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Ghetto Knowledge

MeditationsAudio CD
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listen10. Never Desert You 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Moses 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Only Jah Love 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Enemies Away 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Jah Music 4:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 9, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Easy Star
  • ASIN: B00000HZAY
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Despite the distinctive phrasing and tone associated with each member of this trio and the fact that they all write for their own particular vocal styles, there is a Meditations sound--passionate, yearning, roots-raw, and, above all, messianic. Danny Clarke, Ansel Cridland, and Winston Watson have broken up and reunited more times than anyone can count since they first got together in the '70s, the heyday of reggae's harmony trios. Over the years, they fired the musicscape with hits like "Fly Your Natty Dread," "Rasta Shall Conquer," "Standing on the Corner," "Turn Me Loose," and "Woman Is Like a Shadow," a paradigm of male misogyny drawn from the poisonous stream that, unfortunately, runs throughout reggae history. Oh well, they know not what they do. And despite all those breakups to makeups, the Meditations sound as good as ever. Their tone remains as baldly challenging to the corrupt powers that be as those villains deserve. The harmonies strike a perfect balance between rough and polished, and the writing is surprisingly current and fresh. Though Watson takes the lead less often than the more prolific Cridland, Watson's roots from-the-gut singing style in "Living on the Edge"--reminiscent of the operatic Prince Lincoln--is a standout. And the group's bouncing covers of Bob Marley's "Blackman Redemption" and Curtis Mayfield's "Do Be Down" provide the yardsticks to measure these vets against reggae's many other trios. --Elena Oumano

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5.0 out of 5 stars best of 1999 July 12, 1999
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This is the best reggae cd of 1999! The Meditations have done it again with a killer collection of new material. The harmonies are sweet, the lyrics catchy, and the music wicked. Standouts are "Jah Music", "Ghetto is a College", and "Educated Fools." It's nice to see that someone is keeping true roots and culture alive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Reggae May 4, 1999
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Whether you are a hard core reggae fanatic or just a casual listener, you will enjoy this album. It contains classic style reggae with great rhythms and hypnotic beats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The New Message from the Meditations April 18, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The "old time something" comes back again in contemporary style on the Meditations' new CD "Ghetto Knowledge." Though the trio rose to prominence as a classic harmony trio in the 70s--reggae's golden era--the album sounds fresh and modern. Its musical foundation is classical roots reggae; socially conscious lyrics set to bubbling beats, with plenty of Meditations-style blended harmonies. To that mix, each Meditation adds his own special seasonings. Each man is a skilled songwriter and sings lead on his songs. Meditation Winston lends his silvery falsetto to "Living on the Edge," Danny a mellow croon to "Ghetto is a College," and Meditation Ansel his burnished tenor to the joyous love song "Never Desert You." In addition, there are fine covers of Marley's "Blackman Redemption" (the trio sang backup on the original), and Curtis Mayfield's "Do Be Down." A satisfying album, and a reaffirmation of reggae's joyous, healing power.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning new roots from the legendary trio April 7, 1999
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GHETTO KNOWLEDGE has everything a reggae lover would want in a CD. It has live hardcore roots tracks that stand up to the classic reggae of the 70s as well as modern selections. There are too many great tracks to mention here, but some stand out tracks are: The Police; Ghetto Is A College; Black Man Redemption (a remake of the Bob Marley Classic on which The Meditations sang on) and One of Us. This CD is a must for any collection.
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