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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 14, 2020 – Reggae Virus Mini Opera!

Greetings,

Wed. AM about 7 o’clock. On the computer seeing how my best gal did in the Tuesday primaries the night before. (Tulsi who?)

Cup of coffee and a green rip. Breakfast of champions. All of a sudden. I hear something rumble. WTF? Did some Corona Virus infectee just slam my house with their car? If so why I am feeling my floor ripple?

Nah, Earthquake. Watch everything shake, rattle and roll. By the time I stabilized my television set, the rumbling stopped. Casualty: one bookcase in my hallway and a Bob Marley picture askew.

5.7 Magna Utah Earthquake. Shouldn’t have cancelled church over Corona Virus

My first thought? “Wow this place is a mausoleum!” Got the notice from our Dean that the Marriott Library was closing down completely. Went up to a ghostly campus at the U of U to pick up a few things and make sure all the posters and such didn’t crash off my office walls post Magna 5.7 Earthquake.

On the way home, stop at Smith’s grocery. Praise Anu! Toilet paper. Every mope in the store had one roll in their basket.

Lots of items still out of stock. Cold cuts, cheese, bread. Melotonin section wiped out. No isopropyl alcohol. A lot of people out there needing to clean their bongs? Purell and Lysol a distant memory.

Get home to a call from Ebay Hamilton, KRCL’s program director. No station that rules the nation. Could I curate a 3 hour Smile Jamaica episode for upload? Station on lockdown.

“Working” from home, no deejaying, no record shopping (Record Store Day postponed til June. Summer is the low period for cratedigging). Liquor store closed!  No Saturday breakfast with my friends at Left Fork Grill.

THIS VIRUS IS PISSING ME OFF

Everyone is moping around like it is  the end of the world. I understand why the need for social distance, etc. But I don’t have to like it.

So here is how I intend to fight back

  1. Not much of a beer drinker anymore, but I’m going to buy a sixer of Corona beer
  2. Watching Andromeda Strain from 1971

3. Friday 4:20 or as I call it “worship”, will continue with my mates six feet away from each other

4. Gonna cratedig on Saturday just to get out of the house and see who is open

5. Listen to Smile Jamaica, as a listener. 3 hour show called: Putting the Panic in Pandemic 2020. From Stomach Sick to Burial

<Smile Jamaica: March 21, 2020 Putting the Panic in Pandemic; 2 min>

Enjoy this teaser from this week’s podcast:

<Smile Jamaica Reggae Virus Mini Opera; 90 sec.>

  1. Ethiopians get the Hong Kong Flu
  2. Susan Cadogan exhibits The Fever
  3. Jah Lloyd says, no vaccine it will leave an infection. Gonna smoke the main jax – the collie weed
  4. That unfortunately “ital” choice leads to the Twinkle Brothers Stomach sick
  5. Alas, Peter Tosh’s Burial

Eat your heart out Frank Zappa and Pete Townshend. Now I ‘n’ I gonna give you 3 hours tomorrow. Gallows humor staves off the doom and gloom

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives March 14, 2020 Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 44 sec.

Beautiful but deadly

Set 1:

  • Ricky Grant & Augustus Pablo – I Love Jah Rastafari + dub; I Love Jah Rastafari (Message) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Sir Coxson Sound – King of Dubb Rock; King of Dubb Rock (Safari) ’75 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • African Brothers – Mystery of Nature;  Want Some Freedom (Easy Star) ’70’s era
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Sis Sanae – Free Jah Dub; Dub Showcase (Universal Egg) 2007 UK militant
  • Dennis Bovell – Bettah; Brain Damage (Virgin Front Line) ’81 herbtune
  • John Clarke – Good Collie Weed; Visions of John Clarke (Wackies) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; over Only Sixteen riddim
  • Dub Syndicate – Can’t Take It Easy; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK mutant dub Gregory Isaacs cover; picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Black Roots – Opportunity; In Session (Makasound) ’83 UK roots group
  • Mad Professor – Chillout Zone; Black Liberation Dub vol. 5: Afro-Centric Dub (Ariwa) ’99
  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 female cover of Faybian Miranda roots
  • Dubble – Southside Dub; 10″ (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK militant steppers instrumental

Set 3:

  • Michigan & Smiley – Diseases; Dancehall (Soul Jazz) ’81
  • Mighty Diamonds – I Shall Be Releassed; Blowin’ in the Wind (RAS) 2002 Bob Dylan cover
  • The Selecter – On My Radio ’91; CD Single (Chrysalis) ’91 rmx/2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Disciple; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005 UK militant steppers

 

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s Roots Sisters

  • Sister Afreka – Rasta Light Is a Sunshine; 7″ (Jah Life)
  • Sister Carol – Get It Straight Africans’ 7″ (Jah Life Time) ’89
  • Sister Rasheda – Give Me More Jah Love; 7″
  • Sista Ruby – Woman D.J.; 7″ (Freedom Sound International) ’80
  • Sister Verna – No Broke No Fight; 7″ (N***** Kojak) ’80
  • Bob Andy – Hung Up Dub; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 dub album of the hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Super Chick – Roach Killer; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Priority) ’87 US
  • Al Campbell – Give the People; Rainy Days (Burning Sounds)
  • Clint Eastwood – Blues Night; Sex Education (Greensleeves) ’80 US
  • Blues Busters – I Shot the Sheriff; Phillip & Lloyd (Scepter) ’75 US Wailers cover
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’86 UK Keith & Tex cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

Peter Touch & the Wailers – Toughest; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 

<Song bio – The Toughest>

  • Bunny Wailer – Bide Up; Jamaican Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’72
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lyrical Satirical I; Fy-ah Fy-ah (JAD) ’68 instrumental
  • The Revolutionaries – Sensi Dub vol. 1 (Original) ’70’s era dub album of the hour

Set 7: Reggae Virus Mini Opera

  • The Ethiopians – Hong Kong Flu; Original Hit Sounds (Trojan) ’69 
  • Susan Cadogan – Fever; Susan Cadogan (Trojan) ’76 Little Willie John/Peggy Lee cover
  • Jah Lloyd – Dispencer; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) no injection, leaves an infection
  • Twinkle Brothers – Stomach Sick; Me No You (Twinkle) ’81
  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Remedies For Babylon (bootleg)

 

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear; Live at the London Roundhouse (ESL) 2017 
  • Alpha & Omega – Who Am I to Judge; Trample the Eagle and the Dragon and the Bear (Alpha & Omega) 2005 best of UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Virgin; King Size Dub ON U Sound (Echo Beach) re: Richard Branson of Virgin Records
  • Dubblestandart – 51 Dub; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria
  • Sip a Cup All-Stars – Watch and Peep; 10″ (Sip a Cup) 2005
  • Natacha Atlas – I Put on a Spell On You; Best of (Mantra) 2005 Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Middle Eastern cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 7″ Roots Dawtas for International Women’s Day

Greetings,

It was about 20 years ago. I ‘n’ I was juggling Roots Reggae on Smile Jamaica. One roots gem after another. Phone rings.

Listener calls in. “I appreciate everything you do with Smile Jamaica, but I notice you don’t play very much female Reggae.”

Remember, I ‘n’ I deejay for a small, community radio station. I haven’t had a show review in over a decade. Surely, I ‘n’ I can get into ruts like any other media or arts person.

In my defense, 80% of Reggae recorded in Jamaica, or worldwide for that matter, is performed by male artists. And I ‘n’ I subscribed to Rasta militant dj Big Youth’s maxim: No more songs about girls!

Strictly haaard Roots telling stories about the political underdogs , Rastafari gospel and the 400 years of slavery.

No more songs about girls!

I ‘n’ I thanked the listener for the critical input.  From that day on, I want to sift in at least one Roots Dawta into the mix. My sets  average 3-4 songs. It has definitely improved the sound of Smile Jamaica  and broadens the universal appeal.

And after harvesting through my Ark-Ive, it is every easy to find female Reggae artists singing about roots topics beyond Lovers Rock.

So I ‘n’ I am at the point in organizing and cataloging my Ark-Ive of several thousand Reggae 7″ 45’s. Same as with LP’s and CD’s. Harvest the Roots Dawtas in all my various categories: herb, Marley covers and tributes, rock ‘n’ soul covers, etc.

