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Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Halloween Voodoo Boogaloo!

Greetings,

Much love to any and all who might have made a donation to your station that rules the nation on KRCL’s Fall Radiothon.

Enjoy this infamous Digital Dubplate of my favorite Reggae & Dub Jah-loween tunes “stitched” in between with Horror Movie trailers.

It’s boo-tiful!

curse, Bobbylon

 

0-30 min.

  • The Toyes – Monster Hash; The Toyes (CD Tunes) ’96 Boris Pickett cover
  • Future Pigeon – Mummy Rock; Echodelic Sound of Future Pigeon (Record Collect) 2006 LA
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Werewolves of London; Very Greasy (Elektra) ’88 Warren Zevon cover
  • The Vulcans – Blackula; Black Magic Reggae (Trojan)
  • Soho – Zombies Walk The Cardboard City; Goddess (Atco) ’90 UK dubbers w/ female vox
  • Lucky Dube – Dracula; Prisoner (Shanachie) ’90
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Mr. Brown; Rasta Revolution (Trojan) ’71 rides around in a coffin 
…rides around in a coffin!

30-60 min.

  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’77
  • Peter Tosh – Vampire; No Nuclear War (EMI America) ’87
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – 666; Hey World! (EMI America) ’86
  • Devon Irons & Dr. Alimantado – Vampire; Open the Gate (Trojan) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

60-90 min.

  • Sinead O’Connor – Vampire; Throw Down Your Arms (That’s Why There’s Chocolate & Vanilla) 2005 Devon Irons cover
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’80
  • Bim Sherman – Nightmare; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century) ’90
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Blood Suckers; Belly of De Beast (Ariwa) ’96 UK dub poet 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Toasters – Frankenska; Thrill Me Up (Skaloid) ’88 American ska
  • Little Roy – Frankenstine; Longtime (ON U Sound) ’96
  • Ijahman Levi – Devil Disciple; Forward Rastaman (Jahmani) ’87
  • Leo Graham – Voodooism; Voodooism (Pressure Sounds) 70’s Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Thrillah; Thrillah (Easy Star) Michael Jackson cover

2 – 2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Bunny Wailer – Blackheart Man; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76
  • Dennis Brown – Black Magic Woman; Raw Roots (Phil Pratt) ’72 Fleetwood Mac cover
  • Dillinger – I Thirst; Cocaine (Charley) ’83 Barnabas Collins soap opera vampire
  • Milton Henry – Them a Devil; Who I You Think I Am (Wackies) ’85
  • Niney the Observer – The Ghost & the Duppy; Freaks (Heartbeat) ’92 Duppy is Jamaican ghost 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Laurel Aitken – Witch Doctor From Amsterdam; Eskapade En France (Blue Moon) ’77 Fr. EP
  • Desmond Dekker – Dracula; Writing on the Wall (Trojan) ’64
  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Black Survivors) ’94
  • Dubchek – Duppy Train; Down Memory Gap Lane (Unitone World) 2001 dubber

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tember 14, 2019 – Vinyl Vindication That Rules the Nation!

Vinyl set to outpace CD sales in 2019

Greetings,

<Vinyl vindication: vinyl to outsell cds; 1 min. 55 sec.>

I’ve always been a record guy. Back in Montana as a youth, I would drive 35 miles each way to record shop at the local Hastings outlet in Great Falls. Usually buy a couple pieces of vinyl and a cassette for the drive back home.

Bankrupt 2016.

When I moved to Utah for University in 1986, I was already dabbling in CDs. In 1985, Cactus Records in Bozeman, MT had a small rack of CDs in a corner of the shop. I remember buying Fleetwood Mac and the Police Outlandos d’Amour. $16.99 (in those days a fortune). I didn’t even have a CD player yet.

For Christmas, I got a Fisher deck, (probably from Montgomery Wards), – 1 drawer, no frills: just the song number in red LED. I was blown away! Space age technology in rural Montana!

Bought this CD before I even owned a CD player. Fall 1985. Bozeman – Cactus Records

What’s not to love? Smaller. Harder to scratch. Easier to store. Portable players to play them on.

Yet, the smaller size and lack of information on many of the disks didn’t make collecting CDs as enjoyable as buying vinyl. Especially, when I switched to collecting Reggae. Early on in CD’s history there was not a whole lot of Reggae available. And a total lack of the 12″, 10″ and 7″ vinyl I especially was looking for. The rarest of the rare.

