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Smile Jamaica – Digital Dubplate: Bob Marley Cover Tunes!

Greetings,

Enjoy this Spring Time mashdown of Smile Jamaica’s favorite Bob Marley cover tunes. Pulled from deep in the Ark-Ives and stitched up in the Secret Dubratory.

Bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Ryodisk) ’84 (Burnin’)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood and Fire) ’79 (Catch a Fire)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; Top Ranking Dillinger (Rhino UK) ’77 (Waiting in Vain – Exodus)
  • Hepcat – Hooligans; Out of Nowhere (Moon) ’93 SoCal ska (Studio One 7″)
  • Judy Mowatt – Screwface; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (Tuff Gong 7″)
  • Rita Marley – I Know a Place (Shanachie) ’91 (Lee “Scratch” Perry ’77 unreleased)
  • UB40 – Keep on Moving; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Lee “Scratch” Perry 12″)
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – African Herbsman; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ’93 (Upsetter 7″)
  • Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff; 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO) ’74 (Burnin’) 

30-60 min.

  • Marcia Griffiths – Hurtin’ Inside; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79 (Chances Are)
  • The Wailers Band – Belly Full; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) (Natty Dread)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley; Mighty Quinn Soundtrack (A & M) ’89 (Chances Are)
  • Garland Jeffreys – No Woman No Cry; One-Eyed Jack (A & M) ’78 (Natty Dread)
  • Junior Delgado – Caution; Treasure Found (Incredible) ’77 (Best of the Wailers – Beverley’s) 

60-90 min.

  • Africa Unite – Crazybaldheadsdub; King Size Dub Chapter Nine (Echo Beach) 2003 (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Bunny Wailer – Lively Up Yourself; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 (Natty Dread)
  • Jah Woosh – No Woman No Cry; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78 (Natty Dread)
  • Vincent Napp – Get Up Stand Up; Ruff Cutt in Roots (Tabou1) (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Pam Hall – Fussing & Fighting; Natty Divas (Tuff Gong) (Soul Revolution)
  • Carlene Davis – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’93 (Survival)
  • Sonya Spence – It Hurts to Be Alone; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 (Wailing Wailers)
  • Big Youth – Get Up Stand Up; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’76 (Burnin’) 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Carole & Florent Atem – One Love Medley; Everybody Loves Bob Marley (Neos) 2006 (Exodus)
  • Chalawa –  Exodus Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 (Exodus)
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’84 (Uprising)
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 (Upsetter 7″)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Rastaman Chant (Rmx); Bill Laswell Dub Massive Chapter Two (Trojan) 2005 (Burnin’)
  • Roots Gwan feat. His Imperial Majesty – War; Exalt H.I.M. (Conscious Riddims) includes Selassie’s speech to the UN (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Pecker – Concrete Jungle; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’86 Jah-ponese dubber w/ The Wailers Band (Catch a Fire) 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 (Wail ‘N Soul ‘M 7″)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Driver; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80 (Catch a Fire)
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 (Catch a Fire)
  • Erykah Badu – No More Trouble; Chant Down Babylon (Tuff Gong) ’99 (Catch a Fire)
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Sings HIts of Studio One and More (Rhino UK) ’78 (Kaya)
  • Carly Simon – Is This Love?; Back to the Island (Rounder) 2001 (Kaya) 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Groove Corporation –  Concrete Jungle; Remixes From the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 (Catch a Fire)
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) (Catch a Fire)
  • The Maroons – Talking Blues; Trojan Tribute to Bob Marley Box Set (Trojan) ’75 (Natty Dread)
  • Derrick Morgan – I Shot the Deputy; Tribute to Bob Marley (Disky) ’75 (Burnin’)
  • Jackie Edwards & the Aggrovators – So Jah Say; Tribute to Bob Marley vol. 1 (Esoldun) ’80 (Natty Dread)
  • Inner Circle – Curfew; Tribute to Bob Marley (Trojan) ’74 (Burnin’)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Redemption Song; Streetcore (Hellcat) 2003 (Uprising)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 – Local Crisis vs. World Crisis!

Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man inna rub-a-dub stylee!

<Cheetolini vs. Rocket Man – The World Crisis>

Greetings,

To turn Smile Jamaica radio into the Smile Jamaica podcast, I need to record a digital signal from the soundboard. I take that .mp3 recording and begin my edits and voila. Smile Jamaica Podcasts

On-demand media is where it’s at. But lately I have had meltdowns in the Studio with electrical gremlins or crashed recordings. Grrr.

Luckily, my job as a Sound Editor: I ripped the KRCL stream from their site, ran it through  a file converter and away we go!

LOCAL CRISIS

WORLD CRISIS

So when I spun Al Campbell‘s  massive jam, World Crisis, I couldn’t help think how my petty problems pale to Trump vs. Kim and nuclear weapons.

Like a baby playing with a rattlesnake!

Then in that crummy mood, I played a second version/cover of Bob Marley’s So Much Trouble in the World (Carlene Davis)

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me

Bob Marley not a fan of the United States Space Force

So even if Bob gives the hairy eyeball to the Space Force, I’ve been watching Project Bluebook on the History Channel. Allen J. Hynek and the birth of the UFO “conspiracy”

And speaking of Bob Marley and conspiracies. Alex Jones thinks the CIA killed Bob Marley. (As do I). Uh oh. I hope I don’t start linking to Infowars

bless, Bobbylon

Can’t have musical revolutionaries

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 2, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 49 sec.

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – I Love Jah Jah; Not So Lucky (Black Roots) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Zema feat. Albert Griffiths – Son and Daughter of Jah; Overcome (Melchizedek) 2006 SoCal roots dawta w/ Gladiators front man
  • Sugar Minott – The Devil Is at Large; Tempo Explosion (Black Victor)
  • Ronnie Davis – It’s  Raining; Sings Hits From Studio One and More (Rhino UK) Carlton Patterson cover
  • Eric Donaldson – The System; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’85
  • The Pioneers – Feelin’ High; From the Beginning (Charm) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Ranking Trevor – Give Thanks and Praise Unto Jah; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK – dj to Morwells Heart & Soul
  • Blakamix – List to Jah;  Blakamix Presents New Dimension Dub (Blakamix) ’89T UK vinyl dub album of the hour

Set 2:

  • Rhoda Dakar – Landlord; Cleaning in Another Woman’s Kitchen (Moon World Ska) 2007 – 2 Tone ska dawta
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Don’t Stop the Music; First Light (Easy Star) 2011
  • Bongo Dashi – Chalwa Dub; Ruff Cutt in Roots (Tabou1) Fr. instrumental
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry, Full Experience & Prince Jazzbo – Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Eye Market; Chill Out (Mango) ’83 – Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Yars
  • Aswad – Behld; Hulet (Mango) ’79
  • Charlie Chaplin & Don Carlos – Unity Is Strength: Rub-a-Dubble Reggae Vol. 1 (CSA) ’83
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub (Dub) 70’s Studio dub album of the hour

 

Set 4:

  • Burning Spear – Slavery Days; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ’76 Request
  • Martha Cinadar – Living It; Cannabis Cafe (Ministry) 2002 mutant dub herbtune
  • Bunny Lye-Lye – Mr. Dynamite; Protect Them Lord (Twin Bros.) ’83
  • Bingy Bunny – Coca-Cola Bad Boy; 12″ (Star) ’80 NY

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami 
  • Freddie McGregor – Natural Collie; FM (High Times) ’82 JA herbtune
  • ‘Im & David – Chuky (sic); Your Jamaican Girl (Studio One) ’71 JA
  • Della Grant – Murder We Charge For; Ruff ‘n’ Tuff (Twinkle) ’91 UK
  • Toyan – Talk of the Town; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC punk dubbers: 
  • Ayo – Get Out of My Way; Gravity at Last (Wrasse) 2008; Nigerian-German roots dawta
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; Yellow Riot (bootleg) ’82 Willi Williams cover
  • Gov’t Mule – I’m a Ram; Mighty High (ATO) 2007 Al Green cover
  • Bunny Wailer -Roots Raddics; Dubd’sco vol. 1 (Solomonic) Dub Album of the Hour ’78

