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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): May 6, 2017 – Mars or Busted!

We better be here by 2120 – Mars

<Stephen Hawking: To save mankind we have 100 years to Mars; 1 min. 5 sec.>

Greetings,

We are screwed. No Jah Love for I ‘n’ I optimism on this blog post. We need to face facts.

Stephen Hawking: Colonize Mars or humankind perishes

As Smile Jamaica warns during my UFOria sets: We need to quit skylarking and get to the skies.

Mother Earth is finished. It is dead. Not dying. Dead. We killed it. It is a zombie.

Every President has an Oil of the Above energy policy. Industry and government collusion prevented renewables from replacing carbon.

I’m not that much of a tree hugger (more of a leaf burner), but I know it’s over. In 50 years every coastal city will be under water.

Every year living in Utah the air quality gets worse. Even I, with my spongy lung capacity, gets hit by bronchitis frequently.

Soon they will be taxing clean air while the rest of us working stiffs choke. I like my air just my peanut butter: smooth and nah chunky!

My vista in Salt Lake City every January and February. Chunky stylee

I don’t have kids. But if I did I would weep for my nieces and nephews’ great grand kids.

This shouldn’t have happened…

After great promise with the Moon Landing in 1969, we stopped our momentum and put all of our R & D in heinous weapons of mass destruction.

Imagine the trillions on nukes and bombs and jet fighters devoted to Space Travel.

Too bad. So sad. We’re fucked. All we got from Neil Armstrong walking on the moon? Velcro, teflon and Tang.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 6, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 51 sec.

Set 1: Kentucky Derby Horse Race set

  • Barbara Paige – Jah Love; Hear Me Now (Epiphany) ’82 San Fran vinyl
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Black (Trojan) ’82 UK – vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7” (Well Charge) Jamaican race track
  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ‘98 
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kick the Bucket; 7” (Trojan) ‘69
  • Bo Jangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe)
  • GT Moore – Ganja Flower; 10” (Jah Works) 2002 UK mutant dub 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Congrats to Always Dreaming for winning the 2017 Kentucky Derby

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Mark of the Beast; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 single

<Mark of the Beast – beating from the cops; 17 sec.>

<The cruelty of beating a guitar player’s hands; 34 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – The Specialists; Dancehall Massive (Shanachie) ’92 Hypocrites riddim
  • John Brown’s Body – Fight Them a Fight; Burning: Live at the Annex,  Madison, Wisconsin (bootleg)
  • Joy & Trevor – Love at First Sight; 10” (Well Charge) ‘81
I see the Mark of the Best on their ugly faces. Congregating in evil places.

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Aswad – Rainbow Culture; Showcase (Mango) ’80
  • Bingy Bunny – Bit by Bit; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ’75 of the Morwells
  • Rita Marley – Easy Sailing; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Burning Spear – Give Me + Brain Food ; Marcus Garvey + Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’75/’76 w/ dub

<Winston, Rupert & Delroy – Burning Spear; 13 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99 mutant dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Don Carlos – Jah People Unite; Deeply Concerned (RAS) ‘87
  • Stranger Cole & Gladdy – One Toke Over the Line; 70’s Hits Reggae Style – Brewer & Shipley herb cover
  • Gondwana – Los Defendos (The Defenders); Second Coming (RAS) ’99 Chile; 16 sec.
  • Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ‘95

Set 5: UFOria Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune; Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (GG) ’79 JA
  • U Roy – Your Ace From Space; Version Galore (Treasure Isle) ’68 JA
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA, female singer
  • Lone Ranger – Beam Me Up Scotty; 12”

