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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon!

<World politics is like a boxing match: Natty Dreadlocks vs. Babylon; 14 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 16, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 33 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockin’ Time; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • The Revolutionaries – Killer’s Goal Range; Spider’s Web (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl dub album of the week to  I Roy’s The General
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Natty Dreadlocks a Superstar; Free Us Now (ACL) ‘77
  • Hepcat – Dance Wid’ Me; Hepcat; Out of Nowhere (Moon Ska) ’95 LA ska
  • Empress Rasheda – Hail HIM (Acapella); Foundation in Roots vol. 1 (Roots) ’95 UK dubstress
  • Sugar Minott – International Herb; 12” (Stamma) ’83 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Melodians – Get Up and Dance; Irie Feeling (RAS) ‘83

<Adventures in Cratedigging: The Melodians – Irie Feeling; 51 sec.>

Sublime Rock Steady reunion, 1983

Set 2:

  • Afro Omega – Love Emergency; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC mutant dubstress on vox
  • Johnny Clarke – Rebel Soldering; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75

<Soldering = slang for the Jamaican stud; 12 sec.>

  • Prince Alla – Sun Is Shining; More Love (Jah Warrior) 2002 update
  • Misty in Roots – Crying Out For Peace; 1” (People Unite) ’81 UK

Soldering the young girls want

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Bad Brains – I and I Survive; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 punk dub

<HR throat of Bad Brains – weirdest interview I ever did; 40 sec.>

  • Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Burning Spear – Bad to Worst; Fittest of the Fittest (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Don Carlos & Gold – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Raving Tonight (RAS) ‘84
  • Roots Radics – Storming the Death Star; Scientist and Jammy Strike Back (Trojan)
Autographed by HR – throat of Bad Brains

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – Glass House; Honorary Citien (Columbia/Leacy) ’82 live in Calgary, Canada

<If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones!>

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’81 Dutch flute player w/ Word, Sound and Power in JA

<You’ve got jazz flute inna mi roots reggae! 26 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Buckingham Palace; Plantation Heights (Mango) ’76

<Smoking spliff wif Queen Elizabiff! 11 sec.>

  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking (Trojan) ’78 UK
Smoke up the chalice inna Buckingham Palace

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Prince Far I – Natty Champion; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK
  • Barry Brown – Conversation Slip Away; I’m Still Waiting (Rocktone International) ’83 Brooklyn cover of Stephen Stills’ Love the One You’re ith
  • Sister Carol – Black Cinderella; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Eek a Mouse – Sensee Party; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ‘8 UK
  • Three Dimension – Undertaker; Roadblock (Nubian) ’89 UK
Smile Jamaica – the soundtrack to your Sensee Party!

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + new Ziggy rmx

<Exodus 1977 to 2017; 69 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Somebody’s Watching You; Anthem (Island) ’83 Rockwell soul cover

<Rockwell; 31 sec.>

  • Aisha – Don’t Tell Me No More Lies; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Brentford Road All Stars – Moon Ride; Downbeat the Ruler (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70: Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ‘73

<Bob Dylan’s New Morning; 26 sec.>

  • Bush Chemists – Long Time I No Smoke; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) 2001 UK mutant dub herbtune
  • Mungo’s Hi-Fi & Soom T – Bong Bong; 12” EP (Scotch Bonnet) 2013 UK herb mutant dub w/ female vox

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sista Pat – Wires and Watchtowers; Cosmic Game (ESL) 2004 
  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Sensi Man; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 herbtune
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Water the Garden; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ‘82
  • Systemwide – Reclame; Pure and Applied (BSI) 2002
  • Alpha & Omega – Sharu Att Our Aunt (Beginning and End); King and Queen (A & O) ’89 UK trance dub w/ female vox

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Steely Dan’s Reggae Debut!

Cactus Records: Bozeman, MT; my go-to shop from 1983-86

Greetings,

I went to Montana State University in Bozeman from Fall of ’83 to Spring of ’86. I had a studio apartment right around the corner from Cactus Recyords.

I would spend hours there on Saturdays. Buying vinyl. Music magazines like Trouser Press and Spin. (AlreadIy a subscription to Rolling Stone.)  had read in an electronics magazine about these space age inventions called the compact disk.

Aluminum based not vinyl. Harder to scratch or warp. Smaller and lighter so easier to store. For me the best benefit was you could play the whole disk without need to get up and flip the disk over for Side 2.

I wanted these. November ’85 Cactus put up a little rack of these disks. I didn’t even have a CD player yet. So I bought 2 of a very limited stock. The first Fleetwood Mac album (Nicks/Buckingham edition) and Steely Dan a Decade of Hits. I think they each cost $20 which was a fortune in 1985 dollars.

