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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives Mar. 24, 2018 (Stream + Tracklist) – Plant the seeds to harvest the roots!

Greetings,

Winter in our rear view. Time to plant your garden! First pleasant Saturday in March I will lead off a Smile Jamaica with Monty Montgomery and his song Seeds. 13 sec.

For I ‘n’ I, Winter has been a harvest. I have spent my weekends in my Ark-ive sorting out several thousand 7″ 45’s . Pulling titles out for my theme sets: herb, Halloween, Roots Dawtas, Wailers Family Tree, Reggae covers, etc.

I collected baseball cards as a kid. Flipping 45’s took my back to my youth. I am up to letter O for Johnny Osbourne

I give you a serving of 7″‘s in this Ark-Ive edition: Reggae covers of Soul & Rock; 27 sec.

I also feature the second addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives of tens of thousands of pieces: vinyl – LPs, 7″, 10″, 12″; cassettes and CDs.

  1. Peter Tosh – Wanted Dread & Alive (Christmas ’81) – thanks Mom!
  2. Musical Youth – Youths of Today (Spring ’83).

As a youth growing up in North Central Montana. I had to drive from my hometown, Fort Benton (1500 people) to Great Falls. 40 miles away.

I would shop at the local record hut (Eli’s or Budget Tapes & Records). Usually I would buy a piece or two of vinyl: Led Zeppelin, Ramones, Police, Rolling Stones. But I usually also bought a cassette for the hour drive home.

That was how I acquired the smash novelty hit of 1983. A group of ex-pat Jamaican kids living in the UK who turned the Mighty Diamonds herb tune, Pass the Kutchie into a song about going hungry: Pass the Dutchie.

<Musical Youth, #2 in the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives. Before I knew about Smile Jamaica; 84 sec.>

Among all the synth rock and New Wave of the early 80’s, a cute Reggae toasting jam ruled the airwaves.

Alas, in Great Falls now if you want to buy a CD or record your only hope is Wal-Mart or Target.

Ahh, the forlorn memories of a cratedigger who’s world of record shopping is fading away.

Forward ever, backwards never

bless, Bobbylon

Also where I purchased my first pot pipe

Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: March 24, 2018; 82 sec.

Set 1:

  • Monty Montgomery – Seeds; Seeds (Fusion) Atlanta vinyl
  • Dub Specialist – Luanda Dub; African Rub a Dub (Studio One) ’80 JA vinyl dub album of the hour
  • Freedom Singers – Train Is Coming; Denzil Dennis – Me Nah Worry (Trojan)
  • Junior Byles – Fever; Curly Locks (Heartbeat)  ’72 cover of Little Willie John/Peggy Lee
  • Lorna Asher – Leave Them; Straight to Your Heart (Twinkle) ’99
  • Black Uhuru – Satan Army Band; Love Crisis (Greensleeves) ’77
  • Barrington Levy – Under Me Sensi (Ganjaman Mix); 10″ (MCA) ’93 green vinyl 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Time to plant your seeds for your Roots harvest to grow!

Set 2:

  • Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move Nobody Gets Hurt (Shanachie) ’83 Request
  • Tchiya Amet – Natural; Rise Again Truth (Milky Way) ’99 Chicago female African-American/Native American
  • Bunny Wailer – Want More; Hall of Fame (RAS) ’95 Bob covers for 50th birthday
  • I Roy – Rootsman; 10″ (Observer Gold) ’75 JA

Set 3: Best of Smile Jamaica 28 1/2 years

  • Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie; Youths of Today (MCA) ’82 

<No Kutchie pipe for 10 year olds: Dutchie = Dutch pot; 31 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Peaceful Woman; Steppin’ (Shanachie) ’79
  • Wailing Souls – Stop Red Eye; Very Best of (Greensleeves) ’83
  • Gayladds – Peculiar Man; Understanding (Tamoki Wambesi) ’79
  • Sly  & Robbie – Plastic Dub; Overdrive in Overdub (Sonic) Dub comp of the hour
Dis generation rules the nation, wif VERSION!

Set 4:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Punky Reggae Party; CD Single (Tuff Gong) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n

<Bob hails the punkers who played Reggae before they took the stage; 93 sec.>

  • Groundation – Young Tree; Crucial Reggae From Outside Jamaica vol. 3 (Skank)  ’99 comp.
  • J.C. Lodge – Hurricane; Lunatic Soundtrack (Mango) ’91
  • Omar Perry & Carlton Livingston – Daily Bread + No Answer; 10″ EP (Deep Root) 2008 UK militant steppers
No boring old farts

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Peter Tosh – Pick Myself Up; Dealing With the Shytstem (bootleg) Roxy, Los Angeles – 11/5/82: Vinyl is Vital Set
  • Urban Jazz Ritual – Ear Crazy; Zulu Compilation (Zulu) ’84 UK – dub poetry
  • Dub Syndicate w/ Lee “Scratch” Perry & Akabu – Dubaddisababa; Echomania (ON U Sound) ’93 UK; Akabu is female harmonies
  • Ethiopians – Obeah Book; Slave Call (Rohit) ’77 Franklin Lakes, NJ – Obeah is Jamaican folk magic

Set 6: 7″ Jamaican Jukebox 45s – Reggae does Rock & Soul

  • Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider; 7″ (Hometown) ’75 Can. (Gregg Allman)
  • Big Youth – Dock of the Bay; 7″ (Move & Groove)  ’73 JA (Otis Redding) 
  • Bruce Ruffin – Ooh Child; 7″ (Beverley’s) ’71 JA (Five Stairsteps)
  • Donovan Carless – Be Thankful For What You’ve Got; 7″ (Giant) US (William De Vaughn)
  • Mikey Dread – Dread at the Controls (Dread at the Controls) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour

Set 7:

  • The Wailers – Pass It On; Burnin’ (Tuff Gong) ’73 livication to a listener who passed away
  • Dry & Heavy feat. Likkle Mai – New Creation; New Creation (Green Tea) 2002 Jah-pon mutant dub w/ female vox
  • Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska, herb tune
  • Dubble – South Side Dub (Dub Tunnel) 2012 UK mutant dub

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • Hollie Cook – Angel Fire; Vessel of Love (Merge) 2008 UK dubstress
  • Thievery Corporation – One; Lebanese Blonde CD Single (4ad) ’98 Fr. EP
  • Beat Pharmacy – Cape Town; Earthly Delights (Deep Space) 2005 South African
  • G.T. Moore – King David’s Dub; 10″ (Jah Works)  ’95 UK

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018!

Greetings,

Happy New Year! 2018. Just got off the road. Two weeks with my family. First week in Albuquerque at my Sister’s place. Cratedigging in 50+ degree weather.

Caught up on some Reggae Revives and picked up reissues from favorite soul/funk labels Now and Then, VamiSoul and Soul Jazz.

Best score were two 60 CD Suitcases. That fetch $80+ on Amazon (when even listed.) Bought mine for $10 each

Ceased making in the era of digital downloads. Now fetch a king’s ransom on Ebay and Amazon

Then drove with my parents due West to Phoenix at their new retirement pad. Beautiful drive from Flagstaff south. 75 degrees all week.

My Dad has neuropathy and is still in pain from recent carpal tunnel surgery. While picking up our dog from the Doggy Hotel and that was right next to the Sun Valley Certification Clinic.

Set up an appointment to fill out a six page questionnaire of his pain history. Wait 2 weeks for his card, so I couldn’t go with him “shopping” for Seven Leaf products. Next year I’m taking my vape pen.

Got in some more cratedigging. Didn’t find much vinyl but picked up some delights at Zia Records.

Zia Records Phoenix

Watched Green Bay sleep walk through a Detroit Lions loss. New Year’s Eve for my Mom’s 75th birthday and flew out at the butt crack of down on New Year’s Day to get back to Utah. Took my first Uber. Cheaper and quicker than a cab ride.

First priority: New roots for Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive listeners. 3 hours of my favorites Roots Reggae delights. Let us enjoy Nuff Roots as our collective New Year’s Resolution

bless, Bobbylon

Smile Jamaica Digital Dubplate – Roots Reggae New Year 2018 Tracklist

0-30 min.

  • African Head Charge – Gospel Train; Songs of Praise (ON U Sound) ‘90
  • Yabby You – Judgment Time; One Love, One Heart; (Shanachie) ‘77
  • Althea & Donna – Make a Truce; Uptown Top Ranking (Virgin Front Line) ‘78
  • UB40 – Earth Dies Screaming; More UB40 Music (DEP)  ‘80
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; BBC Sessions (Strange Fruit) UK live in the studio
  • Pioneers – Pusher Man; Give and Take – Best of (Trojan) ‘78
  • Akabu – Africans United; Warrior Queen (ON U Sound) ’95 UK female group

30-60 min.

