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.
Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
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
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.
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
My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:
Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
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:
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.
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!
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.
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
So I was getting ready to go on air in the last half hour of Smile Jamaica. The phone rings and I pick up. The guy on the other line was pretty animated. “Hey Robert, I’m here with the U.S. Cross Country Ski Team in South Korea and we are listening to your show. Play us a tune.”
<Crown of Creation livicated to the U.S. Olympic Cross Country Ski Team; 22 sec.>
Wow! If true, I am sure the Dubstep/Mutant Dub set I was about to spin would match heavy bass to skiing a fast race. I dunno? They did medal for the first time at the Olympics. Or as I call it, the Jah-lympics
Smile Jamaica A.rk-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 24, 2018: 85 sec.
Cornell Campbell – O Jah Forgive Me; Stalowatt (Third World) ’76 UK vinyl
<Stalowatt = Stalwart in Jamaican patois; 23 sec.>
Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour