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Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Black Ark Digital Dubplate!

Greetings,

Spent Thanksgiving Week cratedigging and vaping my way across Las Vegas. Nice to be only a cliche’ and not a criminal in the land of 8 down!

Mesquite, Nevada.

Just like Evanston on a Friday afternoon, 80% of the cars in the parking lot had Utah plates.

Well fortified, I hit Vegas and cratedug the city’s good record shops (Zia is the place in Vegas and Phoenix for good vinyl.) Their several vinyl only shops (Moondog Records, 11th Street Records). Video poker and black jack.

Moondog Records. Helped the owner price out some rare Reggae black wax. Nice to be remembered when I only get there once a year.

Watched Green Bay play awful in a Green Bay bar in North Las Vegas. Red beers (beer + tomato juice at 10am.) Caught Blade Runner 2049 on the big screen.

Good week except my laptop became a craptop. It died on me just as I was trying to upload this Digital Dubplate devoted to Lee “Scratch” Perry and his mythic Black Ark Studios.

Lee “Scratch” Perry chasing the devil away some heavy bass!

From 1974-1979 when he destroyed it, some of spookiest and thickest Reggae was crafted here. Listen for the mooing cow! Everybody of note made their best Reggae albums in that studio: Max Romeo, Junior Murvin, Prince Jazzbo, George Faith. Even Marley’s Punky Reggae Party, recorded in England, had that throbbing Black Ark sound leavened with some shimmering high end.

At high volumes, I guarantee this will chase the mice away and knock the cobwebs off your walls!

Lee “Scratch” Perry’s Black Ark Studio

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Lee Scratch Perry’s Black Ark Studio – Kingston jamaica 1978

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate – Lee “Scratch” Perry at the Black Ark Studio

0-30 min.

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Soul Man; Upsetter Box Set (Trojan)  ’73 Sam & Dave cover: 3 Hours of Black Ark/Lee “Scratch” Perry
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party (Tuff Gong) ‘77
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Roots/Seven Leaves) ‘78
  • The Congos – Children Crying; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire)  ’77 
  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Rhino UK)
  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster;  Double Fun (Island) ’78 rocker recorded/mixed at the Black Ark
  • Max Romeo – One Step Forward; War ina Babylon (Mango) ‘76

30-60 min.

  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango)  ’77
  • Heptones – Mistry Babylon; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘77
  • Candy McKenzie – When the Big Day; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan)  ’77
  • Mystic & the Upsetters – Forward With Jah Orthodox; Rastafari LIveth Itinually (Justice League) ‘78

60-90 min.

  • Native – Rockstone; Rockstone (Pressure Sounds) ‘77
  • Prince Jazzbo – Prophet Live + Prophet Dub (Satta); Ital Corner (Clocktower) ‘76
  • Peter Tosh – Downpressor; Upsetters Showcase (Trojan) ’71
  • Dr. Alimantado – Reggae Music; 12” (Upsetter Disco Jam) ‘77
  • Dreadlocks Fay – Back Wey + Version; 7” (Upsetter) ’75  

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Meditations – House of Parliament; 7” (Black Art) ‘78
  • Jack Lord & the Disciples – Economic Crisis; 7” (Upsetter) ‘78
  • Lion Zion – Arise America; Reggae in America (House of Natty) ‘76
  • Ralph Haughton & the Ebony Sisters – Take Warning; 7” (Wild Flower) ‘76
  • Denzil Dennis – Women and Money; 7” (Upsetter)
  • Earl “Chinna” Smith – Bingo Kid; 7” (Black Art) ’76 B side to Junior Murvin Police & Thieves
  • The Stingers & King Iwah – Give Me Power; Give Me Power (Trojan) ’71 

2 hr. – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • The Silvertones – Rejoice in Ja Jah Children; Words of My Mouth (Trojan)
  • Junior Murvin & Dillinger – Roots Train; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Augustus Pablo – Vibrate On; 7” (Black Art)
  • Flying Sensation – Shoulder to the Wheel; Lost Treasures of the Ark (Jet Star) 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Junior Byles & the Versatiles – Cutting Razor; Cutting Razor (Heartbeat)
  • Watty Burnett – I Man Free; Produced and Directed by the Upsetter (Pressure Sounds) ‘74
  • Lloyd & Devon – Wolf Out Deh; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) ’77

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Playlist): Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween Season of the Witch, Bitches!

