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Editors’ Notes

The Meters’ laid-back yet intense style of funk continued evolving on 1974’s Rejuvenation, their fifth album and second for Reprise. Co-producing with the great Allen Toussaint, the quartet filled out their sound with the subtle deployment of horns and female backing singers — not to mention the increasing use of guitarist Leo Nocentelli’s own lead vocals. The result helped them fit in a little more comfortably with the rest of the funk pack, but didn’t alter the group’s interplay, which remained as singular as that of the JB’s. And New Orleans stuck to Nocentelli’s vowels on tracks like the midtempo assertion of blackness “Jungle Man” and the lovely ballad “Love is for Me” as surely as it did Art Neville’s Longhair-style piano on “Hey Pocky-a-Way.”

Customer Reviews

One of the best funk albums

I am a bass player and this album with George Porter Jr.'s great pocket grooving has been one of the biggest influences in my career - I highly recommend it - the WHOLE album!

holy cow! "It Ain't No Use"...

holy cow! "It Ain't No Use" is a steamy blues with that funked up n'orleans beat. chills on the listen. guitar is caged fury on the verge of lunging free of the song and surfin' over the percolatin' rhythm .can't get this kind o' stuff anywhere else (ie the meters). whole album is good but IANU has always been, stop dead in your tracks, cripplin' to me!

The Meters - Rejuvenation

I was fortunate to have experienced the Meters many times in their younger career. I had seen them perform many times in Baton Rouge and New Orleans and always they were Awesome! I saw them play so many familiar songs that I was shocked to find out that their biggest live songs were from Rejunvenation! Hey Pocky A-way is The National Anthem of New Orleans! The Meters Rule in My Book! Saw them at the 2005 & 2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival! Matthew

Biography

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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