Album review
Reggae Crazy - Anthology 1971-1979
The Meditations
Nighthawk Records

Tracking list

  1. Really have to worry
  2. Changing of the time
  3. Must be a first
  4. Pattin' on shoulder
  5. Cry on my shoulder
  6. Woman piabba
  7. War mongers
  8. Hard life
  9. Play I
  10. Senorita
  11. Marriage
  12. Reggae crazy
  13. Stoning me away
  14. Get left
  15. Nyah man story
Rating : from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)

Vocals : 5 Backing : 5 Production : 5 Sound quality : 4 Sleeve : 4/5

Anyone who harbours doubt about the 1970s being the heydays of "roots reggae" - and especially strong roots harmonies - should listen to this truly superb collection of Meditations' songs, released by Nighthawk Records one of the earliest U.S. labels to specialize in reggae. In the early 70s vocal groups like the Mighty Diamonds emerged continueing the style of the sweet harmonies from the rocksteady era updated with fashionable, Garveyite lyrics, heavier riddims and vocal influences from a new generation of U.S. soft soul groups. Others represented a more basic shift within this tradition, often employing minor chords in their melodies and 'dreader' vocal tones that owed little to U.S. soul music, for themes of repatriation and black culture. The Meditations (Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke & Winston Watson) incorporated the elements from both approaches - as well as a great deal from the original trio form of the Wailers - and became one of Jamaica's greatest harmony trios. This 15-track album will make some of their best work available for the first time on CD. The songs are compiled from their first three albums and includes two singles and two previously unissued titles. Every tune is a beauty in its own way, testifying the timeless quality of the Meditations' original work. We hope you get the message, this is excellent and essential ! Quite simply some of the best music in (roots) reggae history. Class music !!

Teacher & Mr. T.