I would stare at them and wait impatiently for Christmas. I had asked for a CD player for the Holiday. Got a Fisher Deck. Mom probably got it from Sears or Montgomery Ward’s.

The deck itself was bare bones. All it did was display track number. No time counter, no programming. I think it had a repeat feature but that was it.

So when Walter Becker, one half of Steely Dan passed away this week, I fetched this disk and livicated the Reggae jam “Babylon Sisters” on this Ark-ive edition of Smile Jamaica

Livicated to Walter Becker; 22 sec.

<Babylon Sisters – turn that jungle music down; 26 sec.>

I can usually find a Reggae jam

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 9, 2017 Annotated Playlist; 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • I Roy – African Continent; The General (Virgin Front Line) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Chalawa – So Much Things to Say Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub vinyl of the hour
  • Bunny Wailer – Cease Fire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 – cease fire and light the chalice: Trump vs. Kim Jong-un

<2  guys w/ bad hair – Cease Fire and light the chalice!; 30 sec.>

  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Chant Down Babylon + Ghettoman Corner; Lambs Bread International (Blood and Fire) ‘79
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Omar Perry & Minoo – Ain’t So Fine + Jah Is Here; 10” EP (Deep Root) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
Always start a Smile Jamaica episode with rare vinyl!

Set 2:

  • Black Uhuru – Sensimilla; Tear It Up – Live (Mango) ’82 live in London; herbtune
  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 cover of Bob’s cover of the Orioles gospel tune
  • Michigan and Smiley – Reggae Ska; Reggae Dance Part (RAS) ‘83
  • Rita Marley – That’s The Way; 12” (Shanachie) ‘81
Duckie Simpson, Michael Rose and the late Puma Jones. My Holy Trinity of Reggae

Set 3: Jamaican Jukebox 7″ 45s

  • Horace Andy – My Soul; 7” (Clintones) 
  • Dyema – Jah-Jah-I; 7” (Paradise) ’77 female singer
  • Georges – The Light’ 7” (More Relation)
  • Ronald Auboine – Unity; 7” (Little Sports)
  • Cecil Barker – Pay the Bills; 7” (Hit Maker) ‘76
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Bum Dub; Moodie in Dub vol. 1 (Moodie) Dub Album of the Hour
Ultra rare out of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

Set 4: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Exodus; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original vs. Ziggy’s rmx: Wailers Family Tree set

<Bob’s Exodus; 93 sec.>

<’77 vs. Ziggy Remix: Exodus title track; 25 sec.>

  • Peter Tosh – Speech; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 Reseda, CA live

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Max Romeo – Bell the Cat; Holding Out My Love to You (Shanachie) ’81 Keith Richards prod’n
  • The Gladiators – That Nuh Right; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 Brooklyn
    Clint Eastwood – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK herbtune
  • Sista Ruby – Think and Wanda; Woman DJ (Keyman) ’99 UK singjay
  • Peter Metro – Metric Connection; Yellowman, Fat Head and the One Peter Metro (Absissa) ’82 JA

<Ancient Aliens and the metric system; 51 sec.>

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Steely Dan – Babylon Sisters; Gaucho (MCA) ’80
  • Garland Jeffreys – Midnight Cane; Garland Jeffreys (Atlantic) ’73 NYC bi racial rocker/soul guy
  • Jerry Garcia Band – Stop That Train; Jerry Garcia Band (Arista) ’91 San Rafael, CA live – Tosh cover
Walter Becker RIP

Set 7: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years: Lee “Scratch” Perry

  • The Upsetters – Tell Me Something Good; Return of the Super Age (Upsetter) ‘78: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years: Lee Perry set (Rufus cover)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry – You Thought I Was Dead; From the Secret Laboratory (Mango) ’90 – Adrian Sherwood co-production
  • Candy McKenzie – Ice Cream; Lee “Scratch” Perry Presents (Trojan) ‘77
  • The Diamonds – Talk About It/Ya-ma Ky; Open the Gate (Trojan) (aka Mighty Diamonds) ‘75
Lee “Scratch” Perry in his mythic Black Ark studio, 1974-1979

Mutant Dub Set

  • DeeDee Bridgewater & UFO – Flying Saucer; Saint-Germain Des-Pres IV (Wagram) 2004 Fr.: Mutant Dub Set
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio (Rewound); Babylon Rewound (ESL) EP: 2004 remixes
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Earl 16 – Stem the Tide; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – Suffer Little Children + Dub Unto Me; Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Alpha & Omega) ’90 UK trance w/ female vox
  • South – Remedies; Groove Corporation Presents Remixes from the Elephant House (Guidance) 2002 UK  

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-gust 26, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist) – Is Smile Jamaica musical torture?

