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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Jah-ly 14, 2018 (Podcast & Playlists): 30 Years of Reggae Vinyl!

Just say no to starving kids, eh Nancy? Thanks to your husband, Smile Jamaica was well stocked with fresh roots! Selah!

Greetings,

It was July 2, 1988. Late Sunday Night/early Monday Morning. I jumped in my car and drove from my apartment by the University of Utah campus downtown to community radio station KRCL 90.9FM.

Unloaded a suitcase full of CDs and a crate full of LPs. At 3 am on a hot summer night, I cued up Black Uhuru’s “What Is Life” from the album that made me a Reggae fanatic  – Anthem.

Drop the needle pon the record and that began a 30 year legacy of Reggae Radio.

<Sunday Night/Monday Morning, July 2, 1988; 3-6AM, debut of 3 o’Clock Roadblock on KRCL; 30 sec.>

Not Bob Marley. Not Peter Tosh. Not Jimmy Cliff. Not UB40. Black Uhuru lit the Reggae fuse that led to Smile Jamaica

I had returned that Sunday afternoon from a massive cratedig in the Bay Area. Reno, Sacramento, San Francisco, Berkely, Mill Valley, El Cerrito, Oakland, Santa Cruz.

I was glad my car didn’t break down. It would be bad juju to be late for my debut radio show. Not to mention how would I keep two crates full of vinyl from melting on the side of the road somewhere.

Ronald. Wilson. Reggae. 666 as the Rastas might say. Not I ‘n’ I. I didn’t see eye to eye with Ronnie politically, but I am forever grateful to him as the benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, even if it was a misuse of funds.

The 80’s were a time you could get more student grants than student loans. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today. That left me about $2k left over to front load music for a Radio show. LPs and these recent creations called CDs. I was format agnostic. Good Reggae for the masses.

And I have Ronald Wilson Reagan to thank!

<Ronald Wilson Reagan – benefactor of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 2 min.>

Ronald Wilson Reagan or as I call him – the Smile Jamaica financial enabler

So from July 2, 1988 to July 14, 2018 – 3 o’Clock Roadblock (July 1988-August 1989) to Smile Jamaica (Oct. ’89), let’s celebrate with the Sequel to my 30th Anniversary showcase (cd versions) from 2 weeks ago.

All vinyl this time out!

 

<Who wants to live in a world without bass? 30 sec.>

bless, Bobbylon

Hoping Interwest Electronics can bring Yammy the Subwoofer back from the dead

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: 30 Years of Vinyl: July 14, 2018; 83 sec.

Set 1:

  • Prince Far I – Reggae Music; Free From Sin (Trojan ’79 UK vinyl: 30 years of Reggae Vinyl
  • Black Beard – Electrocharge; I Wah Dub (More Cut) ’80 UK Dub Album of the Hour
  • Jah Lion the Humble One – Dis Ya Sound; The Humble One (Virgin Frontline) ’78 UK
  • Sister Carol – Principle; Liberation For Africa (Serious Gold) ’83 DC
  • Zap Pow – Irie Land; Reggae Rules! (Rhino) ’80 US 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
  • Bunny Wailer – Love Fire; In I Father’s House (Solomonic) ’80 JA
When you hear the beat, you gonna move your feet!

Set 2:

  • Peter Tosh – Get Up Stand Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) 11/5/82 at the Roxy; LA CA
  • Sophia George – Tenement Yard; Fresh (Winner) ’85 UK
  • Eek a Mouse – Do You Remember; Skidip! (Greensleeves) ’82 UK 

<The Middle Passage; 54 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka – Revelation 18; Hits From the House of Shaka (Jah Shaka) ’85 UK

<Revelation 18 and UFOs; 18 sec.>

Earth lightened by his glory? UFO

Set 3:

  • Casselberry & DuPree’ – Coming in From the Cold; City Down (Icebergg) ’86 Milwaukee; Bob Marley cover
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mothers Day; Reggae It’s Fresh (Tad’s) ’88 US
  • Itals – Herbs Pirate; Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk) ’81 St. Louis herb tune
  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; 12″ (MCA) ’82 UK; youth update of Mighty Diamonds Pass the Kutchie
  • King Tubby Meets the African Brothers – Original Sound; In Dub (Nature Sounds) 70’s Dub Album of the Hour
How does it feel when you got no food

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – One Love; Wailing Wailers (Studio One) ’65 JA
  • The Meditations – Do Mama Do; Message From the Meditations (United Artists) ’76 US
  • Lovindeer feat. Wailing Souls; Man Shortage; De Blinkin’ Bus (TSOJ) ’82 JA
  • UB40 feat. Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe; 12″ (DEP) ’85 cover of Sonny & Cher

