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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Steely Dan’s Reggae Debut!

Cactus Records: Bozeman, MT; my go-to shop from 1983-86

Greetings,

I went to Montana State University in Bozeman from Fall of ’83 to Spring of ’86. I had a studio apartment right around the corner from Cactus Recyords.

I would spend hours there on Saturdays. Buying vinyl. Music magazines like Trouser Press and Spin. (AlreadIy a subscription to Rolling Stone.)  had read in an electronics magazine about these space age inventions called the compact disk.

Aluminum based not vinyl. Harder to scratch or warp. Smaller and lighter so easier to store. For me the best benefit was you could play the whole disk without need to get up and flip the disk over for Side 2.

I wanted these. November ’85 Cactus put up a little rack of these disks. I didn’t even have a CD player yet. So I bought 2 of a very limited stock. The first Fleetwood Mac album (Nicks/Buckingham edition) and Steely Dan a Decade of Hits. I think they each cost $20 which was a fortune in 1985 dollars.

I would stare at them and wait impatiently for Christmas. I had asked for a CD player for the Holiday. Got a Fisher Deck. Mom probably got it from Sears or Montgomery Ward’s.

The deck itself was bare bones. All it did was display track number. No time counter, no programming. I think it had a repeat feature but that was it.

So when Walter Becker, one half of Steely Dan passed away this week, I fetched this disk and livicated the Reggae jam “Babylon Sisters” on this Ark-ive edition of Smile Jamaica

Livicated to Walter Becker; 22 sec.

<Babylon Sisters – turn that jungle music down; 26 sec.>

I can usually find a Reggae jam

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • I Roy – African Continent; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – So Much Things to Say Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub vinyl of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 – cease fire and light the chalice: Trump vs. Kim Jong-un

<2  guys w/ bad hair – Cease Fire and light the chalice!; 30 sec.>

  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon + Ghettoman Corner; Lambs Bread International (Blood and Fire) ‘79
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; 10” EP (Deep Root) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
Always start a Smile Jamaica episode with rare vinyl!

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Tear It Up – Live (Mango) ’82 live in London; herbtune
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 cover of Bob’s cover of the Orioles gospel tune
  • Michigan and Smiley – Reggae Ska; Reggae Dance Part (RAS) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12” (Shanachie) ‘81
Duckie Simpson, Michael Rose and the late Puma Jones. My Holy Trinity of Reggae

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7” (Clintones) 
  • Dyema – Jah-Jah-I; 7” (Paradise) ’77 female singer
  • Georges – The Light’ 7” (More Relation)
  • Ronald Auboine – Unity; 7” (Little Sports)
  • Cecil Barker – Pay the Bills; 7” (Hit Maker) ‘76
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Bum Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) Dub Album of the Hour
Ultra rare out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original vs. Ziggy’s rmx: Wailers Family Tree set

<Bob’s Exodus; 93 sec.>

<’77 vs. Ziggy Remix: Exodus title track; 25 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Reseda, CA live

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Max Romeo – Bell the Cat; Holding Out My Love to You (Shanachie) ’81 Keith Richards prod’n
  • The Gladiators – That Nuh Right; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 Brooklyn
    Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Sista Ruby – Think and Wanda; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK singjay
  • Peter Metro – Metric Connection; Yellowman, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA

<Ancient Aliens and the metric system; 51 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters; Gaucho (MCA) ’80
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Atlantic) ’73 NYC bi racial rocker/soul guy
  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 San Rafael, CA live – Tosh cover
Walter Becker RIP

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years: Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • The Upsetters – Tell Me Something Good; Return of the Super Age (Upsetter) ‘78: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years: Lee Perry set (Rufus cover)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – You Thought I Was Dead; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 – Adrian Sherwood co-production
  • Candy McKenzie – Ice Cream; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) ‘77
  • The Diamonds – Talk About It/Ya-ma Ky; Open the Gate (Trojan) (aka Mighty Diamonds) ‘75
Lee “Scratch” Perry in his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Mutant Dub Set

  • DeeDee Bridgewater & UFO – Flying Saucer; Saint-Germain Des-Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio (Rewound); Babylon Rewound (ESL) EP: 2004 remixes
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Earl 16 – Stem the Tide; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Alpha & Omega) ’90 UK trance w/ female vox
  • South – Remedies; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2002 UK  

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate: Endless Summer of Roots Reggae!