Greetings,

About a month ago I was at breakfast with my best friend Nardo-jan.  After six cups of coffee I was ready to head back to Mission Control for more work in my new Ark-ive. Saturday routine before Smile Jamaica.

Turned over the car battery on my Soob. Whrr, whrr, whrr. Click, click, click. Finally started but I figured my battery was a goner.

My buddy took me to his mechanic and they jumped the queue to get my battery installed.

I asked the girl working the counter if I could have my car back by 3pm. That is my drop dead time for Sugarhouse to KRCL by the SLC airport. I told her I was on the radio and needed to make sure I had time.

She asked me what station I was on. KRCL I said. I do Smile Jamaica. “Oh, that’s you? We listen in the shop and will have it on latter today.”

There was a youth also waiting to pay for his car. He chimed in. “My Uncle makes me listen to that show.” Not a big fan I take it? “Nah. I like country and classic rock.” He gave me the baleful look of someone who was not impressed.

So, I guess not everyone thinks Smile Jamaica is “all killer, no filler.” Torture!

So I livicated a song to this youth “forced” to listen to Smile Jamaica: Toots Hibbert’s Beautiful Woman. Country & Western.

bless, Bobbylon

<Toots country; 95 sec.>

Listening to Smile Jamaica?

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Annotated Playlist for Jah-gust 26, 2017;90 sec.

Set 1:

  • Sinead O’Connor – Glory of Jah; Theology (2 CD) (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) – live acoustic at the Sugar Club, DUBlin, Ir(ie)land; Nov. 2006

<Sinead O’Connor – beautiful Reggae ballad; 31 sec.>

  • Prince Jammy – Conspiracy on Neptune;  Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) ’82 UK Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Eclipse – Eclipse; Corrupted Society (British Reggae Archive) ’78 UK

<Eclipse rewind; 38 sec.>

  • Trevor Hartley – Love You More; Hartical (Jove) ’94 UK Lovers rock
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 dub-hop
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 picture sleeve: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<One Draw – Smile Jamaica rmx; 3 min. 52 sec.>

Reggae from DUBl-lin IrieLand

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Mystic Man; Live Cuts (Columbia/Legacy) 1982 Calgary, Jah-berta Canada
  • Aswad – Chasin’ for the Breeze; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 UK
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Love Rasta; Free Us Now(ACL) ‘77
  • Abassi All-Stars feat. Minoo – December; No Answer 10″ EP (Universal Egg) 2008 UK mutant dubstress
Gideon Jah Rubbaal – most underrated singer in Reggae

Set 3:

  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – Say People; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Desmond Dekker – Reggae Recipe; Israelites (Trojan) best of
  • Carlton Livingston – Please Mr. DJ; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 Best
  • Love Joys – One Draw; Lovers Rock Showcase (Wackie’s) ’83 female duo covers Rita Marley
  • King Tubby – Many Moods of the King of Dub;  I Am the King vol. 3 (Sprint) Dub Album of the Hour
Please Mr. DJ play that song for me!

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Radics; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Barry Brown – Party Night; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001 modern update
  • Sugar Minott – Ghetto-ology; Ghetto-ology (Easy Star) ‘79 to Sam Cooke’s What a Wonderful World

<a PhD. in Ghetto-ology; 12 sec.>

  • Naffi I – Stand Up; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female dubstress
“Don’t know much about history but I got a PhD. in ghetto-ology”

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital 

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; 12” EP (4th & Broadway) ’83 picture sleeve; E.T. Thorngren rmx
  • Sister Candy – Nation Connection; Laserbeam (Enterprise) ’83 Brooklyn
  • Dillinger – Sammy Jeggae; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK dj to Johnny Clarke’s cover of Bob Marley’s Crazy Baldhead
  • Louie Rankin, Brimstone & Fire & Bobby Culture – Big Big Bust; Tidal Wave (Unicorn) ’83 Santa Monica, CA – herbtune
  • Phillip Parkinson – Control Them; Age of Reggae (Twinkle) ‘84 UK

Set 6: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27+ Years

  • Toots & the Maytals – Beautiful Woman; Knock Out! (Mango) ’81 
  • Johnny Clarke – Cold I Up; Don’t Trouble Trouble (Attack) ‘75
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ’82 dances in JA
  • Akabu – Fate of the World; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK dubstresses
  • Bill Laswell rmx Sly & the Revolutionaries – Cocaine; Dub Massive Chapter One (Trojan) 2005 Dub Album of the Hour
Country Reggae

