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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 – Wailers Family Stories!

Greetings,

I ‘n’ I just have time to share 3 Wailers Family Tree stories:

Why Jamaicans called Peter Tosh – Peter Touch (1); 1 min. 46

Aesop’s fable about the craven choke puppy (2); 26 sec.

Haile Selassie’s speech to the United Nations, in Amharic, chanting down war (3); 32 sec.

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 9, 2019 annotated playlist: 36 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Cimarons – Reggae Time; In Time (Trojan) ’75 UK vinyl

<Cimarons in Jamaica; 29 sec.>

  • Studio One Band – A Gal Dem a Lie; Jucks Dub vol. 2 (Studio One) ’77 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Eclipse – Let Jah Be the One; Corrupted Society (Bristol Reggae Archive) ’81 UK
  • Aisha – Downpressor; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Barry Brown – Give Thanks; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Charley Ace – Country Boy; Impact! (Soul Jazz) ’73 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Jacob Miller – Tired Fe Lick Weed in a Bush; Hi Grade Ganja Anthems (Greensleeves) ’75 herb tune
  • Don Carlos – Here I Come; 12″ (Live & Learn) ’82 DC

Set 2:

  • Lloyd Parks & Hugh Brown – Into the Night; Music Works vol. 2: Lovers Dancehall (Red Arrow) ’81 Benny Mardones pop cover
  • Lucky Dube – War and Crime; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Elen Melgarejo – Lose to Find; Temple of I & I (ESL)
  • Gladiators – Pocket Money; 12″ (Virgin Front Line) ’81 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 30 Years

  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting (Studio One) ’73
  • Gregory Isaacs – How Long (Extended); Love Is Overdue (Heartbeat) ’74
  • I Roy – Everybody Ballin’; Musical Shark Attack (Virgin Front Line) ’76
  • Senya – Children of the Ghetto; Cobra Style (Heartbeat) ’76 roots dawta

Set 4:

  • Smashmouth – Virgin Girl; Half Baked soundtrack (MCA) ’97 Eek a Mouse/herbal cover
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 Bob Marley cover
  • Ruts DC – Weakheart (Rob Smith rmx); King Size Dub (Echo Beach) punk dub rmx
  • Carl McDonald – Jah Is Coming; 12″ (Makdon) ’87 US
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub: Commandments of Dub Chapter 9 (Jah Shaka) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Pluto – I Shot the Sheriff; Ramgoat (Wild Flower) ’74 JA Bob Marley cover
  • The Specials – Why?; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone UK ska picture sleeve
  • Mikey Dread – Barber Saloon; Dread at the Controls (Trojan) ’79 UK
  • Chalawa – Jah Collie Herb; Capture Land (Green Weenie) ’78 Can. herb tune
  • Casselberry & DuPree – War; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Jahwaukee; Bob Marley cover/Haile Selassie UN speech
folk reggae dawta duo covers Bob Marley/Haile Selassie

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Peter Tosh – Hoot Nanny Hoot (Studio One) ’65 ska take: Wailers Family Tree Set
  • Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Wanted (bootleg) 9/29/81 The Ritz: NYC
  • Bunny Wailer – Craven Choke Puppy; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob Marley songs for 50 years
  • Haile Selassie I, Bob Marley & Buffalo Bill; War/Selassie Is the Chapel; 12″ (Human Race) Selassie speech to UN
  • King Jammy Meets Dry & Heavy***End of Set 6

Set 7: Mutant Dub Roots Dawtas

  • Morcheeba feat. Skye Edwards – Small Town; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96: Mutant Dub Roots Dawta set
  • Bush Chemists feat. Talawa – Dub of Nations; Light Up Your Chalice (Dubhead) ’99
  • Alpha & Omega feat. Sonia Pensar & Ital Lion – Sapno Mei; Jonah Dan: Spirit of the Ancients (Inner Sanctuary) 2004
  • Afro Mystic – The Odyssey; Morphology (OM) 2003
  • Massive Attack feat. Shara Nelson – Daydreaming; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91
  • Natacha Atlas – Amulet; Halim (Nation) ’97 Belgian/Arabic/Sephardic chanteuse

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Mar. 9, 2019: Lucifer, Ancient Aliens & Smile Jamaica!