Jimmy Cliff’s Reggae Greats. Probably the 1st CD in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

I was in a Record Shop in San Francisco. Summer of ’87. Up to my elbows in vinyl racks. The shop owner was trying to up-sell me into CDs. He was like, “Why are you so hot for vinyl? Everybody is moving into CDs”. I shrugged, “I’ll always be a record guy.”

Here is how it worked back then. CDs were new. And expensive. So, many people sold their vinyl for pennies on the dollar to add up cash for CDs.

Vinyl was cheap and plentiful. CDs were exotic, limited in selection and expensive. So the stores were in transition from black wax to shiny metal disks. I built the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives this way: buying other people’s vinyl discards.

All the great things you hear me play today came about through hoovering up as much black wax as I could in the voluminous Bay Area Record stores. I was flush with student loan cash (Thanks Ronnie Raygun!) and I went from store to store digging through the crates.

I would stay at the Travelodge across the street from Tower Records in North Beach: Columbus and Bay. Some days, I would be tired after a day of cratedigging. It was awesome.

*****

Wheel it forward 30 plus years. Most of the record stores are long gone, (Hastings went under in 2016),  via over committing to CDs in a digital age of iTunes, Pandora and Spotify. People wised up and started piecing out vinyl for the Ebay collector’s market.

I saw a VG- record with a water damaged cover go for $400 on ebay. My cost? $4: Streetlight Records San Francisco

But for 20 years, I maxed out the opportunities even if around 2005 I started to notice stores were no longer there when I would visit.

When Tower Records and later Virgin and Circuit City went under, that was the nadir of my CD era collecting.

Record and DVD stores were crushed out of business during the 2008-2010 Great Recession

That is why when I heard on the news that 2019 will be the first year since 1986 that Vinyl is expected to surpass CDs in aggregate sales, I felt a sense of vindication.

Vinyl sales to eclipse CD sales in 2019

2019 to 1986 = 33 years. And what RPM does vinyl spin at? 33 and 1/3. Coincidence or prophecy!;

<33 years since vinyl last sold more than CDs. Records spin at 33 and 1/3 RPM; 40 sec.>

And as none other than Joe Biden said in the Sept. debate: play the turntable at night for the kids. Makes “sensi” to me Joe!

<The 7 Leaf inspired wisdom of Joe Biden; 27 sec.>

Makes “sensi” to me, Joe!

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1: 420 Vinyl

<Joe Biden’s advice on child raising: play your turntables for the youth; 51 sec.>

  • The Mellows + Gladstone Star Band – Pray to Jah + Give Thanks and Praise; Rite Sound Reggae Story (Jah Live) ’80 Fr. 
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (EMI) ’78 dub album of the hour
  • U Roy – Chalice in the Palace; Dread in a Babylon (Virgin Front Line) ’75 UK

<U Roy: smoking spliff w/ Queen Elizabeth; 15 sec.>

  • Chris Wayne – All the Plant Mi Plant; Progress (Heartbeat) ’87 US
  • Willin Prophet – Basehead; Revolution EP (1U) ’87 Los Angeles
  • Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng; Sleeping Bag’s Dancehall Classics (Sleeping Bag) ’87 US
  • Mighty Diamonds – Knowledge; 12″ (Music Works) ’82 JA – Pass the Kouchie
Smoking spliff with Queen Elizabeth

Set 2: Jah-loween Vinyl

  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Claat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ’78 UK – demonic possession; 63 sec.
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Jammy) ’77 JA
  • Prince Alla – Evil Forces; In My Father’s House (Calabash) ’84 FL
  • Laurel Aitken – Witchdoctor of Amsterdam; Eskapade en France (Blue Moon) ’90 Fr. EP
  • Calman Scott & Jah Hugh – Devil in the City; 12″ (Kingston Connexion)  ’79 Fr.
Jah-loween soon come!

Set 3: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox

  • Aisha – For Salvation; 7″ (Twinkle) ’95 UK
  • Jacob Miller – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay; 7″ (2nd Tracs) ’76 UK
  • Roots Radics – Hey Mama version; 7″ (Hitbound) ’82 JA
  • Bacca – George Foreman; 7″ (Roosevelt) ’73 JA boxing champ
  • Harry J All Stars – George Foreman version; Sucker Punch: Jamaican boxing tributes (Trojan) ’73

Set 4: Roots Dawta Vinyl

  • Nadine Sutherland – War in the City; Songs of Bob Andy (I-Anka) ’93 UK
  • Sister Carol – Lovers Rock Style; Liberation for Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Scotty & Lorna Bennett – Breakfast in Bed; This is Reggae Music vol. 2 (Island)  ’76 US Dusty Springfield cover
  • Black Harmony – Reasons; 12″ (Cool Rockers) ’81 UK
  • Black Disciples – Garvey’s Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Hour
Cratedig: Denver 2019

Set 5: Wailers Family Tree Vinyl

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82 US gatefold
  • Bunny Wailer – Johnny Too Bad; Protest (Mango) ’77 Slickers cover
  • The Melody Makers – What a Plot; Play the Game Right (EMI America) ’85 US
  • Peter Tosh – Johnny B. Goode; 12″ (EMI America) ’83 US – Chuck Berry cover

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae Vinyl

  • The Slits – Man Next Door; Typical Girls Live in Cincinatti & San Francisco (bootleg) Paragons cover
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads – This Is What We Find;  Do It  Yourself (Stiff) ’79 UK
  • Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan Re-election Remix; 12″ EP (Ora International) ’85 US picture
  • UB40 – My Way of Thinking; 12″ (Graduate) ’80 UK 
  • Dub Specialist – Starring Dub; Dub (Heartbeat/Studio One) 70’s dub album of the hour

Set 7: UFO-ria Vinyl

RED ALERT! RED ALERT!

Intergalactic body called Oumuamua, from outside our solar system, is heading our direction in time for the 2020 election!

<Giant Meteor 2020; 1 min. 28 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Conspiracy on Neptune; Prince Jammy Destroys the Invaders (Greensleeves) 
  • Lone Ranger – UFO; Barnabas in Collins Wood (Wave) ’79 JA
  • Lincoln Thompson & the Rasses – Spaceship; Natural Wild (United Artists) ’79 UK 
  • Bam Bam – Star Wars + Dub; Power of a Woman (Bam Bam International) ’87 LA female singer

8

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • New Age Steppers feat. Bim Sherman – Dreaming; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) ’83 UK
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory) ’80 UK

Smile Jamaica – Digital Dubplate: Bob Marley Cover Tunes!

Greetings,

Enjoy this Spring Time mashdown of Smile Jamaica’s favorite Bob Marley cover tunes. Pulled from deep in the Ark-Ives and stitched up in the Secret Dubratory.

Bless, Bobbylon

0-30 min.

  • Cedella Marley Booker – Put It On (Lord I Thank You); Awake Zion (Ryodisk) ’84 (Burnin’)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood and Fire) ’79 (Catch a Fire)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; Top Ranking Dillinger (Rhino UK) ’77 (Waiting in Vain – Exodus)
  • Hepcat – Hooligans; Out of Nowhere (Moon) ’93 SoCal ska (Studio One 7″)
  • Judy Mowatt – Screwface; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (Tuff Gong 7″)
  • Rita Marley – I Know a Place (Shanachie) ’91 (Lee “Scratch” Perry ’77 unreleased)
  • UB40 – Keep on Moving; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Lee “Scratch” Perry 12″)
  • Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers – African Herbsman; Joy and Blues (Virgin) ’93 (Upsetter 7″)
  • Eric Clapton – I Shot the Sheriff; 461 Ocean Boulevard (RSO) ’74 (Burnin’) 

30-60 min.

  • Marcia Griffiths – Hurtin’ Inside; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79 (Chances Are)
  • The Wailers Band – Belly Full; Reggae Sunsplash ’81: Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) (Natty Dread)
  • Sheryl Lee Ralph w/ Cedella & Sharon Marley; Mighty Quinn Soundtrack (A & M) ’89 (Chances Are)
  • Garland Jeffreys – No Woman No Cry; One-Eyed Jack (A & M) ’78 (Natty Dread)
  • Junior Delgado – Caution; Treasure Found (Incredible) ’77 (Best of the Wailers – Beverley’s) 

60-90 min.

