Label: Heartbeat Records - HB 158 • Format: CD Compilation • Country: US • Genre: Reggae • Style: Roots Reggae
A blog devoted to providing new reggae music lovers with reviews and information that will help guide them on their first journey in exploring reggae music.
I hope this site is also useful for advanced reggae music listeners as well. Post a Comment. Arc Angel Gabriel's Reggae World. Back in the day, of all of the harmony groups that were around El Capitan Cartuccia - Various - Radetsky Marchas the time, The Meditations got the least attention from me.
In part, it was due to ignorance, and it was also because much of their material was not readily available to me. I eventually picked up a few Meditation records on vinyl, in particular Guidance but did not play them often for some reason. Flash forward to current time and as I am perusing releases I come across the above mentioned greatest hits package. Aside from being on Heartbeat, which guarantees a respectful and quality release, it contains a nice overview of The Meditations career up until then.
Upon playing this CD for the first time and after the sixth time! This CD contains 20 songs including bonus tracks that spans the entire career of The Meditations.
There are 3 tracks from Wake Up4 from Message from the Meditations3 from Guidancea couple of 12", and some rare tracks from sessions at Black Ark with Lee Perry at the controls. The whole album is classic Jamaican reggae of the highest order. Unlike the Mighty Diamonds, for example, who relied largely on the lead vocals of one singer, the Meditations had three singers that could all carry lead vocal duties Ansel Cridland, Danny Turn Me Loose - The Meditations - Deeper Roots: The Best Of The Meditations , and Winston Watson.
In addition, each singer had a distinct method of interpreting a song. As a result, the variety of vocal styles works well along with the classic rhythms.
The CD comes with a nice booklet that provides an overview of the career and puts the music of group in context. Also, the back of the booklet provides a nice song recap that provides information on the musicians, engineers and time frame.
All the key information that any reggae fanatic would want to know. While the whole album reeks of classic the best moments for me are the songs Skunx - Various - Give Em The Boot III by Lee Perry at Black Ark Running from Jamaica, No Peace, and Think So as these carry some of that trademark Perry molasses mix.
That is a good thing! This is classic era Turn Me Loose - The Meditations - Deeper Roots: The Best Of The Meditations roots music. If you are not going to hunt down the LPs, then this CD is a must have.
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