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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 5, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-tucky Derby Stylee!

Congrats to 2018 Kentucky Derby winner Justify

Greetings,

Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.

In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.

<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>

And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.

  1. Babylon 2-1
  2. Soul Youth 3-1
  3. Rome – Even
  4. Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
  5. Dreadlocks 8-1
  6. Baldhead 15-1
  • Win! – Dreadlocks
  • Place! – Baldhead
  • Show! – Soul Youth

And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.

Pope Pius couldn’t finish out in the Selassie I Cup and the ambulance was called — Bojangles, ’77

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
  • Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
  • Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
  • Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
  • Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2: Kentucky Derby Set

  • Dillinger – Caymanas Park; 7″ (Well Charge) Kentucky Derby Set; Caymanas Park = J’can race track
  • The Pioneers – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Greatest Hits (Trojan) ’79 UK vinyl
  • The Specials – Longshot Kicked de Bucket; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ’79 Live at Astoria College: Pioneers cover
  • Racefans – Bookie Man; 7″ (Upset) ’70
  • Bojangles – Selassie I Cup; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’77

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Misty in Roots – Judas Iscariot; Live at the Counter Eurovision (Kaz) ’79
  • Judy Mowatt – Concrete Jungle; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Wailers cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Don’t Call I Daddy; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ’75
  • Burning Spear – Down By the Riverside; Creation Rebel (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • African Brothers & King Tubby – Original Dub; African Brothers Meet  King Tubby in Dub (Nature Sounds) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Hollie Cook – Stay Alive; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Flick Wilson – Lucifer; Don’t Give Up Your Culture (Moll-Selekta) ’80
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Merlene Gifford – Solid As a Rock; Chicken Scratch (Heartbeat/Studio One) early Rock Steady
  • Trinity – Healing of the Nation; 12′ (Burning Vibrations) ’82 herbtune
  • Itopia Band – Why; 10″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx
Dawta of a Sex Pistol Slits member. Smile Jlamaica’s favorite Mutant Dubstress

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Black Stalin – Vampire Year; In Ah Earlier Time (Makossa Internation) ’81 Trinidad & Tobago soca 
  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Chalice – Dance Hall Daze; Crossfire (CTS) ’85 JA
  • Bim Sherman & the Voluntary – Keep You Dancing (Century) ’84 UK
  • Desi Roots – Nature Boy; Doing It Right (Hawkeye) ’80 UK

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh – Burial; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Live at the Roxy 11/5/82 Los Angeles
  • Bunny Wailer – One Drop; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 covers of Bob Marley for his 50th birthday
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Who Colt the Game + Dub; Lost Black Ark Sessions (Ascension) rare Lee Perry prod’ns

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Cymande – Brothers on the Slide; Cymande (Sequel) ’74 Dove of Peace – UK Caribeean expats
  • Hot Chocolate – Confetti Day; Every 1’s a Winner (Infinity) ’78 UK
  • David Lindley – Twist & Shout; El Rayo-X (Elektra) ’81 Beatles cover
  • Pretenders – Private Life; Pretenders (Sire) ’80

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • The Archives feat. Ichelle Cole – Boof Baff; The Archives (ESL) 2012 DC w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Bazooke; King Size Dub Volume 2 (Echo Beach) ’96 UK
  • Iration Steppers – Kilimanjaro; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK  
  • Prince David & the Abassi All-Stars – Put Life First; 10″ Humble Lion EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Le Monde; Mirror Conspiracy (ESL) 2000 Fr. female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 17, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – False Flag, Fake News or World War III

Wars and rumors of war

Greetings,

<Cold War 2.0 via Reggae Music; 20 sec.>

I’m worried. Truly. The recent poisoning attack of a Russian double agent in Britain has the world ready to send ambassadors home and fire up the war machine.

“Highly probable.” “Overwhelmingly likely” is what I have seen about this issue. I think before it leads to nuclear confrontation, we need to see Vlad’s fingerprints all over the toxin.

We’ve been down this road before: yellowcake, (phantom) weapons of mass destruction, aluminum tubes. I don’t trust the Deep State warmongers on any they say through their Presstitutes pushing war for ratings.