Set 7:

Bob Marley & the Wailers – The Heathen; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) ’77 original + Ziggy’s new rmx

<Bob’s Exodus – personal and universal; 84 sec.>

<Heathen backweh pon the wall = heaving pate’ on the wall; 37 sec.>

<The Heathen – ’77 original vs. Exodus 40 Ziggy’s rmx; 42 sec.>

Aisha – Raise Your Voice; 12” (Twinkle) ’95 UK

The Heaten – “heaving pate’ on the wall!”

Set 8: UFOria; 8 sec.

  • Nicky Thomas – Doing the Moonwalk; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan) ’72 – UFOria set
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA vinyl
  • The Orb – Little Fluffy Clouds (Heavyweight Dub mix); CD Single (Island) ’91 UK
  • Tena Stelin – UFO; Lion Symbol (Jah Warrior)  ’99 UK
  • Little Boots – Satellite; Nocturnes (On Repeat) 2013 UK electronica w/ female vox

<From  my Twitter feed: Is Nancy Pelosi an Alien? 1 min.>

Words of Wisdom:

 

Smile Jamaica: Digital Dubplate – Mutant Dub Endless Summer!

Greetings,

I am going through a home remodel. Pretty much since the beginning of March, my whole house has been chaotic as the contractor built me a real Ark-Ive. No more having to search through dozens of book boxes looking for that Mutant Dub herbtune recorded by a female singer.

I was handling the topsy turvy nature of workmen, dealing with the contractor, weather delays, etc. 4 months of inconvenience for a lifetime of organization.

The room looks great.  New roof, siding? Awesome.

Time to unpack and fill the shelves in the brand new, good for you, Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive
No more life as a music/media hoarder

Until the garage….the charlatans who sold me my house in 1995 scammed me. Rotted wood of the detached garage on my alley way. Put on dirt, not concrete footings. Filled the walls with cardboard filler and some sort of cotton candy junk. I can’t believe the whole thing never collapsed after 20 years of snow storms on that roof.

So they had to demolish it rather than repair it. $13k later. Parking my car on the street in the Sugarhood. It seems like it’s taking forever.

Has looked like this for 2 weeks. I think they did roofing and siding on my house in about the same time it is taking them to work on the garage. Grrr. Home remodels

Long story short. I had a home emergency right as I was leaving for last week’s Smile Jamaica. I told them I had no choice. I would have to get the show started, try to call a substitute and then rush home.

So I did just that. Got home about 5:30 for a five minute consult. Enjoy this Mutant Dub showcase cooked up in my Secret Dubratory to make amends for cutting and running last Saturday over the Airwaves.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica’s Digital Dubplate: Mutant Dub Endless Summer of 2017

0 – 30 min.

  • Doctor Dread feat. Bob Dylan – I and I Dub; Theremin Dub (Tsosume) 2013
  • 2 Bad Card feat. U Brown – Equality and Justice; Hustling Ability (ON U Sound) ’95 UK + JA DJ
  • Afro Omega – Don’t Stop; Love Emergency (Afro Omega) 2008 SLC lovers-dub w/ female vox
  • African Head Charge – Run Come See; In Charge: Live in Japan (Beat) 2005
  • Audio Active – Ala-Mecka-Bickally Dub; We Are Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) 2005 Jah-pon

30-60 min.

  • Beat Pharmacy – Happy Daze; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South Africa
  • Black Star Liner – Superfly and Bindi; Bengali Bantam Youth Experience (WEA) ’98 UK Hindi-dubbers
  • Alpha & Omega – The Lion’s Den; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2005 UK trance dubbers
  • Ancient Astronauts feat. Phat Old Mamas – Bitter Hypnotic; Into Bass & Time (ESL) 2009 Germ. female vox
  • Creation Rebel and New Age Steppers – Ethos Design; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red) ’81 UK Adrian Sherwood prod’n
  • David Holmes – Mosh It; This Films Crap, Lets Slash the Seats (1500) ’95 jungle
  • Destroy Babylon – Nuh Skin Up + Shades of Hudson; Shadow Army (Music Add) 2008 Keith Hudson cover

