Greatest Hits

Greatest Hits

by The MeditationsThe Meditations

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Overview

The Meditations are a prime example of the sort of excellent roots harmony trios successful during the second have of the 1970s. Built around the interweaving lines of singers Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke, and Winston Watson, their potential was made clear by the early singles the group cut for Dobby Dobson at Federal Records, beginning in 1975. Dobson followed up those early works with a debut full-length, Message From the Meditations, in 1976. Three songs from that set are included on Greatest Hits, along with other late-'70s material. From the beginning, the trio had the finest Jamaican sessionmen behind them. Bass players Val Douglas, Boris Gardiner, and Robbie Shakespeare; keyboardists Winston Wright and Earl "Wire" Lindo; and drummer Sly Dunbar were among the various rhythm teams employed for the band's sessions. The interplay between solid bass and drum foundations, bubbling organ lines, and wah-wah guitar rhythms resulted in a sound as rough and rugged as it was fluid. From their early days, Cridland was the principle song writing force in the group, though strong contributions from Clarke and Watson revealed that the Meditations always had more depth than the current selections from their unofficial leader's songbook. Recorded by Lee "Scratch" Perry at a bustling Black Ark, Clarke's "Running From Jamaica" is a highlight. Unfortunately, classic Upsetter singles like "No Peace" and "Think So" are absent, surprising omissions considering Shanachie has gathered a mere ten songs on Greatest Hits. While Heartbeat's Deeper Roots set is a little more comprehensive (adding the Perry titles, as well as songs from Cridland's first group, the Linkers), this is still one of the best introductions to the Mediations.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/26/1991
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351431523
catalogNumber: 43015
Rank: 44922

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meditations   Primary Artist
Anderson   Guitar
Ansel Collins   Piano
Boris Gardiner   Bass
Pablove Black   Organ
Dougie Bryan   Rhythm Guitar
Harold Butler   Piano
Danny Clarke   Percussion
Ansel Cridland   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Val Douglas   Bass
Tyrone Downey   Keyboards
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Dean Fraser   Horn
Earl Lindo   Organ,Guitar
Willie Lindo   Rhythm Guitar
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Uziah "Sticky" Thompson   Percussion
Winston Watson   Percussion
Winston Wright   Organ
Errol "Flabba" Holt   Bass
Tony Allen   Bass
Sculley Alvin   Percussion
Bertram "Ranchie" McLean   Rhythm Guitar
Mikey "Boo" Richards   Drums
Radcliffe "Dougie" Bryan   Guitar
Winston   Percussion
Rancy McLean   Guitar
Danny   Percussion
Sticky   Percussion

Technical Credits

Maxie   Engineer
Sylvan Morris   Engineer
Lee "Scratch" Perry   Engineer
George Raymond   Engineer

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