So, what a great idea to celebrate International Women’s Day with a 3 hour showcase of Reggae Roots Dawtas 7″ 45’s. The Jamaican Jukebox

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 7, 2020 – Roots Dawta 7″ Jamaican Jukebox; 69 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77
  • Prince Fatty – Hollie Cook in Dub (Mr. Bongo) 2012 Dub Album of the Hour
  • Anicia Banks – I Want to Thank You; 7″ (Ashandan) ’77 Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley cover
  • Jennifer Gad – Survival; 7″ (Black Roots) Marcia Griffiths cover
  • Della Grant – Leggo Africa; 7″ (Twinkle) ’99
  • Audrey Hall – Groove Situation; 7″ (Kebar) ’76 Keith Rowe cover
  • Massawa – Free at Last; 7″ (Full Moon) livicated to Nelson Mandela
  • Sister Nancy – Telephone Challice; 7″ (Volcano) ’82 4:20 Herb
  • Queen Ifrica – Burn Some Herbs; 7″ (Fire Links)  20005 bonus herbtune

Set 2:

  • Daughter Whinny – Shame & Scandal; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 rude mento cover
  • Debra Keese – Travelling; 7″ (Orchid) ’79 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Taliasha Love – Roots Man; 7″ (Jah Music) ’76
  • Sharon Black – Struggling; 7″ (Clintones) ’77
  • Brenda Harry – Rise Up Stand Firm (Twinkle) 2001

Set 3:

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; 7″ (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone Ska
  • Sharon Little – Mash Up Creation; 7″ (One Love) ’81
  • Lady Ann – Shine Eye Boy; 7″ (Roots Tradition) ’78
  • Dawn Love – Watering; 7″ (Ja Man) ’75 over Welding
  • Daughter Cherry – Babylon You Guilty; 7″ (High Note) ’78
  • Chuck Foster – California Dubbin’ Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Little Natural – Put Good Lyrics in the Music; 7″ (Conscious) youth gal dub poet
  • Althia – Down Town Thing; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe)
  • Novellette Barnett – Fire de a Town; 7″ (High Note)
  • Barbara Jones – Slim Boy; 7″ (Impact!) ’75

Set 5:

  • Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; 7″ (Hansa) ’80 picture sleeve; Wailers Family Tree set
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Mommy’s Daddy; 7″ (Ghetto Youths) Bob Marley’s mom
  • Marcia Griffiths – Dreamland; 7″ (High Note) ’78
  • Yvonne Harrison – Knotty Screwface; 7″ (Mart’s) ’78 Bob Marley cover
  • Judy Mowatt – Hush Baby Mother; 7″ (Ashandan) ’85

Set 6:

  • Dawn & Christine – Panadol; 7″ (M & M) herbtune
  • Sheila Hylton – Mellow Mood; 7″ (Harry J) ’77 Bob Marley cover
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady (Pama) ’71 Aretha Franklin cover
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; 7″ (Studio One) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Black Ark) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Grace Jones – Love Is the Drug; 7″ (Island) picture sleeve
  • Veronica Adams – Midnight Train to Georgia; 7″ (Impact!) ’75
  • Sheila Hylton – Lotta Love; 7″ (Jaywax) ’79 Neil Young/Nicolette Larson cover
  • Doreen Schaeffer – Sugar, Sugar; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Joy White – My Guy; 7″ (Hawk)  ’75 Deborah Wells Motown cover

Set 8:

  • Aisha – Give a Little Love; 7″ (Rockers)
  • Duche Gold – I Have a Dream; 7″ (Massawa) ’94 hailing MLK
  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Fade Away; 7″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UK Jr. Byles cover
  • Cynthia Schloss – No Brother No Cry; 7″ (Merritone) ’80 Bob Marley cover
  • Ebony Sisters – Son of a Preacher Man; 7″ (FORM) ’75 Dusty Springfield cover
  • Claudette Miller – Too Much Heaven; 7″ (Roots International) ’79 Bee Gees cover
  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; 7″ (Treasure Isle) ’70 rudeness

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 29, 2020 – Leap Day Reggae Vinyl!

 

Greetings,

Ah, yes. The endorphin rush of finding that record. I ‘n’ I been a vinyl collector since clothes shopping with my Mom at Woolworth’s the beginning of 7th grade: ‘Sept. 77. The year the two sevens clashed.

My first “dig”: Best of the Doobie Brothers. (For a Seven Leaf guy, who knew the significance of that purchase 40 years on!)

With an extra Saturday, during the shortest month of the year, why note celebrate that legacy of vinyl collection with a trip down black wax memory lane on Smile Jamaica .

I was getting crosseyed with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Friday 4:20. I ‘n’ I brought over a 60 minute mix for Mixcloud of my favorite UK Reggae faves. Segue into the first Black Sabbath album.

WTF?

So I’n’ I said: Would you believe I have a 7″ record that mashes up Black Sabbath with Black Uhuru?

That’s the delight in record obsession. You’ve got Satanic Heavy Metal inna mi Rasta Roots Reggae!

<Guess Who’s Coming For Sweet Leaf>

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Judah Eskender Tafari – Jah Light; Pirates Choice (Studio One) ’80 JA – 3 Hour Vinyl is Vital Show
  • Bullwackie’s All-Stars – Black Heart Dub; Dub Unlimited (Senrab) ’76 Dub album of the hour
  • Phillip Frazer – Watch This Sound; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA Buffalo Springfield cover
  • The Specials – Friday Night Saturday Morning; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK EP Ghost Train picture sleeve; 2 Tone ska
  • Quasar – Get Up Stand Up; Fresh (LASN) US Wailers cover
  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’89 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Black Harmony – Our Feelings; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK female lovers rock

Set 2:

  • Marcia Griffiths – Ghetto Stays in the Mind; Songs of Bob Andy (Jove) ’93 UK; her ex-husband
  • The In Crowd – More Employment; His Majesty Is Coming (Creole) ’78 Fr.
  • Johnny Osbourne & the Sensations – See and Blind; Come Back Darling (Techniques) ’70 JA
  • Leroy Sibbles – Garden of Life; 12″ (Big Spanner Disco) ’77 UK Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3:

  • Yellowman – Two to Six Supermix; Jack Sprat (Hit!) ’82 JA
  • Amjam feat. Leisa Salesman – 99 Times; Live Off the Board (Celluloid) ’87 US w/ female vox
  • Dillinger – Hearsay; Badder Than Them (A & M) ’81 US
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK
  • Israel Vibration – Dub Worry; In Dub  (Greensleeves) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour


Set 4:

  • Triston Palma – Out a Hand; Big Showdown (Black Solidarity) ’85 JA – request
  • Big Youth – Chi Chi Run; Chi Chi Run (Prince Buster) ’72 JA herbtune
  • The Selecter – Selling Out Your Future; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska w/ female vox
  • Jonathan Arthur – Burnin; 12″ (Emerald Isle) ’89 Ft. Lauderdale

Set 5:

  • Doctor Alimantado – This Little Bird; (Tell Me You are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman)
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Tracks + Nanny; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet

<Nanny – Shero of Jamaica>

  • Unity – Rasta Man; Heat Your Body Up (Virgin) ’83 UK
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America & Russia/Selective Service System (ORA Interntional) ’85 LA

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Do It Twice; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’71 JA

<Do It Twice>

  • Sister Carol – Black Woman; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Matumbi – Brother Louie; Best of (Trojan) ’77 cover of the Stories AM pop hit
  • Teddy Brown – Get Stoned; 12″ (Eruption) ’84 US herbtune

Set 7: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45’s

  • Black Sabbath Meets Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming For Sweetleaf; 7″ (bootleg) 7″ 
  • Negus Dawtas – I Speak the Truth; 7″ (Natty Cong) ’78 UK female roots group
  • The Clash – Armagideon Time; 7″ (Epic) US picture sleeve cover of Willi Williams reggae
  • Leroy Smart & the Revolutionaries – Waiting in Vain+ dub; 7″ (Black Star + Channel One) ’77 JA cover of Bob Marley

Set 8:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow; Pop Gold (Warner Bros.) ’75 German
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Bedward the Flying Preacher; Pay It All Back vol. 1 (ON U Sound) ’84 UK
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Soom T – I Need Weed; 12″ EP (Scotch Bonnet) ’84 UK female weedstepper
  • Noiseshaper – Only Redeemer; 12″ EP (Quango) 2002 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-burary 22, 2020 – Reggae Apocrypha!

June 13, 1980 – Dortmund (West) Germany

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I know Black History Month (February) as Bob Marley Month (Bob-ruary). Born Feb. 6, 1945 he would have been 75 had he not died of melanoma on May 11, 1981 (36 years old.)

In the Rasta community, they avoid death. So part of that Ras’pect is to say “livicate” not deadicate.

As a major Reggae collector I ‘n’ I had picked up some Marley reissues in the past year.

  • Boston, ’78

Plus, a CD/DVD combo that was published on the West German rock television show Rockpalast. (See image at top.)