Set 5: Heavy politics set

Papa Kojie & Blue Riddim – Nancy Reagan (ORA International) ’85 US

<Man a fight man over lollipops; 33 sec.>

  • Pablo Moses – Bomb the Nation; Tension (Alligator) ’84 Chicago blues label
  • The Wild Bunch – Mr. President; Wild Bunch (Ariwa) ’84 UK female group
  • Ruffy & Tuffy – If the Third World World War is a Must; Climax (Black Star) ’88 Finland; twin youths

<World War III: No Cold War 2.0; 89 sec.>

Meme all you want. If this is what it takes to prevent Cold War 2.0? You may kiss the bride

Set 6:

  • Jimmy Riley – Sweet Sensimilla; Put the People First (Shanachie) ’82 US herbtune

<North Dakota legalization in 2018; 37 sec.>

  • Anthony Johnson – Dread Locks; Reggae Feelings (Vista Sounds) ’83
  • Zema – Blood Money; Zema (Melchizedek) ’86 SoCal female
  • Black Survivors – President; 12″ (Witty) UK
  • Sly & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub Album of the Hour

North Dakota legalization

10 down, 40 to go!

Set 7:

  • Sister Netifa – Woman Determined; Women Determined (A Luta) ’89 UK female dub poet
  • Carlton Livingston – Call of the Rastaman; 100 Weight of Collie Weed (Greensleeves) ’84 UK
  • Junior Delgado – Disarm the World; High Times All Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 Chicago blues label
  • X-O-Dus – See Them a Come; 12″ (Factory)*80 UK
Female heroes through history

Set 8: Mutant Dub

<What is Mutant Dub? 18 sec.>

  • Singers & Players w/ Sister P – Holy Scripture; Vacuum Pumping (ON U Sound) ’88 female tour of the Bible: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Africa; Watch and Pray (A & O) ’88 UK trance dub
  • The Clash – This Is England; 12″ (CBS) ’85 UK picture sleeve
  • Bim Sherman & Akabu – Stop That Train; 12″ (ON U Sound) ’80 UKKeith & Tex update
  • Steel Pulse – Heart of Stone; Reggae Fever (Island) ’80 UK Request

Words of Wisdom:

 

 

 

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March 3, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist): Lemonhead vs. The Cheetolini!

Bad Vlad Putin or as I call him affectionately – Lemonhead

<World War III – soon come? 54 sec.>

Greetings,

My first semester at college – Montana State, Fall 1983:

  1. Soviet Union shot down a Korean jet liner
  2. Beirut bombing of US army barracks killing hundreds
  3. America invaded Grenada

It looked like the Cold War was getting “thawed”. Yet, by the time I graduated from the University of Utah in 1989, the wall had fallen and the Cold War was over.

Not so fast….

Wheel it forward to 2016. Trump defeats Hillary. How could that have happened? Let’s blame the Russians. Add in Syria and Ukraine, the recent aggressive update of our Nuclear Response Review. And 1 Trillion in nuclear “improvements.” Mueller’s investigation and innuendo against Russian “hacking”.

Rachel Maddow might call me Ivan, but the reality is:

Rachel Maddow – peddling war for higher ratings

Russia, no longer the Soviet Union, is feeling the strain of a new Cold War. Their incumbent President, Vladimir Putin, has an election of his own next week. His State of the Nation was a warning to America  and its allies.

I no longer do Radioactive political interviews on KRCL  but I still follow the news. I am worried a confrontation in the Syrian Panhandle could lead to World War III.

See that splotch of Green in the Northeast. That is where World War III could start

Of course, my antennae is attuned to Reggae as prophecy. I played a Justin Hinds song on this Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive edition that brought me right back to Sept. 1983.

So until the bombs drop, enjoy this March edition of Smile Jamaica. Forward ever, backwards never. War Time is over!

bless, Bobbylon

Lemondhead vs.
The Cheetolini

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: March , 2018 Annotated Playlist; 100 sec.

Set 1:

  • Devon Russell – Homebound Train; High Times All-Star Explosion (Alligator) ’85 vinyl Chicago blues label
  • Scientist – Hail HIM Dub; High Priest of Dub (Tamoki Wambesi) ’82 UK vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Mikey Dread – Positive Reality; SWALK (Heartbeat) ’82
  • Cassandra – Thank You For the Many Things You’ve Done; Babylon Soundtrack (EMI) ’80 UK
  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Reggae Sunsplash ’81 – Tribute to Bob Marley (Elektra) Aug. 1981, Jarrett Park Montego Bay, JA
  • Jah T – Lick the Pipe Peter; Jr. Byles – Curly Locks (Heartbeat) ’75 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; dj to “Fever” riddim
  • Bushman & Alton Ellis – Back Weh Vampire + Jah Make Me Stronger; 10″ (Sting Ray) 2012 UK
9 down, 41 to go!

