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The Very Best of the Meters

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Comprising a solid 16 tracks of the band’s basic essentials, this may be all the Meters you’ll need — especially in a house party (or similarly social) situation where musical attention spans tend to run on the short side. It all begins with the airtight fink of “Cissy Strut,” the organ grinding “Live Wire” and the simmering “Sophisticated Cissy” from the band’s 1969 eponymous debut. “Look-Ka Py Py” best exemplifies the band’s redefining New Orleans funk with some inspiration from Booker T. & The M.G.’s (especially in Art Neville’s soulful Hammond organ playing) and an uncanny chemistry  between bass player George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph Modeliste. Meanwhile “Soul Island” from 1972’s Cabbage Alley perfectly illustrates how Leo Nocentelli approaches guitar as a rhythm player first and foremost before the album’s title-track introduces some singing to the compilation as well as an infectiously groovy percussive breakdown. The horn section and polished production on “Hey Pocky A-Way” from 1974’s Rejuvenation added another delicious ingredient to the Meter’s funky gumbo.

Customer Reviews

How Have I Missed These Guys?!

How the #@!* have I missed these guys up until now (2007)? Clean, funky, exceptionally tight, the sort of music that will pick up any drive, party, jog, ... whatever. Sure, it is unique and clean enough that you have to mix some other stuff in-between listenings - it CAN wear on you after awhile. But after a short reprieve, you can dive right back in. After listening to a decent portion of their repertoire, it's clear they didn't sell out - they stayed true to their roots. They did their share of exploring different sounds, but you can always tell its The Meters. Great, great stuff - highly recommended addition to anyone's music library.

Funktastic New Orleans Gumbo

This Best Of collection is an excellent place to start listening to The Meters, although once you listen to this you will probably end up buying their entire catalogue. This music is as fresh as it was when it funked its' way out of Nawlinz 30 plus years ago.

wheres liver splash?

the meters are a great funk band with a bit of the beach thrown in. this album is pretty good but it's missing liver splash! shame shame shame. get it anyway!


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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