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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 13, 2021 – Lovers rock Reggae

 

Greetings,

<Smile Jamaica Lovers Rock Showcase; 80 sec.>

For three plus decades if you have listened to Smile Jamaica, you know that with the Ark-ives I ‘n’ I have given regular showcases for 420, Jah-loween, Mutant Dub, UFOria, Bobfest, Roots Dawtas, etc.

But not a full show of the Reggae genre called Lovers Rock. This format is very popular in places like the United Kingdom and the Pacific Islands. For me, it’s a little too smooth when I’m going more for grit. Many a Reggae love song won’t make the playlist if I ‘n’ I hear strings overdubbed on the track.

The day before Valentine’s Day was all Lovers Rock Smile Jamaica.

I ‘n’ I subscribe mostly to Big Youth’s “No more songs about girls”. But there are many people in JA UK and worldwide who favor more of the John Holt’s, Beres Hammond’s and Eddie Lovette’s than the Spear’s, Tosh’s and Prince Fari’s.

Me being a Reggae curmudgeon, I  ‘n’ I can and will chant down Babylon all the live long day. But in places like mid 70’s UK, in the dancehalls and shebeens around London, if you wanted the dawtas to come down and rub a dub, you better juggle-in some sweet ladies and smooth operators to the mix.

The gals dress up nice, want to go out and have a dread buy her a drink, take her on the dancefloor for a little rub a dub session and see ya later! And they weren’t gonna leave their seat for heavy militant Rasta protest.

Doing the Rub a Dub

Women artists and groups like Brown Sugar, 15 16 17 (2 sisters and a cousin), all the great Mad Professor dawtas like Aisha, Kofi and Sandra Cross ruled the airwaves with smoother Reggae focusing mostly on themes of love and love lost.

Aisha – Smile Jamaica’s favorite Roots Dawta

So maybe there is a way, I ‘n’ I can split the difference. Can I keep to the rootsy Reggae riddim accompaniment while blending in a focus of all romance and not have it sound wimpy or soggy?

Started with Gregory Isaac singing about the Night Nurse “only you alone can quench this here dry unproductive cough, cough, cough”. Dubbled up the Roots Dawta quotient,  hit the Lovers Rock stalwarts like Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell and George Faith. End it with a half hour of Mutant Lovers.

Mutant Dub

Listen for yourself. Would this Ark-ive edition get the lovelies on the dancefloor or is it still the Roots head fraternity in the corner burning spliff and plotting revolution?

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Lovers Rock Special Playlist: Feb. 13, 2021 

Set 1:

  • Ronnie Davis – All I Have Is Love; Crucial (Big Mac Soul Power) Can. Vinyl; Gregory Isaacs cover
  • Jah Shaka – Deliverance – Commandments of Dub Chapter 6 (Jah Shaka) ’87 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
  • 15 16 17 – Someone Special; Magic Touch (DEB) ‘79
  • Toots & the Maytals – My Name Is So Strong; Pass the Pipe (Mango) ‘79
  • Cornell Campbell – Girl of My Dreams; Natty Dread in a Greenwich Farm (Striker Lee) ‘75
  • The Silvertones – Take a Little Love; Rare Reggae Grooves From Studio One (Heartbeat/Studio One) ‘79
“Night Nurse, only you alone can quench this dry, unproductive cough, cough cough…..”

Set 2:

  • June Lodge – Kiss and Say Goodbye; Someone Loves You Honey (Joe Gibbs) ’80 Manhattans cover
  • Culture – Roots Girl; Roots & Culture (Jah Life) ‘82
  • Junior Delgado – Love Tickles Like Magic; Treasure Found (Incredible Music) ‘75
  • Brown Sugar – I’m in Love With a Dreadlocks; I’m in Love With a Dreadlocks (Soul Jazz) ’79 UK female lovers rock trio
  • George Faith w/ Dillinger – To Be a Lover; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark prod’n

Set 3:

  • Pat Rhoden – Boogie On Reggae Woman: Just My Imagination vol. 3 (Trojan) ’75 Stevie Wonder cover
  • Akabu – My Love; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group
  • Aswad – Hooked on You; To the Top (Simba) ‘86
  • Leroy Smart – This Love; King Tubbys at the Controls vol. 2 (Original) late 70’s
  • Blackbeard – Electrocharge;  I Wah Dub (EMI) Dub ’80 Album of the Hour

Set 4:

  • Afro Omega – All My Love; Pick Up the Pieces EP (Afro Omega) 2006 SLC w/ female vox
  • Joe Higgs – My Baby Still Loves Me; Life of Contradiction (Esoldun) ‘75
  • Empress Rasheda – True Love; Hail H.I.M. (Roots) ‘95
  • Barrington Levy – Loving You; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘82***End of Set 4

Set 5: Vinyl is Vital Lovers Set

  • The Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trenchtown) ’72 Allen Toussaint cover: 
  • Barry Brown – True Love Is the Answer; Step It Up Youthman (Jackpot) ’79 UK
  • Jah Woosh – Falling in Love; Dreadlocks Affair (Trojan) ’75 UK dj to Midnight Train to Georgia
  • Honey Boy – Will You Be My Girl; In Dreamland (Taretone) ’81 UK
  • Sheila Hylton – Breakfast in Bed; 12” (Ballistic) ’79 UK Dusty Springfield cover

Set 6: Wailers Family Tree Lovers Rock

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low; Exodus (Tuff Gong) ’78 Peter Tosh feat. Gwen Guthrie – Nothing But Love; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81 US vinyl
  • Marcia Griffiths – The Way I Feel About You; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; Solomonic Singles vol. 2 (Solomonic) ‘78

Set 7:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Lorraine; Bass Culture (Mango) ‘80
  • Aisha – Love Is So Simple; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Susan Cadogan – Say a Little Prayer; Songs of Aretha (Ariwa) 2019 Aretha Franklin covers

Set 8: Lovers Rock Mutant Dub Set

  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love; Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 
  • New Age Steppers – My Love; 7” (Statik) ’81 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman – You Are the One; ON U Sound Reggae Archives vol. 2 (ON U Sound) BB Seaton cover
  • Claude Fontaine – Love Street; Claude Fontaine (Innovative Leisure) 2019 Fr. dawta
  • Dry & Heaven – Love Explosion; Full Contact (BSI) 2000 Jah-pon w/ female vox
  • UB40 – Love Is All Is Alright; UB44 (Virgin)
Roots Dawta: Claude Fontaine – French Mutant Lovers Rock

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-bruary 14, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Greetings,

Happy Bob-ruary, Jah-bruary, Herb-ruary!

 

I have been doing Roots Reggae Radio for about 27 years now. Thousands of hours and most of it is devoted to Heavy Roots

<Smile Jamaica – The King’s Music, Jamaican Blues>

Smile Jamaica’s prevailing themes for 25+ Years:

  • socialism (small s)Reggae the music of the community. The music of the Underdog. Universality for sure-ty. No isms and schisms!
  • Rastafari – I am myself not a Rasta but consider myself a Rasta empathizer who acts as a missionary for Jah’s Gospel and let you decide. It’s good enough just to enjoy the inspiration of the lyrics along with the groove of the Beat.
  • Politrix and politics – I did political interviews for 9 years as The Angry Liberal. Reggae music was talking about what Occupy Wall Street championed 40 years before the Greenspan RecessionReggae music totally influenced my personal politics of peace and love to all. No war, no racism, no sexism, no exploitation

The one music sub genre I play somewhat sparingly is Lover’s Rock. Romantic Reggae. I will play romantic tunes if it has a hard riddim. But  lyrically that’s never been a big motivator.

Every Saturday I bring down about 200 pieces of music. I get to play about 33 per week (Natch!) The gems I pull out of the crate tend to be Orthodox Roots and earsplitting Dubwize.

<At the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: I put the Fun in Roots Fundamentalism>

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Not much of this for 25+ years of Smile Jamaica…
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…but a whole lot of this. “Screwface know a who fi frighten”. Bob Marley

Don’t kid yourself. There is plenty of great Lover’s Rock in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. I played the best of it for 3 Hours – Lover’s Rock Showcase.

<Smile Jamaica: Happy Valentine’s Day; 20 sec.>

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Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: Jah-bruary 14, 2015: Happy Valentine’s Day; 33 and 1/3 sec.

Set 1:

  • Melodians – Passion Love; Irie Feeling (RAS) ’83 DC Vinyl
  • Black Slate Meets Soul Syndicate – Moodie in Dub (Moodie) ’78 Dub Album of the Week
  • The Dynamics – Whole Lotta Love; Version Excursion (Groove Attack) 2007; Led Zeppelin cover feat. Female vox
  • Aswad – Star of My Show; To the Top (Simba) ’86 UK; Aswad means “black” in Arabic, Amharic

<Out of thousands, one of the first 10 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives – Aswad “To the Top”; 22 sec.>

  • Lacksley Castell – Princess Lady; Princess Lady (Negus Roots) ’83 youth voiced singer

<Reggae History Lesson: Only the Good die Young – Lacksley Castell; 24 sec.>

  • Maxine Miller – How Many Times; Showcase (Wackie’s) ’80 Brooklyn vinyl; Bob Marley cover
  • Johnny Clarke – No Woman No Cry; Jah Live (Music Club); Marley covers CD
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Probably within the first 10 disks added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives 1986; Tower Records, Las Vegas

 Set 2: 

  • Prince + Princess Buster – Ten Commandments of Man to Woman; Woman to Man; Sings His Hit Song Ten Commandments (RCA) ‘67

<Answer Record: Lover’s Quarrel? 19 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Complete A & M Years (A & M)

<Crown Prince of Reggae: Dennis Brown; 29 sec.>

  • Dillinger – Take Care of Your Wife; King Pharaoh (Blue Moon) ’84 UK vinyl over Melody Life

<Dillinger’s Marital advice: Don’t stab your wife with a knife! 19 sec.>

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Prince Buster invented talkover sound. Shared a label with Elvis

 Set 3: Wailers Family Tree

  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78
  • Judy Mowatt – Love Seed; Mellow Mood (Ashandan) ’75 JA vinyl
  • Rita Marley – Play Play; Rita Marley (Trident) ’80 UK vinyl
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Is This Love; Africa Unite (Tuff Gong) Request
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A+ Record from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

 Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – There She Goes; Mellow Mood (Toplin) doo wop style
  • Aisha – Love Is So Simple; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88
  • Ken Boothe – My Love; The Black Album (Trojan); McCartney cover on Beatles Reggae CD

<Smile Jamaica Conspiracy Theory: Lennon’s assassination led to Ebony & Ivory; 26 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; 12” (Island) ’80
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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives’s least favorite Beatle

Set 5: Rated R

<Rated R – for Roots!>

  • Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘80

<Ice Cream Love – Oral Sex metaphor? 14 sec.>

  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK

<Reggae History Lesson: Lover’s Rock in UK; 13 sec.>

  • Dub Tonic Kru – Sunshine Girl/Rub a Dub Love; Dub Tonic (Dubtonic Kru) 2011
  • Heptones – Soul Sister; Legends From Studio One (Trench Town) JA vinyl; Allen Toussaint cover
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Ice cream Love = Rastas comment on oral sex?

<Secret History of Jamaica: Ice Cream Love; 29 sec.>

Johnny Osbourne – Ice Cream Love Lyrics

I don’t want no ice cream love,
That’s too cold for me, little girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, girl can’t you see?

I want a love that’s warmer than the summer sunshine,
I want a love that’s as warm as mine,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

And that is why, I don’t want no ice cream love,
It is too cold for me, girl.
I don’t want no ice cream love, it is too cold, can’t you see, little girl?
I don’t want no ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me.

Love in the winter,
Should be warmer than the summer sun..
But if you’re giving me a ice cream love, little girl, that’s no fun,
And that is why I say,
Because my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.
I say, my love, is warmer than a chocolate fudge.

No-no-no, ice cream love, too cold for me.
No-no-no, ice cream love at all.
No-no-no-no.. ice cream love,
It’s too cold for me..

Set 6:

  • Yellowman – Morning Ride; Biggest Dancehall Anthems 1979-1982 (Greensleeves) ‘81

<Yellowman not talking about his daily commute!; 29 sec.>

  • Beres Hammond – My Whole World; Soul Reggae (Wait a Bit) ‘79
  • Meditations – Stranger in Love; History of Tamoki Wambesi (Tamoki Wambesi); Roy Cousins prod’n
  • Martha Velez – Happiness; Angels of the Future/Past (Sire) ’76; Rocker does Rita Marley feat. The Wailers/Lee Perry; 19 sec.
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The Morning Ride. Yellowman not talking about his commute

Set 7:

  • John Holt – Have You Ever Been in Love; Special Request to All Music Lovers (Hitbound) Lovers Rock compilation
  • The Gaylads – Little Candle; Vision of Reggae (Tamoki Wambesi) Roy Cousins prod’n; UK Vinyl
  • 15 16 17 – Girls Imagination; Magic Touch (DEB) ’77 UK female family; Just My Imagination update; 19 sec.
  • Barrington Levy – I Love I Love You; Poor Man Style (Trojan) ’82 UK vinyl
  • Mighty Diamonds – Pretty Woman; Indestructible (Bad Gong); Best of 
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England’s first family of Lover’s Rock

Set 8: Mutant Dub Lovers

<You’ve got Dubstep inna mi Lover’s Rock; 15 sec.>

  • Hollie Cook – Shadow Kissing; Hollie Cook (Mr. Bongo); Mutant Dubstress Lovers Set. Dawta of Sex Pistol
  • Likkle Mai – My Old Flame; Roots Candy (Beat) 2005; Jah-ponese female

<Jah-ponese songbird; 19 sec.>

  • New Age Steppers feat. Ari Up – Some Love; Foundation Steppers (ON U Sound) UK vinyl female vox; Chaka Khan cover
  • Sevendub – My Only Lover (Unauthorized Mix); Dub Club Edition (Collision) 2005 Jah-many
  • Singers & Players – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Waiting in Vain; Dreams of Freedom (Axiom) ’97 Bill Laswell: Ambients Translations of Bob Marley in Dub
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Adorable Mutant Dubstress Hollie Cook. Smile Jamaica’s Valentine