Ghetto Knowledge

Ghetto Knowledge

by The Meditations


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Ghetto Knowledge

Talk about a match made in heaven: the Meditations, a roots harmony trio that has maintained the same style and lineup since the early 1970s, and Easy Star Records, a label devoted to releasing modern roots reggae that partakes of the spirit and flavor of reggae's classical period while taking advantage of 21st century recording technology. This album finds singers Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke, and Winston Watson supported by the cream of reggae's studio aristocracy (including Sly Dunbar, Style Scott, Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Theopholus Beckford, and others) and continuing to deliver the cultural lyrics and tight harmonies that have made them legendary in reggae circles. The generous program includes a (perhaps too faithful) cover of Bob Marley's "Blackman Redemption," a nice roots-hall workout entitled "Moses," and the modern rudeboy anthem "Rudeboy Corner," as well as the very fine "Ghetto Is a College," with a melody that recalls the band's 1970s hit "Woman Is Like a Shadow." In a few places (notably "Blackman Redemption") the singing isn't quite as solid as it ought to be, but overall this is a great example of the best modern roots reggae has to offer.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1999
Label: Easy Star
UPC: 0657481100226
catalogNumber: 1002
Rank: 210059

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meditations   Primary Artist
Reggie   Guitar
Noel Alphonso   Drums,Keyboards
Aston Barrett   Bass
Derrick Barnett   Bass
Carlton "Carly" Barrett   Drums
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Kevin Batchelor   Horn
Theophilus Beckford   Keyboards
Danny Browne   Keyboards
Ron Butler   Guitar
Danny Clarke   Keyboards,Vocals
Ansel Cridland   Percussion,Vocals
Val Douglas   Bass
Sly Dunbar   Drums
Anastas Hackett   Drums
Jerry Johnson   Horn
Donovan McKitty   Guitar
Style Scott   Drums
Prince Lincoln Thompson   Guitar
Franklyn Waul   Keyboards
Winston Watson   Percussion,Vocals
Junior Jazz   Guitar
Victor Axelrod   Keyboards
Antoinette Hall   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Ansel Cridland   Arranger,Producer
Clement "Coxsone" Dodd   Engineer
Donovan Phillips   Engineer
Eric Smith   Director,Executive Producer,Artwork
Jah Life   Producer

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