  • Jolly Brothers – Dread Dreader; Conscious Man (Seven Leaves) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Barrington Levy – Jah a Creator; Time Capsule (RAS) ‘83
  • The Congos – At the Feast; Heart of the Congos (Blood & Fire) ’77 Lee Perry/Black Ark prod’n
  • Bim Sherman – Gold & Silver; Crucial Cuts vol. 1 (Century)  ‘86
  • Tapper Zukie – Message to Pork Eaters; Man Ah Warrior (Trojan)  ’77 Patti Smith/Lenny Kaye prod’n
  • Aisha – Guide and Protect; Roots Daughters (Ariwa)  ‘88
  • The Morwells feat. Bingy Bunny – In God We Trust; Kingston 12 Toughie (RAS)  ’77

60-90 min.

  • Sheriff Lindo & the Hammer – Dub House of Horrors; Ten Dubs That Shook the World (Endless) ‘88 Australian dubwize
  • Sonya Spence – Peace and Unity; In the Dark (Skynote) ‘78
  • Black Uhuru – Youth of Eglington; Red (Mango) ‘81
  • Prince Far I – Shake the Nation; Cry Tuff Dub Encounter Chapter 3 (Pressure Sounds) ‘80
  • Carlene Davis – The Harder They Come; 15 Hits (Sonic) ’80 Jimmy Cliff cover
  • Cocoa Tea – Rocking Dolly; Rocking Dolly (RAS) ‘83
  • Prince Buster – Satta Massaganna; Sister Big Stuff  (Sunspot) ’72 Abyssinians cover

90 min. – 2 hr.

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Turn Your Lights Down Low (rehearsal); Redemption (bootleg) ‘77
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; One Life to Live (Treasure Isle) ’72 Marlena Shaw soul cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Put It On; Rule Dancehall (Shanachie) ’87 Wailers cover
  • Peter Tosh – Oh Bumbo Klaat; Wanted Dread & Alive (Rolling Stone) ‘81
  • Burning Spear – Farover; Faroever (Heartbeat) ‘82
  • The Marvels – Rock Steady; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ’71 female vox – Aretha Franklin cover
  • Paul Simon – Mother and Child Reunion; Paul Simon (Warner Bros.) ’72 recorded in Jamaica
  • Culture – This Train; Cumbolo (Heartbeat) ‘79

2-2 and 1/2 hr.

  • Pablo Gad – What Makes a Natty Dread Cry; Blood Suckers (Celluloid) ‘79
  • Yellowman – Soldier Take Over; Crucial Reggae Driven By Sly & Robbie (Mango) ‘82
  • Sister Nancy – Transport Connection; 600% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) ‘82
  • Mutabaruka – Whey Mi Belond; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 JA dub poet
  • Doctor Alimantado – Born For a Purpose; Born for a Purpose (Greensleeves) ‘81
  • Musical Youth – Youth of Today; Youth of Today (MCA) ’82 youth group
  • Jean Binta Breeze – Dubwise; Tracks (LKJ) ’90 UK female dub poet
  • Earl Zero – Home Sweet Home; Visions of Love (Epiphany) ‘80

2 and 1/2 – 3 hr.

  • Mikey Dread – Saturday Night Style; African Anthem (Dread at the Controls) ‘79
  • Love Joys – Wherever Jah Send Me; Reggae Vibes (Wackies) ’81 female duo
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Inglan Is a Bitch; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • Lion Youth – Rat a Cut Bottle; Don’t Call Us Immigrants (Pressure Sounds) ‘78
  • George Faith – In the Midnight Hour/Ya Ya; To Be a Lover (Mango) ’77 Lee “Scratch” Perry prod’n; Wilson Pickett & Lee Dorsey covers
  • Judy Mowatt – Rock Me; Love Is Overdue (Shanachie) ‘87
  • Lacksley Castell – Righteous Stand; Morning Glory (Negus Roots) ‘82

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 15, 2016: Is it Rolling, (Nobel) Bob?

