian: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Leroy Smart- Love Me Tonight; 12″ (Channel One) ’83
  • Earl Chinna Smith & High Times Players – Selassie Dub; Musicians & Friends (Corner Stone) JA vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 June: live in London at the Rainbow Theatre
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim (Virgin) ’85 female dj to Version Girl
  • Tapper Zukie – Stop the Gun Shooting; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’76 dj to Horace Andy’s Skylarking
  • Joe Axumite – Simple Little Woman; 10″ (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn

Set 3:

  • Bunny  Wailer – Three Little Birds;  Hall of Fame (RAS) dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Etana – By Your Side; I Rise (VP) 2014 JA female singer
  • Black Uhuru – Boof’n’Baff’n’Biff (Filla Brazilia rmx 2); Dancehall Queen (Island Jamaica)
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. dub album of the hour
50 Bob Marley/Wailers covers

Set 4:

  • Samia Farah – Du Signe du Lion; Many Moods of (SAM) 2008 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) 2004 Best of; Herbtune
  • Dub Syndicate – 93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve update of Prince Far I tune

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Sooth Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Anguilla Bob Marley tribute
  • John Clarke – Wasn’t It You; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 Brooklyn
  • Jimmy Cliff – Satan’s Kingdom; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US
  • ILive – Build I Up; Jah Guide (Out of Many, One) ’90 Oakland – female vox
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK best of 12″ mixes
Sat. Feb. 3 from 4-7 PM Mtn. Time – Smile Jamaica’s Annual Livication to Bob Marley. KRCL.org; 90.9FM SLC

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley tribute; Joseph the Biblical Prophet; 18 sec.
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’83; take on Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature”
  • Burning Spear – Fittest of the Fittest; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ’83
  • Don Carlos – Living in Harmony; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ’84
  • Lincoln Thompson – Love the Way It Should Be; Vortex Dub (Orange Street)  ’89 Dub Album of the Hour

The Prophet Joseph leading his people out of bondange. As Bob Marley did the Rastas out of Babylon – Judy MowattSet 7:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’81 country reggae/’91 film
  • Fathead – Gi Mi de Music; Live at Aces (Joe Frasier) ’82 live in the club herbtune
  • Mighty Diamonds – Stoned Out of My Mind; Stand Up to Your Judgement (Hitbound)  ’78 Chi-lites soul cover
  • Webcam Hi-Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10″ (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dub w/ female vox
You’ve got country in my reggae!

Set 8: UFOria – New Jerusalem

<Revelation 21 – the New Jerusalem spaceship; 81 sec.>

  • Brentford Road All-Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) instrumental
  • Derrick Morgan – Moon Hop; Original Reggae Recordings (Trybute) ’69
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’82 Germ.
  • Kingman + Jonah  feat. Claudius Linton – Star Wars; Sign of the Time (Sunking) 2008
  • Roots Radics – Flash Gordon Meets Luke Skywalker; Scientist & Jammy Strike Back!  (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Audio Active – Space Children; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Tena Stelin – Sun + Moon; Sun + Moon (Dub Venture) ’92 UK
1,440,000,000 acre size spaceship – New Jerusalem. Revelation 21

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 2, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Vinyl Cratedig Rinse-out!

Zia Records on West Sahara in Las Vegas. Great source for black wax

Greetings,

2017 was a topsy turvy year for the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives. Massive home remodel was supposed to start Nov. 2016. Alas, weather, Questar natural gas company and Salt Lake City zoning couldn’t agree on when to move my gas line. WHICH WAS UNDER MY HOUSE!

Stones Throw’ record label brags about “my vinyl weighs a ton!” Mine actually did. I had so many records packed into my Record Room that it sunk the floor below the baseboards.

Surprised a racoon or Burmese python didn’t come in through the hole in my floor, sunk below the baseboard!

So the depressing and frustrating delays didn’t even start until March 2017. Seven months of building out an actual physical archive. No more storing boxes of CDs in the bathroom, bedroom, garage and hallway!

Pre-remodel: Bedroom
Pre-Remodel storage shed
Pre-Remodel – Garage

Like any home remodel it was a daily grind of aggravation and interruption to my routine. (If you see me ask me about the bong and the Koran story.)

But once it was done, $25k in over-runs regardless, it has been awesome! New roof, new garage, new AC/furnace/gasline, siding.

I’m no longer that house on the block that looks like a shack with strange smells and jungle drums booming to the street!

Before….
…After

***

From my usual cratedig excusion during Thanksgiving Week to Las Vegas 2016 through Fall 2017,  I had done a moratorium on cratedigging. Didn’t see the point in just stacking up new titles til my Archive was finished.

