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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

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018!

Greetings,

Happy New Year! 2018. Just got off the road. Two weeks with my family. First week in Albuquerque at my Sister’s place. Cratedigging in 50+ degree weather.

Caught up on some Reggae Revives and picked up reissues from favorite soul/funk labels Now and Then, VamiSoul and Soul Jazz.

Best score were two 60 CD Suitcases. That fetch $80+ on Amazon (when even listed.) Bought mine for $10 each

Ceased making in the era of digital downloads. Now fetch a king’s ransom on Ebay and Amazon

Then drove with my parents due West to Phoenix at their new retirement pad. Beautiful drive from Flagstaff south. 75 degrees all week.

My Dad has neuropathy and is still in pain from recent carpal tunnel surgery. While picking up our dog from the Doggy Hotel and that was right next to the Sun Valley Certification Clinic.

Set up an appointment to fill out a six page questionnaire of his pain history. Wait 2 weeks for his card, so I couldn’t go with him “shopping” for Seven Leaf products. Next year I’m taking my vape pen.

Got in some more cratedigging. Didn’t find much vinyl but picked up some delights at Zia Records.

Zia Records Phoenix

Watched Green Bay sleep walk through a Detroit Lions loss. New Year’s Eve for my Mom’s 75th birthday and flew out at the butt crack of down on New Year’s Day to get back to Utah. Took my first Uber. Cheaper and quicker than a cab ride.

First priority: New roots for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive listeners. 3 hours of my favorites Roots Reggae delights. Let us enjoy Nuff Roots as our collective New Year’s Resolution

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018 Tracklist

0-30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart; (Shanachie) ‘77
  • Althea & Donna – Make a Truce; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • UB40 – Earth Dies Screaming; More UB40 Music (DEP)  ‘80
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) UK live in the studio
  • Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take – Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Akabu – Africans United; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group

30-60 min.

  • Jolly Brothers – Dread Dreader; Conscious Man (Seven Leaves) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • The Congos – At the Feast; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century)  ‘86
  • Tapper Zukie – Message to Pork Eaters; Man Ah Warrior (Trojan)  ’77 Patti Smith/Lenny Kaye prod’n
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; Roots Daughters (Ariwa)  ‘88
  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – In God We Trust; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS)  ’77

60-90 min.

  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ‘88 Australian dubwize
  • Sonya Spence – Peace and Unity; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington; Red (Mango) ‘81
  • Prince Far I – Shake the Nation; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Pressure Sounds) ‘80
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Hits (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ‘83
  • Prince Buster – Satta Massaganna; Sister Big Stuff  (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low (rehearsal); Redemption (bootleg) ‘77
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; One Life to Live (Treasure Isle) ’72 Marlena Shaw soul cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 Wailers cover
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ‘81
  • Burning Spear – Farover; Faroever (Heartbeat) ‘82
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 female vox – Aretha Franklin cover
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 recorded in Jamaica
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Heartbeat) ‘79

2-2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘79
  • Yellowman – Soldier Take Over; Crucial Reggae Driven By Sly & Robbie (Mango) ‘82
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Mutabaruka – Whey Mi Belond; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Doctor Alimantado – Born For a Purpose; Born for a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 youth group
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Earl Zero – Home Sweet Home; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘80

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ‘79
  • Love Joys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; Don’t Call Us Immigrants (Pressure Sounds) ‘78
  • George Faith – In the Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Wilson Pickett & Lee Dorsey covers
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Lacksley Castell – Righteous Stand; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82