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<Is It Rolling, Bob?>

Greetings,

All my heroes are named Bob: Marley, Crumb and Dylan. Congrats to Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan. The first popular music artist to be chosen. Well deserving.

So I start off Smile Jamaica with a 3 song Reggae Tribute to his Bobness!

<Winner, winner Nobel Prize chicken dinner! 33 sec.>

bless, robt

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: Jah-tober 15, 2016: Annotated Playlist – photos, captions, soundbytes, Reggae History Lessons; 51 sec.

  • Bob Dylan Tribute
  • Wailers Family Tree
  • Vinyl is Vital
  • Jah-loween Stylee
  • Disco Mix 10″/12″
  • Roots Dawtas
  • UFO-ria inna Mutant Dub Stylee

Intro: 33 sec.

Set 1: From one Bob to another: Dylan Tribute – Nobel Winner

<Amazing achievement. Nobel deserving; 52 sec.>

  • Jimmy London – Ride On; Welcome to My World (Burning Sounds) ’78 UK vinyl
  • Sould Syndicate – Black Pride – Dub; King Tubby & Friends – Sound System Dub Vol. (Original) JA vinyl, 1975-78: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Bob Dylan – Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door; Live at Budokan (Columbia): ’78 Reggae Tribute to Nobel Laureate, Bob Dylan
  • Bob Dylan – Man Gave Names to All the Animals; Slow Train Coming (Columbia) ’79 Gospel Grammy winner
  • Bob Dylan – Jokerman; Infidels (Columbia) ’83 Sly & Robbie on the riddims
  • Peter Broggs – Internaitonal Farmer; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • African Pearl – Zion Bound; 10” (Ariwa) 2005 UK: female roots

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Set 2: Wailers Family Tree

  • Peter Touch &  Hugh Roy – Rightful Ruler; Honorary Citizen: Jamaican Singles (Columbia) ’69 box set

<Peter Touch – hands on communicator; 18 sec.>

  • Bunny Wailer – Dance Hall Music; Retrospective (Shanachie) ’87 roots comp
  • Rita Marley – Who Can Be Against Us; Harambe (Shanachie)  ‘82

<Harambe – Kenyan revolutionary slogan: Pull together!>

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Jamming (Long Version); Exodus (Deluxe Edition) (Tuff Gong) ’77 bonus track

<Dessert before dinner: dub before the vox – Jamming; 18 sec.>

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Set 3:

<Request: The one album that led to Smile Jamaica – Black Uhuru Anthem; 35 sec.>

  • Black Uhuru – Black Uhuru Anthem; Anthem (Island) ’84 Night of the Living Dead, Request; 19 sec.
  • Creation Rebel/New Age Steppers – Painstaker; Threat to Creation (Cherry Red/ON U Sound) ’81 dub to New Age Steppers cover of Michael Rose “Observe Life
  • African Princess – Jah Children Cry; 12” (Jah Shaka) ’80 UK
  • Scientist – Heavyweight Dub Champion (Greensleeves) ’80: Dub Album of the Hour
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This album made me a Reggae Fanatic – Hard to live in dread in the dawn of the living dead!

Set 4: Best of Smile Jamaica – 27 Years

  • Yellowman – Morning Ride; One in a Million (Shanachie) ’84

<The Morning Ride – a different commute!; 25 sec.>

  • Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ‘88
  • Barry Brown – Run Wicked Man; Far East (Hitbound) ‘81
  • Keith Hudson – My Eyes Are Red (Unlreased Version); Brand (Pressure Sounds) ‘77
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The morning ride is the longest ride

Set 5: Vinyl Is Vital

  • Icarus – Land of Tarot; State of Mind (Russian Roulette) ’82 UK
  • Earl Sixteen – Freedom; Heart of the Ark vol. 2 (Seven Leaf) Black Ark/Lee Perry prod’n
  • Clint Eastwood – Sweet, Sweet Jamaica; Sex Education (Greensleeves) ’80 UK
  • Tony Tuff – Born in the Ghetto; Presenting Mr. Tuff (Black Roots) ’81 JA
  • Aura Lewis Meets Lee “Scratch” Perry – At Midnite; Full Experience (Blue Moon) Fr. EP – Black Ark prod’n

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Set 6:

