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The Meters’ sophomore studio album surfaced in 1970. It plays with the prowess of a greatest hits compilation — every single song here is simply outstanding and worthy of single status. The slow- burning title-track opens to reveal how Booker T. & The M.G.’s played a huge part in influencing Art Neville’s versatility on the Hammond B-3 organ; he could go from a key-paddling rhythmic style to unhinged, grinding leads at the drop of a beat. Even in moments of minimalism and restraint, songs like “Rigor Mortis” can’t explain how a band this tight can also sound so loose. Drummer Joseph Modeliste’s knack for second-line rhythms are especially prominent on “Thinking,” where even the most rhythmically challenged of people can learn how to clap on the two instead of on the one. “Funky Miracle” makes good on its title with one of the best illustrations of the Meters’ chemistry in kinetic motion, especially the relationship between their rhythm section and guitar, which Leo Nocentelli plays, sounding as if he had invented a style that could be called “lead rhythm.”

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New Orleans R&B/Funk band...

This band is tight! It's unfortunate how overlooked they are now. Imagine taking the Stax/Volt sound and drenching it in New Orleans style R&B. Some songs are up beat that'll get your toes tapping, some will meander along in a solid groove, either way you can't lose with this album. Ranks up there with Booker. T & the MG's 'Melting Pot'.

Toussaint's New Orleans house band

Just like Booker T & MGs were house band for Stax, the Meters were for Allen Toussaint. They also backed Lee Dorsey. Essential to any soul/funk library.

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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