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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 8, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist) – Is KFC Ital?

 

<Lee Perry’s ode to KFC; 27 sec.>

Thoughts of chicken keeps the drums kickin’

Thinking of the taste, listen to the drum and the bass

Greetings,

Those are the words of Lee “Scratch” Perry.

Two quick stories. There was a big name Reggae group coming to SLC and they had a list of Jamaican and ital juices, salads and other vegetarian delights they expected as part of their rider.

The promoter said, “Sorry guys. There’s no Caribbean market here.” So the group put in as a replacement: 6 bucks of Kentucky Fried Chicken and all the trimmings.

Now KFC is anything but Ital. But I imagine it is like those people who hear about In ‘n’ Out Burger. In Jamaica, something about KFC holds the fascination of the people. Rasta or otherwise.

Story 2: The first KFC franchise is actually in Salt Lake City:

KFC was founded by Colonel Harland Sanders, an entrepreneur who began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in Corbin, Kentucky during the Great Depression. Sanders identified the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first “Kentucky Fried Chicken” franchise opened in Utah in 1952.

So another big name Reggae group came to town. Some way, some how they learned the first Kentucky Fried Chicken (now KFC) was in Salt Lake.

After their soundcheck, they asked to see the first Franchise as if it were a shrine. I wondered did all these dreadlock Rastas go in for Regular or Extra Crispy? My guess is they put their Tams on their head and doubled back through the drive through

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Sept. 8, 2018; 47 Sec.

Set 1:

  • Tyrone Taylor – Live Table; 2 of a Kind (Tuff Gong) ’87 JA vinyl
  • Soul Syndicate – Ghetto-ology Dub (Black Roots) ’80  JA vinyl: Sugar Minott dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Rasta Dread (Natty Dread); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley covers for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Etana – On the Way; I Rise (VP) 2014 roots dawta
  • Lee Perry – Kentucky Skank; Double Seven (Trojan) ’73 about Kentucky Fried Chicken
  • Welton Irie – Bubbling Telephone; One and One = Two (JA) 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Adrian Sherwood feat. Bim Sherman & Prince Far I  – Pass the Rizzla; 10″ (Green Tea) 2001 mutant dub herbtune

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – African; Kentucky Fried Rockers (bootleg) live at the Rupp Arena, Lexington KY

<Tosh opened for the Rolling Stones on the ’78 Some Girls tour; 58 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Don’t Watch Your Wife; Top Ranking  Dillinger (Rhino UK) ’77; dj to Hortense Ellis on Melody Life
  • Tchiya Amet – Reservtion Ragtime Blues; 
  • Earth Disciples – So Come On; 10″ (Music Works) early 80’s JA Gussie Clarke prod’n
Tosh was booed when he opened on the ’78 Stones tour

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Third World – Tribal War; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 
  • Hortense Ellis – Breakfast in Bed; I’m Still in Love With You (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Norris Reid – Protect Them; Rockers International (Greensleeves) ’80 Augustus Pablo prod’n
  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Liberation Anthology (Island) herbtune
  • Mikey Dread – East Portland Dub; Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

<I collect 7″ 45 as an adult. Baseball cards as a youth; 18 sec.>

  • Danny Ray – Revolution Rock; 7″ (High Note) ’76 Clash original
  • Bobby Melody – Let It Be; 7″ (Errol T) Melodians update
  • Steve Baswell – I Am Getting Bad; 7′ (Phase One) ’77
  • Johnny Lover – Ital Locks; 7″ (Clocktower) ’75 dj to Curly Locks
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Theme From Shaft; 7″ (Soul Jazz) Isaac Hayes cover
The Clash covered this on London Calling

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Ten Commandments of Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl is vital set: Moonglows doo wop cover

<Wailers do doo wop; 74 sec.>

  • I Three – Sing Joy; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US – Bob’s female back ups
  • Inner Circle – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; The Real Thing (Capitol) ’76 US herb tune
  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’84 UK
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ EP (Dubhead) ’98 UK mutant dub

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cyndi Lauper – Witness; She’s So Unusual (Portrait) ’83 Rockers do Reggae Set
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 NYC multiracial rocker
  • Eric Clapton – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Crossroads (Polydor) ’74 Bob Dylan cover
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – One More Time + Dub; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy in the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight  (BSI) 2001 Dub Album of the Hour
Cyndi Lauper on Smile Jamaica WTR?