  • Tino – Bats in My Belfrey Dub; Hallowe’en Dub (Tino’s) Jah-loween beats artist
  • Yesca – Searchin’; Up in Smoke Soundtrack (Warner Bros)  ’78 herbal update of the Coasters 50 r & b
  • Ther Herbaliser – The Hard Stuff; Something Wicked This Way Comes (Ninja Tune) 2002 UK mutant dub herb tune
  • Version feat. Sista Widey – Put On; 10” (Webcam Hi Fi) 2007 Fr. mutant dub
  • Black Roots Players – Redder Than Red; Ghetto-ology Dub (Easy Star) ’79 Dub Album of the Hour
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Makes your flesh creep: next 2 Saturdays nuff Jah-loween on Smile Jamaica. 3 hours Digital Dubplate mix on Mixcloud Oct. 31

Set 7: Jah-loween Stylee

  • Black Survivors – Catch a Vampire; Nations of the World (Sword Lion) ’95 UK
  • Garland Jeffreys feat. Big Youth – Graveyard Rock; Escape Artist (Epic) ’81 – NY bi-racial rocker

<Don’t get stoned on my tombstone! 25 sec.>

  • Rupie Dan & Jennifer Gad feat. Macka B – Devil Dance; Solid Foundation (Flag) 1992
  • Bomb the Bass feat. Sinead O’Connor & Benjamin Zephaniah; Empire; clear (Quango) ’95 UK mutant dubbers; Empire=Vampire
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Don’t get stoned on mi tombstone!

Set 8: UFO-ria: 38 sec.

  • Audio Active – Space Children; Tokyo Space Cowboys (ON U Sound) ’94 Jah-pon
  • Rockers Hi Fi – Dick From Outaspace; Rockers to Rockers (Gee Street) ’95 UK
  • Disrupt – Asteroid Dub Force; Jahtarian Dubbers vol. 3 (Jahtari) Germ.
  • Public Service Broadcasting– Gagarin; Beyond Saturn (Mojo)

<Yuri Gagarin, original Russian cosmonaut>

  • Troubleman – Intergalactic You, Intergalactic Me; Far Out Spaced Odyssey (Far Out) 2010 Brazilian dubfunk instrumental

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Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: September 12, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist) – Go Green Bay!

 

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Green Bud Bowl Packers all the way to the Stooper Bowl

Greetings,

Finally. NFL starts. No more deflategate. No more Roger Goddell (rhymes with HELL)

Just my Green Bud Bowl Packers put a beat down on the Cutler-riffic Chicago Bears; 12 sec.

3 Truisms from the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives; 12 sec.

  1. Reggae ‘n ‘ Duwize
  2. San Francisco Giants baseball
  3. Green Bay Packers football
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Aaron takes his spinach!

<Green Bud Bowl Packers; 2 sec.>

bless, robt

<High-lights of the Sept. 12, 2015 Ark-Ive; 48 sec.>

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Playlist:

Set 1:

  • Azeem & Session – Jah Children; Live and Direct (M.Al’s) Oakland vinyl
  • Black Slate – Romans Dub; Ogima (TCD) ’81 UK: Dub Album of the Hour
  • Count Ossie & the Mystic Revelation of Rastafari; So Long; By the Rivers of Babylon (Shanachie) nyahbinghi drum
  • Phyllis Dillon – Woman of the Ghetto; 100% Dynamite (Soul Jazz) Marlena Shaw cover
  • Abyssinians – Jah Marley; Last Days (Tabou1)  ’99 Bob tribute
  • Gregory Isaacs – Mr. Cop; Sensational Extra Classic (Trojan) ’78; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<Cool down your temper Mr. Cop! 9 sec.>

  • Barry Brown – Jah Lead Us; 10” (Attack Gold)
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Cool down your temper Mr. Cop!

Set 2:

  • The Wailers – 400 Years (JA + US/UK); Catch a Firee (Tuff Gong) ‘73

<Catch a Fire: JA vs. Island overdubs; 33 sec.>

<400 Years: JA mix vs. Island mix; 50 sec.>

  • Ethiopians – Satan Boy; From Matador’s Arena vol. 2 (Jamaican Gold) ’70 Halloween soon come!
  • Christine Miller & Hi Tek Players – Trod Away Home; 10” (Roots Hi-Tek) 2006 UK; militant steppers
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JA tough ghetto mix vs. Chris Blackwell’s Island overdubs

