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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate Summer Roots – Cratedigging in 115 Degrees!

Greetings,

My Dad has been laid up in Sun City West, AZ. He has something called NPH: Excess spinal fluid builds up on the part of the brain that controls walking, bowel/bladder control and short term dementia.

I, my brother and sister have been tag teaming with my Mom in his treatment. July was my turn.

Long story short, in the week I had been here, his recovery has improved enough for me to do a little cratedigging.

I am mainly on the hunt for collector Reggae vinyl. The temp in Phoenix is 115 degrees.

Here is how you cratedig in triple digits without your vinyl stash melting.

  1. From the retirement community my parents live in, Sun City West, to Tempe is about 45 minutes. Run the AC at 60 degrees. By the time I got out of the car, I was frozen. I literally wished I had worn socks.
  2. But, getting out of the car into that heat felt good. My joints thawed out from the drive. Enter the shop ad cratedig.
  3. Going back to the car was like walking into a furnace blower.
  4. My mom had set up one of those cooling bags and we added a zip loc bag full of ice. Even then I placed a thick blanket. Must avoid sunlight and high temps.
  5. Placed the records in the bag and rinse and repeat.

The uniqueness of cratedigging. At Xmas time, I didn’t find any vinyl in Phoenix. Hellish summer I found good collectors vinyl if three shops. Getting them home is part of the story.

Enjoy this musical mash up podcast for when I was off air.

bless, Bobbylon

Vinyl only shop by the Phoenix Skyharbor Airport

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate July 2019 Playlist:

0-30 min.

  • UB40 – Many Rivers to Cross – Version Girl (Virgin) ’85 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Culture – Trod On (Extended Mix); Production Something (Heartbeat) ‘77
  • Yellowman – Don’t Burn It Down; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84 herbtune
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) ’74 Wailers cover
  • Organized Kryme feat. Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Organized Kryme (1st Step) 2000

30-60 min.

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; New Age Steppers (ON U Sound) ’80 female vox on Jr. Byles cover
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’75 comp.
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Reggae Showcase (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Jah Lion – Hay Fever; Colombia Colly (Mango) ’76 dj to Susan Cadogan’s “Fever”
  • Overproof Sound System – Kunta Kinte; Nothing to Proove (sic) (Different Drummer) 2004 mutant dub to Creole classic
  • Massive Dread – Strictly Bubbing; This Is Massive (Nyam Up) ‘82
  • Tassilli Players – Interstellar Overdub; Outer Space (Universal Egg) ’96 UK mutant dub

60-90 min.

  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail HIM (Heartbeat)  ‘80
  • Foundation – Beverly Hills; Flames (Mango) ’88
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybiane Miranda
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’82
  • Queen Majeeda – Gye Name; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 female dub poet
  • Cocoa Tea – Jah Made Them That Way; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 
  • Mighty Diamonds – The Real Enemy; The Real Enemy (Rohit) ‘87
  • Heavy Manners – Complicated Decency;  Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’96 Chicago group w/ female vox

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Third World – Rhythm of Life; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 rude
  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002
  • Revolutionary Dub Warriors – Warrior; Deliverance (ON U Sound) ‘94 UK mutant dub
  • Welton Irie – Jah Come;  Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Aswad – Love Fire; Live and Direct (Mango)  ’83
Sun City West, AZ – 115 degrees in the shade

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Noah House of Dread – Revelation Time; Heart (ON U Sound) ’82 UK mutant dub
  • Cymande – The Message;  Cymande (Sequal/Janus) ’72 UK reggae/rock/soul/jazz
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (China) ’93 UK mutant dub
  • Ras Command – Culture Move; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ. Mutant Dub
  • Black Uhuru – Mondays; Chill Out (Mango) ’83
  • U Roy – Trenchtown Rock; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’76