60-90 min

  • Samia Farah – Sous Influence; Samia Farah (Small) ’99 Fr.-Tunisian dubstress
  • Bush Chemists – Respect Dubwise; Light Up Your Chalice (Duibhead) ’99 UK
  • Dr. Israel & Dreadtone International – Dread inna Babylon; Patterns of War (ROIR) 2005 Brooklyn
  • Dry & Heavy – Right Track; From Creation (Beat) 2002 Jah-pon
  • Dub Pistols feat. Kitten and The Hip – Bang Bang; Worshipping the Dollar (Sunday Best) 2012 UK w/ female vox
  • Dubchek – Lee Perry; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone) 2001
  • Dubsultan – Yalla Ya Habibi; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) Bozeman, MT Middle East dub 2012
Middle Eastern dub out of Bozeman, MT! My former homestead

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98 UK
  • Dubbelstandart feat. Ari Up – Island Girl; Immigration Dub (Collision) 2007 Jah-stria w/ female vox
  • Future Pigeon – Yuppy Conqueror; Echodelic Sounds of Future Pigeon (Record Collection) 2006 LA
  • Spacemonkeyz vs. Gorillaz – 19/2000 (Jungle Fresh; Laika Come Home (Virgin) 2002 UK
  • Hollie Cook – 99; Twice (Mr. Bongo) UK dubstress 2014 UK dawta of Sex Pistol
Dubbing is a must….True dat!

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Blessed Is the Seed; Survival Guide For the End of Time (Champion Nation) 2002 Boulder, Collie-rado hip hop/dubbers
  • Kid Loco – Cocaine Diana feat.Louise Quinn; Kill Your Darlings (Division One) 2001 Fr.
  • Laurence Harvey – Star Child; Ancient Astronauts (Laurence Harvey)
  • Lee “Scratch” Perry feat. ; From the Secet Laboratory (Mango) ’90 A. Pablo cover
  • Manasseh Meets the Equalizer – Surface Tension; Dub the Millennium (Acid Jazz) ’94 UK
  • Massive Attack – Hymn of the Big Wheel; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Horace Andy on vox

2 & 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 UK w/ female vox
  • Nightmares on Wax – 195lbs.; Thought So (Warp) 2008 UK
  • Ras Command – Kali Dub; In Dub (Red Arrow) ’95 Germ.
  • Natacha Atlas – Duden (Spooky Mix); Remix Collection (Mantra) ’99 Fr./Arab/Jewish Middle East dubmix
  • Thievery Corporation – Exilio; Babylon Rewound (ESL) 2005 DC rmx
Let us save the best for last!

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives (Stream + Tracklist): Jah-gust 12, 2017 – World War 3.0: The Ultimate Bad Hair Day!

<World War 3.0..; 16 sec..>

<…started by 2 guys with bad hair; 51 sec.>

Greetings,

Man am I exhausted by the divisiveness in this country and the world. Seems like we’re lurching to mass destruction through hatred and mean spiritedness. War is the first bag out of the club. Threats of war, sanctions, all negativity for surety.

What can we do? What comes first: Civil War in America or World War 3.0 in East Asia.

Reggae prophesied what happens  when nations result to wars and rumors of wars.

Wish I had something more encouraging to report. But I don’t. So let’s hope we can cool down the pace and get along in the rat race

Have no fear for atomic energy
‘Cause none of them can stop the time

-Bob Marley : Redmeption Song

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Annotated Playlist: Jah-gust 12, 2017; 63 sec.

Set 1:

  • Don Carlos & Gold – Roots Rock Party; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’84 JA vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Hanging on the Wall; Dub Store Special (Studio One) ’74 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Peter Tosh – No Nuclear War; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87

<Tosh’s murder – 1987; 26 sec.>

  • Hugh Mundell – Walk With Jah; King Jammy in Roots (Auralux) ’82

<Mundell’s murder 1983; 30 sec.>

  • Carlton Livingston – 100 Weight of Collie Weed; Retrospect (Grapevine) ’84 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Ask Ed – How people get busted for weed; 43 sec.>

Ed Rosenthal of High Times

3 Ways people get busted:

  1. carelessness
  2. family members/significant others turn you in during quarrels
  3. bad luck/wrong place at the wrong time
  • Naffi I – We Shall Not Want; 10” (Roots Injection) 2007 UK female militant steppers
Augustus Pablo protege murdered in 1983: Hugh Mundell

Set 2:

  • Collie Buddz – Tomorrow’s Another Day Collie Buddz (Columbia) 2007
  • Mike Brooks – Culture; Classical Anthology (Teem) ‘75
  • Aswad – Just a Little Herb; Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 herbtune
  • Marcia Aitken & Trinity/I’m Still in Love + Three Piece Suit (Trojan) ‘77
Collie Buddz