Lucifer cast out of Heaven

Greetings,

Sipping bourbon and preventing glaucoma with my bredrins Mike and Aquaboy. Mike was regaling me with a story about his next door neighbor. The Satantist.

The Satanist who loves Smile Jamaica. 38 sec.

So I “dedicated” rather than “liIvicated” Junior Murvin’s classic, Lucifer on air to the Roots loving Son of Satan. With the spooky Lee “Scratch” (Scratch as in the Devil) Perry Black Ark vibe it really fit the mood.

But did you know that  there is an Ancient Aliens connection to Lucifer?

Lucifer and the Planet Venus

Lucifer: Satan’s accomplice or planetary phenomenon

It works like this:

<Lucifer, Venus and Ishtar; 53 sec.>

  1. Lucifer is what the Romans called the Planet Venus
  2. The Romans were influenced by the Sumerians/Assyrians-Babylonians. The Goddess Inanna, commonly known as Ishtar, was affiliated with Venus.
  3.  Ishtar visited the Underworld where she was killed and then resurrected after three days. “Cast out of heaven.”
The Goddess Isthar Descends to the Underworld.

The stories you might hear on a Reggae program. Stay tuned for what comes next!

bless, Bobbylon

Anton Lavey, of the Church of Satan

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 9, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 57 sec.

Set 1:

  • Dennis Brown – Oh Mother; Visions of Dennis Brown (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl
  • Black Uhuru + Sly & Robbie – Dub Town; Positive Dub (RAS) ’87 DC vinyl dub album of the hour. Hand painted sleeve
  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Rykodisc) ’84. Bob’s Mom covers The Wailers
  • Big Joe – Wicked Ah Watch and Peep; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78
  • The Pioneers – Live and Love; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’72
  • Culture – International Herb; International Herb (Shanachie) ’79 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Al Campbell – Collie Herb; 12″ (Jah Life) early 80’s Brooklyn herbtune
Rare hand painted vinyl sleeve

Set 2:

  • Dry & Heavy – Bright Shining Star;  From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • The Ethiopians – One Heart; Owner Fe De Yard (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’94
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – You Got My Love (All Day All Night); Spirit of Music (Elektra) ’99 Bob Marley cover
  • Delroy Wilson – I Am Telling You; 12″ (12 Star) ’80 NY

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

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

<Europe and America love Reggae b/c of this movie; 36 sec.>

  • Aisha Morrison – Ethiopia; Stay Red (Esoldun) mid 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Please Jah Jah; Prison Oval Rock (RAS) ’84
  • Aswad – Ways of the Lord 12″; New Chapter (Reissue) (Columbia/Legacy) ’81
  • Tenor Saw – Surely Dub; Fever Dub (Blue Mountain/RAS) ’85
Wailers – Catch a Fire plus THTC led to US and Europe’s love of Roots Reggae

Set 4:

  • Daweh Congo – One Day; Ghetto Skyline (Goldheart) 2008
  • Rasheda – Hail H.I.M.; Foundation Roots in Dub (Foundation) ’95
  • The Specials – Friday Night, Saturday Morning; 12″ EP (2 Tone) ’82 UK 2 Tone ska picture
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers feat. Wong Chu – Keep On Moving; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Stepping (sic) (High Note) ’79 JA
  • Three Dimension; Roadblock; Three Dimension (Nubian) ’89 UK hertune
  • Yellowman – Which One of Them Wear the Ring; Yellowman Has Arrived With Toyan (Joe Gibbs) ’82 Miami
  • The Vision – Reality Dub; Dub Vision (Funfundzierg) ’88 Germ. green vinyl
  • Session feat. Azeem – Tribute to Marley; Tribute to Bob Marley (M. Al’s) ’81 Oakland

