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Uptown Rulers! (Live on the Queen Mary) Live

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Audio CD, Live, August 4, 1992
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CD has 11 tracks. Recorded live on the Queen Mary on 3/24/75, during a "Venus and Mars " party hosted by Linda & Paul McCartney. Produced for Rhineland Music, Inc.

1. Gary Owens Introduces The Band
2. Fire On The Bayou
3. Africa
4. It Ain't No Use
5. Make It With You
6. Cissy Strut/Cardova/It's Your Thing/Love The One You're With (Medley)
7. Art Neville Addresses The Audience
8. Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu/Something You Got/I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)...
9. Liar
10. Mardi Gras Mambo
11. Encore: Hey Pocky A-Way

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000032ET
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Michael W. Noll on March 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
They should have made this one 2cd's. The music on this cd is awesome 5 stars but when ever the Meters start rockin the folks at Rhino decided to fade the end of a few jams out to make it fit on one CD. Please remaster the whole concert on two CD's. Love The One Your With fades out during a really cool vocal jam for example. Hey Pockey way Fades out also. This just screwed up my enjoyment of this cd.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Craig Fisher on February 9, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In March of 1975, New Orleans favorites The Meters were asked to play a party hosted by Paul and Linda McCartney. The results are energetic and funk-eh! What makes this album so great is hearing Ziagaboo Modeliste nailing down his syncopated rhythms, and George Porter & Leo Nocentelli doubling up their bass and guitar lines creating snaky hooks and driving funk. Art Neville, the self-proclaimed "grandfather of the group", leads the group through classics such as Hey Pocky-a-Way, Africa, and a 10 minute long Ain't No Use. A special treat is the Cissy Strut > Cardova > It's Your Thing > Love the One Your With segue. The only misteps are that the lead vocal mic on Love the One Your With is too low, so you can only really hear Art singing back-up. I'm also not crazy about the Bread tune "Make it With You" but the enormous strength of this disc far outweighs one so-so tune, and a turned down mic. The disc is espeically appealing because they broke up and this may be the only commercially available live effort by the original line-up, and only Art Neville and George Porter currently tour with the Funky Meters (the recent reunion show not withstanding).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
A fierce and fiery funk gumbo. Who else could make "Make It With You" funky? And "Africa" "Ain't No Use" "Fiyo On the Bayou" and "Hey Pockey Away" are guaranteed to get you shaking your rump to the funk. A band that never got its commercial due in its day. They were perhaps too funky then and make most modern r&b sound like Pat Boone today. Rhino could do its greatest service ever by re-releasing their seminal funk albums from the early-mid 70's rather than chopping them up for compilations. There is a reason why Cabbage Alley, Rejuvination & the other original albums fetch huge prices from collectors. They are great!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James N. Kraut on June 25, 2008
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It's hard not to speak of the Meters in superlatives. No one surpasses them musically and they were there at the beginning, so to speak. And there is nobody who transmits pure soul as naturally and electrically as Art Neville. So yes, I do love the Meters. But I have a couple of problems with this particular record. First, the sound quality is a bit disappointing. It veers toward muddiness and doesn't present the band with the presence it no doubt projected. My other issue has to do with a fish-out-of-water feeling I get from the performance. Ironically, the contrast of a relatively obscure funk band playing on a huge, docked ocean liner as the guests of a Beatle and his wife seems to manifest in the grooves. Most of the time, they just aren't as "in the pocket" as they usually are. One can imagine the band innerly shaking their heads in disbelief at their presence at such an affair. You can actually hear a bit of it in an incredulous Art Neville as he dedicates Mardi Gras Mambo to his hosts. My sense is that seeing them in a New Orleans club yielded much better results.

All that having been said, there are wonderful moments on this disc, my favorite being the relentless pumping of Hey Pocky Way, which is such an incredible song it had the power to take the band back home for a few minutes.

Had the year been 1977, perhaps an older, more seasoned Meters would have easily adapted to the weirdness of the gig. But back then, while the "best-kept-little-secret" element may have excited McCartney, making the Meters an attractive choice for the job of house band for his album release party, it also resulted in a somewhat less than stellar performance by a band that had been around, yes, and were fairly boundless in talent and energy, but were still young enough to blink at the incredible luck they'd found.
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