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner; Black Uhuru (Virgin) ’80 

<Black Uhuru – adventures in cratedigging; 37 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Education; Farover (Heartbeat) ‘83
  • Aisha – Hi-Tech; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Mikey Dread – World War III; Beyond World War III (Heartbeat) ‘81
  • Ja-Man All-Stars – Dub Zone; In the Dub Zone (Blood and Fire/Ja-Man) Dub Album of the Hour
Bought my first CD’s for the Ark-Ives at Smokey’s Records; SLC

Set 4:

  • Bunny Wailer – Let Him Go; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Sammy Dread – Independent Dread; Jah Live! (Heartbeat City) ‘98
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old & New Testament (RAS) ’92 herbtune
  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Fab 5 – Ooh?  Wa?; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA 
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Blackboard Jungle (Culture Press) ’84 UK tribute to soap opera vampire Barnabas Collins
  • Della Grant &The Twinkle Brothers – Jah, Jah I’m Calling You (Twinkle) ’91 Oakland, CA
  • Lone Ranger – Collie Weed Style; Love & Happiness (Burning Sounds) ’79 UK to Dawn & Christine herbtune
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World War Is a Must; Cimax (Black Star) ’88 Finland, twins
If the Third World War is a Must!

Set 6:

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

<Bob’s Exodus; 70 sec.>

 

  • Augustus Pablo – Chant to King Selassie I; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’76 Rasta themed comp
  • The Selecter – Train to Skaville 12”; Celebrate the Bullet (Deluxe Edition) (Chrysalis) ‘80 2 Tone UK ska cover of the Ethiopians
  • Jah Shaka – Coronation Dub; Coronation Dub (Jah Shaka) ’89 Commandments of Dub ch. 9:Dub Album of the Hour
Train to Skaville

Set 7:

  • The Jay Boys – African People; Babylon a Fall Down (Trojan) ’72 update of Paul Revere and the Raiders’ Indian Reservation

<African People = Indian Reservation; 19 sec.>

  • Big Joe – World Wide Kaya; At the Control (Jackpot) ’78 herbtune of Ronnie Davis doing Bob Marley
  • Webcam Hi Fi feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love (Tube Dub) 2007 Fr. mutant dubstress
Reggae re-working as African People

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. David Byrne – Dance on Vaseline; Abductions and Reconstructions (ESL) ’99 rmx from Talking Heads 

<David Byrne debut on Smile Jamaica; 16 sec.>

  • Anjali – Space Lust in the Space Dust; Anjali (Wiija) 2000 UK Hindi-dubstress, UFOria
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Junior Kigwe – High Grade; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK herbtune
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together?; The Archives (ESL) 2012 – ½ Thievery Corp; covers Timmy Thomas soul
  • Dubsultan – Salmin Dub; Dub Sultan (Dub Sultan) 2012 Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT!

<Mutant Middle East dub out of Bozeman, MT; 23 sec.>

Herbie Mann, Ella Fitzgerald and now…David Byrne on Smile Jamaica!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 29, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): You’ve got Jazz Vinyl inna mi Roots Reggae!

Herbie Mann – what’s this guy doing on Smile Jamaica?

Greetings,

Doing Reggae Radio for three decades, you do what you can to mix it up and stay out of ruts.

About six weeks ago, a listener Stephen – hit me up on Twitter asking me if I had heard of an obscure Reggae album by a traditional jazz flute player, Herbie Mann.

Indeed I had. My sister lives in Albuquerque. So we meet there for Christmas now, instead of me having to make a 600  mile drive through the frozen North to get to Montana.

Whenever I go anywhere, I pick up the Yellow Pages (now have to do it from their app.) Where are the Record stores?

ABQ has a good boutique shop called Mecca. Past downtown as you get to Old Town. I chat up the owner on soul reissues and what I call Mutant Dub: Dubstep, lounge, experimental ambient.

The tiny shop crammed with disks and cds lends itself to a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Along the lines of the movie High Fidelity

Last Christmas I walk in and he greets me. Reaches behind the counter and pulls out a record. “Now that you’re here, maybe you want this”

It was a copy of herbie Mann “Reggae’. Once I saw the vinyl sleeve and knew it was vintage and not recent, all I had to say was put in on my pile.

1974. Love that era of Reggae and Rock. Everything was real music. Not synthed overdubs.

Legit if Tommy McCook, Mick Taylor and Albert Lee are in the mix

I tend to buy in waves and so I have a queue of about 100 priorities. Vinyl gets played first.