 

Dem a roots, dem a branches. I & I Natty Roots – Bob Marley

Greetings,

Took Labor day weekend off on Terrestrial radio but labored (inna labour of love) in my new Ark-Ives culling the best Roots Reggae selections without objection.

Cooked everything up in my Secret Dubratory. Couples week back we ended summer with 3 hours of Mutant Dub. Post Labor Day bookends with 3 hours of my favorite Roots Reggae.

Alpha & Omega!

bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Bubbling; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • Benjamin Zephaniah & the Wailers – Stop de War; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • Bim Sherman – It Must Be a Dream + Dreaming Dub; Bim Sherman Meets U Black & Horace Andy inna Rub-a-Dub-Style (Original) ‘79
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’81 Bunny Wailer cover
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Educate Your Mind; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘75
  • Black Roots – Spare the Rod; All Day All Night (Nubian) UK ‘87
Stop de War pon North Korea

30-60 min.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; African Herbsman (Trojan) Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • Marcia Griffiths – Steppin’ Out of Babylon; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘78
  • Black Slate – Amigo; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • Burning Spear – Foggy Road; Hail H.I.M. (Heartbeat) ’80
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Time Gawn + Arising (For Youths of Azania) ’91 UK female dub poet
  • Capital Letters – Vinyard; Vinyard (Greensleeves) ’82 UK youth group
  • David Lindley – She Took Off My Romeos; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’82 Rockers does Reggae
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ’79
Saw him at The Zephyr, Salt Lake City – 1988. Bought this album the next day!

60 – 90 min.

  • Culture – Weeping; Production Something (Heartbeat) 70’s extended mix
  • Sheila Hylton – The Bed’s Too Big Without You; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Police cover: Montego Bay Aug. ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – Chill Out; Chill Out (Mango) ‘82
  • Cymande – Fug; Cymande (Sequel) ’71 UK soul/reggae/jazz
  • Don Carlos – Zion Train; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover/production
Sister of Hendrix conga player Jerry Velez. Produced by Bob Marley. Mixed by Lee Perry. Wailers on the riddims. Bob covers

90 min – 2 hr.

  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Share the Wealth; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Gregory Isaacs – Cool Down the Pace; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • Lijadu Sisters – Bobby; Danger (Knitting Factory) ’76 Nigerian sisters do Reggae
  • Jacob “Killer” Miller – Take a Lift; Mix Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’80 herbtune
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack)  ’75
  • Johnny Nash – I Can See Clearly Now; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72
Killer African Reggae jam

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK female trio
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Island) ‘84
  • Keith Hudson – I’m Not Satisfied; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ‘79
  • Chris HInze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Bamboo Reggae (Keyton) ’83 Dutch flautist in JA
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. George Faith – I Got the Groove; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 Adrian Sherwood update
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88

2 and 1/2  – 3 hr.

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglaan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Matumbi – Guide Us Jah; Empire Road (EMI) ‘78
  • Max Edwards – Rockers Arena; Rockers Arena (Epiphany) ‘82
  • Love Joys – Let Me Rock You Now; Lovers Rock Reggae Style (Wackies) ’83 female duo
  • Mighty Diamonds – You Are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Mikey Dread – Break Down the Walls; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Peter Broggs – No Ism Pon de Riddim; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
Just say no to World War III

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Endless Summer!

Greetings,

I am going through a home remodel. Pretty much since the beginning of March, my whole house has been chaotic as the contractor built me a real Ark-Ive. No more having to search through dozens of book boxes looking for that Mutant Dub herbtune recorded by a female singer.

I was handling the topsy turvy nature of workmen, dealing with the contractor, weather delays, etc. 4 months of inconvenience for a lifetime of organization.

The room looks great.  New roof, siding? Awesome.

Time to unpack and fill the shelves in the brand new, good for you, Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive
No more life as a music/media hoarder

Until the garage….the charlatans who sold me my house in 1995 scammed me. Rotted wood of the detached garage on my alley way. Put on dirt, not concrete footings. Filled the walls with cardboard filler and some sort of cotton candy junk. I can’t believe the whole thing never collapsed after 20 years of snow storms on that roof.