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) live on the BBC; May 24, 1973 at the Paris Theatre; London

<Live on the BBC>

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Mojo and Trojan Present Reggae Nuggets (Mojo Magazine) ’72
  • Jah Rej – Binghi in the Jungle; 10″ (Jah Works) 2002 UK militant steppers
Free reggae CD with Sept. 2018 issue of Mojo Magazine

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Shana Halligan – Love Has No Heart; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers: Mutant Dub Set
  • Young Gods – Dub the Sun (Mad Professor Mix); King Size Dub vol. 2 (Echo Beach) 2001
  • Destroy Babylon – Barriers; Shadow Army (MusicADD) 2008 NY
  • Tena Stelin – Intelligent Design; 10″ (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK

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: Digital Dubplate – Cannabliss A-Z!

Happy 420. Celebrate early and often!

Greetings,

Thank you to a successful Spring Radiothon at KRCL. The coffers are replenished, let’s get back to the Roots.

While fundraising, I spend my evenings cooking up a special herbal brew in the Secret Dubratory: Smile Jamaica’s 420 Cannabliss A-Z. Plus a number

From Aswad to dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah plus the 2 Bad Card.

All my favorite 420 movie c,ips Joe Friday cautionary tales and other Seven Leaf shoutouts.

9 down, 41 to go!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: 420 Cannabliss from A-Z

0-30 min.

  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Black Slate – Legalise Collie Herb; Amigo – Best of (Ensign) ’84 UK
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″ Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK dubbers
  • Ethiopians – Well Red; Original Reggae Hits Sounds (Trojan) ’69 

30-60 min.

  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 German w/ female vox
  • Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/98 Germany
  • Inner Circle – Mary, Mary; Best of Inner Circle (Island) ’79
  • Vivian Jones – Got a Light; 12″ (Jah Shaka) ’81 UK
  • Kid Loco – Here Comes the Munchies; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Mutant Dubber 
Bern One Down

60-90 min.

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Trojan) ’71
  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Johnny Osbourne – Mushroom; Fally Lover (Greensleeves) ’80 don’t pee in my garden or mushroom will grow
  • Tristan Palma – Spliff Tail; Spliff Tail (Black Solidarity) ’82
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun v. 1 (Charm) 2005

90 min – 2 hr. plus

  • Michael Rose – Ganja Bonanza; Happiness (Heartbeat) ’99
  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska w/ female vox
  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Wanna Get Busted; Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds) acoustic live at KZEL: Eugene, OR
  • UB40 – Buzz Feeling; Baggaridim (DEP) ’85
  • Various w/ Sugar Minott – Oh Mr. D.C.; Best of Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’78
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83
  • Yellowman – Couchine; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’84 UK dub poet
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 31, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): At the Feast!

….of the Passover. Happy Easter too!

Greetings,

Let’s start of this week’s Smile Jamaica celebrating Easter and Passover  through music!

<Happy Easter; 33 sec.>

As a Sumerian Fundamentalist, my New Year starts at the same time. April 1. 2018 is our year 6768

And while I’m celebrating. Go Giants! 

Bobbylon’s 3 obsessions:

  1. Reggae & Dub music
  2. Green Bay Packers football
  3. San Francisco Giants baseball

First song before we celebrate Easter/Passover/Assyrian New Year, American poet and City Lights Bookstore owner love his Giants. 60th year in SF.