 

Set 7: 

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Carlene Davis – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’91
  • Al Campbell – World Crisis; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – The Heathen; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Ras Pidow – The Outernationalist; Richest Man in Babylon (ESL) 2002 DC dubbers with Rasta Elder
  • Dub Syndicate – 2001 Love Part 1 & 2; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture sleeve
  • Fun-Da-Mental feat. Subi Shah – Mother India; Essential Lounge Bombay (UBI) 2006: Asian dawta pays tribute to woman heroes of the Middle East/South Asia

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers!

Greetings,

Went to a conference in Seattle last weekend. Land of 10 down, 40 to go! Stayed near the water and even got in some cratedigging.

Does KEXP do deejay exchange? Definitely heading back to Bezosstan for vacation this Summer.

So enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in my Secret Dubratory: 3 hours of Smile Jamaica’s favorite cover tunes. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers: Rock, Soul, Reggae

0-30 min.

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan)  ’73 (Bob Dylan/George Harrison)
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group covers (Curtis Mayfield)
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Virgin) ’79 (Woody Guthrie)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’79 (Bob Marley)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 (Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain)
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’80 (Jimmy Cliff)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Sitting in the Park; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’77 (Billy Stewart)
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Super Hits (Sonic) ’85 (Isaac Hayes)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke – Simmer Down; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Bob Marley)
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Presents (Studio One) ’81 (Sam Cooke)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 (Bob Marley)
  • Sly & Robbie – Peter Gun; The Sting (Taxi) ’86 (Henry Mancini)
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 (The Beatles)
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Your Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (UB40)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 (Kingsmen)
  • UB40 – Red, Red Wine; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Neil Diamond)

60-90 min.

  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 (King Floyd)
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 (Bob Marley)
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 (Temptations)
  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 (Bob Dylan)
  • Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P & Terry Hall – Peaches; Speakers & Tweeters (Sunday Best) 2007 (The Stranglers)
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Great Dub in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 (Pink Floyd)
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 (Wilson Pickett, Lee Dorsey)

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75 (Bob Marley)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Armagideon Time (Live); CD Single (Hellcat) 2003 (Willi Williams)
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 (Bob Dylan)
  • Lone Ranger – Natty Burial; M-16 (Hitbound) ’82 (Peter Tosh)
  • Martha Velez – Get Up, Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 (The Wailers)
  • Mos Def – Johnny Too Beef; Mos Dub (Mos Def) 2010 (Slickers – Johnny Too Bad)
  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style! (MCA) ’83 (Desmond Dekker)
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Universal Love (I.R.S.) ’92 (The Police)

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ’72 (Marlena Shaw)
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 (The Specials)
  • Lloyd Parks & U Brown – Into the Night; Strictly Dancehall vol. 1 (Omni) ’81 Benny Mardones
  • Randy’s All-Stars – Mission Impossible; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds)  (Lalo Schifrin)
  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric Dub Chapter 5 – Black Liberation Dub (Ariwa) ’98 (Blondie – Rapture)
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together; The Archives (ESL) 2012 (Timmy Thomas)
  • Aswad – Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology); Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 (Marvin Gaye)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Ben Harper – Sexual Healing; Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Virgin)  2003 (Marvin Gaye)
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 female trio covers Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Just My Imagination
  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 (The Heptones)
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Rock It With I; Win This Record (Asylum) ’82 (The Melodians)
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Every Crowd (Polydor)  75 (Gospel hymn)
  • Half Pint – Political Fiction; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’84 (Rolling Stones – Winsome)
  • Deep Dish feat. Stevie Nicks – Dreams; George Is On (Thrive) 2005 (Fleetwood Mac)

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 – New Year’s Vinyl Smash!