So they had to demolish it rather than repair it. $13k later. Parking my car on the street in the Sugarhood. It seems like it’s taking forever.

Has looked like this for 2 weeks. I think they did roofing and siding on my house in about the same time it is taking them to work on the garage. Grrr. Home remodels

Long story short. I had a home emergency right as I was leaving for last week’s Smile Jamaica. I told them I had no choice. I would have to get the show started, try to call a substitute and then rush home.

So I did just that. Got home about 5:30 for a five minute consult. Enjoy this Mutant Dub showcase cooked up in my Secret Dubratory to make amends for cutting and running last Saturday over the Airwaves.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Endless Summer of 2017

0 – 30 min.

  • Doctor Dread feat. Bob Dylan – I and I Dub; Theremin Dub (Tsosume) 2013
  • 2 Bad Card feat. U Brown – Equality and Justice; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK + JA DJ
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC lovers-dub w/ female vox
  • African Head Charge – Run Come See; In Charge: Live in Japan (Beat) 2005
  • Audio Active – Ala-Mecka-Bickally Dub; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) 2005 Jah-pon

30-60 min.

  • Beat Pharmacy – Happy Daze; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South Africa
  • Black Star Liner – Superfly and Bindi; Bengali Bantam Youth Experience (WEA) ’98 UK Hindi-dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Lion’s Den; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2005 UK trance dubbers
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 Germ. female vox
  • Creation Rebel and New Age Steppers – Ethos Design; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • David Holmes – Mosh It; This Films Crap, Lets Slash the Seats (1500) ’95 jungle
  • Destroy Babylon – Nuh Skin Up + Shades of Hudson; Shadow Army (Music Add) 2008 Keith Hudson cover

60-90 min

  • Samia Farah – Sous Influence; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Duibhead) ’99 UK
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Dread inna Babylon; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Right Track; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Dub Pistols feat. Kitten and The Hip – Bang Bang; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK w/ female vox
  • Dubchek – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone) 2001
  • Dubsultan – Yalla Ya Habibi; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) Bozeman, MT Middle East dub 2012
Middle Eastern dub out of Bozeman, MT! My former homestead

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK
  • Dubbelstandart feat. Ari Up – Island Girl; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz – 19/2000 (Jungle Fresh; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 UK
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) UK dubstress 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
Dubbing is a must….True dat!

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Blessed Is the Seed; Survival Guide For the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collie-rado hip hop/dubbers
  • Kid Loco – Cocaine Diana feat.Louise Quinn; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Laurence Harvey – Star Child; Ancient Astronauts (Laurence Harvey)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. ; From the Secet Laboratory (Mango) ’90 A. Pablo cover
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Surface Tension; Dub the Millennium (Acid Jazz) ’94 UK
  • Massive Attack – Hymn of the Big Wheel; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Horace Andy on vox

2 & 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK w/ female vox
  • Nightmares on Wax – 195lbs.; Thought So (Warp) 2008 UK
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden (Spooky Mix); Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Fr./Arab/Jewish Middle East dubmix
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2005 DC rmx
Let us save the best for last!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-gust 12, 2017 – World War 3.0: The Ultimate Bad Hair Day!

<World War 3.0..; 16 sec..>

<…started by 2 guys with bad hair; 51 sec.>

Greetings,

Man am I exhausted by the divisiveness in this country and the world. Seems like we’re lurching to mass destruction through hatred and mean spiritedness. War is the first bag out of the club. Threats of war, sanctions, all negativity for surety.

What can we do? What comes first: Civil War in America or World War 3.0 in East Asia.

Reggae prophesied what happens  when nations result to wars and rumors of wars.