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Musical Youth – Political /General; 7″ (021) ‘81
  • Big Youth – A Luta Continua; A Luta Continua (Heartbeat)  ’84 the struggle
  • continues
  • King Kong – Ethiopia; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) ‘97
  • Kings of Reggae feat. Chris Hinze – Let’s Have a Party; Bamboo Reggae (Keytone) ’83 flute jazz reggae
  • Afro Omega – Set in the Sky; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC w/ female vox
  • Alpha & Omega – The Roots; Dub Magic (Zion’s Gate) ‘98 UK trance dub

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 8, 2019 – Conspiracies, Casinos, Cannabis & Keith;

Greetings,

Lots of stories on this edition of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. During our vinyl segment I played a song by Yellowman chronicling the fallen heroes of Reggae music, Many of them murdered: Peter Tosh, General Echo….and Bob Marley? (Lee “Scratch” Perry blamed Island records own Chris Blackwell of killing Bob for his royalties.)

Alex Jones also believes the CIA killed Bob Marley to stop his revolutionary music from influencing liberation movements in South Africa, Palestine and Central America. My cryptic comment. How does a black man die of melanoma (skin cancer.)

<Did the CIA kill Bob Marley? 27 sec.>

On a more positive note, the state of Illinois is so broke they had no choice but to legalize the seven leaf — through their legislature. Signed by the governor! Now it’s 11 down, 39 to go!; 41 sec.

Illinois also legalized casinos throughout the state. State Casino Board chairman, Al Capone III, said blackjack and cannabis are a winning combination that rules the nation!

<weed and casinos in Illinois; 71 sec.>

Al Capone spins in his grave: legal weed and gambling

And lastly, a guy who likes weed, Reggae and probably conspiracy theories, one Keith Richard, guitarist of the Rolling Stones shows his love of the rub-a-dub by covering Half Pint off the Dirty Work CD.

bless, Bobbylon

<Winsome = Too Rude; 49 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives June 8, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 77sec

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Psalms; D.J. Legend (Original) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Derrick Harriott & the Crystalites – Rasta Is Love; Scrub-a-Dub (Crystal) ’74 JA dub album of the hour
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12″ (Shanachie) ’81 4:20 for Illinois legalize
  • Jay McGee – One Draw; 12″ (Scorpio) ’81 Canada
  • Loi – One Draw; 12″ (Abraham) Willowdale, Ontario Canada; female
11 down, 39 to go!

Set 2:

  • Aswad – Caution; Roots Revival (Ark 21) ’98 Bob Marley cover
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female Joe Gibbs comp.

<Dhaima – Roots Dawta; 16 sec.>

  • Ronnie Davis – Wheel of Life; Wheel of Life (Upstairs Music) ’83
  • Horace Andy – Get Up; Living in the Flood (Melankolic) ’99
  • Pad Anthony – Lovin’ Stylee; 12″ (Sunset) ’85 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years Set

  • Macka B – Black Man; Natural Suntan (Ariwa) ’90 take on Batman Theme
  • Ranking Ann – Black Rock Posse; A Slice of English Toast (Ariwa) ’82
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a The Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ’83
  • Alton Ellis & U Roy – Can’t Stand It (Extended Mix);  Cry Tough (Heartbeat/Treasure Isle) ’68
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific, Higher Ranking Dubb (EMI) ’76 Dennis Bovell dubplates; Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style (MCA) ’83 UK youth group cover Desmond Dekker
  • Ayo – What’s This All About; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Jah Bunny – Gimme African Leggo Babylon; 12″ (Must Dance) ’86 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Blackstones – Soul Shakedown; Insight (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK red vinyl; Bob Marley cover – Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Yellowman – In Memory; Rides Again (RAS) ’88 tributes to fallen heroes
  • Boom Shaka – Wicked Man; Creation (Moving  Target) ’86 Los Angeles
  • Pancho Alphanso – Babylonian; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ
  • Hortense Ellis – Sweetheart; Dance Hall Session (Studio One) JA vinyl

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Straight and Narrow Way; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 feat. Junior Braithwaite

<Junior Braithwaite on lead Wailers vox; 2 min.>

Bunny Wailer – Zimbabwe; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob songs for 50 years

