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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 11, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): 27 Year Anniversary of Reggae Radio!

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Celebrating 27 Years of Reggae Radio! Give thanks!

Greetings,

Spring 1988. Salt Lake City/University of Utah Campus. Reagan’s last year in the White House; 21 sec.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan – 666. Did fund the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via Student Loans and Pell Grants. Give thanx! Ronnie Raygun. Believed in UFO’s too

Celebrating 27 years of Reggae Radio. My roommate and I were in The Pie (University of Utah campus) listening to Community Station KRCL. They were looking for early morning hosts. Him and I went to the new volunteer meeting. He wanted to do College Rock. They had enough of that. I was interested in doing Reggae.

 I had been a volunteer at the Univ. of Utah’s K-UTE “radio” station that only broadcast in the Student Union. Called my show Positive Vibrations after the Marley tune. But that wasn’t real radio. But gave me the idea Terrestrial Radio was something I wanted to do.

If I could commit to 3-6 AM, I could do a Reggae Show. Late Spring of ’88 radio training. 4th of July weekend: The debut of 3 O’Clock Road Block: Graveyard Roots Reggae Ska and African music. During the coldest winter in Decades. Praise Jah for AAA!

<1988 Alaska Clipper Winter; 34 sec.>

I was cratedigging in Montana during the actual 27 year date and the July 11 show was to commemorate that legacy. 43 sec.

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Tunis, Montana – Suburb of Fort Benton
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Paid my dues early Mornings: 3 O’Clock Roadblock: Monday 3-6AM. KRCL 90.9FM July 1988-Aug. 1989

<Montana Roadtrip – Climate Report; 47 sec.>

bless, robt

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Founded 1846. The Birthplace of I ‘n’ I: The Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

SMILE JAMAICA ARK-IVES: JULY 11, 2015 PLAYLIST:

27 Year Anniversary: Best of the 70’s: Polyester nah jester! 15 sec.

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The 70’s – Roots Reggae highpoint showcased on Smile Jamaica for two and a half decades plus

Set 1:

  • Naturalites – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble Reggae vol. 1 (CSA) ’83 UK
  • Scientist – King of Dub (Kingdom) ’81 Dub Album of the Week

<First Dub Album added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: May 1987; 12 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jah Live; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’76; you cyaan kill God!

<Jah Live – Bob’s comments on Selassie’s overthrow, 1974; 54 sec.>

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The Dergue: Ethiopian Communists overthrow His Imperial Majesty, 1974.
  • Burning Spear – Door Peep Shall Not Enter; Presenting Burning Spear (Studio One) ‘70
  • Errol Dunkley – You’re Gonna Need Me; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘72
  • Rita Marley – One Draw; 12” (Shanachie) ’81 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Smokey, Herbie and Milla (as in Sensimilla) learn about the Seven Leaf; 18 sec.>

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So Bob Say!

Set 2:

  • Joe Higgs – There’s a Reward; Life of Contradiction (Micron/Pressure Sounds) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Jolly Brothers – Conscious Man; Conscious Man (Seven Leaf) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry/Black Ark

Set 3;

  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76 William Bell soul cover

<William Bell Stax soul. Tosh cover; 25 sec.>

  • Mighty Diamonds – You are Just a Song; Ice on Fire (Virgin Front Line) ’77 UK; Allen Toussaint prod’n
  • Third World – Human Marketplace; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77

<The Human Marketplace – Slavery & the Middle Passage’ 73 sec.>

  • U Roy – Control Tower; Rasta Ambassador (Virgin Front Line) ’77 over Gladiators vox
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The Middle Passage. Prince Far I – We were packed like sardines inna tin
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Prince Far I: When the boat overload, they throw some of us overboard

Set 4:

  • Naggo Morris – Killer Flour; Clocktower Classics vol. 1 (Abraham) ’75; poison flour

<True story in Jamaica: Flour kill the uncle, flour kill the granny;  35 sec.>

  • Max Romeo – Uptown Babies Don’t Cry (Mango) ‘76
  • Junior Byles – Fade Away; Channel One: Hitbound – The Revolutionary Sound (Heartbeat) ‘75
  • Marcia Griffiths – Melody Life; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ‘79
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Poison flour: The fritters are kinda bitter!

