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
I’m worried. Truly. The recent poisoning attack of a Russian double agent in Britain has the world ready to send ambassadors home and fire up the war machine.
“Highly probable.” “Overwhelmingly likely” is what I have seen about this issue. I think before it leads to nuclear confrontation, we need to see Vlad’s fingerprints all over the toxin.
We’ve been down this road before: yellowcake, (phantom) weapons of mass destruction, aluminum tubes. I don’t trust the Deep State warmongers on any they say through their Presstitutes pushing war for ratings.
<Britain vs. Russia; Saudi Arabia vs. Iran; Turkey vs. United States = World War III; 30 sec.>
So, I do what I always with the only pulpit I have: Reggae music and prophecy about Wars and Rumours of war from the original Cold War.
Oh, and if you think I’m being a nervous nelly. I predicted the whole Facebook scandal as well back in 2008 when I was covering politics for KRCL.
Vindication for why I 'n' I are not on #Facebook. Been predicting this outcome for a decade now. Back when I did political interviews on KRCL. Who's wearing the tinfoil hat now? pic.twitter.com/XNkGBHbhsm
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