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; While Relaxing (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 in Wash’n DC
  • Roots Radics – Love and Understanding (Version); Understanding (Deluxe Edition) (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Half Pint – Winsome; In Fine Style (Sun Set) ’84 JA vinyl: (1) – original
  • Rolling Stones – Too Rude; Dirty Work (Columbia) ’85 (2) – Keith’s cover
  • Love Clinic – Love Rapture; Love Clinic (Ariwa) 2005 female dj & singer over Blondie’s Rapture
  • UB40 feat. Admiral Jerry – Up and Coming M.C.; I Got You Babe EP (Virgin) ’85 UK toaster
  • Junior Murvin – Cross Over; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – Exodus; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust; Who Can You Trust (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Back Against the Walls of Babylon; Mystical Things (BSI) 200 UK trance dub
  • Sugar Dee – High Grade; 12″ EP (Know Thyself) 2012 UK herbtune

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 – #2 is Musical Youth!

Greetings,

I was born in a small north central Montana town called Fort Benton. Along the Missouri river, it was the furthest the steamboats could go before you had to pack wagon trains of goods to Oregon and Canada.

Brutally cold in the winter. Gorgeous in the summer,  although the mosquitos are the size of kittens. A town of 1500 didn’t have much in the way of shopping, so you had to drive 35 miles to Great Falls.

Movies, clothes shopping, better restaurants. When the drinking age in Montana was 19, we would buy beer where no one knew us. They had a good record store there called Hastings. It was across the street from the mall, so I would always try and swing by there before I left for home.

Usually, I would buy vinyl. But, it was about 45 minutes to drive home, at 55 max MPH speed limit. So I would tend to buy a cassette to listen to for the drive home.

I was getting ready to graduate May of 1983. I remember the album I bought: Ramones – Subterranean Jungle. The cassette was the big novelty hit of ’83. MTV crossover: Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie.

Youth group from UK singing and toasting over a sanitized version of the Mighty Diamonds’ Pass the Kutchie.

Kutchie = cannabis utensil. Can’t have kiddies singing about the Seven Leaf, so they switched up the lyrics to the cooking pot, dutch pot = dutchie.

I bought it for the song, not because it was Reggae. That was #2 Reggae addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Over the years, I picked it up on LP and various 12″ promo singles. Then, cratedigging in Minneapolis a few years ago, I got their 2 albums on 1 CD for $5 in the discount rack. Nice price!

I was cleaning out my garage and came across a shoebox full of cassettes and found it there. (First Reggae album you are wondering? Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Xmas ’81. Thanks Mom!

bless, Bobbylon

<Musical Youth – second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-ive>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 1, 2019 annotated playlist

Set 1:

  • Michael Prophet – Jah Jah Is My Master; Yabby You & King Tubby’s All Stars (Yabby You) early 80’s JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – The Big Rip-Off; Ital Dub (Trojan) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Cymande – Zion I; Renegades of Funk (Newhouse) ’72 UK soul/rock/reggae
  • Sugar Minott – Devil Is At Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victory) ’85
  • Natural Vibes – Life Hard a Yard; King Jammy a Man and His music Volume 1 (RAS) ’82
  • Tristan Palma – Sensimilla; Return of the Rub-a-Dub Style (Echodelic) 2011 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lucy Clark – Just One Look; 12″ (Bullet) US Doris Troy cover

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Natty Live Up; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Nerious Joseph – Guidance; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Fashion) ’92
  • The Royals – Pick Up the Pieces: Full Up: Best of Studio One vol. 2 (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Wingless Angels feat. Justin Hinds & Keith Richards – Come Down Wicked Man; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 nyahbinghi
  • Junior Delahaye – Working Hard For the Rent Man; 12″ (Wackies) ’83 Bronx

