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For a group that has provided so many soul-stirring harmonies behind the likes of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and Gregory Isaacs, the Meditations have recorded relatively few albums of their own. Because of fallouts with producers (Dobby Dobson, Lee “Scratch” Perry) and labels (Marley’s Tuff Gong), as well as personal conflicts, the roots-reggae vocal trio of Ansel Cridland, Danny Clarke, and Winston Watson never could get things rolling with any continuity after its stunning 1976 debut, Message From the Meditations. Unlike the similarly minded mellifluous crooners the Mighty Diamonds, who have recorded copiously over their 25-plus-year career, the Meditations recorded a mere handful of LPs during the same period. These three magnificent voices rejoined forces in 1990, and though their recorded output since is still scant, the Meditations’ soaring harmonies remain intact. Hear for yourself when the band plays with Soldiers of Jah Army and Dr. Dubenstein at 9 p.m. at the State Theatre, 220 North Washington St., Falls Church. $15. (703) 237-0300. (Christopher Porter)