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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

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Jah-loween Monster Mashdown!

Nuff Jah-loween today. So don’t get stoned on my tombstone

Greetings,

I sent a Tweet that captures my nearly 30 years spinning Reggae Radio: Smile Jamaica love Halloween or as I call it Jah-loween as much as April 20th.

So I give you a taste of what I’m featuring for three hours Saturday Jah-tober 28th: 4-7 PM Mtn.; KRCL.or or 90.9FM i Salt Lake City.

Ghouls, Vampires, Witches, Frankenstein and The Mummy, Ghosts and Duppies in between Horror movie trailers and spooky soundbites.

<Smile Jamaica’s Jah-loween Monster Bash>

In today’s podcast I give you a preview of Halloween: Monster Hash, UB40, The Specials. 7″ Jamaican Jukebox, Vinyl is Vital and 12″ Disco Mixes.

Mutant Dub and 4 of my favorites from my usual Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years set.

Boo-tiful!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 21, 2017: Annotated Playlist; 55 sec.

bless, I should say curse Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Lion Youth – Easy Skanking; Love Comes and Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear vinyl
  • Hi-Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G. Dub; New York Dub (Top Beat) ’96 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Greatest Hits (Sky High) ‘79
  • Althea & Donna – Jah Music; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Jah Lloyd – Natty Bid Goodbye; Good Old Days of the 70’s (Teams) ‘78
  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 update of Boris Pickett; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Gladiators – Evil Doers; 12” (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Three Little Birds; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 + 2017 Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 40; 50 sec.>

<Three Little Birds – 77 to 2017; 36 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Rock With Me; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 live in Detroit

<Oct. 19 – Peter Tosh birthday and the Black Monday Stock Market crash; 45 sec.>

  • Calman Scott – Devil in the City (Kingston Connexion) ’77 Fr.
Peter Tosh murdered Sept. 11; crashed the stock market on his birthday from the next world 6 weeks later

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ Halloween

  • Jah Fish – Vampire Rock; 7” (Mod) ’72 over Keble Drummond’s “Dangerous”
  • Carl Dawkins – Witchcraft; 7” (Sir JJ) ‘72
  • Freddie McGregor – Mark of the Beast; 7” (Soul Syndicate) ‘78
  • Sky High & the Mau Mau – Cemetary Robbery; 7”
  • Bionic Steve – Bermuda Triangle; 7” (Crystal) ‘80
  • The Wailers – Get Up Stand Up Dub; Wailers Dub (Tabou1) Dub Album of the Hour
Rare 45 from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive

Set 4:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder & Gunjan (female) – Warning Shots; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2005 DC dubbers
  • Afro Omega – Love Letter; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC dubbers w/ female vox
  • Black Slate – Mind Your Motion; Amigo (Ensign) ’80 UK
  • GG All Stars – Vampire Rock; 12” (GG Hit) ’78

Set 5: Jah-loween Vinyl 

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76 

<The Blackheart Man – even the lion fears him; 51 sec.>

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Willi Williams & the Armagideons – Dungeon; Messenger Man (Inland) ’80 Can.
  • Ras Karbi – Babylon Gravestone; Seven Seals (Rockstone) ’84 JA
  • Sly & Robbie – Gravestone Version; 7” (Rockstone) ‘84
Bought for the amazing cover even before I was a Reggae fanatic

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 Years – Halloween Stylee

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone!; 22 sec.>

  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Black Sounds of Freedom (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • King Tubby – Roots of Dub; Roots of Dub (Moll-Selekta) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Terrific bi racial New York soul rocker does reggae for Halloween

Set 7:

  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; More UB40 (DEP/Sound) ‘81
  • The Specials – Ghost Town; 12” (2 Tone) ’81 UK
A song about violence in the clubs. Livicated to the victims of the Mandalay Bay Shooting

Set 8: Mutant Dub Jah-loween

  • Future Pigeon – The Mummy; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA

<The Mummy – roll a lickle spliff w/ di papyrus; 22 sec.>

  • Gorillaz – Ghost Train; G-Sides (Virgin) 2002 UK cartoon group
  • Soho – Zombies Walk the Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK w/ female vox
  • Dan-I & King Kietu – Vampire + Dub Down the Vampire; Rastafari Judgement Fire (Imperial Roots) 2009 Italian dub
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 US – Duppy = Jamaican ghosts
Saturday: Jah-tober 28; 4-7 PM Mtn. Smile Jamica’s Jah-loween: KRCL 90.9 FM krcl.org