Set 3: Best of 27 Years Reggae Radio

  • The Selecter – My Collie (Not a Dog); Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 herbtune; 13 sec.
  • Toots Hibbert – Freedom Train; Toots in Memphis (Mango) ’88 soul covers
  • Aswad – Tradition; Distant Thunder (Mango) ’88 UK
  • Ruts DC & the Mad Professor – Love and Fire; Rhythm Collision Dub (ROIR) ’82 UK punkdub
  • Jah Lloyd – Sharp Razor; Herb Dub (Teams); Dub Album of the Hour
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2 Tone Ska Herbtune with female vox

Set 4:

  • Peter Tosh – I’m the Toughest; Live at the Jamaica World Music Festival (Peter Tosh Foundation); 11/27/82: Montego Bay, JA
  • Bunny Wailer – Never Grow Old; Gumption (Shanachie) ’90: Toots cover
  •  The Tennors – Ride Your Donkey; Broken Flowers (Focus) Rock Steady tune from Jim Jarmusch Soundtrack

<Jarmusch and Tarantino Soundtracks: Top Rank! 17 sec.>

  • Boney ‘L’ & Vibronics – Babylon Children; 10” (Jah Tubbys) 2006 UK militant steppers w/ female vox
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Killer Jim Jarmusch soundtrack

Set 5: Vinyl is V-Ital Set

  • Lloyd Robinson – Cuss Cuss; Studio One Showcase volume 2 (Studio One) Vinyl is Vital Set: Riddim Shower (1): JA original

<Cuss Cuss; 16 sec.>

  • Dub Syndicate feat. Bim Sherman – Cuss Cuss; Strike the Balance (ON U Sound) ’89 UK: Riddim Shower (2): mutant dub cover

<Style Scot RIP; 28 sec.>

  • U Roy – Dynamic Fashion Way; Studio Kinda Cloudy (Trojan); ’69 Keith Hudson prod’n over Ken Boothe
  • Dr. Alimantado – This Little Bird; (Tell Me You Are Having a) Wonderful Time (Keyman) ’88 UK

<Even the birds ‘n’ bees’zes give Jah di Praises! 8 sec.>

  • Marcia Griffiths – Truly; At Studio  One (Studio One) JA
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Set 6: Roots Dawta Set

  • Samia Farah – Cool (Original); Samia Farah (Sony) ’99 Tunisian-French

<Samia Farah: French language dubstress; 20 sec.>

  • Angie Stone – Wish I Didn’t Miss You; Fatboy Slim: Late Night Tales (Thrive) 2007
  • Aisha – I Can’t Change; There Is More to Life… (Ariwa) 2005 UK
  • Ayo – Who; Ticket to the World (Motown) 2013 Nigerian-German singer
  • Reggae on Top All Stars – Cutting Dub; Chalice Dub Part One (Reggae on Top) ’95 Dub Album of the Hour
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Samia Farah: French-Tunisian dubstress

Set 7:

  • Yellowman – Disco Reggae; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell prod’n
  • Sophia George – Final Decision; For Everyone (Pow Wow)  ‘86
  • Robbie Valentine – Don’t You Be Blind; 10” (Sip a Cup) 2008 UK militant steppers
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Bill Laswell dancehall classic

Set 8: Mutant Dub

  • 2 Bad Card – Weed Specialist; CD Single (ON U Sound) ’95 UK mutant dub set; herbtune

<Space Dust! 4 down, 46 to go! 9 sec.>

  • Dr. Israel & the Brooklyn Jungle Sound System – Equal Rights; Black Rose Liberation (Baraka Foundation) 2001 NYC
  • Snoop Lion feat. Angela Hunte – So Long; Reincarnated (Mad Decent) 2013
  • Audio Active – Robot War (Adrian Sherwood Dub Mix); Apollo Choco Remixed (ON U Sound) ’98 Japan
  • Abassi All Stars feat. Kenny Knots – Wicked Intention; Showcase (Universal Egg) 2006 UK
  • Alpha & Omega – In the Beginning; Overstanding (A & O) ’82 UK trance dub
  • Clive Hunt & the Dub Dancers feat. Lizzard – Satta I; & the Dub Dancers (Makasound) 2008
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Space dust!