  • Africa Unite – Crazybaldheadsdub; King Size Dub Chapter Nine (Echo Beach) 2003 (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Bunny Wailer – Lively Up Yourself; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 (Natty Dread)
  • Jah Woosh – No Woman No Cry; Chalice Blaze (Original) ’78 (Natty Dread)
  • Vincent Napp – Get Up Stand Up; Ruff Cutt in Roots (Tabou1) (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Pam Hall – Fussing & Fighting; Natty Divas (Tuff Gong) (Soul Revolution)
  • Carlene Davis – So Much Trouble in the World; Songs of Bob Marley (VP) ’93 (Survival)
  • Sonya Spence – It Hurts to Be Alone; In the Dark (Skynote) ’78 (Wailing Wailers)
  • Big Youth – Get Up Stand Up; Reggae Phenomenon (Trojan) ’76 (Burnin’) 

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Carole & Florent Atem – One Love Medley; Everybody Loves Bob Marley (Neos) 2006 (Exodus)
  • Chalawa –  Exodus Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 (Exodus)
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’84 (Uprising)
  • Third World – Dreamland; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ’76 (Upsetter 7″)
  • Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus – Rastaman Chant (Rmx); Bill Laswell Dub Massive Chapter Two (Trojan) 2005 (Burnin’)
  • Roots Gwan feat. His Imperial Majesty – War; Exalt H.I.M. (Conscious Riddims) includes Selassie’s speech to the UN (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Pecker – Concrete Jungle; 21st Century Dub (ROIR) ’86 Jah-ponese dubber w/ The Wailers Band (Catch a Fire) 

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Winston Jarrett – Selassie Is the Chapel; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) ’95 (Wail ‘N Soul ‘M 7″)
  • Gregory Isaacs – Slave Driver; Sly & Robbie Present (RAS) ’80 (Catch a Fire)
  • Johnny Clarke – Crazy Baldhead; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Rastaman Vibration)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (Columbia) ’72 (Catch a Fire)
  • Erykah Badu – No More Trouble; Chant Down Babylon (Tuff Gong) ’99 (Catch a Fire)
  • Ronnie Davis – Kaya; Sings HIts of Studio One and More (Rhino UK) ’78 (Kaya)
  • Carly Simon – Is This Love?; Back to the Island (Rounder) 2001 (Kaya) 

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Groove Corporation –  Concrete Jungle; Remixes From the Elephant House (Guidance) 2001 (Catch a Fire)
  • Taj Mahal – Slave Driver; Mo’ Roots (Columbia) (Catch a Fire)
  • The Maroons – Talking Blues; Trojan Tribute to Bob Marley Box Set (Trojan) ’75 (Natty Dread)
  • Derrick Morgan – I Shot the Deputy; Tribute to Bob Marley (Disky) ’75 (Burnin’)
  • Jackie Edwards & the Aggrovators – So Jah Say; Tribute to Bob Marley vol. 1 (Esoldun) ’80 (Natty Dread)
  • Inner Circle – Curfew; Tribute to Bob Marley (Trojan) ’74 (Burnin’)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Redemption Song; Streetcore (Hellcat) 2003 (Uprising)

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 – From One Bob to Another!

<Black History Month = Bob Marley Month on Smile Jamaica; 21 sec.>

Greetings,

Indeed for I ‘n’ I and over 30 years, February (or Jah-bruary) is not only Black History Month but Bob Marley Month….Feb. 6, 1945

Therefore, during the last Saturday of February, I clipped out a couple of Bob Marley Stories.

Bob’s not a fan of space travel: 37 sec.

You see men sailing on their ego trips
Blast off on their spaceships
Million miles from reality
No care for you, no care for me
So much trouble in the world 

 

In the mid 90’s, I had a student from Saudi Arabia who worked for me who said that nearly every government building in his home town was tagged with Bob Marley in Arabic. The Wahhabis were none too happy.

<Bob Marley would be Bwb MarLee in Arabic; 39 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 23, 2019 Annotated Playlist: 56 sec.

bless, Bobbylon

Set 1:

  • Roots Uprising – Beautiful Music; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) b’81
  • Black Uhuru & Sly & Robbie – Ion Storm; Dub Factor (Mango) ’83 US vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Barry Brown – Party Night; Reggae Heights (Mafia & Fluxy) 2001
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian-German dawta
  • Junior Murvin – Lucifer; Police & Thieves (Mango) ’76 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n
  • The Nazarenes – Song of Mary Jane; Songs of Life (Heartbeat) 2004 Ethiopian/Swedish herbal ballad
  • Charlie Chaplin – Chalice Contest; Old and New Testament (RAS) ’92 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Dennis Brown & Big Youth – Running Up and Down; 12″ (Joe Gibbs Record Globe) ’81(?)