Set 2:

  • Bunny Wailer – Roots Rock Reggae; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 dubble disk of Bob Marley cover
  • The Emotions – There Are More Questions Than Answers; Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles (Stax) ’74 female soul group in Jamaica
  • Eric Donaldson – Drug Addict; Oh What a Feeling (Rhino UK) ’97
  • Dub Syndicate – ’93 Struggle; 10″ (ON U Sound) ’93 UK Mutant Dub picture sleeve. Prince Far I cover
It’s a struggle all over the world…

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28+ Years 

  • Judy Mowatt  – Screwface; Sing Our Own Song (Shanachie) ’86 Bob Marley cover

<Don’t give me your Screwface; 12 sec.>

  • Keith Hudson – Bloody Eyes; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78
  • Gideon Jah Rubbaal – Free Us Now; Free Us Now (ACL) ’77
  • Justin Hinds – War Time + Dub; Know Jah Better (Nighthawk) ’90
  • Mad Professor – Black Heroes; Afrocentric Dub – Black Liberation Dub Chapter 5 (Ariwa) ’99 UK Dub Album of the Hour

Set 4: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox – Tributes to Bob Marley

<Extending Black History Month w/ Bob tributes; 37 sec.>

  • Prince Ital Joe – I Miss Bob Marley; 7″ (Royal Safari) Hollywood, CA 
  • Lone Ranger – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Studio One)
  • Errol Scorcher – Sounds of Hon. Marley (Dance Hall) ’81
  • Lui Lepke – Tribute to Bob Marley; 7″ (Joe Gibbs Ultra Sound) ’81
  • Stevie Wonder – Master Blaster (Jammin) (Dub); 7″ (Motown) ’80

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Eugene Paul – Blowin’ in the Wind; Sentimental Reasons (World) ’84 UK Bob Dylan cover:
  • Mighty Invaders – Evil Spirits; Invasion! (Rave) ’83 Syracuse, NY
  • Ranking Joe – One Draw; Rebel DJ (Jam Rock) ’82 Miami herbtune dj to Doret Myers cover of Rita Marley
  • Singers & Players feat. Prince Far I – Thing Called Love (Don’t Fight); Revenge of the Underdog (ON U Sound) ’82 UK Mutant Dub
  • Marcia Griffiths – Everywhere; Marcia (RAS) ’89 DC Fleetwood Mac cover
Jamaican soul take on Bob Dylan

Set 6: Rockers do Reggae

  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door; No More Trouble (Columbia) 6/27/81 London 

<Bob Dylan – The Christian Era: 1979-1981; 87 sec.>

  • Eric Clapton – Swing Low Swing Chariot; Timepieces (RSO) ’82 Best of; Negro Spiritual
  • Prince Flo & Jah Edward – Happy Together; Rock Steady With Flo and Eddie (Epiphany) ’87
  • Bananarama – Tell Tale Signs; Deep Sea Skiving (London) ’83 UK female trio New Wave
  • UB40 – Present Arms in Dub; Present Arms in Dub (DEP) ’81 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Puss and Dog; Kings of Reggae (Keytone) ’83 Dutch jazz flautist w/ Peter’s band – Word, Sound and Power
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming; Exodus 40 (Tuff Gong) Live in London – June 1977
  • Ayo – Down on My Knees; Ayo (Wrasse) 2008 Nigerian-German female singer
  • Max Romeo & Dennis Brown –  African + I am the Conqueror; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Thievery Corporation – Passing Stars; It Takes a Thief (ESL) 2010 DC dubbers best of: Mutant Dub Set
  • Alpha & Omega – Moving Out of Babylon Dub; Legend of A & O (Dopic) 2006 UK trance dub
  • Bush Chemists – This Souond; Dub Fire Blazing (Dubhead) ’99 UK herbtune
  • Heavyweight Dub Champion – We Will Conquer; Rise of the Champion Nation (Champion Nation) 2009 Dub-hop out of Boulder, CO
  • Little Annie – Going For Gold; 10″ (ON U Sound)
  • Samia Farah – Personne; Many Moods of Samia Farah (SAM) 2008 Fr.Tunisian female

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: June 13, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist) – Stir It Up!

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Catch a Fire LP and Harder They Come Soundtrack/Movie lit the fuse on Reggae in the West & World-wide!

