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"Cabbage Alley" was an impressive deut for Reprise, with layered percussion, influences ranging from "Riot"-era Sly Stone, various strains of contemporary rock, and early Funkadelic, even studio experimentation that leads to "Stay Away" sounding not unlike early psychedelic dub. The differences on the followup "Rejuvenation" issued a full two years later include the evidence that it was recorded in Allen Toussaint's new state-of-the-art studio, Sea Saint. This is a warm, richly textured recording, with deep clear bass and each instrument reproduced just as the band likely intended. There is also evidence the band (especially Leo Nocentelli) spent a lot of time on the mix. And the Meters here move somwhat away from the hard rock of "Cabbage Alley" towards a still contemporary ('74) and integrated funk/soul approach, with some pop and rock touches, as well as, occasionally, jazz by way of Kenny Burrell and Wes Montgomery (Leo's longtime jazz guitar heroes) on the long tracks. This is indeed the first Meters set with no instrumentals at all, but the band gives itself plenty of room to flex its muscles.Read more ›
This is a much more mature and sophisticated work, and without dissing the instrumentals in any way - I love them too! - I must say that this is my favorite Meters album. In fact it's my favorite album of all time!
If you are unfamiliar with the funky, funky Meters (possibly the funkiest band of all time? Just listen to the awesome Modeliste/Porter rhythm section!) - this is the place to start. An All-Time Classic from start to finish!
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I bought this as part of a deep dive into the music of New Orleans. Classic, funky, amazing arrangements and virtuoso playing all around. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cp
I didn't know what to expect . It started out as a slow burner but then started cooking . Excellent New Orleans funk .Published 20 months ago by richard p.
This is one of the funkiest albums anyone has recorded! On top of that, there are elements of rock and jazz. Great songs and musicianship. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by John Folger
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Are you gonna love this. One of the Phonkayist recordings ever made....done in the 70s. Read more