It took me about 6 months for this to jump from the crate to the turntable. Damn good on the riddims and the flute. Nothing soft or cheesy. I don’t know a lot about jazz. But I know an encyclopedia’s worth of Reggae.

When Stephen inquired about this. I dropped the 18 minutes of Side 2 during this week’s Vinyl is Vital segment. Smokey Robinson’s My Girl.

After Tosh and before Marley, that instrumental gem fit hand in glove with the Roots.

3 decades of Smile Jamaica – It’s Reggae when I say it’s Reggae. Gonna play Ella Fitzgerald covering The Cream inna rub  a dub style this Saturday!

bless, robt

Mecca Records on West Central ABQ, New Mex. Shop there. These stores are dying out and it saddens me. My lifestyle is under threat: cratedigging

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-ly 29, 2017 Annotated Playlist: 1 min. 50 sec.

Set 1:

  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA vinyl
  • Augustus Pablo feat. The Crystalites & Big Youth; Melodica Melodies (Trojan) ’81 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Ken Boothe – In the Summertime; Freedom Street (Beverley’s/Jet Set) ’70 – Mungo Jerry cover
  • Wingless Angels – Rasta Army; Wingless Angels vol. II (Mindless) ‘96 – Keith Richards, Justin Hinds nyah group; 18 sec.
  • The Equators – Police on My Back; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska update of Eddy Grant & the Equals
  • Prince Alla – Sensimilla; More Love (Jah Warror) 2002
  • Christine Miller & Roots Hi Tek – The Light; 10” (Roots Hi Tek) 2009
Keith Richards and his Rasta Army

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Rastafari Is; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy)  Nov. 5, 1982 live the Roxy – Los Angeles
  • Jay Tees – Come to Me; 10″ (Music Lab) ’81 JA female duo

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Althea & Donna – Jah Rastafari; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78 
  • Sylford Walker & Welton Irie – Give Thanks and Praise to Jah + Rolling Stone; Lambs Bread International (Blood & Fire) ‘79
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Is Watching You; On the Rocks (Greensleeves) ‘83
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK dub poet
  • E.T & Randy’s All Stars – Ordinary Version 3; Rough Guide to Dub (Rough Guide) 2005 Dub compilation of the hour

Set 4:

  • Mike Brooks – Rum Drinker; Classical Anthology (M-10) herbtune
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ‘86
  • Christine Adelsi – Babylon Shores; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

Herbie Mann – My Girl; Reggae (Atlantic) ’74 – flute player covers Motown w/ the Tommy McCook Band; Request

<New Orleans Jazz flute + Motown Reggae; 90 sec.>

<Flautist Herbie Mann, Mick Taylor -gits; Albert Lee; Tommy McCook Band: 80 sec.>

Set 6:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’77 original
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Natural Mystic (Ziggy rmx); Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) 2017 remix

<Exodus – movement of Bob’s people; 2 min. 45 sec>

<Natural Mystic: Original & Ziggy’s rmx; 40 min.>

  • Mikey Ras Starr – Jah Man of Calvary; Fire & Rain (Makasound) 70’s
  • Judy Mowatt – I Am Not Mechanical; Only a Woman (Shanachie) ‘82
  • Willi Williams & Brentford Rockers– Armagideon Version; Version Dread (Studio One/Tuff Gong) ’82 Studio One Dub Album of the Hour
Bob ’77 & Ziggy 2017 – Version Galore!

Set 7:

  • Rita Marley – A Jah Jah; Who Feels It Knows It (Shanachie) ‘80
  • Dillinger – Crabs in My Pants; Cocaine (Charly) ’83 JA disco
  • Tena Stelin – Intelligent Design; 10” (Dub Corner) 2007 UK mutant dub

<Putting the “fun” in Rasta fundamentalism – Tena Stelin, conspiracy theorist/UFOlogist; 40 sec.>

Tena Stelin – Putting the “fun” in Rasta Fundamentalism, UFOlogy and conspiracy theories

Set 8:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Lou Lou – Time and Space; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers w/ female vox: Mutant Dub Set
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Chemical Specialist (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to Jah Woosh
  •  “Woodpecker Sound”
  • Jeb Loy & the Oil Wells – Things that Made the U.S.; Wild Paarty Sounds vol. 1 (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 UK
  • David Holmes feat. Sarah Cracknell – Gone (Kruder & Dofrmeister Session TM); This Films Crap Let’s Slash the Seats (1500) ‘98

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017 (Stream + Tracklist): Livicated to Ronald Wilson Reagan!