<Lawrence Ferlinghetti poem “Baseball Canto”; 32 sec.>

Spent time in City Lights Bookstore looking for Jamaican dub poetry

Getting ready to do our Spring Fund Drive at KRCL. So I thought I would give you a sampler of the theme sets I have done over the years and decades. 50 sec.

The Whitman Sampler of Smile Jamaica:

  1. Easter/Passover
  2. 4:20 herbtunes
  3. Wailers Family Tree
  4. Jamaican Jukebox 7″ – Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley
  5. Vinyl is Vital
  6. Rockers do Reggae
  7. Roots Dawta CDs
  8. UFO-ria

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: Easter/Passover

  • Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Baseball Canto; Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour – Baseball (Columbia)
  • Agrovators – None Shall Escape the Dub; Rasta Dub ’76 (Attack) ’76 JA dub album of the week
  • Bro. Marshall – Man From Galilee; Man From Galilee (Tabernacle)  ’68
  • Gloria Bailey & the Joy Bells – I Have Paid the Price; 7″ (Henry’s) ’81 JA gospel
  • The Gospelettes – Sign My Name’ 7″ (Glad Tidings) JA gospel
  • Norma King – Good Friday; 7″ (Zion Love) ’89 Can.
  • Marcia Griffiths & Tyrone Taylor – He Shed His Blood; 7″ (High Note) JA ballad
  • The Congos – At the Feast; 12″ (99) ’81  – Passover
Smile Jamaica celebrates all the Sky Gods: Christian, Jewish and Sumerian

Set 2: 4:20 Cannabis Service

  • Ben Harper – Burn One Down; Voodoo Child (bootleg) 4/97 live in Bonn, Germ. 
  • Soom T – Weed is Sweeter; Ode to a Carrot (Jahtari) 2008 Glasgow female weedstepper
  • Michael Rose – Draw the Weed; Never Give It Up (Heartbeat) 2001
  • Mikey Murka & Disrupt – Police; 12″ (Mahanee) 2009 Germ. cover of John Holt’s Police & Helicopter

Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – African; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 live at the Roxy in LA
  • Bunny Wailer – No More Trouble; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95, 50 Bob covers on Bob’s 50th
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Kaya (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Dub; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’78
  • Scientist – Guava Road Dub; 11King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox: Roots Dawtas cover Bob Marley

  • Cindy Breakespeare – Turn Your Lights Down Low; 7″ (Riverside) 

<Damian Marley’s Mom; 32 sec.>

  • I Three – I Shot the Sheriff; 7″ (Rita Marley Music)
  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) Curtis Mayfield original, Bob cover
  • Sheila Hylton – Mellow Mood; 7″ (Harry J) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK 
  • Jennifer Lara – Hand to Mouth; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label does Reggae
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreamers; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Mutant Dub
  • Jackie Bernard – Economic Crisis; Lee “Scratch” Perry – Excaliburman (Seven Leaves) ’78 UK
  • Steel Pulse – Higher Than High; Caught You (Island) ’80 UK

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75: (1) – Original

<Soldering = cocksman; 36 sec.>

  • Hall & Oates – Soldering; Hall & Oates (Buddha) ’75 (2) cover

<Hall & Oates on Smile Jamaica? WTF? 26 sec.>

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia) ’78 Jah-pon

<2nd place to Cheap Trick;  14 sec.>

  • Linda McCartney – Sugartime; Wide Prairie (MPL) ’77 produced by Lee “Scratch” Perry
WTF?