Greetings,

  1. Fill 2 bags or so full of vinyl Reggae out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives
  2. Haul records to KRCL

3. Pull vinyl from sleeve

4. Clean vinyl with Red record mitt

5. Drop the needle pon the record

6. Listen at maximum volume; rinse and repeat

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 19, 2019 Annotated Playlist; 36 sec.

Set 1:

  • Zema & Gladiators Band – Free At Last Dub; Black Sleep (Melchizedek) 2003 SoCal includes MLK Jr. speech
  • Cedric ‘Im Brooks – Mun-Dun-Go; Studio One Scorchers (Soul Jazz/Studio One) ’76 Instrumental Album of the Hour
  • Barry Brown – Leader of the Massive; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone) ’83 Can.
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie-Ites – Miss America; Best Wishes (Sunspot) San Fran. youth group with female vox
  • Barrington Levy – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Reggae Beat; 12″ (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Flick Wilson – I Don’t Mind; School Days (Jah Life) ’80 Brooklyn; Temptations Ain’t Too Proud to Beg
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Water Pumping; Yellow Man, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 Brooklyn
  • Dennis Lucas – Natty Dread Smile and Rejoice; 12″ (Samson) ’80 US

Set 3:

  • I Roy – African Herbsman; African Herbsman (Joe Gibbs) ’81 Miami – dj to Johnny Clarke “African Roots”

<6 states trying to legalize in 2019; 94 sec.>

  • Spartacus R. – Azania Song; Third World War (Zara) ’80 UK
  • Sister Candy – Pick Pocket; Laserbeam (World Enterprise) ’80 Brooklyn
  • David Isaacs – Jah Love I; 12″ (Wild Flower) ’70s

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK picture sleeve/2 Tone ska
  • Sista Ruby – Capture the Dance; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK speed rapper female
  • K.C. White – Cool It; Try a Little Happiness (Zola & Zola) 70’s Netherlands
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) 1’82 US Mighty Diamonds update by UK youth singers

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Am Going Home; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA 

<I am Going Home; 98 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC – Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Peter Tosh – Rumours of War; Mystic Man (Rolling Stone) ’79 UK
  • Bunny Wailer – Peace Talks; 12″ (Shanachie) ’84 US

Set 6: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s – Roots Dawtas Cover Rock ‘n’ Soul

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) ’80 US – picture sleeve cover of Roxy Music
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (Form) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Hortense Ellis – Unexpected Places; 7″ (Gusse 76) ’76
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 7″ (Harry J) ’72 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75 Gladys Knight & the Pips cover
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Aisha – For Salvation; Daughters of Zion ( Twinkle) ’93 UK
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin/DEP) ’85 UK dub to Don’t Break My  Heart
  • Freddie McGregor – Sergeant Brown; FM (High Times) JA herbtune
  • Mighty Threes – Rasta Business; 12″ (April) ’79 US

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK sampler

<The Preacher couldn’t fly>

  • Basement 5 – Games. Dub; In Dub (Island) ’80 UK forerunners to Big Audio Dynamite
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Stormy Weather; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 female vox on Lena Horne classic
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Dubfront  & Junior Murvin – Dub Order + Get Your House In Order; 10″ (Dubfront Outernational) 2000 Germ.
  • 101ers feat. Joe Strummer – Keys to Your Heart; Elgin Avenue Breakdown (Andalucia) ’81 comp. – before the Clash

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 3, 2018: Vote for We!

Greetings,

Wow. That was quite the election without objection. Say what you want about Pres. 45, he motivates people to the polls. Although 5 billion dollars seems like quite a squandering of resources for such lack of choice.

But listening to Reggae for 3 plus decades, I learned to give the Hairy Eyeball to the isms and schisms.

So, this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives delves into the real politik. And the same thing for breakfast.

I also think The Cream has it on the money too….

