Sunday, June 12, 2016
Day 225 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - The Meditations - Forcing Me
I can't believe it has taken me eight months to get to the Meditations! The trio of Danny Clarke, Ansel Cridland and Winston Watson got together in 1974 and after a couple years of recording and crediting their releases to the individual artists, they started going with the Meditations name in 1976 and soon after scored a huge hit with "Woman Is Like A Shadow" and their first album Message From The Meditations. Throughout the 70s they recorded for producers Dobby Dobson, Joseph Hoo Kim and Lee Perry, as well as providing backing vocals for Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff and The Congos on their Black Ark masterpiece Heart Of The Congos. It would be easy for me to pick one of their better known tunes from the 1970s but I've decided to go with something from their 1983 dancehall friendly album No More Friend produced by Linval Thompson and pressed on Greensleeves. Today's tune is called "Forcing Me" and while the lyrics tell of a relationship gone bad the cool backing of the Roots Radics coupled with some damn sweet horns and vocal harmonies it is definitely a "feel good" track!