Title
Artist
Label
Format
Date

Jah Always Find A Way
The Meditations
Catch Me Records
CD / Digital Release
March 25, 2016

Track list
  1. Behold
  2. More Money
  3. Setback
  4. Joy & Happiness
  5. No More Friends
  6. Jah Always Find A Way feat. Liviti
  7. Pretty Little Woman
  8. Special Invitation
  9. Rock With Me Baby
  10. I Get Over My Girlfriend
  11. Secret
  12. War In A Babylon Kingdom
  13. So Sad
  14. Over The Hills & Valleys
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The Meditations were in the vanguard of reggae's first wave, a mid-'70s rush of artists and groups that prepared the way for Jamaican music around the world. The original trio of Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke and Winston Watson broke ground with their debut album "Message From The Meditations" and followed it with "Wake Up", "Guidance" and "No More Friend", all issued on various record labels. In 1988, two of the trio - Ansel Cridland had left the group - took the name for their album "For The Good Of Man".

In 1992, the original trio reunited and released the album "Return Of The Meditations" on the Heartbeat label. Seven years later, New York-based Easy Star Records unleashed the vocal harmony group's album "Ghetto Knowledge", which in 2002 was followed by the previously unreleased 1982 Wackies album "I Love Jah". Then 2004 saw the release of "Stand In Love" on the Meditations Music imprint, while the album "Dangerous Society", done in cooperation with the late Philip Smart, appeared in 2011. Since 2007, Ansel Cridland has been the only remaining original member of The Meditations to continue touring, accompanied by Laury Webb and DandyLion Chandell.

Some of the songs of "Jah Always Find A Way", the new self-produced album from Ansel Cridland trading as The Meditations, were recorded 8 years ago, but never released until now. Most of the recordings were done in Harry J Studios, Mixing Lab and One Pop Studio in Kingston, Jamaica. The newly recorded tracks were done at Heavy Beat Recording Studio in Miami and Subliminal Warfare Studios in Margate, Florida. Great musicians like Sly Dunbar, Willie Lindo, Dwight Pinkney, Sidney Mills, Barnabas, Lloyd Parks, Derrick Barnett, Franklyn 'Bubbler' Waul, Earl 'Chinna' Smith, Keith Sterling, the late Gladdy Anderson, Ansel Collins have contributed to this set.

This 14-track album, which obviously tries to recapture the feel and original sound of the '70s and '80s, finds Ansel Cridland in fine form. The listener is treated to a well produced delightful blend of roots and lovers music, as there are tunes that give praise to the almighty Jah, social commentary and songs about affairs of the heart. The uptempo "Behold", which opens the album in a big way, is one of the tunes that recalls the heydays of reggae music. This certainly also goes for "Setback" and "Joy And Happiness", both full of consciousness and worth hearing over and over again. With "No More Friends" Ansel Meditations comes up with a nicely done updated version of the tune that was the title track of the Linval Thompson produced Meditations album from 1983. Later on the same riddim is used for a new tune called "I Get Over My Girlfriend". The powerful "Jah Always Find A Way", the song that gave the album its name, belongs to the highlights of this collection. Next comes "Pretty Little Woman", the first of the four following songs that go into lovers territory. Nice tunes to listen to, with "Rock With Me Baby" being the best effort. The message tune "Secret" kicks off the last part of the album, which features the great "War In A Babylon Kingdom" and captivating "Over Hills And Valleys".

When you're looking for quality reggae music, you can't go wrong with this album.