<Same thing for breakfast  & The Cream’s Politician; 85 sec.>

The Cream – Politician

I’m a political man
And I practice what I preach
I’m a political man
And I practice what I preach
So don’t deny me, baby
Not while you’re in my reach
I support the left
Though I’m leaning, leaning to the right
I support the left
Though I’m leaning to the right
But I’m just not there
When it’s coming to a fight
The Cream – I support the left, but I’m leaning to the right aka “The Same Thing for Breakfast”

Best outcome for I ‘n’ I

  1. Michigan legalized the collie weed
  2. Missouri medical MJ
  3. Utah Proposition 2 – Medical Marijuana puff puff passed

Now I get to say: 10 down, 40 to go!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 3, 2018 Annotated Playlist: 79 sec.

 bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Poor Immigrants; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl
  • Aggrovators – A Crabit Version; Johnny in the Echo Chamber (Attack) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Dillinger – Daylight Saving Time; The Deejays Meet Downtown (Voice of Jamaica)
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Duppy or Gunman; Mister Yellowman (Shanachie) ’82 duppy = Jamaican ghost
  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Still the Most; Sweet Memories ‘75
  • Black Roots – Tribal War (12” mix); Black Roots (Makasound) ’85 UK
  • IBA – Babylon Don’t Like; Many Lives (Mt. Nebo)  2006 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Lion a de Winner; 12” (Upsetter)

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Sun Is Shining; Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthday
  • Sarah B Band – Mali’o; Realign My Mind (Sarah B Band) 2011 SLC group
  • Dennis Brown – Money in My Pocket; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • The Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 29 Years: UK Ska

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 

<Celebrate the Bullet released the same week Reagan was shot; 40 sec.>

  • The Beat – Best Friend; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!) ‘80
  • General Public – Tenderness; All the Rage (IRS) ’84 Beat spinoff
  • Fun Boy Three – Farmyard Connection; Waiting (Chrysalis) ’84 two herb farmers named Peter & Bob
  • Aswad – Dub Fire; New Chapter of Dub (Mango) ‘82 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – 400 Years; Live at My Father’s House (bootleg) Summer 1978, Roslyn, NY
  • Yabby You – Run Come Rally; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’83 comp.
  • Gregory Isaacs – Coke Seller; Do Lord (Xterminator) ’88
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10” (Hitbound) ’83 JA

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Simmer Down; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA

<Simmer down, control your temper! 80 sec.>

  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’81 UK
  • Clint Eastwood – Ganja Baby; Jah Lights Shining; (Vista Sounds) ’79 UK
  • Mystic Youth feat. I-Skeeda & the Irie Ites – Relaxation; Best Wishes (Sunspot) youth in San Francisco feat. Female vox
  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. EP

Set 6: Election Special

  • Keith Poppin – Same Thing For Breakfast; 7” (Spider Man) 
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Vote For We; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • The Heptones – Mr. President; Party Time (Mango) ’77 UK vinyl
  • Popa Georg (sic) – Vote Fe Me; 12” (Witty)
  • Bullwackie’s All-Stars – Recording Connection; Black World Dub (Wackie’s) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 live at Leeds Polytechnic
  • Ken Boothe – Satisfaction; Freedo Street (Beverley’s) ’70 Rolling Stones cover
  • Aisha – I Know a Place; 12” (Ariwa) ’88 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Blackalicious feat Niki Giovanni – Ego Trip; Nia (Mo Wax) ’99 female dub poet:
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Palestine; Back to Roots (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK dub poet
  • Thievery Corporation – Revolution Solution (Brendan Lynch rmx); CD Single (ESL) 2004
  • Asian Dub Foundation – Return to Jericho (Dub Version); King Size Dub vol. 4 (Echo Beach) ‘98
  • Humble I & Weeding Dub – Guide Me; Sound of Reality (Control Tower) 2009 Fr.
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put a Spell on You; Ayeshtheni (Mantra) 2001 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-Loween Digital Dubplate 2018!

Greetings,

While raising kasheesh for your station that rules the nation, KRCL, I hunkered down in my Secret Dubratory and cooked up a 3 hour Digital Dubplate tis the season.

Halloween? No Jah-loween. All my ripped audio from my Horror DVD collection trailers followed by vampires, ghosts, demons and duppies.