Set 6: Waiting in Vain Riddim shower

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Exodus (Tuff Gong) Riddim Shower (1): vox
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl
  • I Roy – Commandment III (Waiting in Vain); Ten Commandments (Virgin) ’80 UK yellow vinyl/picture sleeve vinyl
  • Chalawa – Waiting in Vain Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • The Clash – Police on My Back; Sandinista (Epic) ’80: Eddy Grant cover
  • Eric Clapton – Whatcha Gonna Do; Crossroad (Polydor) ’74 Tosh cover from box set
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 reggae take on King Floyd
  • Nina Hagen – UFO; Nunsexmonkrock (CBS) ’82 West. Germ.
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 mutant dub album of the hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (ROIR) ’96 – mutant dub set
  • Alpha & Omega – King and Queen; King and Queen (A & O) ’90 UK trance dub
  • Braindead feat. Justin Warfield – Braindead; clear (Quango) ’95 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – More Kaya; Acres of Space (Lion & Roots) 2001
  • Systemwide – Interferene; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002 Portland
  • Bush Chemists – Star Dub; 10” (Jah Tubby’s) 2006 UK – Star Wars theme

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 7, 2016 (Stream + Tracklist) I Love My Mummy!

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Much love to my Mother, Jeannette

<Livicated to Jeanntte: Happy Mother’s Day Mom!>

Greetings,

Happy Mother’s Day edition of Smile Jamaica. I always start off with a beautiful cover of Tammy Wynette country stylee from Sonya Spence

Tammy Wynette

“No Charge”

My little girl came into the kitchen this evenin’,
While I was fixin’ supper,
And she handed me a piece of paper she’d been writin’ on,
And after wipin’ my hands on my apron,
I read it – and this is what it said:For mowin’ the yard – five dollars,
And for makin’ my own bed this week – one dollar,
And for goin’ to the store – fifty cents,
An’ playin’ with little sister, while you went to the store – 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 dollars and seventy-five cents.Well, I looked at her standin’ there expectantly,
And a thousand mem’ries flashed through my mind,
So I picked up the pen, turnin’ the paper over,
This is what I wrote:For the nine months I carried you,
Growin’ inside me – NO CHARGE,
For the nights I’ve sat up with you,
Doctored you, prayed for you – NO CHARGE,
For the toys, food and clothes.
And for wiping your nose, there’s NO CHARGE,
When you add it all up.
The full cost of my love is NO CHARGE.Well, when she finished readin’,
She had great big old tears in her eyes,
And she looked up at me and said,
“Mama, I sure do love you.”
Then she took the pen,
And in great big letters,
She wrote: “PAID IN FULL.”When you add it all up,
The cost of real love is – NO CHARGE
***
Brings a tear to my eye. Spent a week with my folks moving into a new place in Phoenix. Took a day to cratedig and explore Tempe. On my way out, mom gives me a benjamin. “Have a happy cratedig.” Well that’s not exactly her words but more or less. Love that woman.
bless, robt
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Mother’s love: No charge but more precious than gold
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist May 7, 2016:

Set 1:

  • Barrington Spence – Jah Jah Train; Speak Softly (Trojan)  ’76 UK vinyl
  • A Nice Dub – Agrovators; Kaya Dub (Justice)  ’77 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour; Bunny Lee/King Tubby
  • Sonya Spence – No Charge; In the Dark (Skynote)  ’78; Happy Mother’s Day – Tammy Wynette cover

<No Charge for being Mom; 13 sec.>

  • Aswad – Wrapped Up; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK

<1 of the first 10 CDs added to the Ark-Ive, 1987: Tower Records; 19 sec.>

  • Inner Circle – Curfew (3 O’clock Road Block); Jah Love (Music Club) ’74 Bob Marley cover
  • Barry Brown – Sensimilla; Far East (Hitbound) ’81: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown- Blood, Sweat & Tears; Love Has Found Its Way (A & M) ‘82

<Dennis Brown or Yellowman heir to Bob Marley?  25 sec.>

  • Kumina Mento Rasta – Wareika Hills Sound; 10” (Honest Jon’s)  2010 nyahbinghi instrumental celebrates Jamaican folk arts
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Livicate never deadicated: To all the Moms; especially my Mom, Jeannette and Sister Stacey

 

Set 2: Kentucky Skank (Kentucky Derby

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 14K Gold Golden Hits (Scandal Bag) JA vinyl