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Dennis Brown – Westbound Train; Some Like It Hot (Heartbeat) ’75: 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopias; Stay Red (Esoldun) 77? Black Ark prod’n
  • Freddie McGregor – Rastaman Camp; Bobby Bobylon (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’79
  • Musical Youth – Rub ‘N Dub; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth group
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ’82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Puma – Babylon Falling; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2011 SLC w/ female vox
  • Junior Reid – Free That Little Tree; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 3 (Greensleeves) ’94 herbtune
  • Flick Wilson – My Lady; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’80 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Anthony Johnson – Mother, Mother; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83 UK –
  • Dilinger – Tribal War; Tribal War (New Cross) ’86 UK
  • Zulu Warriors – Chalwa Dub; Warrior Dub (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK herbtune
  • Nicodimus (sic) – Keep It In the Family; She Love It In the Morning (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Curly Locks; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 UK – Jr. Byles cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – He Who Knows It Feels It; Best of Studio One (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Song history; 88 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Fancy Curls; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob covers for 50th
  • Soon Come/I’m the Toughest/Bush Doctor; Live at the Bayou (bootleg) Mar. 14, 1979 Wash’n DC
  • Black Uhuru – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Rockers Hi-Fi w/ Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 Cream cover
  • Daryl Jenifer – Away Away; In Search of Black Judas (ROIR) 2010 Bad Brains bassie
  • Jeff Beck Group – She’s a Woman; Live With the Jan Hammer Group (Epic) ’77
  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 herbtune King Floyd cover

<75 pounds of lambsbread from Jamaica; 29 sec.>

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley/Bill Laswell – So Much Trouble in the World; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations

<Bob not a fan of UFOs; 22 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate – The Corporation; Ital Breakfast (ON U Sound) ’96 conspiracy theory
  • Alpha & Omega – Twelve Fruits; Tree of Life (A & 0) ’96 UK trance w/ female vox
  • Sugar Dee – Humble Mr. Babylon; 12″ (Know Thyself) 2012 UK
  • Roots Manuva feat. Wrongtom – Wol’ a Mine; Duppy Writer (Big Dada) 2010

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 – New Year’s Vinyl Smash!

Greetings,

  1. Fill 2 bags or so full of vinyl Reggae out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives
  2. Haul records to KRCL

3. Pull vinyl from sleeve

4. Clean vinyl with Red record mitt

5. Drop the needle pon the record

6. Listen at maximum volume; rinse and repeat

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 36 sec.

Set 1:

  • Zema & Gladiators Band – Free At Last Dub; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 SoCal includes MLK Jr. speech
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Mun-Dun-Go; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’76 Instrumental Album of the Hour
  • Barry Brown – Leader of the Massive; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone) ’83 Can.
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Miss America; Best Wishes (Sunspot) San Fran. youth group with female vox
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Reggae Beat; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Flick Wilson – I Don’t Mind; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn; Temptations Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Water Pumping; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Dennis Lucas – Natty Dread Smile and Rejoice; 12″ (Samson) ’80 US

Set 3:

  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Miami – dj to Johnny Clarke “African Roots”

<6 states trying to legalize in 2019; 94 sec.>

  • Spartacus R. – Azania Song; Third World War (Zara) ’80 UK
  • Sister Candy – Pick Pocket; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’80 Brooklyn
  • David Isaacs – Jah Love I; 12″ (Wild Flower) ’70s

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK picture sleeve/2 Tone ska
  • Sista Ruby – Capture the Dance; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK speed rapper female
  • K.C. White – Cool It; Try a Little Happiness (Zola & Zola) 70’s Netherlands
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) 1’82 US Mighty Diamonds update by UK youth singers

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Am Going Home; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA 

<I am Going Home; 98 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC – Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Peter Tosh – Rumours of War; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; 12″ (Shanachie) ’84 US

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s – Roots Dawtas Cover Rock ‘n’ Soul

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) ’80 US – picture sleeve cover of Roxy Music
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Form) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; 7″ (Gusse 76) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 7″ (Harry J) ’72 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75 Gladys Knight & the Pips cover
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Aisha – For Salvation; Daughters of Zion ( Twinkle) ’93 UK
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin/DEP) ’85 UK dub to Don’t Break My  Heart
  • Freddie McGregor – Sergeant Brown; FM (High Times) JA herbtune
  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12″ (April) ’79 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK sampler

