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Funkify Your Life: Anthology

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This comprehensive collection spans the career of the legendary house band of New Orleans, the Meters. Disc one focuses on the instrumentals recorded for the Josie label. Disc two spans the Reprise/Warner Bros. years. The epitome of soul funk hip.
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Artist: METERS
Title: ANTHOLOGY-FUNKIFY YOUR LIFE
Street Release Date: 02/28/1995
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Genre: SOUL/R & B
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033GN
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Meter's were there from the start. They are funk (they still kick it out today, known as The Funky Meters, with 1/2 of the orignial band still doin it). If you want into the secrets of New Orleans Soul, look no further. Their style encapsulates, fathoms and transcends blues, soul, R&B and funk. This is band so tightly honed they make every jawbreaking funk break sound like an effortless display of catwalking sexiness... Leo Nocentelli's jangly and percussive guitar, Art Neville's fever-hot organ chops, George Porter's thick-ass porterhouse steak basslines- ever-fluid but omni-deep, and lest we forget the backbone- Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste's boom-boom-CRACK! The drums, tighter than hell, you will not believe what one man can conjure with a fairly simple drumkit. The breakdown on 'Chicken Strut' will make you mop your forehead.
There is so much butter and cream on this comp it just makes me weak in the knees. Do yourself a favor and learn what hip hop producers have known for about a generation or so- The Meter's are rhythm incarnate!
The first CD makes this worth it alone- you get damn near all The Meter's hits from the Josie years! Cd 1 has 26 tracks of their early material, all their top ten R&B hits from 1967- 69, and quite a few more. Look-ka-py py, Ease Back, Cissy Strut and Sophisticated Cissy among them. I mean c'mon- 26 tracks on THE FIRST CD ALONE!!!!
CD 2 does less for me, but gives a good display of The meter's output for Warner/Reprise. This was a time period that saw the band go through some changes and also play as the opening band for The Rolling Stones' 1975-76 tours. On these tracks Cyril neville (Art's brother) replaces Zigaboo on drums and it shows, I think...
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Disc 1 is pure heaven. Each song is a two-to-three minute groove burst, perfectly executed. For anyone in search of a definition for 'the pocket' in music, here it is. Prodigious chucka-chucka guitar work, simple yet funky bass lines, ethereal organ parts, and damn rock solid drumming. I can't say enough about Zig Modeliste (he mans the drumkit). The man seems to have eight independent limbs, and all of them are itching to dance. The man just spooks me he is so good.
My favourites are... well... I don't know the names of my favourites. I usually just put the disc in, press random on my CD players, and lay back with the groove.
In the interest of full disclosure, I'll say this. I very rarely listen to the second disc. That's not to say that the songs with vox aren't worthwhile, they're just not nearly as visceral as the instrumental jams.
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Unbelievable collection of songs, great funk music. I'll never get tired of these cd's. I highly recommend getting this as its much better than the single disc greatest hits, this really covers everything. The Meters are definitely one of the most influential funk acts, if you aren't into funk, you will be after hearing this. Wow.
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The first time I heard the Meters was on "Funk Night" at a bar in San Francisco. I grabbed the DJ by the collar and demanded that he tell me what band played a groove so down I had to get up to it. Or something like that. Anyway, it was the Meters. The song was "Cissy Strut" and I've been a fan ever since. This anthology covers all of their main grooves, but does miss some gems like "Pickin' and a Grinnin'," "He Bite Me" and a song as sweet as bread puddin' with rum sauce, "Jambalaya (On the Bayou)." Also the version of "Good Old Funky Music" on this CD has been edited for time or something (two minutes vs. the traditional nearly five-minute jam). What were they thinking? It's a miss. BUT! Those are trivial critiques of an otherwise beautiful compilation. If you want the songs I mentioned, there's a CD called The Meters, Good Old Funky Music Previously Unissued (B0000002Z0) that I highly recommend. I don't know who that DJ was, but he turned me on to a musical journey that continues still.
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If you are thinking of purchasing the one disc "best of" collection I would highly recommend spending the extra bucks on this anthology instead. It's WELL worth it & you'd kick yourself later after hearing the tunes you would have missed out on.
These guys were so on... both cds just drip with NOLA soul.
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If you're even REMOTELY curious about The Meters, or need some Funk in your collection, then you need this!
Disc One takes in the mainly (absolute killer!) instrumental stuff The Meters did for the Josie label in the late 60s - most of it is available on reissue albums, but there are a few gems here you won't find on ANY album (including the groover 'I Need More Time').
Disc Two moves onto the time spent recording for Reprise in the 70s, and the only down-side is the sound of Zigaboo's drums (where's that snappy snare drum), but that's just a sign of the times. There are some greatly crafted songs here, and you can trace the band's progression (War, Mandrill, Cymande, Sly, all those Reggae tracks where the Jamaicans were copping The Meters in the first place?!?!) from the Josie years.
I've got ALL the albums, the live stuff, the alternate-track CDs from Rounder & Sundazed, some bootlegs, and out of it all, this one comes with me on a long (or even short!) trip.
GET IT!
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