Wish I had something more encouraging to report. But I don’t. So let’s hope we can cool down the pace and get along in the rat race

Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

-Bob Marley : Redmeption Song

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 12, 2017; 63 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 JA vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Hanging on the Wall; Dub Store Special (Studio One) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87

<Tosh’s murder – 1987; 26 sec.>

  • Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah; King Jammy in Roots (Auralux) ’82

<Mundell’s murder 1983; 30 sec.>

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Ask Ed – How people get busted for weed; 43 sec.>

Ed Rosenthal of High Times

3 Ways people get busted:

  1. carelessness
  2. family members/significant others turn you in during quarrels
  3. bad luck/wrong place at the wrong time
  • Naffi I – We Shall Not Want; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female militant steppers
Augustus Pablo protege murdered in 1983: Hugh Mundell

Set 2:

  • Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day Collie Buddz (Columbia) 2007
  • Mike Brooks – Culture; Classical Anthology (Teem) ‘75
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune
  • Marcia Aitken & Trinity/I’m Still in Love + Three Piece Suit (Trojan) ‘77
Collie Buddz

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ’80 

<Black Uhuru – adventures in cratedigging; 37 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Education; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Aisha – Hi-Tech; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire/Ja-Man) Dub Album of the Hour
Bought my first CD’s for the Ark-Ives at Smokey’s Records; SLC

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Let Him Go; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Sammy Dread – Independent Dread; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old & New Testament (RAS) ’92 herbtune
  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Fab 5 – Ooh?  Wa?; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA 
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK tribute to soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins
  • Della Grant &The Twinkle Brothers – Jah, Jah I’m Calling You (Twinkle) ’91 Oakland, CA
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK to Dawn & Christine herbtune
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Cimax (Black Star) ’88 Finland, twins
If the Third World War is a Must!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Guiltiness; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Bob’s Exodus; 70 sec.>

 

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’76 Rasta themed comp
  • The Selecter – Train to Skaville 12”; Celebrate the Bullet (Deluxe Edition) (Chrysalis) ‘80 2 Tone UK ska cover of the Ethiopians
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89 Commandments of Dub ch. 9:Dub Album of the Hour
Train to Skaville

Set 7:

  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 update of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Indian Reservation

<African People = Indian Reservation; 19 sec.>

  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78 herbtune of Ronnie Davis doing Bob Marley
  • Webcam Hi Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dubstress
Reggae re-working as African People

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – Dance on Vaseline; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 rmx from Talking Heads 

<David Byrne debut on Smile Jamaica; 16 sec.>

  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi-dubstress, UFOria
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwe – High Grade; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together?; The Archives (ESL) 2012 – ½ Thievery Corp; covers Timmy Thomas soul
  • Dubsultan – Salmin Dub; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) 2012 Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT!

<Mutant Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT; 23 sec.>

Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald and now…David Byrne on Smile Jamaica!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist: Ella Fitzgerald does Clapton inna Rub a Dub Stylee!

Ella makes her Smile Jamaica debut. Singing The Cream classic. Eric Clapton shows up too this week!

Greetings,

Before we start: Happy Jamaican Independence Day – 55 years old

<Aug. 6, 1962 – Jamaican Independence Day; 21 sec.>

Before the crappy Digital Millennium Copyright ACT (DMCA)  I used to spin one half of an album midway on Smile Jamaica. Usually something rare that hadn’t been issued on CD (much less digital).

Before Orrin Hatch’s DMCA this is the sort of out of print album. I would spin one half of the vinyl. Rarity for surety!

Orrin Hatch put a stop to that.

  1. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than 4 songs by the same artist
  2. DMCA verboten: Can’t play more than three songs in a row of any one album.

So I switched up a new tradition: Rockers do Reggae

I ‘n’ I am a music obsessive who listens to a lot more than Reggae. So I have 2 CD Suitcases and then some of Rock, Soul, Jazz, Punk artists doing (usually) one shot Reggae riffs.

Every once in a while someone pitches a bitch. Got a nasty email when playing UK angry rocker Graham Parker’s soul riff down rub a dub “More Questions than Answers”.

Another time I had a caller asking me when Smile Jamaica would be over because I played a Camper Van Beethoven ska tune!

But you gotta trust me. Reggae is universal. Not all of it is great, but some of it is right on.

With that in mind enjoy this week’s Ark-Ive and listen for:  Last week it was jazbo Herbie Mann. Get set this week – Ella Fitzgerald, Eric Clapton, Bad Brains, Judy (Mowatt)  does Jerry (Garcia). From Bad Brains to Bob Dylan.

Check it!

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 5, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 90 sec.