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Wings of a Dove; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 original; ’74 re-release JA vinyl

<Wings of a Dove; 2 min.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Zion Train; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95: 50 Bob Marley covers for his 50th birthdaya
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Roots Radics and Bunny Wailer – Whrly Girly Dub; Dub D’sco vol. 2 (RAS/Solomonic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Joseph Cotton & Janet Lee Davis – No Touch the Style; Fashion in Fine Style vol. 1 (Bristol Reggae Archives) ’87
  • Ken Boothe – Can’t You See; 10″ (Trojan) ’68 rock steady/’71 w/ dj soul shouts

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley – Them Belly Full (But We Hungry); Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell ambient translations:
  • Dubblestandart feat. Dillinger – 10 Tons of Dope (Sounds from the Ground Rmx); King Size Dub Chapter 9 (Echo Beach) 2003 Germ. herbtune
  • DJ /Rupture – Leech Wisdom; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat6) 2004 dubstep
  • Dub Syndicate feat. Junior Reid – God Is a Man; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK
  • Thievery Corporation feat. LouLou Ghelikhani – Le Coueur; Saudade (ESL) 2014 DC w/ French female vox

Words of Wisdom:

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-tober 20, 2018 – Oh, Bumba Klaat!

Greetings,

Jah-tober 20th Smile Jamaica, livicated to the late great Peter Tosh – born Oct. 19, 1947.

Jah-tober is Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica,

Peter was at the pinnacle of the masses of Reggae songs devoted to the Halloween menagerie: vampires, ghosts (duppies in Jamaica), witches, mummies, anti-Christs, zombies and general evil. I and I have hundreds of Jah-loween tunes on CD, black wax: LP, 12″, 10″ and 7″.

Peter’s additions to the canon?

  • Dracula
  • Vampire
  • Mark of the Beast – about his brutal beating at the hands of Jamaican cops
  • Jumbie Jamboree – ska update of a classic soca song about the cousin of the duppy – jumbies.
  • With the Wailers: Mr. Brown (who drives around in a coffin) and Duppy Conqueror.

There is one more….

My very first Reggae LP was Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive; Christmas 1981. Thanks mom!

My American copy had this track list:

Coming In Hot 3:37
Nothing But Love 5:01
Reggae-Mylitis 6:31
The Poor Man Feel It 4:09
Cold Blood 4:37
Wanted Dread And Alive 4:24
Rastafari Is 6:14
That’s What They Will Do 4:35
Fools Die

It was only after I got into Reggae that I discovered that was not the intended track list.

For European markets: lose Poor Man Feel It, Cold Blood and That’s What They Will Do. Substitute: Rok With Me, Guide Me From My Friends and Oh, Bumbo Klaat.

Peter’s tale of how a Jamaican spirit (Duppy) had him paralyzed. The only way to free himself from malevolent possession was to scream the Jamaican equivalent of Mother F******: Oh Bumbo Klaat

Bum: coarse word for our four letter “c” word. Klaat as in cloth – menstrual rags, not to be indelicate.

Such a foul epithet would horrify Jamaicans to hear uttered anywhere. But Peter mustered all his energy and burst out: OH BUMBA KLAAT

The duppy was so shocked at hearing such an utterance that he let go of Peter and the Stepping Razor broke free of his paralysis:

<Smile Jamaica story on Peter’s possession: Oh Bumbo Klaat; 102 sec.

Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

[Verse 4]
One night, an evil spirit held me down
I could not make one single sound
Until Jah told me, “Son, use the word”
And now I’m as free as a bird

[Chorus]
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat
Oh bumbo klaat, oh ras klaat

***

I was very happy to be cratedigging in SLC, at Get In Here Records  I scored the above 12″ black wax aboved.

