Return of the Meditations

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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Of course the Meditations never really went away, although Ansel Cridland remained behind in Jamaica when Winston Wright and Danny Clarke relocated to the States. The latter pair continued touring, and in 1988 released the magnificent For the Good of Man album. Four years on and the trio members have reunited, celebrating with Return of the Meditations. With the rhythms laid down by Sly & Robbie and Steely & Clevie, this is a much tougher-sounding set than its predecessor. A pair of sweet rocksteady classics -- the Paragons' "Talking Love" and the Cables' "What Kind of World," are wed to stinging dancehall beats, while Curtis Mayfield's funky "Choice of Color" is ...
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All Music Guide - Jo-Ann Greene
Of course the Meditations never really went away, although Ansel Cridland remained behind in Jamaica when Winston Wright and Danny Clarke relocated to the States. The latter pair continued touring, and in 1988 released the magnificent For the Good of Man album. Four years on and the trio members have reunited, celebrating with Return of the Meditations. With the rhythms laid down by Sly & Robbie and Steely & Clevie, this is a much tougher-sounding set than its predecessor. A pair of sweet rocksteady classics -- the Paragons' "Talking Love" and the Cables' "What Kind of World," are wed to stinging dancehall beats, while Curtis Mayfield's funky "Choice of Color" is stripped back to stiff beats, fast pulsing bass, and a sparse keyboard line that's kept well in the background. Even Cridland's own "Doubtful Love," with its sweet melody strongly delivered by the singer and backed by ethereal harmonies, is virtually run down by the military tattoo of beats storming behind them. However, the sharp dancehall arrangements are particularly effective on the group's own cultural numbers, notably the smoldering "Jailhouse" and the anthemic "Tan Deh." Elsewhere, the booming sound system-styled beats are blended with a rootsier atmosphere, as on the tough "Scarface," the more rockers-styled "False Doctrine," and the roots reggae sway of "Youth and Youth." The arrangements may be a little forceful for some of the group's older roots fans, but the Meditations' pens remain sharp, their melodies irresistible, and their vocal performances inspired. Return finds the newly re-formed trio still on the cutting edge of the reggae scene.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/10/1992
  • Label: Heartbeat / Pgd
  • UPC: 011661763029
  • Catalog Number: 617630

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jailhouse (3:58)
  2. 2 Scarface (3:56)
  3. 3 Choice of Colors (3:42)
  4. 4 Youth and Youth (3:59)
  5. 5 False Doctrine (3:54)
  6. 6 Tan Deh (3:50)
  7. 7 Talking Love (3:49)
  8. 8 She So Shy (3:38)
  9. 9 Doubtful Love (3:30)
  10. 10 What Kind of World (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Meditations Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Rafael Allen Keyboards
Barry Bailey Trombone
Pablove Black Bass
Cleveland "Clevie" Browne Drums
Danny Browne Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Danny Clarke Vocals, Background Vocals
Ansel Cridland Vocals, Background Vocals
Val Douglas Bass
Sly Dunbar Drums
Everton Gayle Saxophone
Nass T. Hackett Drums
Herbie Bass, Keyboards
Wycliffe "Steely" Johnson Keyboards
Rohan Richards Overdubs
Robbie Shakespeare Bass
Winston Watson Vocals, Background Vocals
Mallory Williams Keyboards
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Guitar
Steelie Keyboards
Danny Brownie Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Danny Clarke Contributor
Ansel Cridland Producer, Contributor
Diane Engineer
Sky High & Mau Mau Producer
Dennis Menace Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Rohan Richards Engineer
Mikey Riley Engineer
Phillip Smart Engineer
Winston Watson Contributor
Lloyd "Gitsy" Willis Contributor
Collin "Bulbie" York Engineer
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