Liberated from British colonial rule: Aug. 6, 1962

Set 1:

  • Brigadier Jerry – Jah Jah Move; Jamaica Jamaica (RAS) ’85 DC vinyl
  • Desmond & Joe – Bristol Rock; Dubbing in the U.K. (Starlight) UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – Coming in Hot; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Boulder, Collie-radio live
  • Bad Brains – Leaving Babylon; Babylon Central Soundtrack (ESL) ’83 DC punk-dubbers
  • Capital Letters – Rumours; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group

<Headline News? Roots Reggae vs. The CIA News Network; 13 sec.>

  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Forward Up; See Mi Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. Female herbtune
  • John Holt – Police In Helicopter; 12” (Holt) ’81 siren mix: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Police Siren in your rearview? Johnny Law or Smile Jamaica? 32 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – So Much Things to Say; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Ziggy remixes Exodus 40 – 77 to 2017; 79 sec.>

<1977 to 2017: So Much Things to Say; 44 sec.>

  • Wailing Souls – Wild Wild Life; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 Talking Heads cover
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi-Tek – Trod Away Home (Roots Hi-Tek) 2005 UK militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • The Selecter – Bombscare; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Pauline Black & The Selecter; 2 wars to 7 in 8 years: Bombscare! 25 sec.>

  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ‘84
  • Aswad – Hooked On You; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK
  • African Head Charge – Hold Some More; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ’91 UK African/dub
  • Jack Ruby & the Black Disciples – Marcus Garvey Dub; Black Foundation in Dub (Heartbeat) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Bull in the Pen; Anthem (Island) ’84 – US rmx

<Fence can’t hold 2 big bull inna the pen; 56 sec.>

  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Top Cat & Soom T – Herbalist + Did You Know?; 12” (Scotch Bonnet)  2007 UK dubstep; herbtune + female vox

<Dubstep = the punk of the Reggae genre; 19 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Bunny Wailer – Whirly Girly; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
  • Akimbo – So Long Trouble;  So Long Trouble (Forward Sounds International) ’85 UK w/ female vox

<Adventures in Cratedigging; 40 sec.>

  • Horace Ferguson – Tranquilizer; Sensi Addict (Prince Jazzbo Music) ’87 JA herbtune
  • Desi Roots – Black Justice; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK
  • New Age Steppers – 5 Dog Race; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK Adrian Sherwood/mutant dub instrumental

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – They Love Each Other; Fire on the Mountain 2 (Pow Wow) ’97 Jerry Garcia cover

<Reggae Dead Mashup>

  • Jimmy Lindsay – Easy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 Commodores cover
  • Squire Jon – Are We Really Free?; 10” (Hi Try) 2006 UK spoken word
  • King Jammy Meets Dry and Heavy In the Jaws of the Tiger – Do Dub Up Your Fight (BSI) 2001 Jah-pon: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Ella Fitzgerald – Sunshine of Your Love; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes From Elephant House 2 (Distant Drummer) 2001 covering The Cream rmx 
  • Eric Clapton – Willie and the Hand Jive; 461 Ocean Boulevard (Island) ‘75
  • Garland Jeffreys – Zoo; Garland Jeffreys (Collector’s Music) ’73 NYC rocker
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Running (Columbia) ‘79
Welcome to Smile Jamaica, Ella!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Pope; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Sicily: Mutant Dub Set
  • Allan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • Tony Tuff – The Answer; Time Will Tell: Henry & Louis Meet Blue and Red (BSI) 2001 Portland, OR
  • Grace Jones – Hurricane + Dub; Hurricane (Wall of Sound) 2011

Wordcs of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 29, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): You’ve got Jazz Vinyl inna mi Roots Reggae!

Herbie Mann – what’s this guy doing on Smile Jamaica?

Greetings,

Doing Reggae Radio for three decades, you do what you can to mix it up and stay out of ruts.

About six weeks ago, a listener Stephen – hit me up on Twitter asking me if I had heard of an obscure Reggae album by a traditional jazz flute player, Herbie Mann.

Indeed I had. My sister lives in Albuquerque. So we meet there for Christmas now, instead of me having to make a 600  mile drive through the frozen North to get to Montana.

Whenever I go anywhere, I pick up the Yellow Pages (now have to do it from their app.) Where are the Record stores?

ABQ has a good boutique shop called Mecca. Past downtown as you get to Old Town. I chat up the owner on soul reissues and what I call Mutant Dub: Dubstep, lounge, experimental ambient.