Set 2:

  • Alton Ellis – Lord Deliver Us; I’m Still in Love With You (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’70
  • Junior Delgado – Part Time Lover; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ’79
  • DJ /Rupture feat. Sister Nancy – A Little More Oil; Special Gunpowder (Tigerbeat) 2004
  • Dennis Bovell – Za-ion; 12″ (Rama) ’76 UK

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Judy Mowatt – Mother Africa; Working Wonders (Shanachie) ’87 Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years
  • Horace Andy – Elementary; Reggae Dance Party (RAS) ’85
  • Freddie McGregor – Joggin’; Strictly Rockers (Mango) ’80
  • Earth & Stone – Three Wise Men + Dub; Kool Roots (Pressure Sounds) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76
  • Lady Ann – What You Put Me Through; Bad Gyal inna Dance
  • Natural Roots – For My Sensi (Extended); CD Single (Solid Rock) 2011 SLC islander herbtune
  • UB40 – Don’t Break My Heart; Baggaridim (Virgin) ’85
  • UB40 – Theme From Labour of Love; 12″ EP (Virgin) ’85 UK dub

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Everton Blender – Bob Marley; Piece of the Blender (Heartbeat) ’96 US vinyl tribute to Bob Marley
  • Annette Brissett – Freedom Fighters; Get Up and Dance! (Zodiac) ’91 NY
  • The Moody Boys – Free; Journey Into Dubland (XL) ’90 UK EP mutant dub
  • Fab 5 – What the Police High Command Can Do; Jamaican Woman (Stage) ’87 JA
  • Jacob Miller – Take a Lift; Mixed Up Moods (Top Ranking) ’79 Miami cream soda colored vinyl; herb tune
  • Roots Radics – How Long Version; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Cry to Me; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl

<Cry to Me>

  • Peter Tosh – Don’t Look Back; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Summer – Roslyn, NY
  • Bunny Wailer – Trouble in the World (So Much Trouble in the World); Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 songs for Bob Marley’s 50th
  • Bunny Wailer – Rockers; 12″ (Shanachie) ’78 US

Set 7: Bob Marley Birthday Tributes

  • Anthony B – Marley Memories; Universal Struggle (VP) 2001
  • Brigadier Jerry – Tribute to Bob Marley; On the Road (RAS) ’90
  • Isaac Haile Selassie – Dear Bob; CD Single (Resin Music) ’99
  • Joel Zoss – Bob Marley International; Back to the Island (Rounder)
  • Delixx – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising in Dub (Micron) ’84 German trumpet covers of Bob Marley. Dub Album of the hour

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Bob Marley feat. Bill Laswell – No Woman, No Cry; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 ambient translations
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Sleepy Wonder – Sound the Alarm
  • Morcheeba – Moog Island; Who Can You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – What Happened?; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK picture
  • 2 Bad Card – Mentally Ska’d; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 UK

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 16, 2019

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 16, 2019: 29 sec.

Set 1:

  • Azeem & Session – Cool Running; Live and Direct (M. Al’s) early 80s Oakland vinyl
  • The Agrovators (sic) Meet the Revolutioners (sic) – Conquer Dub; The Agrovators Meet the Revolutioners (Third World) 70’s Bunny Lee dub UK vinyl album of the hour
  • Horace Andy – Bob Lives On; Exclusively (Solid Groove) ’82 UK vinyl. Bob Marley riddim shower (1): vox
  • Jah Batta – Great Superstar; 12″ (Top Ranking) ’82 Miami. Bob Marley riddim shower (2); deejay
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 Beatles
  • Queen Omega – Ganja Baby; Weed a Bun vol. 1 (Charm) 2005 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Mighty Threes – Sata; 12″ (April) ’79 Haledon, NJ

Set 2:

  • Likkle Mai – Crystal River; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005 Jah-ponese roots dawta from Dry & Heavy
  • Pablo Gad – Trodding on Home; Blood Suckers (Melodie) ’78
  • Jah Thomas – Tribute to the Reggae King; Tribute to the Reggae King (Gorgon) ’81 JA
  • Musical Youth – Please Give Love a Chance; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK youth group

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29+ Years

  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwize + Confusion (Warner); Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Linval  Thompson – Don’t Cut Off Your Dreadlocks; Clocktower Classics vol. 1 (Clocktower/Abraham) ’75
  • Tenor Saw – Who’s Gonna Help Me Praise?; Fever (Blue Mountain) ’85
  • Gregory Isaacs – My Time (12″ mix); More Reggae Music (Sound) ’84 Neth.
  • Cedric Brooks – Father Forgive Him; Studio Scorchers vol. 2 (Soul Jazz/Studio One) Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Mr. Symarip – I Was Busted; Skinheads Dem a Come (Jump Up) Chicago ska
  • Althea & Donna – Uptown Top Ranking; Love of the Common People (Trojan) Joe Gibbs comp.
  • Hortense Ellis – Can I Change My Mind; (Heartbeat/Studio One)
  • Roots Uprising – Master Blaster Jammin; Beautiful Music (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami vinyl; Stevie Wonder Bob Marley tribute
  • Roots Uprising – Ranking Jam; 12″ (Top Ranking) ’81 Miami vinyl

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Set

  • Tinga Stewart – Musical King; Key to Your Heart (Calabash) ’83 Miami – Bob Marley tribute
  • Big Youth – Hotter Fire; Hit the Road Jack (Trojan) ’76 UK
  • Deadly Headley feat. Bim Sherman – The Danger (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • I Three – Neighbour; Beginning (EMI America) ’86 US Bob’s female trio
  • The Mighty Diamonds – Kouchie Vibe/Pass the Knowledge; Kouchie Vibes (Burning Sounds) ’83 UK herbtune

Set 6:

  • Toots & the Maytals – Marley’s Gone (His Songs Live On); Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 4, 1982 Live from Montego Bay, JA
  • UB40 – Madame Medusa; Signing Off (Sound) ’85

Set 7: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Ruddie (sic); Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’66 JA vinyl; Bunny Wailer on lead vox

<Ruddie; 2 min.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – I Shot the Sheriff; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Live at the Lyceum, London 7/17/75
  • Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) Summer ’78 Roslyn, NY

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation feat. Mr. Lif – Ghetto Matrix; Temple of I & I (ESL) 2017
  • Burning Babylon – Mek We Jump; Knives to the Treble (Mars) 2004 Boston
  • Dub Syndicate – Dubbing Is a Must; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Dub Gabriel feat. Dr. Israel  – Battle of the Righteous Man; Alchemy & Anarchy (Destroy All Concepts) 2008
  • Doug Wimbish – Arabic Cat; Trippy Notes For Bass (ON U Sound) ’99 

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019 – Polar Vortex Stylee!

Greetings,

My brother lives in Minneapolis. When the Polar Vortex hit, it took me back to my youth in Montana.

Cold so bitter, just closing the car door shattered glass. Only Chinook winds, (warm winds) kept Montana from being Alaska

<Chinook Winds; 46 sec.>

So when it became our turn in Utah to be homebound with a massive mid week snowstorm, I took advantage of the day:

Feb. 6 – Bob Marley’s Birthday. Once I got the notice on my phone to stay home. I turned off the alarm, cranked up the furnace and decided what better way to celebrate a Snow Day than starting with The Wailers Catch a Fire and play through to Uprising.

Turned out to be a fine way to endure Cabin Fever.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 2, 2019: Annotated Playlist: 101 sec.

Set 1:

  • Gladiators – Can’t Stop Righteousness; Showdown vol. 3 (Hitbound) ’83 US Brooklyn vinyl
  • Blackbeard – Cut After Cut; Strictly Dub Wize (Ballistic) ’78 Dub Album of the Hour
  • UB40 – I Think It’s Going to Rain Today; Signing Off (DEP) ’80
  • Dhaima – Ina Jah Children; Love of the Common People (Trojan) ’77 female; Joe Gibbs prod’n

<Dhaima; 24 sec.>

  • Alpha Blondy – God Is One; Masada (World Enterprise) ’92
  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’96 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • The Morwells – They Hold Us Down; 12″ (Greensleeves) ’79 UK

Set 2:

  • Sugar Minott & Captain Sinbad – Hard Time Pressure; Herbman Hustling (Heartbeat) ’78
  • Ika Black – Human Life; Special Love (Keyman) ’90 UK dawta
  • Johnny Osbourne – If Jah Didn’t Love You; 12″ (Rockers Forever) ’85 Brooklyn

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 29 + Years

  • Bim Sherman – Golden Locks; Across the Red Sea (ON U Sound) ’82
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 Temptations cover
  • Althea & Donna – If You Don’t Love Jah; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ’78
  • Gayladds – I.N.I.R.I.; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79

Set 4:

  • Dennis Brown – Whip Them Jah; United Dreadlocks (Joe Gibbs) ’77
  • Dub Organiser – Herbal Dub; Fashion in Fine Style (Fashion) UK instrumental
  • Zema – Their Own Sight; Look at the Heart (Melchizedek) ’99 SoCal dawta
  • Hubert Lee – Table’s Gonna Turn; 12″ (Wild Flower) Pembroke Pines, FL; Blues Busters update
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost (Marcus Garvey) Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 dub to Burning Spear Marcus Garvey

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Sister Carol – Dedicated to Bob Marley; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Brooklyn
  • Purple Man – King On His Way; Laserbeam (Enterprize) ’83 Brooklyn
  • Lion Youth – Couchie Vibes; Love Comes & Goes (Virgo Stomach) ’81 UK clear
  • Exuma – Superstar Who Do You Think You Are; Universal (Cat Island) ’82 Bahama
  • Alpha & Omega – Dub Flute; Watch & Pray (A & O) ’92 UK trance dub

 

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Bend Down Low; Best of Bob Marley & the Wailers (Studio One) ’64 JA vinyl

<Bend Down Low ’64; 98 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Give Thanks and Praises; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 50 Bob tribute for his 50th birthday
  • Peter Tosh – The Toughest; Live at My Father’s House (Beat Club) ’78 Roslyn, NY
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – No Woman, No Cry; Live 1973-1975 (Starbucks) Live at the Lyceum; 7/17/75

<Live! – Best of 100 best Live by Rolling Stone mag; 61 sec.>

Set 7: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bad Brains – Long Time; God of Love (Maverick) ’95 
  • Bob Dylan – God Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79
  • David Lindley – Pay the Man; El Rayo-X (Asylum) ’81
  • Grace Jones – Pull Up to the Bumper; 12″/80s (Family) ’81 w/ Sly & Robbie

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Morcheeba – Small Town; Who Do You Trust? (Indochina) ’96 w/ female vox
  • Dub Syndicate – Higher Than High; Fear of a Green Planet (Shanachie) ’98
  • Anima Sound System – ’68; King Size Dub Chapter Eight (Echo Beach) 2002 Germ.
  • Vicegrip & Dub Front Outernational – Run Come Children + Dub and Run; 10″ (Dub Front) 2000 Germ.
  • Thievery Corporation feat. Baba Maal – I Will Follow You; Abductions & Reconstructions (ESL) ’99

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers!

Greetings,

Went to a conference in Seattle last weekend. Land of 10 down, 40 to go! Stayed near the water and even got in some cratedigging.

Does KEXP do deejay exchange? Definitely heading back to Bezosstan for vacation this Summer.

So enjoy this Digital Dubplate cooked up in my Secret Dubratory: 3 hours of Smile Jamaica’s favorite cover tunes. From Bob Dylan to Bob Marley.

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Reggae Covers: Rock, Soul, Reggae

0-30 min.

  • Nicky Thomas – New Morning; Doing the Moonwalk (Trojan)  ’73 (Bob Dylan/George Harrison)
  • Akabu – People Get Ready; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group covers (Curtis Mayfield)
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Virgin) ’79 (Woody Guthrie)
  • Dennis Brown – Slave Driver; Promised Land (Blood & Fire) ’79 (Bob Marley)
  • Dillinger – Check Sister Jane; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 (Bob Marley – Waiting in Vain)
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’80 (Jimmy Cliff)
  • Doctor Alimantado – Sitting in the Park; Born For a Purpose (Greensleeves) ’77 (Billy Stewart)
  • Jimmy Riley – Ride On; 20 Super Hits (Sonic) ’85 (Isaac Hayes)

30-60 min.