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Tombstone Skanking. Juggling wax in da Boneyard!

Greetings,

<Greetings: This week on Smile Jamaica: 55 sec. intro>

Jump straight to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Jah-tober 11, 2014: Stream. Below is the Annotated Playlist with photos and captions and soundbites

  • Reggae History Lessons: Robert Palmer Meets Scratch; When Doves Cry; Hooters Reggae, Jamaican minorities in the music business
  • Tributes: Malala Yousafzai Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Primal Scream
  • Fire and Brimstone: France’s war on the Seven Leaf

Back from two weeks of Radiothon: raising cash to keep Smile Jamaica commercial free. No Walmart for I ‘n’ I. Selah!

Getting into the Halloween, I mean Jah-loween, uh…spirit!  The Island of Jamaica. Out of many one is the national motto.

Much like I have in excess of 800 4/20 Seven Leaf Reggae and Dub jams, I probably have 666 or so Reggae Jah-loween gems.

Superstition plus the evil metaphor of the living dead sucking the blood of the righteous, makes Reggae well attuned to the undead or Un-Dread.

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Michael Rose of Black Uhuru: “I n I are the Living Dread Inna dis ya Dawn of the Living Dead!”

Black African folk tradition plus British concepts of spooks and spirits. Immigrant communities from Syria, India, China add their traditions of the Evil Eye into the stew.

Plenty of Reggae tunes devoted to witches, vampires, ghouls/duppies, zombies, mummies, werewolves and other assorted witchcraft and soul theft.

<Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween inna Rub a Dub Style; 14 sec.>

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Sound System of the Living Dead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the Annotated Playlist for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive; Jah-tober 11, 2014

*Jah-loween Tune: (15 of 34 = 44.1% of 3 hours). Bootiful!

Set 1: 

  • Chalice – Back Way Evil Forces; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK vinyl*
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Weston) ’80; Dub Album of the Week; Marley album dubwize
  • Bunny Wailer – Jolly Session; Rule Dance Hall (Shanachie) ‘86
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit); John Peel Radio Show: Aug.8 , 1976
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sounds of Reality; 10” (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. Mutant dub 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 41 sec.

Don’t partake of the Seven Leaf in France:

The French law on drug use is severe: every use, no matter the circumstances, is liable to penalty. The maximum penalties for cannabis use are a sentence from two months up to a year and/or a fine from 500 Euros to 25,000 Euros. ($636 – $31,815)

France War on Decriminalization Lobby.

In what would be one of the more aberrant recent decisions of the French justice system, two pro-pot activists risk spending a year in jail for wearing T-shirts emblazoned with a picture of a cannabis leaf. 

A zealous public prosecutor this week demanded 12-month prison terms for Jean-Pierre Galland, president of the Cannabis Information and Research Collective, and Laurence Duffy, head of the campaign group’s Lyon branch, for contravening article 630 of the French public health regulations. 

The law bans French citizens from “portraying in a favourable light and promoting or inciting the consumption of any product classed as a banned substance”. The pair are also accused of selling CDs bearing the deeply suspect title of “A little piece of hemp music”.

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This shirt could get you a year in jail in France. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite….Bullshit all the way!

