Wednesday, April 20, 2016

back on the radio...

It'd been more than a decade since I was on the air back in Boston at the now defunct Allston Brighton Free Radio.  I was inspired to go to the WUVT ORGY (their organizational meeting) and went through their AM training program.  One bright morning in April, I noticed that the automation was malfunctioning, rendering the station unlistenable with what sounded like two different channels playing simultaneously somehow.  Joe, who had supervised the AM training, happened to be there and agreed to let me go on the air under his sign-in name "Josee".

I was fumbling and nervous; but was just picking stuff off the fly and having a fabulous time.

Here's the link for the archived setlist:
(broken down by hour, i didn't start until the first hour was almost over.)

                       artist             /     song     /      album

Bob Marley / exodus /  Exodus 

The Beatles /  Got To Get You Into My Life /  Revolver

Camper Van Beethovan / eye of fatima part 1/  Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

Camper Van Beethovan / eye of fatima part 2Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart

Dinosaur Jr / Freak Scene / Bug

Blondie / Bermuda Triangle Blues (Flight 45)Plastic Letters

The Smiths / Ask / Ask

Genesis / Firth of Fifth / Selling England By the Pound

The Godfathers / When Am I Coming Down? / Birth School Work Death
Pink Floyd / Fearless / Meddle

Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians / Airscape / Element of Light

The Cure / 10:15 Saturday Night / Boys Don't Cry

Tim Buckley / gypsy woman / Happy Sad

Throwing Muses / Green / Throwing Muses

Liz Phair / May Queen / Whip Smart

Kate Bush / Hounds of Love / Hounds of Love

Sleigh Bells / Rill Rill / Treats

Belly / Gepetto / Star

Morphine / Dawna / Cure For Pain

Morphine / Buena / Cure for Pain

The Velvet Underground / Oh Sweet Nuthin' / Loaded 

The Rolling Stones / Can't You Hear Me Knocking / Sticky Fingers

Donovan / Hurdy Gurdy Man / Hurdy Gurdy Man

Grateful Dead / Serengetti /Shakedown Street

 Grateful Dead / Fire On The Mountain / Shakedown Street

The Clash / Police And Thieves  / The Story Of The Clash

The Replacements / Within Your Reach / Hootenanny

Roxy Music / Ladytron / Roxy Music

east of the river nile

Augustus Pablo legitimized the melodica in a natural way and gave new life to dub instrumentals.  Born Horace Swaby, he learned to play the organ while a student at the Kingston College School.  He acquired a melodica from "a little sistren" and began playing the instrument incessantly.  The blow-organ instrument had not been taken seriously at this point and was primarily used in school music classes.  

Herman Chin Loy, owner of the Aquarius record shop, heard him playing the instrument and booked him in a studio the next day.  He cut his first single "Iggy Iggy" as well as an instrumental track that would eventually become the title track for 'East of the River Nile'.   In the meantime, he recorded four albums   (This Is...Augustus Pablo  and Ital Dub in 1974,  Thriller  in 1975,  and  King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown in 1976) and set up his own Rockers record label.  

'East of the River Nile' was recorded at Harry J's, Channel One, King Tubby's, and Black Ark in Kingston.  Pablo produced the sessions and played organ, piano, strings, keyboards, clavinet, and melodica;  with  Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Clayton Downie, Robert "Robbie" Shakespeare, and Earl "Bagga" Walker trading off on bass;  Carlton "Carlie" Barrett, Noel "Alphonso" Benbow, and Max Edwards sitting in on drums;  Earl "Chinna" Smith on guitar; Everton DaSilva on percussions;  and the Ja-Malla Band playing on "Chant to King Selassie I" and "Natural Way".   The Upsetters played on "Upfull Living", "Unfinished Melody", and "Memories of the Ghetto".  King Tubby and Lee Perry did the mixing.  

East of the River Nile 
original version

Natural Way

'East of the River Nile'
full album:

00:00 - 1 - Chant To King Selassie I
03:42 - 2 - Natural Way
11:08 - 3 - Nature Dub
15:00 - 4 - Upfull Living
19:58 - 5 - Unfinished Melody
22:32 - 6 - Jah Light
24:48 - 7 - Memories Of The Ghetto
28:10 - 8 - Africa (1983) 
31:13 - 9 - East Of The River Nile
34:06 - 10 - Sounds Form Levi
38:06 - 11 - Chapter 2 
42:23 - 12 - Addis-A-Baba 
46:08 - 13 - East Africa 
48:56 - 14 - East of the River Nile (original)
51:54 - 15 - Memories of the Ghetto Dub 
55:28 - 16 - Jah Light Version 
58:00 - 17 - Islington Rock
1:00:00 - 18 - Meditation Dub