roots reggae ilxors, FOR THE GOOD OF MAN AND WOMAN, gather and pick your favorite track on THE MEDITATIONS' lost early 80s classic "I LOVE JAH"

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bought this album on clearance vinyl after the wackies reissue campaign of the early 2000s and it has become one of my favorite roots records. never knew about the sketchy / unoffial history it had until later. i just knew that every song on it is a stonecold jam. this is going to be a hard choice.

Poll Results

I Love Jah 3
Take it Easy 2
We Gonna Make it 0
Rebounce 0
For the Good of Man 0
You Care for Me 0

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:24 (ten months ago) link

? dunno this one.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:27 (ten months ago) link

whoops my vote for I Love Jah is actually for Take It Easy

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 18:59 (ten months ago) link

I had a proper Wackies session on Friday night (Junior Delahaye, Love Joys, Horace Andy, Wayne Jarrett) but I don't know this album at all. Will have a listen. Was with a mate who had a wedge of Wax Poetics back issues - great interview with Lloyd Barnes. I managed to grab the PDFs if anyone wants to read (well, photos of the article as PDFs).

Life is a meaningless nightmare of string (Chinaski), Tuesday, 8 October 2019 19:36 (ten months ago) link

Hey this is good.

screator, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 05:18 (nine months ago) link

Always like this one. In spite of the creepy subject matter

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 06:27 (nine months ago) link

I love Wackies... Not listened to much lately though. I always feel like I'm listening to it in a less-than-ideal context (i.e. anywhere except a bead-curtained bedsit surrounded by ganja plants and pictures of lions on the wall)

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 15:29 (nine months ago) link

this is pretty good! I don't know a ton of Wackie's stuff tbh. Clearly some Lee Perry-style production touches in those phased guitars and in the drum mixing. Who were the backing musicians on this?

Οὖτις, Friday, 11 October 2019 20:56 (nine months ago) link

Who were the backing musicians on this?

that's the money question. the packaging / info on the physical release is so sparse and the way it was "reissued" in the early 2000s (it was never officially released until then) makes me think those details may not have survived.

my wackies knowledge is limited — was there a house band?

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:16 (nine months ago) link

good overview:

"Wackies’ loose collective of musicians were a big part of the evolving picture. Early outfits Reckless Breed and Foe and the Family Steep gave way to visiting Jamaican musicians, such as the expressive keyboardist Irving “Allah” Lloyd of Chalice and multi-instrumentalist Clive Hunt, as well as lead Heptone Leroy Sibbles, who played bass frequently at the studio"

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:20 (nine months ago) link

If Sibbles was around, I'd assume he had a lot of input. He basically ran the music-side Studio One iirc.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:21 (nine months ago) link

some great info there, gd. thanks for sharing.

Totally different head. Totally. (Austin), Friday, 11 October 2019 21:27 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Friday, 29 November 2019 00:01 (eight months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01 (eight months ago) link

Hope y'all have checked out other Meditations stuff

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:16 (eight months ago) link

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