Tosh’s tragic end belied an “Omen”. I had just got into Reggae bigly as 45 would say around Sept. ’86. A year later I was working at Graywhale CD and used my employee discount to buy 2 CDs:

  1. Ramones – Halfway to Sanity
  2. Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War.

I think the Tosh album dropped on Sept. 3, 1987. On Sept. 12, I remember going to the SLC airport to pick up my sister off the plane. On page 2 of the paper that morning:

Reggae singer Peter Tosh killed in Jamaica.

Peter Tosh dead on, …wait for it: Sept. 11.

The other 9/11 tragedy

Peter the mystic did not go quietly to Jah’s Heavenly Choir. He got his “revenge” on his birthday that year: Oct. 19, 1987:

<Peter Tosh murder: Sept. 11, 1987. Black Monday – Oct. 19, 1987; 75 sec.>

Black Monday was the worst stock market collapse since the Great Depression. Only, since, eclipsed by the Great Recession of 2008.

Dow Jones stock market lost 22.6% of its valuation in one day. Peter Tosh exacted his revenge against the “shystem” in A-sad-ica. Because for the poor there is nothing “merry” about America.

Poor man feel it, indeed!

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 20, 2018 – Annotated Playlist: 67 sec. 

  • Anicia Banks – Thank You Lord; 7″ (Ashandan) ’77 Curtis Mayfield/Bob Marley cover
  • Dread and Fred – Dub Connection; Powerhouse (Dub Venture) ’96 UK vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Max Romeo – I Chase the Devil; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Sister Carol – Blackman Time; Call Mi Sister Carol (Heartbeat) ’94 I Roy update
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Live at the Maritime Hall San Francisco (2B1) 2001 Police cover
  • Johnny Clarke – Easy Skanking; Tribute to Bob Marley in a Dancehall (Rhino UK) ’78 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; Bob Marley cover
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry & Full Experience- Disco Devil; 12″ (Upsetter) ’77 update of Max Romeo

Set 2:

  • Yabby You – Anti Christ; One Love, One Heart (Shanachie) ’83 comp.
  • Garland Jeffreys – We the People; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 Dennis Bovell 12″ mix
  • Wendy Shaw – Sensimilla Crisis; Sing Out (Izachaar Muzik) mid 90’s herbtune

<North Dakota. Next to legalize?; 16 sec.>

  • Moses – When the Vampire (Comes to Your Neighbourhood); 12″ (Wackies) ’82 Bronx

<Vampire = Informers in Jamaica>

10 down 40 to go

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45 Jah-loween

  • Dennis Alcapone – Mr. Brown; 7″ (Observer) ’70 Mr. Brown in his coffin

<Mr. Brown, the talk of the town in his coffin; 49 sec.>

  • Yami Bolo – Traitors; 7″ (Yam Euphony) Traitors = Vampires
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7″ (Sir J.J.) ’72
  • Lone Ranger – Frankenstine (sic); 7″ (Greedy Puppy) ’79
  • Twinkle Brothers – Mark of the Beast; 7″ (Twinkle) 2000
  • 4th Street Orchestra – Rolling Down the River; Yuh Learn! (Rama) ’77 Dennis Bovell dub album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Wailing Wailers – I’m Still Waiting; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA vinyl

<Song story: I’m Still Waiting; 79 sec.>

  • Mad Professor feat. Love Clinic – Studio 54 Dub; Black Liberation Dub 5 (Ariwa) cover of Blondie’s Rapture w/ female group
  • Don Carlos – Night Rider (In Danger); Deeply Concerned (RAS) ’87 I’m a ghostbuster
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12″ (2 Tone) ’81 UK 2 Tone ska

<Ghost Town – fighting closed the clubs down; 39 sec.>

Set : Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween

  • Inner Circle – Duppy or Gunman; Rock the Boat (Trojan) ’74 UK Ernie Smith; Duppy = Jamaican ghost – Vinyl is Vital Jah-loween
  • The Ethiopians – Satan’s Kingdom; No Baptism (Crystal) ’70 JA
  • U Roy – Evil Doers; Crucial Cuts (Virgin Front Line) ’83 UK comp. dj to Gladiators
  • Leo Graham & the Upsetters – Voodooism + Dub; Voodooism (Anachron) ’89 Neth. Black Ark reissue