Words of Wisdom:

Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 (Stream + Tracklist): 27 Years of Reggae Radio II – The 80’s

 

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Ronnie Raygun is to blame

Greetings,

<Thanks for the positive feedback spinning Reggae Radio for 27 years! bless, robt; 17 sec.>

I have been fortunate enough to do Reggae Radio for 27 years now. July 1988-Aug. 1989 Graveyard stylee on 3 o’clock Roadblock (3 to 6am) Then by pure good luck of timing I moved over to Saturday Afternoons with Smile Jamaica (4 to 7 pm.) Oct. 1989-

<Much love to Juan Verde – John Greene. Who hired me to work for free on KRCL way back in 1988; 44 sec.>

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John Greene, or as I call him Juan Verde, headman of KUER radio. Used to manage KRCL. The Lion of Community Radio in Utah

I got accepted into grad school at UCLA but didn’t get a fellowship so I stayed put in Utah. Worked my way into the U of U’s academic library about the same time as I did Smile Jamaica.

Planted my flag and never left both institutions. Last week I decided to celebrate that legacy with a stroll down musical memory lane. Tried to recreate my first show. Being a Librarian I put all my faves into some semblance of chronological order. Pretty much from 1970-1979 for 3 hours.

Had lots of great listener feedback. Thanking me for 27 years of service and killer music selection. When you have something in the neighborhood of 10,000 pieces of Reggae. 30 songs out of that Ark-Ive are are hard as diamond.

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Why I have never moved from Salt Lake City. Too much hassle to move all this!

But I didn’t get into Reggae until 1986. So my contemporary absorption of Reggae would have been the 80’s era.

This week’s Podcast Ark-Ive celebrates that era.

  • Bob Marley died 1981
  • Yellowman became King of Reggae: slackness began to ascend while Roots started to wobble when Edward CIA-ga, the right wing Ronald Reagan fan took over Jamaica. The Socialists fell away and the Rastas lost their power base.
  • Cocaine took over for Ganja
  • Like all genres in the 80’s synthesized music began to replace traditional drum and bass.
  • Dancehall eclipsed Roots Reggae
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Edward Seaga. Called by the Rastas CIA-ga. Right wing Neoliberal PM of Jamaica. Eradicated the weed while cocaine and dancehall took over culturally

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I was alienated by modern dancehall. My contemporary fix was more into Mutant Dub. I paint a rather bleak picture!

But there was some great Roots Reggae even if the riddims started to blend traditional Reggae with digital drum and bass. This show fixates on the best of the 80’s Reggae that I collected alongside Reggae Revives and 70’s rarities.

I learned from the deejay on Smile Jamaica when I was a civilian listener, John “Rutabaga” Reese. He had the best Roots Reggae instincts of anyone around. I used to listen like the student I was, notebook in hand, jotting down names and titles of killer shots. One after another. Then I would take my list to the Bay Area and spend my student loan money building my Roots Collection; 22 sec.

bless, robt

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Former Smile Jamaica host Rutabaga Reese turned me on to this. Best of the 80’s today

Here’s what’s on tap for the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 18, 2015 – Best of 27 Years Version 2: Favorite 80’s: 1980-1988; 1 min. 52 sec.

Set 1:

  • Black Uhuru – Party Next Door; Anthem (Island) ‘84

<During 3 O’Clock Roadblock I led off each show with a Black Uhuru jam; 29 sec.>

  • Jah Shaka Meets Aswad – Addis Ababa; In Addis Ababa (Jah Shaka) ’84 Dub Album of the Week
  • Peter Tosh – Reggaemyelitis; Wanted Dread & Alive (EMI America) ’81

<My first reggae LP; Xmas ‘81. Thanks Mom!; 15 sec.>

  • The Beat (aka The English Beat) – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go Feet) ’80; 2 Tone Ska; Smokey Robinson cover

<The Beat called English Beat in US to avoid confusion over SoCal new wave/power pop group; 27 sec.>

  • John Holt – Police in Helicopter; Police in Helicopter (Greensleeves) ’82; 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement

<John Holt – You burn down our weed fields, we’ll burn down your sugar cane and cassava fields; 31 sec.>

  • Black Slate – Reggae Music; Amigo (bbr) ’80 UK
  • Michael Prophet – Help Them Please; Gunman (Greensleeves) ‘80
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#1 of thousands. Play on word: Not Wanted Dead or Alive. Wanted Dread and Alive