If you were a youth in the 70’s as I was, weekend night time rock and roll TV programs, like Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert and Midnight Special with Wolfman Jack fed viewers music television fix before the advent of MTV.

The Uprising disk/DVD = Rockpalast performance was recorded in Dortmund (West) Germany on June 13, 1980.

It was haunting. Bob was at his high point. I ‘n’ I always tell people you can gauge Bob’s age by the length of his dreads. The short and wiry, athletic Bob roamed the stage like a lion. Dreads flashing. Moving about the other group members. Full of energy and passion.

Bob’s nickname was Skipper. He was an exacting band leader who would even fine his wife Rita, among other band members, if they made a mistake. This was the video performance of a man and group leading Reggae into the mainstream.

The 80’s would have seen him at the top of the pop music pinnacle alongside stalwarts like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, U2 and Madonna.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Almost 3 months later Bob collapsed running  in New York’s Central Park. He performed one more show in Pittsburgh, PA (Sept. 23, 1980). And made his Exodus to Jah’s Heavenly Choir less than 8 months later.

As someone with a Ph.D. in Bobology, I was stunned. On stage in front of thousands, this was not the look of a many being ravaged by cancer.

<Bob’s Rockpalast performance; 72 sec.> 

Bob’s passing shocked the Reggae world as well. In Jamaica, and elsewhere over the decades since May ’81, I ‘n’ I have  culled nearly 50 Bob Tributes.

One thing about music when it hits you, you feel no pain. Artists exacted their grief in an expression of platonic love. Every Bobruary, I’n’ I rinse out those songs throughout the 4 weeks of Smile Jamaica editions.

<Marley Tribute phenomena; 40 sec.>

***

For the past several months I ‘n’ I have been tracking through the Wailers’ early pre-Island label catalog. We are on the 1970 recordings for Chinese Jamaican restauranteur, Leslie Kong

The Wailers had huge ska success with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label. But they would sell 80,000 copies of a  record and be compensated $25.

Studio One owner made thousands on sales. The Wailers made $25 on 80k sold

 

So the group quit Studio One and created their own label: Tuff Gong. However, the Jamaican music business was cut throat. DIY groups like the Wailers couldn’t get their songs into the shops or on the radio as independents. So the label folded.

Thus they turned to one of Dodd’s competitors, Leslie Kong. Beverley’s, his label, was a successful Rock Steady label selling thousands of records in the UK, especially.

Record producer is the guy that funds the sessions.

  • Recording in a music studio; pay for time
  • Paying the musicians
  • Paying the sound engineer
  • Paying to mix the tape recording
  • Paying to press the records
  • Paying to distribute the records to shops domestically and internationally
  • Payola to get the song on the radio.

The Wailers recorded about 10 songs. What to call it. Since Kong knew the group was hot, but records by the Wailers were hard to find, he wanted to call it Best of Bob Marley and the Wailers.

The group were hostile to that notion and felt they were being ripped off again. These weren’t their best songs. “Best” signifies the group was at its end, not a re-boot. The album is not exactly filler, and there are some great performances. But Best was a misnomer…at best.

The group wanted the album to be called Caution. This is where the Reggae apocrypha sneaks in. The Wailers were sighting up Rasta. With all that mystical and magical revelation, they warned Kong this offense would not go unpunished….Caution indeed.

Here is how Bunny Wailer described what happened in the liner notes of the Bunny album I have introduced on this podcast edition of Smile Jamaica. As part of I ‘n’ I Wailers Family Tree selections.

<The mysterious death of Leslie Kong; 2 min. 48 sec.>

As Bunny noted, Kong wanted to exploit the group’s sales potential: notoriety + scarcity = $$$.  Call it Best Of and watch the records fly off the shelves.

He wasn’t interested in “art” but commerce. The Wailers took their craft seriously. Here was another rip off.  Call it black magic obeah, divine justice or just the eerie circumstance of timing.

On the very day the records were to be sent to the shops, Kong died of a brain aneurysm.  He was 38 years old. Caution indeed!

Caution – the road is wet. Black soul is black as jet. Caution the road is hot. You can do better than that

How about one more story:

Haile Selassie visited Jamaica in 1966. For Peter Tosh it was a foundation moment in the development of Rastafari worship.

<Rasta Shook Them Up: Peter Touch & the Wailers>

bless, Bobbylon

Haile Selassie

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 22, 2020 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Jah Woosh – Love Jah and Live; D.J. Legend (Original) ’70’s UK vinyl
  • Scientist & Forces of Music – Marcus Mosiah Garvey; International Heroes  of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) early 80’s UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Horace Andy – Get Up; Living in the Flood (Melankolik) ’99 hidden track
  • Johnny Clarke – Hypocrites; Be Thankful (Foundation Music) 70’s Bunny Lee prod’n
  • Akabu – Blackbird; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’89 UK roots dawta group
  • Prince Far I – Lambs Bread Collie; Ten Commandments (Rhino) ’79? 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’76 UK

 

Set 2:

  • Bob Andy & Marcia Griffiths – Lean on Me; Sweet Memories (Nectar) ’76 married duo cover Bill Withers
  • Taxi Gang – Twilight Zone; Many Moods of Sly, Robbie & the Taxi Gang (Sonic) ’86 TV theme instrumental
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Black Uhuru – Boof ‘n’ Baff ‘n’ Biff; Abductions and Reconstructions (ES)
  • Ganja Tree – Hard Road to Travel; 10″ (I-Grow) 2006 Fr. militant steppers

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years

  • King Stitt – Fire Corner; Keep on Coming in the Dance (Trojan) ’69 comp.

<How King Stitch becomes King Stitt>

  • Zap Pow – Roots Man Reggae; Zap Pow (VP) ’78
  • Gregory Isaacs – Happiness Come; Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • Judy Mowatt – Sisters Chant; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76
  • Jah Power Band – No Formula Dub; Sensi Dub vol. 7 (Original) ’95 dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Tread Along; Jamaican Singles vol. 1 (Solomonic) ’69
  • Triston Palmer & Jah Thomas – Give Me a Chance + Please Mr. Officer; In Disco Style Entertainment (Munich) ’80; Jah Thomas herbtune
  • Bedouin Soundclash feat. Vernon Buckley – Higher Ground; Street Gospels (Sideonedummy) 2008 vox from The Maytones
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Minoo – December; No Answer 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers feat. female vox

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Ranking Joe – Tribute to Bob Marley; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’81 Miami vinyl
  • The Blackstones – Soul Shakedown Party; Insight (Burning Sounds) ’81 UK red vinyl Bob Marley cover
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Lee Milo – Hell is On Fire; Positive Movements (Rooney) ’89 Miami
  • Ini Kamoze – I Want it Ital; Here Comes the Hotstepper (Columbia) ’84 US comp.

 

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Back Out; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA vinyl
  • Chalice – Master Blaster Jammin; Best of Bob Marley Stevie Wonder Bob Marley Tribute
  • Aisha – Tribulation; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Sane Inmates – Masquerade Dance; 10″ (Ariwa) 2006 UK
  • Burning Babylon – Roots Fi Kool; Knives to the Trebel (Mars) 2004 Dub Album of the hour
This erroneously titled LP got the producer, Leslie Kong

Set 7:

  • The Wailers feat. Peter Touch – Rasta Shook Them Up; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’66 about Selassie’s visit to Jamaica
  • Bobby & Carol Kalphat – Memories of Bob; 7″ (Hit Vibes) ’81?
  • Faith D’Aguilar – Reggae Pioneers; 7″ (Gorgon) ’83
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One) ’81
  • Jennifer Lara – Natural Misty; 7″ (Studio One) ’81 Bob Marley’s Natural Mystic

Set 8; Mutant Dub

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Big Youth – Wake Up; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 Mutant Dub Set
  • Aldubb feat. Longfingah – Straight From the Heart; Welcome to Bassland (One Drop) 2012 Germ.
  • African  Heard Charge feat. Prof. Stretch – Brother of Reality; Drums of Defiance (ON U Sound) ’98 UFOria
  • Kid Loco – Three Foot High Reefer; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr. herbtune
  • 2 Badcard – Noise Polluters; Chainstore Massacre (ON U Sound) 2003 comp.
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Nishka – Stepping Up + The Firmament; Dub Plate Selection vol. 2 (A & O) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 8, 2020 – From One Bob to Another!

Happy 75th birthday Robert Nesta Marley

Greetings,

Livicated, never dedicated to the life and legacy of Bob Marley. Born Feb. 6, 1945; 2020 would have been 75 years

<Livicated nah “dead” icated”; 61 sec.>

Let’s hear some Bob stories from Smile Jamaica’s 20+ years of Marley celebrations.

