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Rejuvenation

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  • Vinyl (January 15, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: City Hall (Generic)
  • ASIN: B00AP0K72Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Not to dis the contributions of other funk masters like Parliament/Funkadelic (who are brilliant in their own right), but NO ONE can make an ass shake like the Meters in their prime. And this is their prime. Actually, every one of their previous releases (which are largely all-instrumental with the exception of "Cabbage Alley") up to this one is a five-star title. After "Rejuvenation," things started to go downhill, even though subsequent albums contained their share of highlights. But, it never got any better than this title. Every song is a winner, and a few are stone-cold classics ("Hey Pocky Way," "Jungle Man," "Just Kissed My Baby"). I've put this on at many a party and have delighted at seeing individuals, seated alone, morose and lonesome in the corner, begin to twitch involuntarily and uncontrollably in response to the rhythms the Meters pour out (this last statement is NOT an exaggeration). This is music which makes people who are not in the know approach you asking, "Who IS this? I gotta get this!" Actually, you may be a bit more familiar with the Meters than you think as a new generation of hip-hop artists has sampled their tracks liberally. Great stuff! Get it, you will not regret it.
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let me just say that i absolutely love this album. i do enjoy the instrumental years, but this is my favorite era. anyway all of the below reviews are missing out on it ain't no use. they either hate it and think it wanders or they just simply mention its length which is around twelve minutes. besides jungle man this is my favorite song on the album. the opening guitar riff almost sounds southern rockish but the tune eventually morphs into a drum driven, funk fest. the closing drum solo is excellent. i would dare say that this is the best in studio jamming i have ever heard and i love tunes that go off into jams. the meters are an excellent group and this album is definately imho their finest. pick it up just to hear the drum solo at the end of it ain't no use, its well worth it. nuff said.
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The Meters' Josie material is unequivocally seminal and classic, and along with others I have discussed that music on this site. The transition to the second stage of their decade-plus career roughly coincides with the integration of vocals and their 1972 contract with Reprise Records. Actually they had been adding vocals to their recordings since 1970's "Struttin'" on Josie and the last few (1970-71) Josie singles collected on "Zony Mash", which also feature the introduction of Cyril Neville's congas.

"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.
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New Orleans producer Allen Toussaint built hit records with a taut Morse-code style of rhythm guitar rooted in the marching-band and party beats of the Crescent City. That funky discipline defines this LP_; the Meters perfect a balance of funk, rock and Dixie R&B on gems such as "People Say" and "Hey Pocky A-Way.
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According to some, the Meters' earlier instrumental stuff is the one and only "classic Meters". I wholeheartedly disagree. This album is about as classic as it gets! It's just very different from their earlier style, so different in fact that you can hardly compare them.
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've only heard The Meters in casual doses over the years, they were never a regular on my playlist. This is a good album to get introduced to them. For me, the highlight of the album is It Aint No Use.
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The Meters are the kings of funk, and this album is no exception. Many of the tunes are new, the others are well played and delightful to listen to. I would recommend this album to any Meters fan, you won't be disappointed.
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