<End of June: 27 Years of Reggae Radio! 34 sec.>

<High-lights of the June 13, 2015: Smile Jamaica Arkives; 2 min 18 sec.>

  • Dub Album of the Week: Black Disciples dubs to Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey LP
  • Vinyl Is Vital: All Seven Leaf Black Wax. 4 down, 46 to go!
  • Jamaican Jukebox: 7″ 45s. Rarest of the Rare!
  • Best of 25 Years: My Favorites year one of Reggae Radio: 1988-1990
  • Mutant Dub
  • Wailers Family Tree: Dubble dose of Stir It Up: JA vs. UK/US mixes. Bunny Wailers dubble dose of Ballroom Floor. Tosh lie at the Jamaica World Music Festiva; 11/27/82 – Montego Bay, JA
  • Roots Dawtas: Marcia Griffitsh, French Dubstress,
  • Disco Mix: Don Carlos, French mutant dub
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Tosh played at Sunrise

Set 1;

  • Don Carlos – I Love Jah; 10” (Negus Roots) ’80
  • Black Disciples – The Ghost; Garvey’s Ghost (Mango) ’76 Dub Album of the Week
  • African Head Charge – Somebody Touch I; Shashamane Land (ON U Sound) ’93 Africanized Mutant Dub

<Shashamane: Jamaican Rastas in Ethiopia; 24 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – I’ve Got to Go Back Home; Naturally (Shanachie) ’78 Bob Andy cover

<Zion is My Home: Fort Benton, Montana; 15 sec.>

  • Pioneers – Feeling High; From the Beginning (Jet Star) ’79; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<4 down, 46 to go!; 12 sec.>

  • The Specials – Stereotype Pt. 1 & 2; More Specials (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
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My Birthplace as well!

Set 2: Best of Smile Jamaica: 25 Years

  • George Faith – Opportunity; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry Black Ark

<Blues Reggae Singer: George Faith; 15 sec.>

  • Jimmy Riley – From the Ghetto; Clocktower Classics (Clocktower); ’75 Brad Osborne prod’ns
  • Ernest Wilson – I Know Myself; Channel One Hitbound: The Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ’74 HooKim Bros. prod’n

<HooKim Brothers: Chinese Jamaicans; 23 sec.>

  • Mad Professor vs. Puls Der Zeit – Abu Dhabi Check; At Checkpoint Charlie (ROIR) ’89 German dubbers

<Cold War II: The Sequels are Never Better Than the Original; 27 sec.>

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War in Transnistria begins World War III

Set 3:

  • Peter Tosh – Stepping Razor; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation); 11/27/82 Montego Bay, JA

<Christened the Bob Marley Performing Arts Center; 18 sec.>

  • Taj Weekes & Adowa – Lonesome in Babylon; Hope & Doubt (Alpha Pocket) 2005 St. Lucia; Request

<Adowa: Where the Ethiopians defeated the Italian invaders; 27 sec.>

  • Version feat. Naima – Jah Jah Love; 10” (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr.; Mutant dub w/ female vox
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Menlik II, HIM Grandfather defeats the Italian invaders at Adowa, Ethiopia

Battle of Adowa

Set 4: Dubble Dose of Wailers Family Tree

  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch a Fire (JA mix) (Tuff Gong) ’73
  • The Wailers – Stir It Up; Catch A Fire (UK/US mix) (Tuff Gong) ’73; guitar/key overdubs; 1:45 longer

<Stir It Up: JA tough mix vs. UK/US guitar/keyboards rmx; 2 min>

<Stir It Up: Different mixes explained; 1 min 20 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Ballroom Floor; Rock ‘n’ Groove (Solomonic); toasting single version + vinyl long mix
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Add Psychdelic guitar and country & western keyboards to tough Jamaican riddims, 1973: Catch a Fire. Zippo lighter cover

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital – Seven Leaf Black Wax

  • Prince Jazzbo – Jamaican Collie; Head to Head Clash (RAS); vs. I Roy

<4 down, 46 to go!; 5 sec.>

  • Dillenger (sic) – Jamaican Collie; All on the Same Rhythm (Studio One/RAS); JA via DC
  • Edi Fitzroy – Informer; Youthman Penitentiary (Alligator)  ’82 Chicago
  • U Brown – Chalice to Chalice; Third World vol. 1 (Third World) ’77 UK; Chalice in the Palace
  • Ranking Soldiers – Light Up Your Chalice; Tokyo Reggae Clash (Wackies) ’83 all Jah-ponese artists; Chalice in the Palace
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Chalice in the Palace by way of Jah-pon