Set 2:

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female; Mad Prof. prod’n*
  • Culture – We Deh Yah Still; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘88
  • 4th Street Orchestra – One Life to Live; (Scientific) Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’77 UK, Dennis Bovell
  • Junior X – Legalize It; 7” (Dollar Production); Tosh cover; Request
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: One of the earliest and still most beloved female Roots Reggae offering in the Ark-Ives

Set 3: Rockers do Reggae

  • Robert Palmer – Love Can Run Faster; From the Heart of the Congo (RUNNetherlands) ’78; Lee Perry prod’n

<Love Can Run Faster; 29 sec.>

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Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark gem
  • Primal Scream – Higher Than the Sun (A Dub Symphony in Two Parts); Screamadelica (Sire) ’91 UK
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Mutant Du b Pioneers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 <Primal Scream: Jurassie Era Mutant Dub; 20 sec.>

  • Denver Dub Collective – When Doves Cry; Purple Rain (Denver Dub) 2009; Collie-rado

<Bass free: Prince “When Dubs Cry”; 30 sec.>

When Doves Cry – wiki

Prince wrote and composed “When Doves Cry” after all the other tracks on Purple Rain were complete. In addition to vocals, he played all instruments on the track. The song’s texture is remarkably stark. There is no bass line, which is very unusual for a dance song; Prince has said that there originally was a bass line, but decided, after a conversation with singer Jill Jones, that the song was too conventional with it intact.[4] During live performances of the song on the Purple Rain Tour, Brown Mark, Prince’s then-bass player, added bass lines in this song and other songs without a bass line.

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Out of Denver, Collie-rado. Prince’s original was bass free. WTF?
  • The Hooters – All You Zombies; Nervous Night (CBS) ‘85*

The Hooters wiki

The Hooters were formed in 1980 and played their first show on July 4 of that year. They took their name from a nickname for the melodica,[1] a type of keyboard harmonica which is German in origin and created by Hohner after a friend of Eric Bazilian lent Rob Hyman a Hohner model Piano-36 which was used on their recordings and never returned to the friend.[That same year, Bazilian and Hyman were asked to write, arrange and perform on the debut album of a relatively unknown singer named Cyndi LauperShe’s So Unusual, which was being produced by their former producer and friend, Rick Chertoff. Hyman co-wrote the song “Time After Time” (and also performed the distinctive harmony vocals during the chorus), which would go on to hit Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and was subsequently nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year.

<Unholy Trinity: Rockers, Reggae, Jah-loween; 63 sec.>

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Rock Reggae Jah-loween: The Hooters. From their trademark melodica. Fans of Augustus Pablo?

Set 4:

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79; livicated to Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai

<Livicated to Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Top Rank Roots Dawta: Malala Yousafzai; 44 sec.>

<Reggae Prophecy: Marcia’s Peaceful Woman for Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize; 27 sec.>

  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja (Rootical Re-rub); 12” EP (Reggae Archives); herbtune remix
  • The Teacher – Soul Vibration; Aquarius Rock (Pressure Sounds); Herman Chin-Loy, Chinese Jamaican producer

<Reggae History Lesson: Chinese, Syrian/Lebanese, Jews in the Jamaican music industry; 18 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87*
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Which of these two Nobel Peace Prize Winners has bombed 8 Muslim nations?

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital. All Jah-loween

  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Talk About Run; Two Bad D.J. (Greensleeves) ’81 UK: Ghosts in the Graveyard*

<Making out in the Graveyard; 68 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; Evil forces (Calabash); ’84 Opa-Locka, FL*
  • Dennis Brown – Spellbound; Spellbound (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Miami, FL*
  • Amp-Ech; Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) JA*
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I ain’t afraid of no ghost!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Set 6: 

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Could You Be Loved; Live Forever (Tuff Gong); 9/23/80: Pittsburgh, Jah-sylvania. Last live show
  • The Selecter – James Bond Theme; Too Much Pressure (Chrysalis) ’80 2 Tone ska homage to Neoliberal Hitman
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Aah!; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ‘82
  • Keith Hudson – Satan Side; Rebel Music (Trojan)*
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The spooky sound of Keith Hudson

Set 7:

  • Peter Tosh – Igziabeher (Let Jah Be Praised); One Love Peace Concert (Pressure Sounds) 4/22/78 in Kingston
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 mutant dubstress*

Hollie Cook wiki

<Hollie Cook: Mutant Dubstress: Daughter of Sex Pistol Paul Cook; 25 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Reincarnated Souls; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76*
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“Tek-ya the Blackheart Man, children I say, don’t go near him For even lions fear him”

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<Mutant Dub Jah-loween = Dubloween; 35 sec.>