Boo-tiful, Bobbylon

Digital Dubplate Jah-loween 2018 Halloween movie trailers included:

  1. Halloween
  2. Frankenstein
  3. The Mummy
  4. War of the Worlds
  5. Wolfman
  6. Creature From the Black Lagoon
  7. Village of the Damned
  8. Carnival of Souls
  9. Fearless Vampire Killers
  10. The Abominable Dr. Phibes
  11. Deranged
  12. Young Frankenstein
  13. It’s Alive
  14. To the Devil a Daughter
  15. Nosferatu (1979)
  16. Humanoids From the Deep
  17. Motel Hell
  18. Thriller
  19. The Hunger
  20. Toxic Avenger
  21. Lifeforce
  22. Beetlejuice
  23. Night of the Creeps

0-30 min.

  • Max Romeo – Horrorzone; Horrorzone (Nu Roots) 2016
  • Little Roy – Frankenstein; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Funky Porcini’s Zombie – Flesheater Boulevard; Jerry von Rooyen Remixes (Crippled Dick Hot Wax) 2000

30-60 min.

  • Scientist – Night of the Living Dead; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampires (Greensleeves) ’81
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88
  • Tino – Loch Ness Monster Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino Corp.) 2002
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’86
  • Hollie Cook – Desdemona; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014

60-90 min.

  • Black Uhuru – Vampire; Sinsemilla (Mango) ’80
  • Twinkle Brothers – Evil Doers; New Songs For Jah (Twinkle) ’89
  • Alan Pillay – Demonic Forces; Wild Paarty Sounds (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81
  • The Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88
  • Prince Buster – Ghost Dance; Jamaica’s Pride (Bluebeat) ’67
  • The Gorillaz – Dracula; Gorillaz (Virgin) 2001
Drinking Red Stripe in the boneyard

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • The Crystalites – Blackula; Black Magic Woman (Trojan)
  • Andrew Tosh – Evil Ones; Make Way For the Youth (Tomato) ’89
  • Capleton – Mark of the Beast; I Testament (Def Jam) ’97
  • Dub Chek – Monsta; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001
  • Sly & Robbie – Theme from the Twilight Zone; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ’86

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who Do You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Benjamin Zephaniah & Sinead O’Connor – Empire; clear (Quango) ’95
  • Mystic Bowie & the Pallbearers – Voodoo Man; Rebirth (Zimbra) 2001
  • Singers & Players – Dungeon/Merchant Ship/Jah Army Band; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82
Dungeon: Packed like sardines in a tin. When the boat overload, they threw some of us overboard

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Easy Star All-Stars feat. Mikey General & Spragga Benz – Thriller; Thrillah (Easy Star) 2012 Michael Jackson/Vincent Price cover
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; Origination (Sky High)
  • Pablo Gad – Blood Suckers; Blood Suckers (Reggae on Top) ’79
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 28, 2018 (Podcast & Playlist): Lucky Dube and Dracula!

Greetings,

It was October 2003. My bredrin Grizzlite and I headed up to Park City to catch one of my favorites from the 90’s: Lucky Dube. Terrific South African roots singer in the era of apartheid.

A huge favorite with the Pacific Islander community, the club was packed. Everyone singing along on a cool fall night in the mountains.

Grizz and I got a beer and angled ourselves and positioned ourselves on the patio with a view of the stage. Everyone bumping along to Lucky’s melodic Peter Tosh-esque vocals.

All of a sudden the packed dance floor scattered and the music screeched to a halt. A youth had been shot. Later I found out it was a gang assassination. Tribal war in the Polynesian community. Assassins were dispatched from California. They knew their target would be out in the open and vulnerable at a must see event: Lucky Dube is on a par with Bob Marley among the Island community.

Before we knew it, the paramedics had wheeled the victim pass Grizz and I on a gurney. One of the EMT’s was straddling his chest doing CPR. Right next to me, a massive Island dready stepped up and punched the dying man in the face, caving in his nose.

Murder at Park City Lucky Dube concert, Oct. 2003

As we head into Jah-loween season, would you like to know the song that Lucky was performing when the violence took place???

