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The Meters Rejuvenation (CD)

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(1974 'Reprise') (50:55/11) * = original 'Reprise' singles, not on LP Although their reputation... more

The Meters: Rejuvenation (CD)

(1974 'Reprise') (50:55/11) * = original 'Reprise' singles, not on LP

Although their reputation as one of the world's greatest instrumental units never quite translated into mainstream stardom, the Meters turned out a steady stream of remarkable '70s albums whose earthy instrumental textures and complex, inventive rhythms were a key influence upon more than one generation of funk and hip-hop artists. 

1974's Rejuvenation offers persuasive evidence of the band's seminal status. The album also features one of the Meters' biggest hits, the infectious anthem 'Hey Pocky A-Way,' as well as such Meters classics as 'People Say, 'What'cha Say' and 'Jungle Man.' Sundazed's expanded edition adds alternate single versions of 'Hey Pocky A-Way' and 'People Say' as bonus tracks.

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  • Interpret: The Meters

  • Album titlle: Rejuvenation (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Price code VCD6
  • Label SUNDAZED

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0090771616920

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Meters, The - Rejuvenation (CD) CD 1
01 People Say * The Meters
02 Love Is For Me The Meters
03 Just Kissed My Baby The Meters
04 What'cha Say The Meters
05 Jungle Man The Meters
06 Hey Pocky A-Way * The Meters
07 It Ain't No Use The Meters
08 Loving You Is On My Mind The Meters
09 Africa The Meters
10 Hey Pocky A-Way (single version) The Meters
11 People Say (single version) The Meters
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The Meters

Cissy Strut

The Meters

Cissy Strut


The second-line parade beat powering so much of New Orleans' R&B legacy was at the heart of The Meters' groovemaking exploits. Organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph 'Zigaboo' Modeliste took their highly infectious instrumentals to an even funkier realm than previously envisioned, reinvigorating the entire Big Easy recording scene in the process.


Neville, born December 17, 1937 in the Crescent City, was the most experienced. He had pounded his aunt's piano at age nine. "Professor Longhair and Fats Domino and Ivory Joe Hunter, that's who I listened to," says Art, who joined The Hawketts at 15 and fronted their Mardi Gras Mambo for Chess in early '55. "We were the hottest group in the city at the time," he claims. Neville made some great rock and roll on his own on Specialty from '56 to '58—Oooh-Whee Baby, Cha-Dooky-Doo, What's Going On—and crooned Allen Toussaint's lovely ballad All These Things for Instant in '61.

Things slowed down after that. "I just didn't bother about playing, right before we put The Meters together," says Neville. "Art kind of went around and handpicked that band from different bands around the city," says Porter, who had been with Irving Banister & The All Stars. Leo came over from Sam & The Soul Machine, and Zig had been a sub for a previous drummer. "When he came back, he heard Zig playing with the band, and he just never asked for his gig!" says George.

Originally billed as Art Neville & The Neville Sounds (Art's brothers Aaron and Charles were also involved), the band was scouted by Toussaint and his partner Marshall Sehorn at a joint called the Ivanhoe. They pulled them in the studio to wax the funk-oozing instrumental Sophisticated Cissy , a national hit on New York-based Josie Records. "It kind of lingered around the charts, and Marshall and them got kind of worried, so he released 'Cissy Strut,'" says Porter, whose bass line, played in unison with Leo's axe, locks in with Zig's second-line traps in a pure distillation of New Orleans funk. Art has his say later on organ, albeit a brief one.

The Meters were a fixture on the R&B charts into 1971 on Josie with such anthems as Ease Back, Dry Spell, Look-Ka Py Py, Chicken Strut, and Hand Clapping Song. They eventually added Art's brother Cyril as vocalist, and had more success in '74 with Hey, Pokey-A-Way for Reprise before breaking up rather acrimoniously in 1977 when the Nevilles formed their own family band. Happily, there have been Meters reunions in recent years—and the funk they dish out still drips as easy as ever.


- Bill Dahl -

Various - Sweet Soul Music

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Meters, The - Rejuvenation (CD) CD 1
01 People Say *
02 Love Is For Me
03 Just Kissed My Baby
04 What'cha Say
05 Jungle Man
06 Hey Pocky A-Way *
07 It Ain't No Use
08 Loving You Is On My Mind
09 Africa
10 Hey Pocky A-Way (single version)
11 People Say (single version)