Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Buy Used
$2.09
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very Good. A few very light marks on the disc. Artwork and case are in like new condition. Free upgrade to first class shipping.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • The Very Best of the Meters
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

The Very Best of the Meters


See all 7 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Listen Instantly with Amazon Music Album
Other Formats & Versions Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, April 1, 1999
$31.38 $2.09

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Charly
  • ASIN: B0000241OJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cissy Strut
2. Look-Ka Py Py
3. I Need More Time
4. Funky Miracle
5. Tell Me What's on Your Mind
6. All I Do Every Day
7. He Bite Me
8. Keep on Marching
9. Yeah, You're Right
10. Stormy
11. Heartache
12. Chicken Strut
13. Ease Back
14. Sophisticated Cissy
15. Meters Jam
16. Simple Song
17. Gossip
18. A Message from the Meters
19. Handclapping Song
20. Dry Spell
See all 23 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

Love it, never tire of listening to it.
brenda turkel
The kind of music people that love good music and have huge good music collections love.
Doug Anderson
They are like old blues, funk and old school all in one!
Michele Fulton

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on June 6, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Nearly all of the The Meters best-known sides are here, including their first hit recordings for Josie from the late '60s and more sophisticated tracks laid down for Reprise through the mid-70s. In addition to the seminal funk-soul of "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py," the Meters offered unusual touches like the banjo-like guitar hook of "Tippi-Toes," the happy-go-lucky organ topping "Soul Island," the 50's styled R&B novelty "They All Ask'd For You," and the New Orleans piano of "Cabbage Alley." Though the later works add horns, wah-wah pedals and even (gasp!) vocals, the Meters remained true to their New Orleans rhythmic roots throughout.

Each of the four original Meters was a master of New Orleans meter, with drummer Joseph "Zig" Modeliste showing especially deep mastery of second-line rhythms. Leo Nocentelli's guitar and Art Neville's keyboards combined in a similar way to the soul sounds heard from Booker T & The MG's, but there was an underlying funkiness (in no small part due to the rhythm battery of Modeliste and bassist George Porter, Jr., but also from the way Nocentelli and Neville played both melody to rhythm) that gave the band its distinctive sound.

This is a nearly perfect single-disc distillation of The Meters brand of rootsy New Orleans funk, with excellent, informative liner notes. Those who need a broader view should check out Rhino's double-disc "Funkify Your Live: The Meters Anthology," but most will find this nearly hour-long disc to be a compelling and sufficiently complete tour through the band's catalog.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By The ghost of Connie Kay on December 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
If you are already a Meters fan, chances are you own this recording. If you don't, you should. If you are not familiar with the Meters this is a great place to start. The first track alone, Sissy Strut, is more than worth the price of this cd! Think Booker T and the MG's but with MUCH MORE funk. I am not talking today's over-produced watered down definition of funk or R&B. No, no...we are talking historically significant music that makes you stop in your tracks, look around and say "man, that's good"!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Poser P on August 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
O.k., first off let me say that the Meters are, in my opinion, one of the greatest funk bands of all time. With respect to sheer rhythmic force, and especially drumming, they have no equal.

Now, with that out of the way, lemme explain the three stars. It has to do with track selection. Imagine, for instance, that someone compiled Michael Jackson's Greatest Hits but left out Billie Jean and Rock With You. While the remaining tracks would be great, you'd be leaving out some of, in my opinion, the best music MJ has to offer. Not everyone will agree with that, but for me it's important that quality of the track, and not just chart placement, be considered when compiling a "best of".

In the case of the Meters, there are several absolute musts that ought to be on here. The first three Meters albums -- "The Meters", "Look-ka py py", and "Struttin'" really defined the group. Stand out tracks from those albums include, in no particular order "The Handclapping Song", "Same Old Thing", "Funky Miracle", "Here Comes The Meter Man", and "Stormy" (one of the most underrated of Meters tunes). I'd also add to that list "Stretch Your Rubber Band", which appeared only as a single. Of these, the addition of "Funky Miracle", "The Handclapping Song", and "Stormy" in place of some of the newer Meters tracks (I'd boot "Hey Pocky A-Way", "Out In The Country", and "They All Ask'd For You") would add at least a star, and maybe two (if it was sequenced right) to my rating of this CD.

As it stands, the "very best" doesn't include songs that really are the very best of what the Meters had to offer.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J P Ryan on July 13, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Meters' importance in the history of New Orleans r&b is undeniable. Their status as master musicians hardly prepares the listener for the rich, organic, musical pulse evident on from their November 1968 debut single, 'Sophisticated Cissy' - right out of the gate The Meters had created their own brand of sweaty, syncopated funk.
The Meters evolved out of the Neville Sound (all four Meters plus Art's brothers Aaron, Cyril, and sax player Gary Brown) during 1967, a period in which the seemingly unstoppable wave of great post-War hits coming out of New Orleans had slowed to a trickle, causing major hometown talent such as Dr. John and Harold Battiste to emigrate to Los Angeles and leaving a more insular, less lucrative environment for the Big Easy's vast talent pool. From Dave Bartholemew's emergence as bandleader/producer in the late '40s, through the '50s' wonderfully diverse and eccentric legends waxing wildly undomesticated classics at Cosimo Matassa's studios - Little Richard, Huey "Piano" Smith', Professor Longhair, Fats Domino, Lee Allen, Art Neville - evolving at the dawn of the '60s into Allen Toussaint's more subdued, eccentric proto-soul productions(imbued with the Crescent City's unique rhythmic stamp)for Jesse Hill, Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Ernie K-Doe, Lee Dorsey, Benny Spellman among scores of others, and N.O.'s exports would continue to break nationally well into that decade thanks to Barbara George, Betty Harris, Tammi Lynn, Robert Parker, Alvin Robinson, and so many more....
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Look for Similar Items by Category