<Dracula; 1 min. 52 sec.>

The Park City show was Oct. 16, 2003. Four years later, nearly to the day: Oct. 18, 2007 Lucky Dube was cut down in a carjacking.

Lucky Dube carjacking

One of the many eerie and sad coincidences in 30 years of Reggae culture for I and I

bless,

Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Sept. 29, 2018: Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Zap Pow – This Is Reggae Music; Reggae Rules! (Rhino US) ’80 US vinyl
  • Agrovators – Kaya; Kaya Dub (Justice) ’78 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘83
  • Hollie Cook – Superfast; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo) 2014
  • Israel Vibration – Licks and Kicks; Live Again! (RAS) ‘97 California live
  • The Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’77: Obeah = Jamaican black magic
  • Yellowman – Operation Eradication; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Operation Eradication in Jamaica; 67 sec.>

  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK
Jamaican army on their way to burn the weed fields. Tips from the locals: stand down wind of the bon fire

Set 2:

  • Dennis Brown – Africa We Want to Go; Reggae Nuggets (Mojo Magazine) 50th anniversary of UK’s Trojan Records
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK new wave female group; bonus 12”
  • The Itals – Give This Love a Try; Modern Age (RAS) ‘98
  • Barry Brown – Dreadfull (sic) Day; 10” (Hitbound) ‘83 JA
Bananarama on Smile Jamaica? WTF?

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years

  • Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers to Cross; The Harder They Come Soundtrack (Mango) ‘72

<Reggae popularity: The Wailers Catch a Fire and The Harder They Come; 16 sec.>

  • Fred Locks – Wheat and Tears; Missing Link (VP) ‘78
  • Judy Mowatt – Get Up Chant; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Ranking Dillinger – See and Blind; None Stop Disco Style (Abrahama) ‘78
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Higher Ranking; Scientific Higher Ranking Dubb (Rama) ’78 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Mystery Babylon; Scrolls of the Prophet (Columbia/Legacy) remix of Babylon Queendom
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackman Redemption; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th Birthday
  • The Skatalites – Malcolm X; Rough Guide to Ska (Rough Guide) Request
  • Ranking Joe & Cha Cha – You’ll Never Know; 10” (Above Rock) 2010 UK ska rocksteady w/ female Chinese singer

Set 5: Vinyl ls Vital

  • The Wailing Wailers – Love or Affection; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA  

<Love or Affection; 1 min. 39 sec.>

  • Paulette Tajah – Last Night; Lovers Delight (Ariwa) ’83 UK 
  • Nigger Kojak & Liza – Two Bad Duppy; Showcase LP (Nigger Kojak) ’80 JA
  • Three Dimension – Roadblock; Roadblock (Nubian) ’87 UK herbtune

Set 6:

  • The Wailers – Slave Driver; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds (UK) Polytechnic

<UK Tour 1973; 62 sec.>

  • Dubblestandart feat. Ari Up – Surrender Dub; Return From Planet Dub (Collision) 2009 Jah-strian dub w/ female vox
  • Adrian Sherwood – Zero Zero One; 10” (Green Tea) 2001 UK mutant dub
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; 17 Dub Shots From StudioOne (Heartbeat/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Jah-loween 

  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90 South African 
  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echdelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2005 LA
  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • Earth & Stone – The Devil Must Have Made You; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ‘79
Murdered shortly after his SLC performance where a youth was murdered in Park City

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Tena Stelin – Flying Saucers; 7” (Mascot) ’99 UFOria

<Aliens in the Bible; 28 sec.>

  • Thievery Corporations – Warning Shots; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC best of
  • Desmond Williams – Dread a the Roughest; Delights of the Garden (ESL)
  • Alpha & Omega – It Hurts + It Must Be Dub; Mystic Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Spiritual Rez – Let’s Go Out With a Bang; Apocalypse Whenever (Spiritual Rez) 2014 about Alien invasion

<When the Aliens attack. let’s go out with a bang! 47 sec.>

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