 

These political cartoons aren’t helping the matter. War is in the air.

<Britain vs. Russia; Saudi Arabia vs. Iran; Turkey vs. United States = World War III; 30 sec.>

So, I do what I always with the only pulpit I have: Reggae music and prophecy about Wars and Rumours of war from the original Cold War.

Oh, and if you think I’m being a nervous nelly. I predicted the whole Facebook scandal as well back in 2008 when I was covering politics for KRCL.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 17, 2018 Annotated Playlist

Set 1:

  • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires w/ The Mighty Sparrow  – Dragon Dance; Sparrow Dragon Again! (Dynamic) ’75 JA vinyl – soca
  • Agrovators – Kaya Dub; Kaya Dub (Attack) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Was a Good Man (Johnny Was); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley covers
  • Rita Marley – Who Feels It Knows It; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’97 Rasta comp        
  • Al Brown – Here I Am Baby; 300% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘73
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja: Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Black Uhuru  – Youth of Eglington; Lunatic Soundtrack (Island) ’91 – riddim shower (1): vox
  • Sly & Robbie – Dub of Eglington; 10” (Island) ’82 UK picture sleeve
Soca vinyl first up on Smile Jamaica

Set 2:

  • Hollie Cook – Ghostly Fading; Vessel of Love (Mr. Bongo) 2018 UK mutant dubstress
  • Dennis Bovell’s Dub Band – School Skanking; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK
  • Trinity – Healing the Nation; 12” (Burning Vibrations) UK herb tune
  • Daweh Congo – Jah Disciple; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2001 UK
Brand new from Mutant Dubstress, dawta of a Sex Pistol

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica – 28+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Ethiopia Salaam; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’85 
  • Gregory Isaacs – Storm; Mr. Isaacs (Shanachie) ‘77
  • I Kong – They Talk About; Africa Calling (Rohit) ’77 Chinese-Jamaican song of producer Leslie Kong
  • Mikey Dread – Everybody Needs a Proper Education; Dread at the Control (Dread at the Control) ‘79
  • E.T. & Randy’s All-Stars – Ordinary Version Chapter 3 – Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide) 2005 comp.: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Nov. 5, 1982 – Roxy in Los Angeles
  • Toots & the Maytals – Hey Jude; Best of Reggae (Sonoma)  2014 Beatles cover
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Minoo – December; 10” EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK mutant dub w/ female vox

Set 5: Vinyl World War III 

  • The Clash – Ivan Meets G.I. Joe; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 US – Vinyl is Vital: World War III Set
  • The Specials – The Man at C & A; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK ska – warning nuclear attack!
  • Ken Boothe – Jah Is My Nuclear Bomb; 12” (Black Solidarity) ’92 Brooklyn3
  • Pablo Moses – Bomb the Nation; Tension (Alligator) ’84 Chicago blues label
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the World War Is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland – youth twins
Cold War 2.0 is the prelude to World War III when Ivan Meets G.I. Joe

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Edi Fitzroy – Dreadlocks Robinson; 7” (Nura): 7” ’83 JA
  • Daughter Cherry – Babylon You Guilty; 7” (High Note) ’77 JA
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensimeina (sic); 7” (Thompson Sound) ’82 JA herb tune
  • Monty Alexander – Runnin’ Away; 7” (Telarc) ’99 Jamaican jazz pianist covers Bob Marley
Simon & Garfunkel rub up

Set 7:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London June 1977

<Exodus from Exodus about Bob’s Exodus; 27 sec.>

  • Version feat. Sista Widey – Put On (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr. w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Version feat. Sista Widey – Put On (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr. w/ female vox
  • Thievery Corporation – Lebanese Blonde; CD Single (4ad) ’98 herb tune w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • The Disciples – Dub Revolution; Lead With the Bass II (Universal Egg) ’96 UK
  • Cosmic Revenge – Drift; Bay Area Dubstep Volume 03 (Full Melt) 2011
  • Dubxanne – Walking on the Moon; King Size Dub Chapter 69 (Echo Beach) 2009 Police cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Can’t Take It Easy; 10” (ON U Sound) UK picture sleeve. Gregory Issacs cover