  • Johnny Clarke – Simmer Down; Authorized Version (Virgin Front Line) ’76 (Bob Marley)
  • Jennifer Lara – A Change Is Gonna Come; Presents (Studio One) ’81 (Sam Cooke)
  • Johnny Nash – Stir It Up; I Can See Clearly Now (CBS) ’72 (Bob Marley)
  • Sly & Robbie – Peter Gun; The Sting (Taxi) ’86 (Henry Mancini)
  • The Ethiopians – Let It Be; Slave Call (Heartbeat) ’75 (The Beatles)
  • Judy Mowatt – Sing Your Own Song; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ’87 (UB40)
  • Toots & the Maytals – Louie, Louie; Funky Kingston (Mango) ’73 (Kingsmen)
  • UB40 – Red, Red Wine; Labour of Love (Virgin) ’83 (Neil Diamond)

60-90 min.

  • Blues Brothers – Groove Me; Briefcase Full of Blues (Atlantic) ’78 (King Floyd)
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 (Bob Marley)
  • Delroy Wilson – Get Ready; Best of (Heartbeat/Studio One) ’67 (Temptations)
  • Doctor Dread – I For an Eye; Theremin in Dub (Tsosume) 2013 (Bob Dylan)
  • Dub Pistols feat. Rodney P & Terry Hall – Peaches; Speakers & Tweeters (Sunday Best) 2007 (The Stranglers)
  • Easy Star All-Stars – Great Dub in the Sky; Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star) 2003 (Pink Floyd)
  • George Faith – Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 (Wilson Pickett, Lee Dorsey)

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Jimmy Cliff – No Woman No Cry; Follow My Mind (MCA) ’75 (Bob Marley)
  • Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros – Armagideon Time (Live); CD Single (Hellcat) 2003 (Willi Williams)
  • Keith Hudson – I Shall Be Released; Flesh of My Skin, Blood of My Blood (Atra) ’74 (Bob Dylan)
  • Lone Ranger – Natty Burial; M-16 (Hitbound) ’82 (Peter Tosh)
  • Martha Velez – Get Up, Stand Up; Escape From Babylon (Sire) ’76 (The Wailers)
  • Mos Def – Johnny Too Beef; Mos Dub (Mos Def) 2010 (Slickers – Johnny Too Bad)
  • Musical Youth – 007 (Shanty Town); Different Style! (MCA) ’83 (Desmond Dekker)
  • Pato Banton – One World (Not Three); Universal Love (I.R.S.) ’92 (The Police)

2 – 2 and 1/2 hrs.

  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; Midnight Confessions (Treasure Isle) ’72 (Marlena Shaw)
  • Kode9 & the Spaceape – Ghost Town; 5 Years of Hyperdub (Hyperdub) 2009 (The Specials)
  • Lloyd Parks & U Brown – Into the Night; Strictly Dancehall vol. 1 (Omni) ’81 Benny Mardones
  • Randy’s All-Stars – Mission Impossible; Randy’s 17 North Parade (Pressure Sounds)  (Lalo Schifrin)
  • Mad Professor – Studio 54 Dub; Afrocentric Dub Chapter 5 – Black Liberation Dub (Ariwa) ’98 (Blondie – Rapture)
  • The Archives feat. Lenny Kurlou – Why Can’t We Live Together; The Archives (ESL) 2012 (Timmy Thomas)
  • Aswad – Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology); Rebel Souls (Mango) ’84 (Marvin Gaye)

2 and 1/2 – 3 hrs.

  • Ben Harper – Sexual Healing; Live at the Hollywood Bowl (Virgin)  2003 (Marvin Gaye)
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’78 female trio covers Smokey Robinson & the Miracles – Just My Imagination
  • Bobby & the Midnites – Book of Rules; Bobby & the Midnites (Arista) ’81 (The Heptones)
  • David Lindley & El Rayo-X – Rock It With I; Win This Record (Asylum) ’82 (The Melodians)
  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Sweet Chariot; There’s One in Every Crowd (Polydor)  75 (Gospel hymn)
  • Half Pint – Political Fiction; 20 Classic Hits (Sonic) ’84 (Rolling Stones – Winsome)
  • Deep Dish feat. Stevie Nicks – Dreams; George Is On (Thrive) 2005 (Fleetwood Mac)