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween

  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’75: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 Years – Jah-loween
  • Yellowman & Fathead – Me Kill Barnie; Them a Mad Over Me (Hitbound) ’82 about Soap Opera vampire Barnabas Collins

<Please sir. May I have a cup of blood?>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’86
  • Scientist – The Mummy’s Shroud; Rids the World of the Evil Curse of the Vampire (Greensleeves) ’81
  • The Revolutionaries – False Ruler Dub; Kool Roots Dub (Pressure Sounds) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
Barnabas Collins

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree Jah-loween

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumba Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’81
  • The Wailers – Duppy Conqueror; Live 1973-1975 (Starucks) 11/23/73 Live at Leeds Polytechnic
  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 even the lions fear him
  • Peter Tosh – Jumbie Jamboree; The Toughest (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’64? Jumbie = ghost

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Heavweight Dub Champion – Exorcism; Return of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009: Boulder, Collie-rado
  • Alpha & Omega – Mystical Things; Mystical Things (BSI) 2001 UK trance dub
  • Got to Move feat. Bim Sherman – Melting Pot pt. 2 (The Mix); King Size Dub Chapter 1 (Echo Beach) ’95
  • Mungo’s Hi Fi feat. Pupajim – Boat People; Forward Ever (Scotch Bonnett) 2011 UK
  • Weeding Dub feat. Humble-I – Sound of Reality; Sound of Reality (Control Tower) 2009 Fr. herb tune
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Femi Kuti – Vampire; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 Best of

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 4, 2018 (Podcast and Playlist) – 96 Degrees in the Shade!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 4, 2018; 77 sec.

Set 1:

  • Joe Axumite – Home to Africa; 10” EP (Wackies) ’79 Bronx, NY vinyl
  • Creation Rebel – Starship Africa; Starship Africa (ON U Sound) ’80 UK dub vinyl album of the hour
  • Third World – 1865 (96 Degrees in the Shade); Reggae Sunsplash ’81 (Elektra) ‘81

<Jamaican revolutionaries on the gallows pole – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 44 sec.>

  • Zema – Firefall; Jubilee (Melchizedek) 2009 So Cal dawta
  • Keith Hudson – Darkest Night; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘74
  • Pato Banton – Don’t Sniff Coke; Live at Maritime Hall (2B1) 2001 in San Franciso: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dillinger – Melting Pot; 12” (A & M) ’81 US picture sleeve

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Bad Card; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 – 50 Bob songs for Bob’s 50th birthday
  • Ijahman Levi – Bob & Friends Over There; Inside Out (Tree Roots) ’89 Reggae heroes tribute
  • Barbara Paige – Babylon Must Fall; Women in Reggae (Shanachie) ‘83
  • Winston Samuels – Moving On; 10” (Clintones)

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years

  • Rita Marley – Play, Play; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ’80 
  • Abyssinians – Good Lord; Satta Amassagana (Heartbeat) ‘76
  • Bingy Bunny & the Morwells – Jah Lion; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS) ‘81
  • Black Uhuru – General Penitentiary; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ‘80
  • Jah “Pecker” Pelicaho & the Wailers – 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-pon Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • The Specials – Too Hot; Too Much Too Young (Receiver) ‘79 2 Tone UK ska live at Aston University

<Violence in the British clubs: Racist skins vs. Rock against Racism; 23 sec.>  

  • Aswad – Ire Up; Aswad (Mango) ’76 UK
  • Hollie Cook – Looking For Real Love; Twice (Mr. Bongo) 2014 UK dawta
  • Earl Sixteen & Nick Manassah – Going to Africa + Out of Babylon; 10” (Merge) 2006 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Wailing Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA

<One Love; 72 sec.>

 

  • Full Experience – Nar Soh, So It Stay; Aura Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry at Black Ark Studio  – ’76 Fr.
  • Niney the Observer – King Duppy; Nuclear Jammin’ (Voiceprint) ’86 Chicago
  • Peter Culture – Coconut Chalwah; Behold (Top Beat) 2002 UK 10”
  • Peter Tosh – Babylon Your Queendom is Falling; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 Live at the Roxy, LA CA

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman (Mango) ’82 soundtrack
  • Norma Frazer – First Cut Is the Deepest; Full Up (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 Cat Stevens cover
  • The Gladiators – Happy Man 12”; Studio One Singles (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘77

<Disco in Jamaica 33 sec.;>

  • Prince Lincoln & the Royal Rasses – Interstellar Overdub; Vortex Dub (Orange Street) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae Set

  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 Peter Tosh cover

<Happy Birthday Jerry!44 sec. >

  • Johnny Nash – Guava Jelly; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 Bob Marley cover
  • The Clash feat. Mikey Dread – Living in Fame; Sandinista! (Epic) ’80 w/ reggae toaster
  • Grace Jones – Sunset Sunrise; Hurricane + Hurricane Dub (Wall of Sound) 2011

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Beat Pharmacy – Keef; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South Africa: Mutant Dub Set
  • The Orb feat. Aki Mora – Once More; Cydonia (Island) ’99 w/ female vox
  • Bush Chemists – Firing Dub; Light Up Your Spliff (Conscious Sounds) ’96 UK
  • Jalal – Mankind; 10” (ON U Sound) ’93 UK – Last Poets singer, picture sleeve
Last Poets – the original rappers

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

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – The Good Son!

The Healing of the Nation

Greetings,

<Digital story on my parents’ excursion into Medical Marijuana; 1 min. 46 sec.>

As an amateur missionary for the benefits of medical marijuana, I had been relaying the story of my parents’ excursions into Seven Leaf pain relief on the past two episodes of Smile Jamaica.

My parents just became snowbirds from Northern Montana to Sun City West, Arizona

Christmas 2017 in the homeland

My Mom has knee pain, anxiety and sleep issues and my dad: neuropathy, back pain and carpal tunnel issues. Last week I told the story about taking my Dad in to get a Medical MJ card.

<Medical Marijuana for Ma and Pa; 90 sec.>

Took a week to get the card, and I was back in Utah. So they went to the dispensary and had a little shopping spree

  1. pain relief pills
  2. topical CBD ointment
  3. pain patch

Because they bought so much and were first time customers, they got a free vape pen. And bought a 4 to 1; CBD to THC cartridge.

Better than Walgreens or CVS

Long story short: they call me for guidance on how to work the vape pen. Trial and error and voila! My parents are vaping like Bob & Rita Marley.

And hour later I get another call….”We’re not feeling anything.” I said, you got the stuff that doesn’t “feel”.  Oh. Ok.

Last Sunday I call and looks like Mom wants to try a little more kick to her healing regimen. Why not? It’s medicinal and legal.

Last Friday my sister texts me: Mom and Dad just had a toke!

Me: Cheech & Chong!

Sis: 

Me: 

I had a listener call me after I told this story and we got into a discussion about having parents who are sick of the pills, cost and side effects of the Pharmaceutical Industrial Complex

Once the (recent) stigma of weed is overcome through the relief of daily pain and social anxiety, cannabis reclaims its rightful place in our 10,000 year history of the Seven Leaf plant.

Revelation 22:2King James Version (KJV)

In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

As I concluded my reasoning with the caller on the benefits of cannabis for our parents, he said, “You know Robert? You’re a good son.”

And I said, I really want my parents to enjoy their retirement pain free and unencumbered by the daily pill regimen they are currently under. However, I am definitely taking my vape pen with me on my next visit to Sun City West.