The tiny shop crammed with disks and cds lends itself to a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Along the lines of the movie High Fidelity

Last Christmas I walk in and he greets me. Reaches behind the counter and pulls out a record. “Now that you’re here, maybe you want this”

It was a copy of herbie Mann “Reggae’. Once I saw the vinyl sleeve and knew it was vintage and not recent, all I had to say was put in on my pile.

1974. Love that era of Reggae and Rock. Everything was real music. Not synthed overdubs.

Legit if Tommy McCook, Mick Taylor and Albert Lee are in the mix

I tend to buy in waves and so I have a queue of about 100 priorities. Vinyl gets played first.

It took me about 6 months for this to jump from the crate to the turntable. Damn good on the riddims and the flute. Nothing soft or cheesy. I don’t know a lot about jazz. But I know an encyclopedia’s worth of Reggae.

When Stephen inquired about this. I dropped the 18 minutes of Side 2 during this week’s Vinyl is Vital segment. Smokey Robinson’s My Girl.

After Tosh and before Marley, that instrumental gem fit hand in glove with the Roots.

3 decades of Smile Jamaica – It’s Reggae when I say it’s Reggae. Gonna play Ella Fitzgerald covering The Cream inna rub  a dub style this Saturday!

bless, robt

Mecca Records on West Central ABQ, New Mex. Shop there. These stores are dying out and it saddens me. My lifestyle is under threat: cratedigging

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 29, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 1 min. 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo feat. The Crystalites & Big Youth; Melodica Melodies (Trojan) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; Freedom Street (Beverley’s/Jet Set) ’70 – Mungo Jerry cover
  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Wingless Angels vol. II (Mindless) ‘96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds nyah group; 18 sec.
  • The Equators – Police on My Back; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska update of Eddy Grant & the Equals
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warror) 2002
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi Tek – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi Tek) 2009
Keith Richards and his Rasta Army

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy)  Nov. 5, 1982 live the Roxy – Los Angeles
  • Jay Tees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Give Thanks and Praise to Jah + Rolling Stone; Lambs Bread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Is Watching You; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • E.T & Randy’s All Stars – Ordinary Version 3; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide) 2005 Dub compilation of the hour

Set 4:

  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker; Classical Anthology (M-10) herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Christine Adelsi – Babylon Shores; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

Herbie Mann – My Girl; Reggae (Atlantic) ’74 – flute player covers Motown w/ the Tommy McCook Band; Request

<New Orleans Jazz flute + Motown Reggae; 90 sec.>

<Flautist Herbie Mann, Mick Taylor -gits; Albert Lee; Tommy McCook Band: 80 sec.>

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 original
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic (Ziggy rmx); Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) 2017 remix

<Exodus – movement of Bob’s people; 2 min. 45 sec>

<Natural Mystic: Original & Ziggy’s rmx; 40 min.>

  • Mikey Ras Starr – Jah Man of Calvary; Fire & Rain (Makasound) 70’s
  • Judy Mowatt – I Am Not Mechanical; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Willi Williams & Brentford Rockers– Armagideon Version; Version Dread (Studio One/Tuff Gong) ’82 Studio One Dub Album of the Hour
Bob ’77 & Ziggy 2017 – Version Galore!

Set 7:

  • Rita Marley – A Jah Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 JA disco
  • Tena Stelin – Intelligent Design; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 UK mutant dub

<Putting the “fun” in Rasta fundamentalism – Tena Stelin, conspiracy theorist/UFOlogist; 40 sec.>

Tena Stelin – Putting the “fun” in Rasta Fundamentalism, UFOlogy and conspiracy theories

Set 8:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Time and Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh
  •  “Woodpecker Sound”
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things that Made the U.S.; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • David Holmes feat. Sarah Cracknell – Gone (Kruder & Dofrmeister Session TM); This Films Crap Let’s Slash the Seats (1500) ‘98

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 22, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Birthday Haile Selassie I

This poster guides and protects over the Smile Jamaica Secret Dubratory

<Inna my house, there’s a picture on the wall – Rastafari sit upon his throne – Happy Birthday Negusa Negast!; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

Rastafari Reggae. Don’t say Rastafarian. That is an ism and schism. Without His Imperial Majesty, Reggae would be reduced to AM pop hits, lovers rock and island novelty kitsch.