<The Preacher couldn’t fly>

  • Basement 5 – Games. Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK forerunners to Big Audio Dynamite
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 female vox on Lena Horne classic
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Dubfront  & Junior Murvin – Dub Order + Get Your House In Order; 10″ (Dubfront Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • 101ers feat. Joe Strummer – Keys to Your Heart; Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Andalucia) ’81 comp. – before the Clash

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Labor Daze Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

Took the Labor Day live cast off for some vacation. Enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in the Secret Dubratory located within the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – African Children; (CBS); Not Satisfied (CBS) ’82 UK
  • Carlene Davis – Quicksand; 15 Hits (Sonic)
  • Black Uhuru – Right Stuff; Dub Factor (Mango) ’82 dub
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Shanachie) ’79
  • Doctor Alimantado – Marriage License; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’81
  • UB40 feat. Sister V – V’s Version; Baggariddim dj to Version Girl  (Virgin) ’85 
  • Fred Locks – Rastafari Rule; Missing Link (VP) ’79
  • Gregory Isaacs – Sweeter the Victory; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74

30-60 min

  • Hugh Mundell & Jah Bull – Blackman Foundation; Blackman Foundation (Shanachie) ’83
  • Inner Circle – We a Rockers; Best of (Island) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 comp.
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) Isaac Hayes cover ’85
  • Lacksley Castell – Bound in Bondage; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ’82
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 UK youth
  • Sonya Spence – Give Thanks; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78
  • Sammy Dread – Roadblock; Roadblock (Hitbound) ’82 

60-90 min

  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Signs + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Blackbeard – Ah Weh; Strictly Dub Wise (More Cut) ’78
  • The Ethiopians – Everything Crash; Original Hit Reggae Sound (Trojan) ’68
  • Gayladds & Baba Dread – Little Candle + Ladder of Progress (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Nadine Sutherland – Teach the Youth; Holding Up Half the Sky (Shanachie) ’86
  • Cedric Myton & the Congos – Scoffers and Scorners; Face the Music (VP)  ’81

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Junior Murvin & Dillinger – Roots Train (Discomix); Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83 Keith & Tex Cover
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Cymande – Zion I; Cymande (Sequel) ’72 UK black soul/funk/nyah
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodfire Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS)  ’84

2-2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Cynthia Richards – Aily I; Reggae Classics (DCC) ’73 herbtune
  • Dennis  Brown & Ranking Joe – Don’t Want to Be No General + General; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’80
  • Earl Sixteen – Mr. DJ; Rockers Vibration (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Eddy Grant – Funky Rock and Roll; Killer on the Rampage (Epic) ’82
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Heavy Load; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’87 update
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 Bob Marley cover

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Wat about di Workin’ Claas?; Making History (LKJ) ’84 UK dub poet
  • Mikey Dread – Everybody Needs a Proper Education; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) ’80 dub to Black Uhuru Plastic Smile
  • Triston Palma – Rub a Dub Party; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • The Skatalites – Devil’s Triangle; Rollin’ Steady (Motion) ’84
  • Roots Radics – Beam Down; Scientist Rids the World of Space Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 dub
  • Johnny Osbourne – No Ice Cream Love; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80
Song is about oral sex not being Ital

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-ly 14, 2018 (Podcast & Playlists): 30 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Just say no to starving kids, eh Nancy? Thanks to your husband, Smile Jamaica was well stocked with fresh roots! Selah!

Greetings,

It was July 2, 1988. Late Sunday Night/early Monday Morning. I jumped in my car and drove from my apartment by the University of Utah campus downtown to community radio station KRCL 90.9FM.

Unloaded a suitcase full of CDs and a crate full of LPs. At 3 am on a hot summer night, I cued up Black Uhuru’s “What Is Life” from the album that made me a Reggae fanatic  – Anthem.

Drop the needle pon the record and that began a 30 year legacy of Reggae Radio.