<Smile Jamaica’s Bob Marley 75 Tribute Show; 62 sec.>

First, watch this amazing clip of Redemption Song put together by the Marley Family

Bob and crew had really crossed over with Uprising. College kids and whites in America always loved Reggae, but blacks in America were rather cool to the music. It’s militancy and Old Testament songbook was out of step with 70’s secular disco and soul stylings.

But a disco mix of Comin’ in From the Cold was starting to be played at the end of the 70’s disco supremacy and even black radio was playing the album in limited rotation.

The year 1980 was gonna be the year the Wailers punched through. Blacks and whites at their North American concerts bringing the masses together in love and unity which would have probably lead to Ronald Reagan’s defeat in November that year and who knows what life would have been like had that scenario come to pass

He would have been on the pantheon of 80’s music titans like Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Madonna and Prince. Of that, I am certain.

Alas, it wasn’t to be. Bob collapsed jogging in Central Park….livicated nah dead-icate and come May, 1981 dozens of Bob’s contemporaries crashed the studios to pay homage.

<Bob Marley tribute songs; 27 sec.>

After Bob Marley was nearly assassinated by the CIA (According to Alex Jones and yours truly) at the….wait for it…..Smile Jamaica Concert, Dec. ’76. Bob made his “Exodus” to England.

While recording that landmark album, he was exposed to the punk rock movement happening. Rastas were outcasts in Jamaica. So were the punks in England.

<Bob loved punk rock; 36 sec.>

New wave, new rave
New wave, new wave, new rave
Let me tell you, we’re going to a party
And I hope you are hardy
So please don’t be naughty
For it’s a punky reggae party
New wave, new rave
New wave, new rave
Tell you what, take a joyful sound
To make the world go ’round
Come with your heart and soul
Come-a, come-a and rock your boat
‘Cause it’s a punky reggae party
And it’s tonight
It’s a punky reggae party
And it’s alright
Oh-oh-oh?
Rejected by society (do re mi fa)
Treated with impunity (so la te do)
Protected by their dignity (do re mi fa)
I face reality (so la te do)
New wave, new rave
New wave, new wave, new rave
Wailers be there
The Dammed, The Jam, The Clash
Maytals will be there
Doctor Feelgood too, ooh
No boring old farts, no boring old farts,…
Yet, Judy Mowatt, one of the songbirds in the I-Three, Bob’s female backing trio, thought Bob was more like the Biblical Prophet, Joseph. Leading his people out of bondage, not in Egypt, but Babylon. Heading to Zion in Africa.
<Bob Marley = Joseph; 34 sec.>
Last story was about the prodigious father Bob was. Eleven kids (two adopted from Rita) by seven different women. I give the scorecard:
<Bob’s brood; 46 sec.>
And let’s end with this couplet from Punky Reggae Party. Pure brilliance!
Rejected by society 
Treated with impunity 
Protected by their dignity 
I face reality
If mankind gets 500 more years, they will still mention the 3 B’s. Not Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. It will be Bob Dylan, The Beatles and Bob Marley!
Selah!
bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cedella Marley Booker – He’s a Rastaman; Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84: Bob’s Mom: 3 hours of Bob Marley 75th Birthday Celebration
  • Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Weston’s) ’78 Canadian dub of Bob Marley
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Smile Jamaica; Kaya (Deluxe) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry show theme!
  • Macka B – Bob; Hold Onto Your Culture (Ariwa) ’96
  • Culture – Double Tribute to the O.M.; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ’82 – Order of Merit (Jamaica’s highest civilian honor)
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Easy Skanking; Boston ’78 (Tuff Gong) 6/8/78 live at the Boston Music Hall: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; 12″ (Midnight Rock) ’81 JA

  • Set 2:
  • Alpha Blondy – Mystic Night Move; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92 Ivory Coast
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob and Friends Over There; Inside Out (Jahmani) ’89
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90
  • Sue Chaloner – Missin’ Mr. Marley; 12″ (CNR) ’84 Neth.

Set 3: Best of 30+ Years of Bob Marley Tributes

  • Mikey Dread – In Memory (Jacob, Marcus, Marley); S.W.A.L.K. (Heartbeat) ’82 Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years Set
  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life/Heartbeat) ’84
  • Bunny Wailer – Stay With the Reggae; Marketplace (Shanachie) ’85
  • Prince Far I – Tribute to Bob Marley; Voice of Thunder (Trojan) ’83
  • Barrett Brothers – Bradsta Dub; Macka Dub (Clocktower) ’80 Familyman & Carly of the Wailers. Dub album of  the hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox Bob Marley Tributes

  • The I Three – He’s  a Legend; 7″ (Tuff Gong) ’86 7″ 
  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Mr. Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari Music)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley; 7″ (Dance Hall) ’82
  • Toots & the Maytals – Marley’s Gone (His Songs Live On); 7″ (Louv) 8/4/82 live at Reggae Sunsplash

Set 5: Vinyl Tributes to Bob Marley

  • Bankie Banx – Remember Bob; Soothe Your Soul (Redemption) ’82 Antigua
  • Papa Finnigan & Junior Ranking – Tribute to Bob Marley; Two the Hard Way (Heartbeat) ’83 Cambridge, MA
  • Shaka Man – If It Wasn’t For the Rastaman (Tribute to Bob); 2030 A.D. (Majicaa) 80’s Los Angeles
  • Carlton Livingston – Tribute to Bobby; Soweto (El Bebo International) ’81 DC

Set 6:

  • Judy Mowatt – Joseph; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 – Bob as biblical prophet
  • Ky-Mani Marley; Dear Dad; CD Single (Gee Street) ’98 Bob’s son
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1) ’99
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin’); Hotter Than July + dub 7″ (Tamla) ’81
Stevie Wonder in dub!

Set 7:

  • Randeesh – Bob Marley is a River of Love; Courage (Mountain Lion) 2004 Canada
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry mix

Set 8:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Iron, Lion, Zion; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’92
  • Everton Blender – Bob; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96
  • Alpha & Omega – Freedom Fighters; Sound System Anthology (ROIR) ’95
  • Winston Groovy – Nightshift; 12″ (Sound City) ’85 Commodores cover

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 18, 2020 – Green Bay Killing!

Greetings,

Well that was ugly.

I ‘n’ I have 4 major (media) obsessions

  1. Reggae music
  2. Ancient Aliens/Sumerian Religion
  3. San Francisco Giants baseball
  4. Green Bay Packers football
.

<Putting the green in Green Bay> 63 sec.

I ‘n’ I was in Vegas when the Niners thumped the Packers during Thanksgiving. That heinous loss was a wake up call to the team and I ‘n’ I hoped for a better result after the Packers rolled up everyone else and beat the quality Seahawks, at home, in the playoffs.

Many Smile Jamaica listeners rung me up on the show last week to wish me well. Feeling good Saturday night….

Last Sunday,  the Niners literally ran over the Pack. Aaron Rodgers looked old and now I ‘n’ I get to count down the days until baseball season in April.

Grumble, grumble, grumble. First world problems.

(BTW – the song Green Bay Killing refers to a police massacre of Rastas in Jamaica. So my apologies for making light of a sports beat down)

bless, Bobbylon

Praise Jah I won’t have to watch anymore of those stupid State Farm ads on the teevee

Set 1:

  • Clint Eastwood – Greetings to All; Death in the Arena (Channel One) ’78 JA vinyl
  • Wackie’s Rhythm Force – Act V (Wackies) ’85 Bronx vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Zion Initiation – Jah Light; Take Us Home (Cultures of Soul) ’79-88 Boston roots reggae
  • The Tennors – Ride Your Donkey; Broken Flowers soundtrack (Decca) ’68 rock steady
  • Niney the Observer – Freaks; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Harvest Time; Raving Tonight (RAS) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jah Thomas – Please Mr. Officer; In Disco Style (Munich) ’80 bonus herbs
  • Cha Cha & Ranking Joe – One Day You’ll Know; 10″ (Above Rock) 2010 UK female Chinese singer

Set 2:

  • Zara McFarlane – Fussin’ & Fightin’ – Arise (Brownswood) 2017 UK dawta
  • Bunny Wailer – Lively Up Yourself; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for his 50th birthday
  • The Melodians – Jah Reggae; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83
  • The Heptones  & Joe White – Give Me the Right + President Rock; 10″ (Success) ’73 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years