Set 5:

  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ’76; Woody Guthrie Bound to Glory cover
  • The Pioneers – Chucky; From the Beginning (Jet Star) 1969-1976
  • Yabby You – Deliver Me From My Enemies; Deliver Me From My Enemies (Blood and Fire) ‘77

<When the 2 Sevens Clashed: July 7, 1977. Rasta Armageddon; 20 sec.>

  • I Roy – Heart of a Lion; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
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This train is bound to glory!

Set 6:

  • Dennis Brown – Words of Wisdom; Words of Wisdom (Shanachie) ‘79
  • Keith Hudson – Rasta Country; Rasta Communication (Greensleeves) ’78; great Hawaiian guitar
  • Itals – I See a Sign; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) 1971-1979
  • George Faith – I’ve Got the Groove; To Be a Lover (Mango) ‘77
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Features killer Hawaiian guitar

Set 7:

  • Chris Hinze feat. Peter Tosh – Silver & Gold; Kings of Reggae (Pop Eye; Dutch flautist does Jamaica ‘80

<Dutch flautist inna Jamaica; 44 sec.>

  • Prince Far I feat. Joseph Hill of Culture – Message From a King; Message From a King (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song I played after six weeks off Smile Jamaica for blood infection, Dec. 2012. Give thanx! 18 sec.>

  • Bim Sherman – Someday; Bim Sherman Meets Horace Andy and U Black (Original) ‘79

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Set 8:

  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Sonny’s Lettah (Anti-Sus Poem); Forces of Victory (Mango) ‘79

<Sus law for “vagrancy” in UK; 35 sec.>

  • Ken Booth (sic) & the Iranian Students – Peace Time/Khomeini Skank; Jack Ruby Hi-Fi (Clappers) ‘79
  • Black Uhuru – Shine Eye Gal; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Heartbeat) ‘80; 35 sec.
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Every week I would lead off with Black Uhuru at 3am Mondays on 3 o’clock Roadblock

Words of Wisdom: 24 sec.

 

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014 (Stream + Tracklist) – Best of 25 Years (CD era)

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Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio

Greetings,

Celebrating 25 Years of Reggae Radio with the Best of Smile Jamaica: CD Edition 

<Records come from vinyl; what are CDs made of? Aluminum? 5 sec.>

Jump straight to the Jah-vember 15, 2014 Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive. Read below for the Tracklist

I pulled 50 tracks from my early days of Reggae collecting (1986-1990). Then I put those 50 in chronilogical order and started juggling the Disks from 4-7 PM.

Essentially: I am trying to recreate  what my first show would have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989: Smile Jamaica.

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Prince Buster – Nyabinghi drums from 1967. Earliest selection from Smile Jamaica’s Top 50

<Best of Smile Jamaica 25 Years High-lights; 77 sec.>

Probably the first time in a decade no Black Wax on Smile Jamaica

<Vinyl Free edition; first time in a decade; 17 sec.>

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-vember 15, 2014: Best of 25 Years.

Annotated playlist (soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons, photos, captions.)

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25 years of the Red, Gold and Green. Africa: Red (blood); Gold (riches); Green (harvest)

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Solidarity; Anthem (Mango) ‘84

<Anthem: The album that made me a Reggae fanatic; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa Studio (Jah Shaka) ’84: Dub Album of the Week; 15 sec.
  • Prince Buster – Chubby; Original Golden Oldies vol. 2 (Blue Beat) ’67; nyabinghi drumming
  • Bunny Wailer – This Train; Blackheart Man (Mango) ‘76

<Woody Guthrie’s – This Train; 25 sec.>

  • Burning Spear – Red, Gold and Green; Marcus Garvey (Mango) ‘75

<Significance of Red, Green & Gold; 45 sec.>

  • The Diamonds & the Upsetters – Talk About It; Open the Gate (Trojan) ‘75
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Michael Rose meets Sly & Robbie. This album started a 28 year journey into Reggae & Dubwize

Set 2: 

<Smile Jamaica used to air at 1pm when I started in ’89; 28 sec.>

  • Jacob Miller – Keep on Knocking; Who Say Jah No Dread (Greensleeves) ‘75
  • Judy Mowatt – Black Woman; Black Woman (Shanachie) ‘76
  • Dillinger – Ragnampiza; Bionic Dread (Mango) ’76; 17 sec.
  • Max Romeo – Smokey Room; War ina Babylon (Mango) ’76; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement; 17 sec.
  • Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76; William Bell cover