During any major remodel, you can’t really leave the city in case the workmen need a decision. My house was built in 1901. A half ass renovation conducted in the early 90’s and I bought it in 1995.

So there were a lot of problems that needed construction troubleshooting.

Once I paid my final tab to my contractor: $5,059. Ouch! I was stoked to make up for lost time and hit Vegas with a vengeance.

And as I said on Smile Jamaica last week. Glad to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Dec. 2, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 69 sec.

Set 1:  4:20 Set

  • Cornell Campbell – Stalowatt; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK 

<Stalowatt = stalwart; 10 sec.>

  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – I Need Weed; 10” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK picture sleeve; female weedstepper
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Lights Shining (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas ? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK
  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 US to Johnny Clarke’s African Roots
  • Chariot Riders – Sensimilla Dub; Sensimilla Dub (Crystal) ’80 JA dub take
Las Vegas cratedig 2017 – Moondog Records.

Set 2:

  • Tony Tuff – Sweet Reggae Music; Wha We a Go Do (Top Rank) ’84 JA
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Am the Living; I Am the Living (MCA) ’80 US

<Jimmy Cliff: pop star or reggae singer? 32 sec.>

  • Crucial Bee – Give Thanks & Praise; Just a Sting (All-Star) US Virgin Islands
  • The Ethiopians – Good Ambition; No Baptism (Crystal) ‘70
  • Sister Carol – Santa Claus; 12” (Grade One) Christmas tune
More Pop than Reggae

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Zimbabwe; Zimbabwe (Island) ’82 UK vinyl box set

<Zimbabwe in the news; 1 min. 5 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Trenchtown Rock; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Marley cover
  • Peter Tosh – 400 years; Dealing with the Shytstem (bootleg) Nov. 5, 1985 LA, Roxy
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 US picture sleeve herbtune

<Rita the Teacher schooled by Herbie, Smokey & Milla; 16 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer & the Solomonic Reggae’stra  – Love Fire; Dub D’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’78 JA
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Marley Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour

<Adventures in cratedigging – Marley vinyl box set; 85 sec.>

2017 Ebay offering $225. Amoeba Records 1992 – $75

Set 4:

  • Judy Mowatt – Mellow Mood; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA Marley cover
  • Eddie Hooper & Storm – Pass It on; 12” (HCR) ’79 disco/reggae/calypso hybrid

Set 5:

  • Mutabaruka – Postpone Christmas; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label

<No Xmas music before Black Friday! 32 sec.>

  • The Mighty Invaders – Hatred; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY w/ female vox
  • Twinkle Brothers – New Song for Jah; New Songs for Jah (Twinkle) ’89 UK
  • Ras Imru – The Marshall; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK

Set 6: Roots Dawtas

  • Vibal Smash feat. Queen Ekanem – Take a Load Off Dreadlocks; 12” EP (ECKO) ’87  LA cover of The Band’s The Weight  

<Soundtrack to my Vegas crate dig – 36 CDs of Bob Dylan w/ The Band; 35 sec.>

  • Azanyah feat. Marva Shelton – Guiding Light; “The One” (Path of Light) ’87 Atlanta, GA militant jazz

<Rhodesia to Zimbabwe; South African to Azanyah; 31 sec.>

  • Sister Netifa – Don’t Talk to Me Babylon; Woman Deterimined (A luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Lloyd Brevett and the Skatatlites – Stream in the Meadow; African Roots (Moon Ska) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Take a load off dreadlocks!

Set 7:

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Judgement in a Babylon; 12” (Lion of Judah) ’81 JA picture sleeve – Christ Blackwell is a vampire

<Lee said Chris killed Bob Marley to take away his royalties; 36 sec.>

  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK dub of Thomas Dolby’s She Blinded Me With Science
  • Ras Karbi – Discrimination; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s Signs

<Reggae cover of Five Man Electrical Band’s “Signs”; 24 sec.>

<I am a stud, I do not drink blood – Lee “Scratch”; 46 sec.>

Hey Chris, I am a stud I do not drink blood!

Set 8: UFOria

<Great moon watching for some vinyl UFOria; 36 sec.>

Awesome Moon on the night of this Smile Jamaica podcast

<Space Dust at Blade Runner 2049 in Las Vegas; 25 sec.>

  • Prince Jammy  – Martian Encounter; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 
  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK

<Aliens gwan whip you, and put you in your rightful place; 9 sec.>

  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Prince Jammy – War in the Asteroid Belt; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2005 UK Star Wars Stormtrooper theme
Better than popcorn, Soda and milk duds while watching Bladerunner 2049 in Las Vegas in the land of 8 down!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 10, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) Roswell 70th Anniversary Preview!