  • Aswad – Concrete Slaveship; Aswad (Mango) ’76 
  • Althea & Donna – Sorry; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 female dj duo
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Lambsbread + Lambsbread International; Lambsbread International (Blood & Fire) ’79
  • Tappa Zukie & the Musical Intibidators – Sidewalk Dub; Escape From Hell (Kingston Sounds) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Casselberry DuPree – Comin’ In From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jah-waukee vinyl female cover of Bob Marley
  • Mykal Rose – I Put a Spell On You; Red Gold Green & Blue (Trojan) 2019 Screaming Jay Hawkins’ cover
  • Sane Inmates – Masquerade Dance; 10″ (Ariwa) 2005 UK instrumental

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Go Tell It On the Mountain; Best of Bob Marley& the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA

<Go Tell It On the Mountain; 1 min. 25>

  • Basement 5 – Immigration; 1965-1980 (Island) ’80 UK post punk dub: became Big Audio Dynamite
  • Charlie Chaplin – Naw Lef Me Chalwa; Red Pond (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK herbtune
  • Bim Sherman & Yabby Youth – Happiness; Hits From The House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK
Group went on to Big Audio Dynamite

Set 6:

  • Peter Touch & the Wailers – Amen; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’65 gospel cover

<Amen; 68 sec.>

  • Nora Dean – Barbwire; Love Is All I Bring (Trojan) ’68 woman’s comp
  • Junior Thomas & the Volcanos – Bumps in the Night; Beware (Truth & Soul) 2015
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Brother Culture – ing; 10″ (Scotch Bonnet) 2007 UK

Set 7: Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Max Romeo – Martin Luther King; Reconstruction (Mango) ’77 US vinyl: MLK set
  • Fred Locks – Black Leaders; Culturally (Tan-Yah) ’96
  • Zema & Martin Luther King Jr. – Free at Last + Dub; Black Sheep
  • King Tubby – Natty Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Spacecraft; Heavy Rain (ON U Sound) 2019 UFOria
  • Thievery Corporation – Cosmic Game; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC
  • DJ Rupture feat. Lily – Lonesome Side; Special Gunpower (Tigerbeat6) 2004
  • Dubmatix – Deep Dark Dub (TVS Rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 15 (Collision) 2011
  • Leftfield feat. Roots Manuva – Dusted; Rhythm & Stealth (Hard Hands) ’99
  • Zion Train feat. Professor Skank – Life That I Choose; Live as One Remixed (Universal Egg) 2009
  • Jah Mason – Ganja For Life; 10″ (Calabash)  2010 UK herbtune

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 11, 2020 – World War 3.0/Reggae Prophecy

Greetings,

The last time I ‘n’ I felt the need to lay down a Reggae set about World War III was Summer 2014.

Civil War in Ukraine. Russians in the East, Ukrainians in the West went at it and in the middle of the conflict a Dutch airliner was shot down.

Sabres were rattled. Much hostile rhetoric. NATO vs. Putin. WTF?

Bunny Wailer: Ceasefire and light the chalice

So I do what I’n’ I always do. Go into the Smile Jamaica Ark-ives and hunt down the appropriate peace treaty tunes mixed with cautionary anti-war roots.

I ‘n’ I political philosophy can summed up in three planks

  1. Everything turned to shit when people quit praising the original Holy Trinity: Anu, Enki and Ishtar
  2. Extra terrestrials are here to try and stop us from destroying the planet they need for their gold stocks
  3. “Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right….here I ‘n’ I am stuck in the middle with you.”
My vote for 2020

The World War III set 2014 was offered, Putin heard it on my Mixcloud stream and he backed off.

And while things aren’t perfect in Ukraine, the galaxy, not just Earth, was spared Chernobyl 2,000,000.0.

Putin’s a dubber. Goes by the name DJ Lemonhead

Bad Vlad always favorites Smile Jamaica streams on Mixcloud

***

Wheel it forward to 2020. Pres. 45. The Orange Messiah. Swamp is draining like my dad’s cerebral spinal fluid shunt. Barely, but supposedly dripping.

Just came off the road from seeing my Pop’s and family in Albuquerque then Phoenix. Intense week of caregiving (my Pop’s has NPH which makes him: wacky, wobbly and wet).

Got in one day of cratedigging in Phoenix. Love their vinyl shops much better in 60 degree weather than 110.

Among the Reggae gems you hear I ‘n’ I rinse out on this podcast, I found some grooving word LPs.

  1. Fly back to SLC Jan. 1
  2. Put together weekly Mixcloud podcast Jan. 2
  3. Rise and Shine 7am to post podcast Jan. 3
  4. See on Twitter that the Iranian General had been assassinated by the “Swamp Drainer.” Fuck it. I ‘n’ I am going back to bed
I fought the swamp and the swamp won

<Bobbylon’s World War 3.0  Set; 1 min. 47 sec.>

***

No one wants to see their ancestral home destroyed. As you may or may not know: My Mom’s family emigrated/escaped  from Iran around World War I.

I ‘n’ I identify as an Assyrian American/Sumerian Fundamentalist.

Bobbylon’s Sky God – Anu. I ‘n’ I put the “old” in old school

My graduation gift for 1983 was promised a trip to Iran. Alas, the Islamic Revolution in ’79 scuttled that. Lebanon, Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iraq 2.0, ISIS/ISIL, Libya, Somalia, Syria. Looks like Iran got next, alas!

So back into the  Ark-Ives. Pull another set of World War 3.0 Reggae/Punk/Ska

  1. The Clash – Rock the Casbah – topical in that the Ayatollahs had banned popular music in Iran
  2. Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must. Roots twins prophecy: there are no winners when Russia ‘n’ America “come fi buss.”
  3. The Special AKA – War Crimes. 2 Tone ska regarding massacres in Beirut Lebanon compared to the death camp of Belsen. “The numbers are different but the crime is still the same.”
  4. Mikey Dread – World War 3.0 is only minutes away!

Rumor has it Pres. 45 likes to listen to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Podcasts while watching CNN with the TV muted.

Big Macs, cheeseburgers and Smile Jamaica. Let us hope he hears I ‘n I Prophecy and heeds the call…NO WAR IN IRAN

My wish is that if you are reading this, you listen to the anti-War set and pray to the sky god(s) of your choosing that there be NO WAR IN IRAN

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 11, 2020; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Pancho Alphanso – Watch This Sound; Watch This Sound (Shanachie) ’82 Ho Ho Kus, NJ vinyl
  • Tad’s Logic Dub Band – Science; Chapter 1 Dub Mix (Tad’s) ’84 UK vinyl dub album of the hour; Thomas Dolby’s “She Blinded Me With Science”
  • The Gladiators – Bless Our Soul; Send I a Lion (Nighthawk) ’84 comp
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian dawta
  • Daweh Congo – Herb Tree; Human Rights & Justice (Roots & Culture) 2000 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Spliffy Dan – Dreadlocks Preaching Love; 10″ (Rockers) ’80 UK A. Pablo prod’n

Set 2:

  • The Upsetters – Dyon-Anaswa; Return of the Super Ape (Trojan) ’78 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark era
  • Bunny Wailer – One Love; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley songs for 50th birthday
  • Susan Cadogan – Say a Little Prayer; Songs of Aretha (Ariwa) 2019 Aretha Franklin cover
  • Dizzy & Soul Syndicate + Philip Frazer – Lonely Reggae + Only Jah Knows; 10″ (Impact!) UK cover of Herb Alpert trumpet “Lonely Bull

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30+ Years 

  • The Abyssinians – Poor Jason Whyte; Satta Massa Gana (Heartbeat) ’76
  • Rita Marley – My Kind of War; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
  • Niney the Observer – Blood & Fire; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 update of his classic herbtune
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12″; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK herbtune

Set 4:

  • Jimmy Cliff – Roots Radical; Rhythm Come Forward vol. 3 (Columbia) ’82 comp.
  • Alton & Hortense Ellis – Why Did You Leave Me to Cry; Cry Tough (Heartbeat/Treasure Isle) rocksteady brother and sister
  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – The Heart’s a Lonely Hunter (ESL) 2005 UFOria
  • Singers & Players feat. Congo Ashanti Roy – Breaking Down the Pressure; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’83 UK picture sleeve
  • Maya Dread; Yard Man Style  – Kaya Dub (Kaya) ’75 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Soul Captives; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Beverley’s) ’70 JA

<Soul Captives; 90 sec.>

  • The Heavenly Twins – Hide Me, Rock of Ages; I Am On the Battlefield of the Lord (Social Music) ’67  UK Jamaican gospel w/ male and female vox
  • Messenjah – Rock You High; Rock You High (WEA) ’82 US
  • Joe Higgs – So It Goes; High Times All-Star Exposion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago
  • Zara McFarlane & Dennis Bovell – East of the River Nile; 12″ (Brownswood) 2019 UK dawta

Set 6:

  • Peter Touch & the Wailers – Maga Dog; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64

<Peter Touch’s Maga Dog; 1 min.>

  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 Beatles cover
  • Sister Carol – Natty Dread Congo; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley cover
  • Undivided Roots – England Cold; 10″ (Well Crucial) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 7: World War III

  • The Clash – Rock the Casbah; 12″ (Epic) ’82 US picture sleeve: World War III Set
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland vinyl
  • The Special AKA – War Crimes; 10″ (2 Tone) ’82 2 Tone ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Dread at the Controls) ’81
Recorded after massacres in Beirut, Lebanon 1982

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Claude Fontaine – Hot Tears; Claude Fontaine (Innovative Leisure) 2019 Fr. dubstress
  • Mad Professor feat. Love Clinic – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric 5: Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’98 Blondie’s Rapture feat. female vox
  • Andrea – Come Back; CD Single (vx) 2005 Canadian
  • Sevendub  feat. Angelique – Fire (Soul Fire mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2006 Germ. w/ female vox
  • Lee “Scratch”Perry – Heaven & Hell; 10” (ON U Sound) 2019 UK picture sleeve
Claude Fontaine – French dubstress

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 4, 2020 – Mutant Dub, Gilgamesh & Neil Armstrong!