<Sunday Night/Monday Morning, July 2, 1988; 3-6AM, debut of 3 o’Clock Roadblock on KRCL; 30 sec.>

Not Bob Marley. Not Peter Tosh. Not Jimmy Cliff. Not UB40. Black Uhuru lit the Reggae fuse that led to Smile Jamaica

I had returned that Sunday afternoon from a massive cratedig in the Bay Area. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkely, Mill Valley, El Cerrito, Oakland, Santa Cruz.

I was glad my car didn’t break down. It would be bad juju to be late for my debut radio show. Not to mention how would I keep two crates full of vinyl from melting on the side of the road somewhere.

Ronald. Wilson. Reggae. 666 as the Rastas might say. Not I ‘n’ I. I didn’t see eye to eye with Ronnie politically, but I am forever grateful to him as the benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, even if it was a misuse of funds.

The 80’s were a time you could get more student grants than student loans. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today. That left me about $2k left over to front load music for a Radio show. LPs and these recent creations called CDs. I was format agnostic. Good Reggae for the masses.

And I have Ronald Wilson Reagan to thank!

<Ronald Wilson Reagan – benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 2 min.>

Ronald Wilson Reagan or as I call him – the Smile Jamaica financial enabler

So from July 2, 1988 to July 14, 2018 – 3 o’Clock Roadblock (July 1988-August 1989) to Smile Jamaica (Oct. ’89), let’s celebrate with the Sequel to my 30th Anniversary showcase (cd versions) from 2 weeks ago.

All vinyl this time out!

 

<Who wants to live in a world without bass? 30 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Hoping Interwest Electronics can bring Yammy the Subwoofer back from the dead

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 30 Years of Vinyl: July 14, 2018; 83 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Reggae Music; Free From Sin (Trojan ’79 UK vinyl: 30 years of Reggae Vinyl
  • Black Beard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • Jah Lion the Humble One – Dis Ya Sound; The Humble One (Virgin Frontline) ’78 UK
  • Sister Carol – Principle; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Zap Pow – Irie Land; Reggae Rules! (Rhino) ’80 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
When you hear the beat, you gonna move your feet!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 at the Roxy; LA CA
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 

<The Middle Passage; 54 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

<Revelation 18 and UFOs; 18 sec.>

Earth lightened by his glory? UFO

Set 3:

  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee; Bob Marley cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mothers Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US
  • Itals – Herbs Pirate; Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis herb tune
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK; youth update of Mighty Diamonds Pass the Kutchie
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Sound; In Dub (Nature Sounds) 70’s Dub Album of the Hour
How does it feel when you got no food

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA
  • The Meditations – Do Mama Do; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Lovindeer feat. Wailing Souls; Man Shortage; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 cover of Sonny & Cher

Set 5: Heavy politics set

Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan (ORA International) ’85 US

<Man a fight man over lollipops; 33 sec.>

  • Pablo Moses – Bomb the Nation; Tension (Alligator) ’84 Chicago blues label
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK female group
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World World War is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland; twin youths

<World War III: No Cold War 2.0; 89 sec.>

Meme all you want. If this is what it takes to prevent Cold War 2.0? You may kiss the bride

Set 6:

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 US herbtune

<North Dakota legalization in 2018; 37 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Dread Locks; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal female
  • Black Survivors – President; 12″ (Witty) UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

North Dakota legalization

10 down, 40 to go!

Set 7:

  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Women Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Carlton Livingston – Call of the Rastaman; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Disarm the World; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory)*80 UK
Female heroes through history

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<What is Mutant Dub? 18 sec.>

  • Singers & Players w/ Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 female tour of the Bible: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’88 UK trance dub
  • The Clash – This Is England; 12″ (CBS) ’85 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UKKeith & Tex update
  • Steel Pulse – Heart of Stone; Reggae Fever (Island) ’80 UK Request

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Mar. 24, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Plant the seeds to harvest the roots!

Greetings,

Winter in our rear view. Time to plant your garden! First pleasant Saturday in March I will lead off a Smile Jamaica with Monty Montgomery and his song Seeds. 13 sec.