Set 7: Roots Dawtas

  • Aisha – Only Jah Works; True Roots (Ariwa) ’94: Roots Dawta CD set
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Rita Marley – Jah Jah Don’t Want; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80
  • Love Joys – Chances Are; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackies) ’82 female duo
Aisha – Smile Jamaica’s favorite female singer

Set 8: UFO-ria

  • Anubian Lights – Outflight; Outflight CD Single (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2001 – The New Jerusalem

<The New Jerusalem mentioned in Revelation is about a gigantic spaceship; 50 sec.;  <

  • U.F.O. feat. Deedee Bridgewater – Flying Saucer; Saint Germain des Pres Cafe IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa Part 1; 10″ EP (ON U Sound) 2015 UK
  • Dennis Alcapone – The Sky’s the Limit (Flying Machine); Guns Don’t Argue (Trojan) ’72
  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7″ (River Bank) 2001 about the Anunnaki
  • Mighty Sparrow – Russian Sattelite; Bob Dylan Theme Time Radio Hour vol. 5 (Music Melon) ’59 about Laika the Soviet space dog, calypso

<Mighty Sparrow’s tribute to Laika, Soviet space dog who gave his life for space travel; 21 sec.>

The New Jerusalem from the Bible

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

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 10, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Vinylicious!

Greetings,

After 2 weekends of snow storms, last Saturday in Salt Lake City was shorts weather. Time for Spring Cleaning.

First spring in my newly renovated Smile-Jamaica Ark-Ive.

So nice to have all my black wax neatly organized by category:

  • LP’s (Reggae separated from other formats)
  • 10″
  • 12″
  • 7″
  • Themes:
    • Christmas
    • Dub
    • Roots Dawtas
    • Halloween
    • Herb
    • Mutant Dub
    • Marley Tributes
    • Wailers Family Tree
    • UFOria

So I decided to celebrate Spring with one of my patented Vinyl rarities for sure-ty editions, Saturday March 10th

Run the tables!

From this:

Summer 2017 – Garage

To this:

2018 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives March 10, 2018 Annotated Playlist: 70 sec.

Set 1:

  • Roots Uprising – Beautiful Music; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami – 3 hours of Vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo – Chanto King Selassie I; East of the River Nile (Shanachie) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Judy Mowatt – Rasta Woman Chant; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA
  • Horace Andy – Take It Easy; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK
  • K.C. White – Slipping and Sliding; Try a Little Happiness (Zola & Zola) ’96 Neth.
  • Freddie McGregor – Strange Things; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago
  • Tinga Stewart – Give Me a Puff; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Bankie Banx – Livin’ It Up; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Anguilla
  • Tony Tuff – Jam It Again; Wha We a Go Do (Top Rank) ’84 JA
  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Put the Heathen Back ‘Pon the Wall; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’83 US – Bob Marley cover
  • Lucy Clark – Hidin’ Away; 12” (Bullet) US
From the island of Anguilla

Set 3:

  • Upsetters – Curly Dub; Super Ape (Mango) ’76 US
  • Flick Wilson – Slave Master; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn
  • Jackie Edwards – I Am Still Waiting; Ravers Rock vol. 2 (Vista Sounds) ’84 UK; Bob Marley cover
  • Carol Cole & David Madden – Settle Down/Settle; 12” (Kingston Connexion) ’85 Fr.
  • Lee Perry – Jah; Black Ark Dub (Esoldun) ’80 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Prince Far I – Deck of Cards; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • The Specials – Stereotype Pt. 1 & 2; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Cornell Campbell – Educate the Children; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK
  • Eek a Mouse & Lui Lepki – Virgin Girl + Lovers Take Over; 12” (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Opa Locka FL

Set 5:

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) live at the Roxy, Los Angeles 11/5/82
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderella; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Peter Metro – Fisherman Connection; Yellowman, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers & Wong Chu – Keep On Moving (Upsetter) ’77 JA Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
Bootleg scored at KUSF’s Rock & Swap

Set 6:

  • Jah Thomas – Midnight Blues; Tribute to the Reggae King (Gorgon) ’81 JA
  • I Three – Jealousy; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US – Judy, Rita and Marcia – Bob Marley’s songbirds