<Reggaemyelitis – There is no cure!; 25 sec.>

Set 2:

  • Bob Marley & the Wailers – Coming in From the Cold; Uprising (Tuff Gong) ‘80
  • Ranking Roger & Blue Riddim – America and Russia/Selective Service System (Nancy Goes to Moscow); 12” (ORA) La Habra, CA
  • Linton Kwesi Johnson – Street 66; Bass Culture (Mango) ’80 UK dub poet
  • The Selecter – Three Minute Hero; Too Much Pressure (2 Tone) ’80 UK; 2 Tone ska
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Let ’em eat jelly beans

Set 3:

  • Dennis Brown – If I Had the World; Foul Play (A & M) ‘81
  • Aswad – Back to Africa; Showcase (Mango) ’81 UK
  • Rastafarians – Hold on Jah Jah Children; Orthodox (Makasound) ’81 Santa Cruz, CA
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Dennis Brown – The Crown Prince of Reggae. Died in 1999 of pneumonia. 42 years young. Member of Jah’s Heavenly Choir

Set 4:

  • Steel Pulse – Ravers; True Democracy (Elektra) ’82 UK
  • Peter Broggs – Rastafari Liveth!; Rastafari Liveth! (RAS) ‘82
  • Fab 5 – Ooh! Ahh!; Countryman (Mango) ’82 sountrack
  • Gregory Isaacs – Night Nurse; Night Nurse (Mango) ‘82

<Jah’s Heavenly Choir: The Crown Prince of Reggae and his bredrin The Cool Ruler; 11 sec.>

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Gregory Isaacs – The Cool Ruler. Passed away of lung cancer, 2010. 59 years young

Set 5:

  • Twinkle Brothers – Since I Throw the Comb Away; Live at Reggae Sunsplash (Genes) Aug. 7, 1982 Montego Bay, JA

<Since I Throw the Comb Away – lost my job, my family and my girl; 27 sec.>

  • Mutabaruka – Everytime A Ear de Soun; Check It! (Alligator) ’83 dub poet
  • Prince Far I – Survival; Umkhonto we Sizwe – Spear of the Nation (Tamoki Wambesi) ’83

<Prince Far I: You know a rude bwoy by the way he wears his cap; 34 sec.>

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Gravel voiced deejay. Murdered in mysterious circumstances 1983. “Don’t drink Schweppes, drink Heineken”

Set 6:

  • Bad Brains – Rally Round Jah Throne; Rock For Light (Caroline) ’83 DC Rasta punks do reggae

<Bad Brains produced by The Cars – Ric Ocasek; 19 sec.>

  • Aisha – Prophecy; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88; Faybiane Miranda cover
  • Bunny Wailer – Ceasefire; Roots, Radics, Rockers, Reggae (Shanachie) ’83 herbtune

<United States vs. Iran – Ceasefire 2015. Light the chalice! 26 sec.>

  • Don Carlos – Jah Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
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Urmia, Iran. My grandfather Jibrael from the Assyrian village of Borashan near the Lake

Set 7:

  • Ini Kamoze – General; Mini LP (Taxi) ‘84
  • Sister Carol – Jah Is Mine; Black Cinderella (Jah Life) ’84 Michael Jackson/Carpenters mashup

<Sister Carol singjay: singing mixed with deejay, toasting; 16 sec.>

  • Roots Radics – Everywhere Natty Go; Freelance (Kingdom) ‘85

<Freelance album: held hostage in UK til they recorded an album since Gregory Isaacs was a no show; 39 sec.>

  • Yellowman – Strong Mi Strong; King Yellowman (Columbia) ’84 Bill Laswell
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One of the first 10 Lps added to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives, 1986. All killer, no filler!

Set 8:

  • UB40 – All I Want to Do; Rat in Mi Kitchen (A & M) ’86 UK

<Traded a cassette dub of this album for U of U football tickets when a linebacker from Collie-fornya heard this booming out of my dorm room 1986; 28 sec.>

  • Sophia George – Girlie, Girlie; For Everyone (Pow Wow) ‘86
  • Toots Hibbert – Love and Happiness; In Memphis (Mango) ’88 Al Green cover
  • Alpha Blondy & the Wailers – Jerusalem; Jerusalem (Shanachie) ’86; Cote d’Ivoire artist
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Livicated to dreads listening in Mali, West Africa

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