Mutant Dubbers unite!

Greetings,

And Happy New Year from Smile Jamaica.

A Mutant Dub New Year. For over a decade now, I have been starting the year with the outer fringes of Reggae music that you hear I ‘n’ I play for centuries at the last half hour of Smile Jamaica.

<What is Mutant Dub?; 34 sec.>

Mutant Dub definition: Take Reggae drum and bass, attach it to modern electro/dance/post pop textures. Apply copious echo and special effects.

Epitomized by the Holy Trinity of producers: Adrian Sherwood/ON U Sound; Jah Shaka and the Mad Professor

Adrian Sherwood – the Bob Marley of Mutant Dub

My bredrin/mentor, Rutabaga Reese – previous Smile Jamaica host, turned me onto this style of dub as I ‘n’ I was absorbing my Roots Reggae knowledge.

Moody, atmospheric, modernesque. Some orthodox Reggae heads hate it*. But I ‘n’ I love it. If you do a Google search on Mutant Dub. Smile Jamaica is what pops up first!

The highest rated show in the podcast history of Smile Jamaica, circa 2013, is my Mutant Dub 420 showcase.

Mutant Dub 420 on Smile Jamaica

*I used to get angry calls “quit playing that techno crap.” Not anymore!

Even KRCL station manager, Tristin Tabish, is a Mutant…

<KRCL management loves Mutant Dub; 3 sec.>

Since nothing is static after doing radio for 30 plus years, after I was retired from political interviews on KRCL’s Radioactive, I ‘n’ I switched to Ancient Aliens on History Channel.

Giorgio and von Daniken’s Sumerian Skygods/Ancient Astronauts combined my Mesopotamian ancestry to outer space.

Giorgio Tsoukalos – The Bob Marley of Ancient Aliens

***

So I ‘n’ I do what I ‘n’ I always does. Start combing the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives for Alien Reggae and Dub songs. I ‘n’ I don’t have a single Mutant Dub Christmas tune, but found nearly 200 UFOria (UFO’s + euphoria = UFOria).

Tenastelin – The Bob Marley of Sumerian/Biblical astronaut songs

So, for Mutant Dub New Year, I switch up the traditional last half hour to UFO tunes.

Two stories. One ancient. One modern

The Epic of Gilgamesh – The story of a man seeking immortality. Comes across the original “Noah” plagiarized from the Bible. Utnapishtim was tasked by Enki, a major Skygod of the Anunnaki (Sumerian sky gods, “those who came from the sky”).

Enki’s brother Enlil was disgusted that the humans they created to mine gold on behalf of the Anunna (singular of Anunnaki) were instead having sex with Earth women.

Anu, the Bob Marley of the Anunnaki, agreed to wipe out the human experiment with a flood. But Enki took pity. He worked with a dread named Utnapishtim. Enki told him to gather up his family along with a DNA seedbank of animals and plants.

Sumerian Tree of Life is the double helix DNA

The Skygod loaned him a spaceship called a tesseract. A cube shaped ship that orbited Earth for 500 years. When the flood waters receded, Utnapishtim returned to the planet to start anew.

Tesserect space cube. Similar to the Borg on Star Trek

Gilgamesh sought out Utnapishtim who gave him the root of immortality. Gil, going through the trials and tribulations of his Epic, was exhausted and satisfied that he had been successful in his quest. Everlasting life.

So, the now God in his own right, lay by the side of the road for a well deserved nap. Alas, a snake slithered out of the reeds and stole his root of immortality. Gilgamesh died a mortal man.

<Epic of Gilgamesh; 76 sec.>

Gilgamesh loses his root of immortality to a serpent

Neil Armstrong story.

Neil Armstrong. First man on the moon. We have all heard the famous sound clip as he touches down on the lunar surface.

“This is one small step for man. And one giant leap for mankind.”

Fake news. That was the SECOND thing he said on the “comm” to NASA

Neil Armstrong – the Bob Marley of lunar astronauts

When Armstrong was a youth, he was playing catch with his brother in the yard. As happens, the ball went across the fence into the neighbor’s yard. Neil went to fetch it back.

Hot summer afternoon. The neighbors, a family named Gorsky, were having a little “afternoon delight”. Neil, curious, listened in on the pillow talk.

He heard Mr. Gorsky ask his wife for oral sex. She guffawed, “I’ll give you oral sex when the Armstrong kid next door walks on the moon.”

So wheel it forward to July 20, 1969. As Neil touched down on the moon’s surface his actual first words were. “Good luck Mr. Gorsky!”

<Good luck Mr. Gorsky! 42 sec.>

And I ‘n’ I don’t have time for the story of how Neil Armstrong became a Muslim. Or how the Apollo 11 moonlanding was a Stanley Kubrick production.

As I ‘n’ I always say: “Look to the skies! Do not scoff!

bless, Bobbylon

Mutant Dub New Year Annotated Playlist: Jah-nuary 4, 2020 

Set 1:

  • African Princess – Jah Chilren Cry; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka)
  • The Vision – Dub Start; Dub Vision (Funfundvierzig) ’88 Germ. green vinyl: dub album of the hour
  • Dr. Israel – Jacob’s Ladder; Inna City Pressure (ROIR) 2005
  • Dubmatix – Soul Dread Dub; Renegade Rocker (7 Arts) 2008 Can.
  • Badmarsh & Shri – Signs; Signs (Outcaste) 2001 UK East Indian dub cover of Tenor Saw
  • Ruben da Silva – Sensi Skank; 12″ (Reggae Roast) 2011 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2:

  • Gary Clail – Two Thieves and a Liar; End of the Century Party (ON U Sound) ’90 UK
  • Afro Omega – Know My Name; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Dubphonic – All You Weed is Love; Relight (Hammerbass) 2009 Fr.
  • Undivided Roots – Move Up; 10″ (Well Crucial) ’82 UK picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Claude Fontaine – Little Sister; Claude Fontaine 2019 Fr. female
  • African Head Charge – Rastaman; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97 recorded in Ghana
  • The Lions – Ethio-Steppers; Jungle Struttin’ (Ubiquity) 2008 LA
  • Bim Sherman – The Dream; 12″ (Mr. Modo) ’89 UK
  • Alien Dread – Dubnology; Cosmic Dub Clash (Log Out ) 2007 dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Easy Star All-Stars – Speak to Me/Breathe in the Air; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Shining; Shining (Acid Jazz) ’96 Bob Marley Sun is Shining cover
  • Hollie Cook – Far From Me; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK dawta
  • Singers & Players feat. Mikey Dread – Autobiography; 10″ (ON U Sound)  ’83 UK picture sleeve

Set 5: Mutant Dub Vinyl

  • Dub Syndicate – Boof Um Baff; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
  • London Underground – Between the Lines; Current Affairs Session (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • Sheriff Lindo – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ’88 Australia
  • Singers & Players feat. Sister P – Holy Scripture (ON U Sound) ’89 UK
  • The Clash – Mustapha Dance; 12″ (Epic) ’82 US picture sleeve (dub to Rock the Casbah)

Set 6:

  • Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm; Radio Retaliation (ESL)  DC dubbers
  • Aswad – Roxanne; Bigt Up (Gut) ’97 Police cover
  • Likkle Mai – (Japanese lyrics); Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-ponese dawta
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – Makumba Rock; 10″ (ON U Sound) 2019 picture sleeve

Set 7:

  • Karsh Kale – Spirits in the Material World; Backspin (Six Degrees) East Indian cover of The Police
  • Alpha & Omega – Night and Day; Dub  Magic  (Zion Gate) 2001 UK trance dub w/ female vox
  • Ticklah vs. Axelrod – Answer Me; Ticklah vs. Axelrod (Easy Star) 2007
  • Suns of Arqa feat. Prince Far I – G.D. Magick; 12″ EP (Antler) ’83 UK picture sleeve
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist (Cherry Red) ’81 ON U dub album of the hour

Set 8: UFOria

  • Systemwide – Gilgamesh; Live at the Jazz Festival de Montreal (BSI) 2002
  • Word Sound I Powa – Intro; Live From Planet Crooklyn (WordSound) ’96
  • Transglobal Underground feat. Natacha Atlas – Mr. Gorsky; Psychotic Karaoke (Nation)  ’96 about Neil Armstrong
  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) 2012
  • Tena Stelin – UFO + Unidentified Flying Dub; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior) ’99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 – Santa Claus is an Alien!

Greetings,

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: Santa Claus is an Alien.

<Santa’s Sleigh was a Spaceship; 22>

UK singer Chris DeBurgh thinks so. So does Reggae singer John Holt.

Alien roots of Santa Claus; 65 sec.

Noel Baba – Father Christmas for Christian communities in modern Turkey. St. Nicholas to Western Christians
  1. A flying sled to ancient peoples in modern day Turkey where Saint Nicholas came from is obviously a spaceship.
  2. He didn’t land on rooftops, it was the green tractor beam. Gifts going down,  in return for abductions going up!
More believable than 12 reindeer pulling a fat white dude full of gifts across the skies

3. Rudolph’s red nose? WTF? Tracking beacon on the nose cone of the Spaceship

4. What about that star in the East where the Magi were bringing gold, frankncense and weed? Spaceship!

Ancient Astronaut Theory suggests: The star in the East was a spaceship
More likely occurrence

So when that Spaceman comes travelling on Dec. 24th, now you know where the true history lies.

Eida breikhoun (Merry Christmas in Assyrian)

Bobbylon

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-cember 14, 2019 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Barry Brown – Reggae Music; Stand Firm (Justice) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Burning Spear/Black Disciples – Children of Today; Living Dub vol. 1 (Burning Spear) ’79 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Kiddus I – Love Child; Natty ‘n’ Nice (Rhino) ’79? Xmas tune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Time Bums; Married to the Mob Soundtrack (Reprise) ’88
  • Junior Delgado – Runaway Love; Tichen (Rhino UK) ’94
  • Sister Carol – Herbal Affair; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Michael “Scooby Doo” Powell – Christmas Time; 12″ (Hot Stuff) ’83 JA Xmas tune

Set 2:

  • Temple Rockers feat. Wayne Jarrett – Almighty Light; Festival of Lights (Fresh Roots) 2018 Hanukkah reggae
  • Sister Nancy – Bam Bam; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’82 singjay
  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune
  • Shinehead – Reggae Christmas Medley; 12″ (Elektra) ’89 Xmas tune

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; CB 200 (Mango) ’76 herbtune
  • Prince Buster & the Folks Brothers – Oh Carolina; Original Golden Oldies Part 2 (Prince Buster) ’60 folk nyahbinghi
  • Judy Mowatt – Who Is He; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’86 Reggae Gospel
  • Jacob Miller & Ray I – All I Want For Ismas; Natty Christmas (RAS) ’78 …is my collie herb
  • Lloyd Charmers & the Hippy Boys – Crimson and Clover; Psychedelic Reggae (Trybute) ’69 Tommy James instrumental

Set 4: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Xmas

  • Barrington Levy – Flash Your Dread; 7″ (Mic) 7″ ’81
  • Jah Walton – D.J. Christmas; 7″ (Black & White) ’83
  • Sugar Minott – Christmas Time; 7″ (Black Roots) ’79
  • Iron Phoenix – Natty Dread Christmas; 7″ (Observer) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pauline Black – No Woman, No Cry; Party Party Soundtrack (A &M) ’81 US – Bob Marley cover
  • Carlton Livingston – Tribute to Bobby; Soweto (El Bebo International) ’81 US
  • Ini Kamoze – Babylon, Babylon; Here Comes the Hotstepper (Columbia) ’95 US
  • Fishbone – Slick Nick; It’s a Wonderful Life EP (Sony) ’87 SoCal ska
  • Dean Fraser – Sensimilla Choir; Christmas Sting (Thunderbolt) ’81 JA – Handel’s Hallelujah Choir herbtune

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Stop the Train; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (ALA) ’71 Lesley Kong; JA vinyl
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Queendom/Legalize It; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 at the Ritz; NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Survivors (Survival); Hall of Fame (RAS) 50 Bob Marley songs for 50th birthday
  • Pablove Black – Meditation; Charcoal Charlie (Tamoki Wambesi) ’85 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Spaceman Came Calling; Reggae Christmas (Trojan) ’86 Chris deBurgh Xmas/UFOria mashup
  • Steel Pulse – Sound System; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 request
  • Tyrone Evans & Glen Adams – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/Joyful Tiding; 12″ (Clocktower) ’78 Bronx, NY: Xmas

Set 8: Mutant Dub Set

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Morcheeba – Who Can You Trust?; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK
  • Gorillaz – Left Hand Suzuki Method; Gorillaz (EMI) 2001 UK cartoon group
  • Alpha & Omega Meets Bangarang – Show Me a Purpose (There Must Be a Dub); Show Me a Purpose – Versions (Hammerbass) 2004 UK trance dub
  • Samia Farah – Rien N’est Acquis; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr. Tunisian roots dawta

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae A-Z: Cratedigging in Vape City!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I birthday is Dec. 20th. It gets mashed into Christmas and that means  traveling on the road. For most of my adult life that meant driving to Fort Benton Montana. Now it’s flying into Albuquerque, then driving to Sun City West, AZ.

So, by tradition, I ‘n’ I have spent the Thanksgiving week driving to Las Vegas to celebrate my birthday a month early.

Here is my week

  • Friday before Thanksgiving Week: annual physical and flu shot. Been on a strict regimen since Labor Day to try and hit my target weight and clear out any of the high fructose poisoning from last year. Fire off  BP of 115 over 75 in the electric chair, I mean doctor’s office. (Pulse rate of 92! Yeah I hate going to the doctor.)

Test results and notes from Doc: Your tests results are normal/unremarkable. Just what you want to hear!

  • Saturday before Thanksgiving Week: Celebrate fooling the Grim Reaper for another year with a massive breakfast and about 6 cups of coffee with my bredrin Nardo-Jan and our friend John, emeritus of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Left Fork Grill, best breakfast inna Salt Lake City
  • Road trip on I-15: I usually have a theme music experience for the drive. One time it was Bob Marley chronological; Bob Dylan box sets, UFOria.

The year I ‘n’ I got deathly ill in Vegas it was Pink Floyd (Still can’t hear the song Fearless without thinking of how I ‘n’ I nearly died of a blood infection, driving back to Utah with BP of 65 over 45.)

This year’s theme: MUTANT DUB! What better way to grind out a journey than pumping bass and extra-terrestrial echo, screaming down I-15 at 80 MPH.

  • Stop for gas in Cedar City and hit my first record shop: Groovacious

  • First stop in Vegas: Lee’s Discount Liquors. It is exactly  420 miles from my Sugarhouse neighborhood of SLC to the Cheyenne exit in North Vegas. Bought a bottle of holiday Jim Beam bourbon for my room “cocktails to taste.”

  • Second stop: Reef Dispensary: Since I ‘n’ I was staying in a non-smoking hotel, I needed a cartridge or two, (or nine),  for my vape pen.

I don’t believe any of the Vapor Madness “fake news” about the dangers of vaping. That’s just a conspiracy theory by the nanny state working with the tobacco companies to keep people addicted to nicotine and not able to have any fun in life.

Give my ID at the counter: They pair me with a  weed barista, or budtender, named Sienna. Hmmm. pair the grizzled middle aged man with a doe eyed, tattooed lovely millennial. of mixed race extraction.

What do I care? I’m on vacation. She can do a little up-selling. She complimented me on my Bob Marley cap. I left her a nice tip for the kindness and seven leaf advice.

I’m a Sativa, fruity flavored, vape pen guy. Usually get an Indica to knock back my insomnia. And some gummies for the movies I was gonna go see. Yes, I am an adult not a criminal!

