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The Meditations I Love Jah

The Meditations
I Love Jah


The lineage of The Meditations — Ansel Cridland, Winston Watson, Danny Clarke — elaborates Wackies classical project perfectly: from their introduction by Stranger Cole (who would himself record for Wackies) to Dobby Dobson back in 1975, and their hits for him under the supervision of ace Studio One engineer Sylvan Morris (Woman is like a Shadow, Running From Jamaica, and the rest); through revered Lee Perry productions like No Peace and House of Parliament.

This album evokes and deepens the atmosphere of those Black Ark sides — but cuts the group’s militant rasta reputation with the ecstatic soulful sensibilities of the Junior Delahaye session in the same period. The tracks comprise six originals — brand new, prime Bullwackies music — though the title cut recasts I Shall Be Released via interpretations for Coxsone and Scratch by The Heptones (another all-time-great JA vocal trio with an unreleased Wackies album recorded during this period). The luxuriant Wackies sound — dubwise from start to finish, with the drums of Jah Scotty and big-city-blues guitar of Barry Vincent outstanding — sets off fine trio harmonising.