A little dab will do ya!

Bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-nuary 13, 2018 – Annotated Playlist; 1 min. 20 sec.

Set 1:

  • Soul Syndicate – King’s Highway; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • Winston Edwards – Natty Dub; Natty Locks Dub (Studio 16) ’74 UK vinyl dub album of the hour 
  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83
  • Rupie Dan and Jennifer Gad – Blazing Fire; Solid Foundation (Flag) ’92
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) ’81 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; 10″ (Lion & Roots) ’98 UK 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Tosh & the Wailers – 400 Years; Peter Tosh & Friends (Upsetter0 ’70 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<400 Years  – The Middle Passage; 35 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Forever Loving Jah; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob Marley covers
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live at the Rainbow Theatre, London; June 1977

<Exodus Live inna London June 1977; 46 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12″ (Shanachie) ’80 US picture sleeve

Set 3:

  • Wingless Angels – Inviting You + Shady Tree; Wingless Angels II (Mindless) ’96 Keith Richards, Justin Hinds; nyah drums

<Keith Richards on Smile Jamaica? WTF?; 32 sec.>

  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; LIttle Baggariddim (A & M) ’85 EP
  • King Kong – Unity; Rumble Jumble Life (Massive B) 2005
  • Grace Nelson – Jah Is Real; Ire Hi Fi – Play de Music (Plant Music) 2007 Germ.
  • Lee Perry & the Upsetters – Jah; Black Ark in Dub (Upsetter) ’77 Dub Album of the hour

Set 4:

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru
  • Bush Chemists feat. Ras I – Borderline; Light Up Your Chalice (Conscious Sounds) ’99 UK mutant dub
  • Super Chick – Bees Man; 10″ (Channel One) ’83
Michael Rose, Puma Jones and Duckie Simpson – The group that got me into Reggae

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – International Style; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Laurel Aitken – Je t’aimerai toujours ( I Love You, Yes I Do!)  ; Eskapade en France (Unicorn) ’90 Fr. ska EP
  • The Specials – Sock it to ’em J.B.!; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK tribute to neoliberal hitman, James Bond
  • Chalice; Dangerous Disturbances; Stand Up! (CSA) ’85 UK
  • Amp-Ech – Living Dead + Version; Against Injustice (Amp-Ech) ’87 JA
Ska praise to neoliberal hitman, James Bond

Set 6″ Roots Dawtas Rockers – Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ years

  • Patti Smith Group – Ain’t It Strange; Radio Ethiopia (Arista) ’76
  • Joan Armatrading – I Can’t Lie to Myself; Walking Under Ladders (A & M) ’81; feat. Sly & Robbie
  • Tom Tom Club – Bamboo Town; Close to the Bone (Sire) ’83; Tina & Chris from Talking Heads
  • Martha Velez – Bend Down Low; Escape from Babylon (Sire) ’76: Bob cover, Bob production, Wailers & I-Three. Lee Perry engineer
You’ve got dub in my proto-punk rock

Set 7:

  • Tapper Zukie – Chalice to Chalice; MPLA (Virgin Front Line) ’78 herbtune
  • Jimmy Cliff – I Can See Clearly Now; Cool Runnings Soundtrack (Chaos) ’93 cover of Johnny Nash 
  • Don Evans & the Paragons – Danger in Your Eyes; Full Up – More Hits From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’76 
  • Sis Aesha (sic)  & Robbie Valentine – King Selassie I + Conditions; 10″ (Sip a Cup)  2001 UK
8 down, 42 to go!

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Luciano & Sis Sanae – What You Gonna Do Now + Free Jah Children; Abassi All-Stars Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Solomon and Sheba; Overstanding (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Afrika Youth; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation)  2001 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Night Flight dub; Meet King Jammy in the Jaws of the Tiger (BSI)  2000 Jah-pon
  • Charlie P & the Dubateers – Lock Me Up + Dub; Hustle (Dubateers) 2011 UK