Tributes to the Head Creator (Ras Tafari in Amharic, the language of Ethiopia). That is what attracted me to Reggae around 1986. It still is what moves me today, pumping Reggae Radio 29 years later.

These songs are platonic love songs to a man revered for his commitment to Christianity, (as head of the Ethiopian Church), Africa (fought against Euro-colonialism) and poor Jamaicans alienated from a white Jesus.

His epithets:

  • Jahovia
  • Ras Tafari
  • Power of the Trinity (Haile Selassie in Amharic)
  • Negusa Negast (King of Kings, Amharic) and the Lord of Lords
  • Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah; 6 sec.
  • Elect of God/Everliving God
  • Earth’s Rightful Ruler
  • Kibir la Amlak – Glory to Jah

The downtrodden in Jamaicas: the poor farmers and ghetto dwellers alike tended to be very religious. The only book they might have ever read was The Bible.

Jamaicans knew that Selassie was, like Jesus Christ, descended from the House of David. Black nationalist Marcus Garvey predicted, “Look to the East for a black man will be crowned. Thus signals the return of blacks from the New World back to Africa.

<to the Rastas: Jess-us not Jeezus; 24 sec.>

The Rastafari movement was born: 40 sec.

Jamaican leader Marcus Garvey foretold Selassie’s kingdom

Sing praises unto Jah

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: July 22, 2017 – Selassie I Birthday Special; 64 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; 7” (Tuff Gong) ’75

<Jah Live – you can’t kill God; 24 sec.>

  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Vinyl – (Marley) Dub Album of the Hour
  • Naturalites – Picture On the Wall; Rub a Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ‘88

<Picture on the Wall: From SLC to So Cal to world wide; 67 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – I Love King Selassie; Tear It Up: Live (Mango) ’82 London
  • Cornell Campbell – Jah Jah Man; 10” (Irie Ites) 2012 Fr.
the Lion of Judah shall break every chain. And give I ‘n’ I the victory again and again

Set 2:

  • Culture – Calling Rastafari – Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) ‘77
  • Sister Carol –Conquering Lion + Mi Love the Father; Direct Hit (Catapult) 2001
  • Errol Dunkley – Created by the Father; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘73
  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Rastafari Tell You; Rastafari Tell You (Gussie P) ‘95

Set 3:

  • Don Carlos – Just a Passing Glance + DJ version; Just a Passing Glance (RAS) ‘84
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Silvertones – When Knotty Came; Clocktoer Classics (Clocktower/Abraham) 70’s
  • Jennifer Lara – Jah Will Lead Us Home (Kingston Connexion) ‘79
Many Rastas emulate this hand gesture on Reggae album covers

Set 4:

  • Rita Marley – Thank You Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Peter Tosh – Jah Say No; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’79
  • Ijahman Levi – Jah Is No Secret; Haile I Hymn (Mango) ’78 Steve Winwood on organ
  • Roots Radics – Death of Mr. Spock;  Scientist & Jammy Strike Back (Trojan) ‘82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – People Love Jah Music; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’80 UK Joe Jackson prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood – It Wasn’t Rasta; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Meditations – Rastaman Prayer; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 UK Lee Perry mix
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Selassie Is the Chapel; Rebel (JAD) ‘ 68 gospel cover of the Orioles – Crying in the Chapel
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Get Up Jah Jah Children; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Burning Spear – Jah Is My Driver;  Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Sinead O’Connor – Jah No Dead; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Burning Spear cover

<Jah no dead! 30 sec.>

Set 7:

  • Judy Mowatt – King of Kings; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Aswad – In My Father’s House; Rebel Souls (Mango) ‘84
  • Aisha – The Creator; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • African Head Charge – Rasta Don’t Fear;  In Charge: Live in Japan (Beat) 2005 UK 
  • Alpha & Omega – Rasta Woman; King & Queen (Alpha & Omega) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players – Dungeon/Merchant Ship/Jah Army Band; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Hail Rastafari; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots)  2009 Italian
  • Steve Harper – Jah Jah Never Fail I; Time Will Tell (BSI) 2001 Portland

 

Words of Wisdom: