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With their 1969 eponymous instrumental debut album the Meters not only defined New Orleans funk, they also managed to make the tightest rhythm section ever known to man somehow sound looser than any other band. Here, the Meters’ otherworldly prowess is apparent from the first five seconds of “Cissy Strut” where drummer extraordinaire Joseph “Ziggy” Modeliste innovates “second-line” rhythms intertwined with minimally layered percussion locked-in with George Porter Jr.’s toneful bass-lines. When this bulletproof beat and bass combo played under Leo Nocentelli’s intense guitar riffs and Art Neville’s unclasped keyboard jams, the result was musical chemistry so magical they quickly became known as the progenitors of the genre. Where artists like Sly & The Family Stone or Jimi Hendrix played wah-wah guitar with a wild abandon, Nocentelli was able to rein it in as heard on “Here Comes the Meter Man,” making an otherwise uncontrollable effect associated with the advent of psychedelia sound conservative and cool. “Live Wire” boasts a stroboscopic rhythm that you can dance to with a hyper-accurate strut or a slower groove.

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Oh My 45's!...

I remember, as a nine year old, when I had a 7" vinyl 45 of "Cissy Strut".. I wore that record out! The funk here is too real sometimes!. This is great stuff.. slinky 'n slanky funk! Do investigate this music if you don't already know.

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The grooves are somehow loose but oh so tight. It compliments an evening in just as well as an evening out, an afternoon strut or lounging around. Each track has it's own twists and turns that develop each time you listen. I constantly find myself getting lost in the bass lines, the drums, the guitar each on their own and am elated to experience how they come together with such ease and class.


Formed: 1966 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The Meters defined New Orleans funk, not only on their own recordings, but also as the backing band for numerous artists, including many produced by Allen Toussaint. Where the funk of Sly Stone and James Brown was wild, careening, and determinedly urban, the Meters were down-home and earthy. Nearly all of their own recordings were instrumentals, putting the emphasis on the organic and complex rhythms. The syncopated, layered percussion intertwined with the gritty grooves of the guitar and organ,...
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