Giorgio Tsoukalos – The Bob Marley of Ancient Aliens, Friday Nights

<Roswell alien autopsy. My brother in law talked to a guy who knew the coroner who provided the coffins for the alien crash victims; 57 sec.>

Dateline: Roswell, New Mexico – July 4, 1947. In a small farming community a UFO crashed. Called a Flying Saucer.

Of course, the military claimed otherwise: It was a weather balloon. Fake News before its time.

My brother in law sells high tech pipe in New Mexico. One a sales call in Roswell he was told:

The coroner was asked by the Military to provide 3 child size coffins. You don’t need coffins for a weather balloon.

Smile Jamaica’s preview to our second annual UFOria 3 hour special coming up : July 8th – the 70th Anniversary of the crash.

Look to the skies and do not scoff!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Playlist: June 10, 2017: soundbytes, photos, captions and Reggae History Lessons; 62 sec.

62 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas – Sweet Reggae Music; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK vinyl
  • King Tubby & Friends – Blackman’s Dub; Dub Album of the Hour
  • Misty in Roots – Peace & Love; Chronicles (Kaz’s) ’94 UK best of
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Black Uhuru – Great Train Robbery; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’86 comp. Junior Reid on the vox
  • The Tamlins – Irie Collie; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr. 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

<Exodus Riddim Shower; 43 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love/People Get Ready; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77: riddim shower (1): vox
  • I Roy – Commandment V (One Love/People Get Ready); Ten Commandments (Virgin) riddim shower (2): dj ’80 UK vinyl: yellow picture sleeve
  • Chalawa – One Love/People Get Ready Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) riddim shower (3): dub ’77 Can.
  • Bunny Wailer – Don Dadda; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<Bunny schools the Young Turks; 29 sec.>

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob Marley cover; Bob produced, Lee Perry mixed, Wailers on the riddims

<Broadway singer covers Bob without having to sleep with him; 32 sec.>

  • Cultural Roots – Worries Me a Yard; Running Back to Me (Mango) ‘88
  • Jimmy Cliff – Dear Mother; Follow My Mind (Wounded Bird) ’75 Joe Higgs cover
  • Don Carlos – Working Everyday; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Aston Family Barrett – Cobra Style Dub; Familyman in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Collie Buddz – Come Around; Come Around (Sony) 2007 dubstep/dancehall herbtune
  • Devon Russell – We Are Darker Than Blue; Classic Reggae Hits (Time Music) ’91 Curtis Mayfield cover
  • Nicky Thomas – Let It Be; 70’s Hits Reggae Style (Castle) ’70 Beatles cover
  • Dave Barker – Sunshine Rock; Chapter 2 of Words (Trojan) ‘70
  • Super Chick – Me a Champion; 10” (Hitbound) ‘81

Set 5: Roots Dawta vinyl

  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago label
  • Imo & the Soul Syndicate – Past History; Past History (Yah Way) ’86 Mill Valley, CA
  • Rasta Generation Band feat. Miss Mack – Cracking Up; Stand By Jah (Black Spade) ’90 San Francisco
  • Sista Ruby – Making of a Supa Dupa; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK
  • Aisha – Daughters of Zion; Daughters of Zion (Twinkle) ’93 UK

Set 6:

  • Peter Tosh – Bumba Klaat; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) rare live take

<Bumbaklaat – the Jamaican curse word: 1 min. 42 sec.>

<Peter fights the duppy trying to kill him BUMBAKLAAAT; 32 sec.!>

  • Peter Broggs – Jah Is Mighty; Rejoice (RAS) ’97 Bob Marley cover
  • Dillinger – Marijuana in My Brain; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 herbtune
  • Sister Africka – Wish I Well; 10” (Dub Jockey) ’93 UK
  • Jah Pelikaho – Mystic Cosmic Vibration; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 dub album of the hour: Jah-ponese dubbers w/ the Wailers

Set 7: UFO-ria set: 1 min.

  • Simaryp – Skinhead Moonstomp; Skinhead Moonstomp (Trojan) ’70 UK ska
  • Pink Floyd – Interstellar Overdub; Relics (Harvest) ’71 best of

<Pink Floyd on Smile Jamaica? WTF?>

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Angel Gabriel & the Space Boots; Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat) ‘91
  • SoKo – I Thought I Was an Alien; I Thought I Was An Alien (Because Music) 2012 Fr. Female singer
Before it was called fake news. This crash was explained away as swamp gas and a weather balloon.

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Laraaji and Audio Active – Space Visitors for Tea – That Lump on Your Head (Gyroscope) ’95: Jah-ponese dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Vibration; King & Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub
  • Dubadelic – Operation Duppy Conqueror 2000 (Special Tactics); 2000 – a Bass Odyssey (WordSound) ’96 illbient
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Fight to Survive; Temple of I & I Sound (ESL) 2017 DC