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The Meditations

  • Message from the Meditations [United Artists, 1978] B
  • Greatest Hits [Shanachie, 1984] B+
  • Deeper Roots: The Best of the Meditations [Heartbeat, 1994] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Message from the Meditations [United Artists, 1978]
A new group has to score singles often in Jamaica before getting an album, and with three singers--including two distinctive high tenors--sharing writing and lead vocals, this is a nice one. Just wish it featured more island chauvinism--if I'm not mistaken, "Running From Jamaica" gets on those who emigrate to Canada, Britain, the States, and Africa--and less of the male kind. B

Greatest Hits [Shanachie, 1984]
Usually I have to let reggae albums grow on me, but the sweet tunes and sweeter harmonies on this devoted overview made themselves felt immediately. Problem is, they never reached any deeper--instead I began to notice the low homily level and nonexistent signature lead. How greatest? B+

Deeper Roots: The Best of the Meditations [Heartbeat, 1994] Neither