For I ‘n’ I, Winter has been a harvest. I have spent my weekends in my Ark-ive sorting out several thousand 7″ 45’s . Pulling titles out for my theme sets: herb, Halloween, Roots Dawtas, Wailers Family Tree, Reggae covers, etc.

I collected baseball cards as a kid. Flipping 45’s took my back to my youth. I am up to letter O for Johnny Osbourne

I give you a serving of 7″‘s in this Ark-Ive edition: Reggae covers of Soul & Rock; 27 sec.

I also feature the second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of tens of thousands of pieces: vinyl – LPs, 7″, 10″, 12″; cassettes and CDs.

  1. Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
  2. Musical Youth – Youths of Today (Spring ’83).

As a youth growing up in North Central Montana. I had to drive from my hometown, Fort Benton (1500 people) to Great Falls. 40 miles away.

I would shop at the local record hut (Eli’s or Budget Tapes & Records). Usually I would buy a piece or two of vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Police, Rolling Stones. But I usually also bought a cassette for the hour drive home.

That was how I acquired the smash novelty hit of 1983. A group of ex-pat Jamaican kids living in the UK who turned the Mighty Diamonds herb tune, Pass the Kutchie into a song about going hungry: Pass the Dutchie.

<Musical Youth, #2 in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Before I knew about Smile Jamaica; 84 sec.>

Among all the synth rock and New Wave of the early 80’s, a cute Reggae toasting jam ruled the airwaves.

Alas, in Great Falls now if you want to buy a CD or record your only hope is Wal-Mart or Target.

Ahh, the forlorn memories of a cratedigger who’s world of record shopping is fading away.

Forward ever, backwards never

bless, Bobbylon

Also where I purchased my first pot pipe

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.

Set 1:

  • Monty Montgomery – Seeds; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Luanda Dub; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Freedom Singers – Train Is Coming; Denzil Dennis – Me Nah Worry (Trojan)
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat)  ’72 cover of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Lorna Asher – Leave Them; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Greensleeves) ’77
  • Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Ganjaman Mix); 10″ (MCA) ’93 green vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Time to plant your seeds for your Roots harvest to grow!

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (Shanachie) ’83 Request
  • Tchiya Amet – Natural; Rise Again Truth (Milky Way) ’99 Chicago female African-American/Native American
  • Bunny Wailer – Want More; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers for 50th birthday
  • I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 1/2 years

  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; Youths of Today (MCA) ’82 

<No Kutchie pipe for 10 year olds: Dutchie = Dutch pot; 31 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Gayladds – Peculiar Man; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Sly  & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub comp of the hour
Dis generation rules the nation, wif VERSION!

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<Bob hails the punkers who played Reggae before they took the stage; 93 sec.>

  • Groundation – Young Tree; Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica vol. 3 (Skank)  ’99 comp.
  • J.C. Lodge – Hurricane; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers
No boring old farts

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Roxy, Los Angeles – 11/5/82: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Urban Jazz Ritual – Ear Crazy; Zulu Compilation (Zulu) ’84 UK – dub poetry
  • Dub Syndicate w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry & Akabu – Dubaddisababa; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK; Akabu is female harmonies
  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’77 Franklin Lakes, NJ – Obeah is Jamaican folk magic

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45s – Reggae does Rock & Soul

  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’75 Can. (Gregg Allman)
  • Big Youth – Dock of the Bay; 7″ (Move & Groove)  ’73 JA (Otis Redding) 
  • Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 JA (Five Stairsteps)
  • Donovan Carless – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got; 7″ (Giant) US (William De Vaughn)
  • Mikey Dread – Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Pass It On; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73 livication to a listener who passed away
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska, herb tune
  • Dubble – South Side Dub (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK mutant dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Angel Fire; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2008 UK dubstress
  • Thievery Corporation – One; Lebanese Blonde CD Single (4ad) ’98 Fr. EP
  • Beat Pharmacy – Cape Town; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South African
  • G.T. Moore – King David’s Dub; 10″ (Jah Works)  ’95 UK