  • Allan Pallay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red) ’81 UK*
  • Zion Train – Dance of Life; Homegrown Fantasy (China) ’95 with female vox
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009, Collie-rado*
  • Brain Damage feat. Parvez – Sufferation; Brain Damage; Brain Damage Meets Vibronics (Hammerbass)  2013 

<Song about colonials fighting for France and Britain in WWI and WW II: Cannon fodder; 10 sec.>

  • Tino – Vampire Circus Dub; Tino’s Breaks vol. 6 (Hallowe’en Dub) (Tino Corp.) 2002*
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Smile Jamaica Jah-loween Extravaganza: Sat. Oct. 25, 2014 (4-7 PM). All treats, no tricks!

Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-tober 11, 2014: Jah-loween Season of the Witch!

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Jah-loween. Nuff Reggae tunes about witches, vampires, ghouls, zombies, duppies, Frankenstein. “Pick up your Cross and follow me!” — Lee “Scratch” Perry

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

Greetings,

Give thanks and Praise for those of you who made a pledge to Smile Jamaica during KRCL’s recent Fall Fund Drive. The Reggae ‘n’ Dub massive pulled together 20,000 dollars for my 25 years and KRCL’s 35 years. Even held our own against the Ute football homecoming game. bless indeed!

Community/Public Radio is the last bastion of media that is for its listeners and not for advertisers. Always is a blessing to see an ethnic music program, Reggae: Smile Jamaica, holds it own against the rock and indie programs in planting that flag for  Saturday Afternoons devoted to Roots ‘n’ Dubwize. We – all together = have the skillz to pay the bills!

Six hours in the chair pleading for kasheesh. Now let’s get on with the tunes for the next six months.

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Sat. Jah-tober 25; 4-7 PM. Smile Jamaica’s 20+ Jah-loween Extravaganza. 3 hours of all kiiller spooky tunes and horror flick sound bytes. Boo-tiful!

I started the Smile Jamaica blog during the 20 Days of Jah-pril. Cannabis Service Month. That annual 4:20 blowout, with all the sound bytes segueing between the Cannabliss and Seven Leaf meditations, is probably my favorite show during the year.

For the same reasons, my co-favorite Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show takes place on the last Saturday before Halloween. Same method to my madness as on or near 4/20. Take 35 or so songs devoted to Evil Forces and otherworldly spirits and stitch in sound bytes and clips from various Horror movies!

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We will be hearing a Reggae cover of this plus Vincent Prices’s sound interlude during Jah-tober Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica

Here is the High-lights for today’s show: Jah-tober 11, 2014 Ark-Ive

  • Dub Album of the Week: Delixx – Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’80. Trumpet instrumentals of Bob’s last album. So the music never has to stop!
  • Cannabis Service Announcements: Let’s see how many Seven Leaf Disco Mix 10″ and 12″s I’ve got in the crate this week.
  • Mutant Dub: Last half hour of UFO-ria
  • Rockers do Reggae: First Saturday tradition since last Sat. was Radiothon: Good and rare. Check it!
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Lee “Scratch” Perry rarity
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Dub re-imagination out of Denver, Collie-rado

 

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From the Ark-Ives. Mystery Rockers do Reggae inna Jah-loween Style. Cyndi Lauper connection, MTV staple, one hit wonders
  •  Roots Dawtas: Every generation: 70’s (Marcia G.); 80’s (Aisha), The Selecter; 90”s (Zion Train); 2010ers(?): Hollie Cook
  •  Wailers Family Tree: Bob in Pittsburgh 9/23/80: Last Live Performance; Tosh Live @ One Love Peace Concert (4/22/78); Bunny Wailer “Rule Dance Hall” ’87; Marcia Steppin’

Vinyl Is Vital – Whole Heap of Jah-loween! (Midway of 3 hours; 5:30 live)

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Lone Ranger’s Unholy Trinity of Jah-loween: Barnabas Collins – Soap Opera vampire. Annie Palmer (Jamaican witch). Frankenstine (sp.)

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
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Dracula chew yer neck like Wrigley’s!