<The I Three after Bunny & Peter left the Wailers; 14 sec.>

  • Twinkle Brothers – Everybody Needs Somebody; Age of Reggae (Twinkle) Solomon Burke cover
  • Winston Reedy & Tim Hain – Everyday I Write the Book; 12” (Priority) ’87 UK picture sleeve – Elvis Costell Cover
  • Dry & Heavy – Do Dub Up Your Fight; King Jammy Presents Dry & Heavy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI) 2001 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop + Oh, Henry; My Boy Lollipop (Smash) ’64 US ska novelty hit
  • Mighty Invaders feat. Michelle Cole – Ku Klux Klan; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY
  • Carl McDonald – Satan Soldiers on the Run; 12” (Makdon) ’87 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Yes, We Will; Century (Century) ’84 UK
  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Misplaced Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • G.T. Moore & the Outsider – Turn Israel; 10” (Jah Works) ’95 UK
  • Soweto Gospel Choir – Forever Young; Happy Birthday Bob  (Uncut) 2001

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 3, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Lemonhead vs. The Cheetolini!

Bad Vlad Putin or as I call him affectionately – Lemonhead

<World War III – soon come? 54 sec.>

Greetings,

My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:

  1. Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
  2. Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
  3. America invaded Grenada

It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.

Not so fast….

Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.

Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:

Rachel Maddow – peddling war for higher ratings

Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America  and its allies.

I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL  but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.

See that splotch of Green in the Northeast. That is where World War III could start

Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.

So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!

bless, Bobbylon

Lemondhead vs.
The Cheetolini

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.

Set 1:

  • Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
  • Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Positive Reality; SWALK (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK
  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Aug. 1981, Jarrett Park Montego Bay, JA
  • Jah T – Lick the Pipe Peter; Jr. Byles – Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; dj to “Fever” riddim
  • Bushman & Alton Ellis – Back Weh Vampire + Jah Make Me Stronger; 10″ (Sting Ray) 2012 UK
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Rock Reggae; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley cover
  • The Emotions – There Are More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles (Stax) ’74 female soul group in Jamaica
  • Eric Donaldson – Drug Addict; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’97
  • Dub Syndicate – ’93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK Mutant Dub picture sleeve. Prince Far I cover
It’s a struggle all over the world…

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Judy Mowatt  – Screwface; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 Bob Marley cover

<Don’t give me your Screwface; 12 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – Bloody Eyes; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Free Us Now; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk) ’90
  • Mad Professor – Black Heroes; Afrocentric Dub – Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’99 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox – Tributes to Bob Marley

<Extending Black History Month w/ Bob tributes; 37 sec.>

  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Bob Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari) Hollywood, CA 
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley (Dance Hall) ’81
  • Lui Lepke – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound) ’81
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin) (Dub); 7″ (Motown) ’80

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Eugene Paul – Blowin’ in the Wind; Sentimental Reasons (World) ’84 UK Bob Dylan cover:
  • Mighty Invaders – Evil Spirits; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY
  • Ranking Joe – One Draw; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami herbtune dj to Doret Myers cover of Rita Marley
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Mutant Dub
  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Fleetwood Mac cover
Jamaican soul take on Bob Dylan

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; No More Trouble (Columbia) 6/27/81 London 

<Bob Dylan – The Christian Era: 1979-1981; 87 sec.>

  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Swing Chariot; Timepieces (RSO) ’82 Best of; Negro Spiritual
  • Prince Flo & Jah Edward – Happy Together; Rock Steady With Flo and Eddie (Epiphany) ’87
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK female trio New Wave
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter’s band – Word, Sound and Power
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live in London – June 1977
  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German female singer
  • Max Romeo & Dennis Brown –  African + I am the Conqueror; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC dubbers best of: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Moving Out of Babylon Dub; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – This Souond; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – We Will Conquer; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Dub-hop out of Boulder, CO
  • Little Annie – Going For Gold; 10″ (ON U Sound)
  • Samia Farah – Personne; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.Tunisian female