  • Check in to the Stratosphere on the Strip:  I ‘n’ I have been doing this Vegas Excursion for 20 plus years now. My advice is stay at the grungier end of the Strip. It’s easier to get in and out of the hotel parking and Sahara is a main East/West corridor. Rooms at places like Circus Circus, the Strat (now called), and Palace Station are cheap.

Mainly in the room to sleep and shower. Ever since Vegas legalized the hippie lettuce, that city has become anti-Smoking.

At the Strat, the fee was $150. Thank you for letting me know. Did I ‘n’ I obey the rules? In Reggae there is a saying: If a fish could keep its mouth shut, it would never get caught!

  • Sunday Night: Green Bay 8-2 vs. San Fran 9-1

Since no one is from Las Vegas, there is a bar for nearly every football team. The Green Bay bar is called the Draft House in North Las Vegas.  Put on my throwback jersey and grab some micro brew and dinner with all the trimmings.

Worst. Part. Of my trip. Niners 32; Packers a pathetic 8.

  • Monday: The Irishman

I’m an Assyrian-American, half (the good half I say!)*. I never cared to be anything else until I saw Martin Scorcese’s Goodfellas. Then I wanted to be Sicilian for a while. My favorite movie, still to this day.

*quote from Ray Liotta in Goodfellas.

So I couldn’t wait to see Scorcese’s gathering of the greats for The Irishman. The story of the murder of Teamster boss Jimmy Hoffa.

Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, Al Pacino. The Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer of mob actors.

  • Tuesday. The Apothecarium

I do like to gamble in Vegas. I’m a low stakes, video poker guy. I will usually play, two or three times during the week, up to $50 a session.

Sitting at the quarter machine, smoking/vaping is legal on the casino floor. And this is why the nanny state and authoritarians want to ban vaping. There is no way to tell if that vapor, not smoke, is tobacco or THC.

In Reggae there is a saying: Ask me no questions, and I’ll tell you no lies!

So there I am, vaping Strawberry Cough, and sipping on a free OJ and vodka, when I hit 4 aces on the Video Poker.

Walked away with about 60 bucks net! Found money must be spent.

So I ‘n’ I got on Weedmaps, and thought the Apothecarium would be a good place to re-stock

Weedmaps – directions and menus for the Seven Leaf set

I ‘n’ I roll in, the place is packed. Peruse the menu…. “Robert, Kaya will see you now.” Are you kidding me? My budtender‘s name is Kaya? After the Bob Marley herbtune?

Kaya, another fetching mid 20’s Latina matched up with the greybeard stoner from out of state.

As she was putting together my order (Grapefruit disposable pen(s), THC chocolate cookies), I ‘n’ I asked her, “Are your parents Bob Marley fans?” She giggled.

I ‘n’ I asked her, “I bet you had half a dozen named Kaya in your class.” She admitted two other classmates. I ‘n’ I was my wearing my Smile Jamaica T shirt and mentioned I was a Reggae deejay., she was nice about that.

You don’t get that kind of friendly banter between client and vendor when you are buying Natty Lite at the Sev.

Another healthy tip goes in the jar.

  • Thursday – Thanksgiving, 9AM

Everyone knows about Black Friday, but I ‘n’ I was celebrating Green Thursday with a stop at Planet 13 dispensary. I ‘n’ I am a big fan of the buy 2 get 1 type of sales.

Hilarious to watch cabs and Uber drop offs, one after another, at 9 AM ON A HOLIDAY MORNING!

I ‘n’ I am a connoisseur of T-shirts. Usually Reggae or UFO, Anunnaki. This was my T’giving attire:

Right at the door, two people complimented my Alien Claus apparel. “Robert? Rachel will see you now.” What, another female budtender catering to my THC needs? No way!

#3 who loved my Alien Astronaut apparel. I ‘n’ I told her I was gonna be cratedigging from about 10am to 8pm on Black Friday and needed some “spinach” for the stamina.

Banana Kush. I’m sure there is some potassium in there for I ‘n’ I. Thanks, Rachel. Another fiver in the tip jar. (I’m not nearly that generous at the coffee shop.) Chocolate drops for the movie I was about to see…

  • Doctor Sleep – The sequel to Stephen King’s The Shining. Bought my ticket, the dread at the counter hailed up my Alien Elf shirt (#4). The girl selling me popcorn and soda liked it as well (#5). Disturbing scene in that movie that haunted me on my way back.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner:  Online at the buffet (#6) woman asked me where I bought my T Shirt. #7 Lady at the sales kiosk commented as well

Black Friday. Start with the breakfast of champions, and begin my cratedig. The two main major stores in Vegas are called Zia Records. There are two other small stores called Record City and 3-4 other boutique vinyl shops. Found nothing at 2 but some unique 12″ mix vinyl at the Henderson shop.

Chatted up the owner at Moondog Records, and apologized for not buying more. He had an excellent Reggae vinyl selection, but I had everything he was selling of value except one piece of vinyl. (Last year I dropped nearly $200 there.)

I ‘n’ I gonna rinse out what I purchased on Smile Jamaica 12/7

  • Saturday: All good things must come to an end. Packed up and headed into what I was afraid could be nasty roads. Smooth sailing until a butane truck jack-knifed outside of Lehi. Stuck for an hour before I took the exit into town. Smart decision. Traffic didn’t move again until 7PM. 5 hours later.

So, being away from Smile Jamaica, here is a three hour Digital Dubplate for the weekly roots fix.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica – Roots Reggae A-Z

0 – 30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Enjoy Yourself; Sankofa (Bonjo I) ’97
  • Burning Spear – Ethiopians Live It Out; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Culture – See Them a Come 12″; Two Sevens Clash (Deluxe Edition)  (Shanachie) ’77
  • Dub Pistols – Bad Card; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012
  • Easy Star All-Stars –  Great Gig in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 Pink Floyd cover

 

  • Fred Locks – Culturally (Tan Yah) ’95
  • General Echo – Bathroom Sex;  12″ of Pleasure (Greensleeves) ’80
  • Heavy Manners – Taking the Queen to Tea; Heavier Than Now (NoVo) ’95 Chicago group: herbtune w/ female vox
  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ’84
  • John Brown’s Body – Rainbow Chariot; Among them (Shanachie) ’99
  • King Tubby – Mine Field; Roots of Dub (Clocktower) ’76
  • Led Zeppelin – Dy’er Mak’er; Houses of the Holy (Atlantic) ’73

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Lively Up Yourself; Live! (Tuff Gong) ’75
  • Noiseshaper – Bushmaster; Rough Out There (Collision) 2005 Jah-strian dubbers
  • Johnny Osbourne – Curly Locks Girl; Never Stop Fighting (Greensleeves) ’82
  • Prince Buster feat. Bunny & Skitter – Chubby; Prince Buster Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Prince Buster) ’61 nyahbinghi
  • Queen Majeeda – Earth Rightful Ruler; Conscious (Heartbeat) ’93 dub poet
  • Rolling Stones – Luxury; Its’s Only Rock and Roll (Rolling Stone) ’74

  • Sister Carol – Man to Man; Lyrically Potent (Heartbeat) ’96 Bob Marley’s Who the Cap Fit
  • Tenor Saw – Lots of Signs + Dub; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • UB40 – Tyler; Signing Off (Sound/DEP) ’80
  • Vulcans – Journey into Space (Trojan) ’72
  • Wailing Souls – Things and Time; Very Best Of (Greensleeves) 
  • X-O-Dus – English Black Boys; 12″ (Factory) ’80

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84
  • Zion Train – Customs Check; Passage to Indica (Universal Egg) ’93 UK mutant dub w/ female vox
  • 10 Foot Ganja Plant – 10 Foot Ganja Plant and Wee; Bushrock (ROIR) 2009 US
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB)  ’78 Smokey Robinson cover; 2 sisters and a cousin
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Palestine; Back to Roots (Acid Jazz) ’95 UK dub poet
  • Yabby You – Fire, Fire; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’79?
  • Bob Marley – Exodus (Kindread Spirit Mix); CD Single (Tuff Gong)  ’92 rmx

  • Warrior Charge feat. Blu Miller – Vampires; No Foundation, No House (Beat) 2006 w/ female vox
  • Version Xcursion feat. Katie Murph  – Pushing Flowers; Version Xcursion (vx) 2005
  • U Roy – Jah Son of Africa; Jah Son of Africa (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Peter Tosh & Mick Jagger – Walk and Don’t Look Back; Mystic Man (EMI America) ’78
  • Saint Germain – Dub Revolution II; Boulevard (F Communications) ’95 French mutant dub
  • Rhythm & Sound feat. Jennifer Lara – Queen in My Empire; King in My Empire (Rhythm & Sound) 2003 mutant dub mix