President Raygun regrets funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the Student Loan Program

<Livicated to Ronald Reagan; 10 sec.>

Greetings,

The Rastas called him:

  • Ronald
  • Wilson
  • Reagan – 666

I pay tribute to his legacy in funding the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives through the 80’s student loan program. 30 years ago it was more Pell Grants than 9% Loans.

So I would take the check, put in a savings account and once in the summer and usually once during the Holidays, I would travel to the Bay Area and descend upon the plentiful record stores from Reno to San Jose.

So it is hard not be nostalgic after I have been moving into my 400+ square foot Ark-Ive: 31 sec.

From the Garage:

To the Ark-Ive:

Spent 2k on CD towers to empty out the cardboard boxes and onto shelving. Every Saturday before Smile Jamaica since New Year’s I have prepared for this move.

Now that I am inside the house, I have to make sensi of the entropy. A journey of a thousand miles begins with unloading a single box.

A luta continua – The struggle continues

bless, robt

He did alright for I ‘n’ I

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 24, 2017: Annotated Playlist: 40 sec.

Set 1:

  • Jimmy Riley – Summertime; 12” (DEB) ’76 Porgy & Bess cover
  • Hi Tech Roots Dynamics – M.S.G.; New York Dub (Channel One UK) ’96 UK Vinyl Dub Album of the Hour
  • Aswad – African Children (Part 2); Not Satisfied (Columbia/Legacy) ’82 UK ballad
  • Dennis Brown – Should I; Money in My Pocket (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Gracy & the Herbman Band – Time is the Master; See Me Yah (Funfundvierzig) ’91 Germ. female
  • Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleeves) ’79 UK youth group: 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
“Summertime and the living is easy”

Set 2:

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Notch – True Sons of Zion; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017 DC dubbers
  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Ha Ti Gwan; Dance Massive (Shanachie) ‘92

<grumpy roots guy does dancehall; 25 sec.>

  • The Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska herbtune
  • Christine Adelsi – Life; 10” (King Earthquake) 2012 UK militant steppers
Feelin’ High!

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 27+ Years

  • Black Uhuru – Journey; Red (Mango) ’81
  • Jean Binta Breeze – A Simple Thing + A Song to Heal; Tracks (LKJ) ’91 UK dub poet female
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Rasta; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83: UK dub poet male
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It; Legalize It (Columbia) ‘76
  • Peter Tosh – Legalize It Version; Honorary Citizen (Columbia/Legacy) ’76 box set

<Jawara Tosh beaten into coma in jail; 64 sec.>

Like father, like son: Them Ha Fe Get a Beatin’

Set 4:

  • I Roy and Lee Perry  – Space Flight; Chapter Two of Words (Trojan) UFOria

<Roswell inna Rub a Dub Stylee; 57 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jammin’; 12” (Tuff Gong) ’77 alternate extended mix
  • Lee Perry – Noah Sugar Pan; Upsetter Shop v.2 (Heartbeat) Dub ’77 Album of the Hour

<Captain Lee “Scratch” Perry driving the Space Shuttle? WTF?; 18 sec.>

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Murdee & Stylee; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Prince Far I – Deck of Life; Jamaican Heroes (Trojan) ’80 UK deejay
  • Barrington Levy & Jah Thomas? – Collie Weed; Hunter Man (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune
  • Gregory Isaacs – Musical Revenge; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 NY
  • Junior Brown – Warriors; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

Set 6:

  • 10cc – Dreadlock Holiday; Snatch Soundtrack (Maverick) ’76 rockers do reggae
  • Trevor Hartley – Smoke and Chill; Hartley (Jove) ’94 herb tune
  • Fabiane Miranda – Prophecy; 12 the Hard Way (Tribesman) ’77 female
  • Paul Blake & the Bloodifre Posse – Get Flat; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’87 dance number

<Jamaican dance = Get Flat; 40 sec.>

Set 7:

  • Jah Pecker & the Wailers – Jammin’; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’87 Jah-ponese cover of Bob Marley

<From Jah-pon: Jah Pecker & the Wailers>

  • Sister Beverley – Rasta Woman; 12” (RAMA) ’76 UK

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Ikonika – Sahara Michael; contact, love, want, have (Hyperdub) 2010 UK Sara Abdel Hamid
  • Herbaliser – Worldwide Connected; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) 2002 UK
  • Massive Attack – Safe From Harm; Blue Lines (Virgin) ’91 UK feat. Shara Nelson
  • Audio Active – Psycho Buds (Game Mix/Asian Dub Foundation); CD Single (Birdman) ’99 Jah-pon
Dubstep Dawta – Ikonika