<Caymanas Park Race Track in Jamaica; 11 sec.>

<Chinese jockeys on the mounts in Jamaica; 17 sec.>

  • Abyssinians – In a Kalda; Reunion (AO!) ’98; Kalda – Jamaican race track
  • The Pioneers – Long Shot Kick the Bucket; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ‘69
  • Mr. Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7” (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77; horserace between: Babylon, Pope Pious and Dreadlocks

The Selassie I Cup; 14 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1 odds
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome Even money
  4. Pope Pius 3-5, the big favorite; came up lam
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • The Winner: Dreadlock; 8 lengths!
  • Place: Baldhead
  • Show: Soul Youth
  • Pope Pius came up lame; 17 sec.
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Congratulations Nyquist. 2016 Kentucky Derby winner

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 26+ Years

  • U Roy – Control Tower; Rasta Ambassador (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ‘80

<Black Uhuru got me into Reggae more than Bob, Peter, Jimmy or UB40; 28 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • I Roy – Sister Nelly; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Hour
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This album + Anthem made me a stone cold Reggae fanatic

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Honorary Citizen (Columbia) Best of Box Set; Request

<Reggaemyelitis – from the tips of your dreads to the bottom of your toes; 9 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’78 Best of
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica (A & B-sides); Rastaman Vibration (Deluxe Edition) ‘76
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Hear the song that gives the show its name!

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Mark My Words; At Studio One (Studio One) JA vinyl 
  • Dandy Livingstone – Jamaica Is Fun; Hit With Me Music (Trojan) ’72 UK
  • Monty Montgomery – Stay Cool; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta
  • Yabby You – Deliver Me From My Enemies; Babylon Soundtrack (Takoma) ’80 UK
  • Spliffy Dan – Jah Bless; Rockers Showcase Volume III (Rockers International) ’87 Philadelphia
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Marcia Griffiths – The Aretha Franklin of Reggae

Set 6: Roots Dawtas Rockers do Reggae

  • Patti Smith – Redondo Beach; Horses (Arista) ’76 
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Sly & Robbie – Ultimate Collection (Hip-O) ‘81
  • Belle Stars – Miss World; 80’s Romance (Union Square) UK female New Wave

<Belle Stars – emerged out of 2 Tone ska in the UK; 11 sec.>

  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Island) ’83 riddim section of Talking Heads
  • Scientist – 11 Guava Road Dub; King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour
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Belle Stars UK Roots Dawtas dabble in some Reggae

Set 7:

  • Horace Andy – Better Collie; Prime of Horace Andy (Music Club)  ’75 herbtune
  • Pat Rhoden – Boogie on Reggae Woman; Just My Imagination (Trojan) ’75 Stevie Wonder cover
  • June Lodge – Someone Loves You Honey; Reggae Pulse 3 – Love Songs (RAS) ’80 Charley Pride country

<Forced to hear too much Country music growing up in Montana; 14 sec.>

  • Lucky Dube – Guns & Roses; Taxman (Shanachie) ’97

<Bad vibes: Murder at Park City show. Lucky killed shortly thereafter; 24 sec.>

City Weekly story on the Park City murder:

http://www.cityweekly.net/utah/the-gangs-of-zion/Content?oid=2128947

Everton Blender – Live Up; Live at the White River Reggae Bash (Heartbeat) ‘99

  • Pablo Gad – Crying Gad; 10” (Reggae on Top) 2002 UK militant steppers

<Militant Steppers definition; 10 sec.>

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Lucky Dube – killed in carjacking in Johannesburg South Africa

Set 8:

  • Botom Botom – Le Toit du Monde; This Is Not a Stereotype (Hammerbass) 2006 Fr. w/ female vox
  • 2 Bad Card Specialist – Weed Specialist (Audio Active rmx); CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 UK/Jah-pon herbtune
  • New Age Steppers – Animal Space; New Age Steppers (Statik) Adrian Sherwood prod’n; Slits on the vox
  • Dub Gabriel feat. The Spaceape – Is This Revolution? (Jack Dangers Colonia Dub rmx); Raggabass Resistance (Destroy All Concepts) 2013 feat. Dub poet
  • Burial – UK; Untrue (Hyperdub)  2007 UK dubstep

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