<Blues Reggae hybrid; 10 sec.>

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Set 3:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25 Years; 15 sec.>

  • Junior Murvin – Roots Train; Police and Thieves (Mango) ‘77
  • Marcial Griffiths – Melody Life; Naturally (Shanachie) ‘78
  • I Roy – Tiddle le Bop; Heart of a Lion (Virgin Front Line) ’78 nursery rhyme
  • Wailing Souls – Jah Give Us Life; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ‘78

<First song back after being in the hospital; Nov. 2012; 35 sec.>

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The perfect song after surviving 5 days in ICU with blood poisoning and six weeks off air to recover. Blessings

Set 4:

<Saturday Volunteer History on KRCL 90.9FM: 120+ years of Radio volunteering; 23 sec.>

  • Earl Zero – Please Officer; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ’79 herbtune

<4 down, 46 to go!; 10 sec.>

  • Errol Dunkley – A Little Way Different; Darling Ooh (Attack) ‘79
  • Itals – Don’t Wake the Lion; Early Recordings (Nighthawk) ‘79

<Tiger loose in Eurodisney; Paris; 11 sec.>

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As if the ticket prices at Disneyland weren’t bad enough. Tiger on the loose. Not looking for Mickey or Minnie

Set 5:

<Smile Jamaica Best of 25: From 50 cuts to 33 gems: diamond ruff; 13 sec.>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Forever Loving Jah; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80

<When Bob Marley CD’s were first released; 54 sec.>

  • The Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet!/IRS) ’80 2 Tone ska
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Fite Dem Back; Forces of Victory (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet

<Skinhead shoelaces: Red laces – anti-Racist skins; White laces – Racist skins; 37 sec.>

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When Island finally got around to releasing the Marley catalog on CD, I took part of my student loan check and bought every one: From Catch a Fire to Rebel Music. Ronald Reagan was a great supporter of the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives via the Pell Grant and Loans. Give thanks!

Set 6:

<Smile Jamaica: 25 years of Bass in ur Face! 18 sec.>

  • Rita Marley – One Draw; Big Blunts vol. 1 (Tommy Boy)  ’81 herb tune

<Wailers Family Tree: Bob, Bunny, Peter, Rita, Marcia, Judy; 22 sec.>

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
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One draw. Draw is a verb. To inhale, draw, smoke from a smoking utensil or spliff. Probably comes from draft. As in pour me a draft of Heineken while I take a draw off my spliff. 4 down, 46 to go!

Set 7:

<25 Years!; 13 sec.>

  • Toure’ Kunda; E’mma; E’mma Africa (Celluloid) ’81; Senegalese West African reggae

<Weaponized Ebola got loose in West Africa? 18 sec.>

  • The Selecter – Celebrate the Bullet; Celebrate the Bullet (Chrysalis) ’81 2 Tone ska w/ Pauline Black on vox
  • Culture – Lion Rock; Lion Rock (Heartbeat) ‘82

<Put HIM on the currency: Lion Rock; 13 sec.>

  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82
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Summer of 2014: ISIS, downed Malaysian airliner, Gaza and ebola all happened in the same week. Google weaponized ebola. Conspiracy theory? No, conspiracy fact!

Set 8:

<Smile Jamaica 25: From my hands to your ears!>

  • Mutabaruka – Intro + Check It!; Check It! (Alligator) ‘83 dub poet
  • Clint Eastwood & General Saint – Stop That Train; Stop That Train (Greensleeves) ’83; Melodians cover
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83 posthumous deejay release

Prince Far I: him don’t drink Schweppes, just the Heineken!

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The guerrilla army of the Zulu Nation fighting apartheid in South Africa. Army of Mandela’s African National Congress

Set 9:

<Out of 50, who didn’t make the cut list for Best of Smile Jamaica; 25 sec.>

  • UB40 – Tyler; More UB40 Music (DEP) ‘83
  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
  • Ini Kamoze – World a Music; Mini LP (Mango) ‘84

<Rutabaga Reese: My mentor on Smile Jamaica>

 

bless, robt

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One of the earliest additions to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives.