Album Details

RELEASE
February 28, 1995
LABEL
Rhino
GENRES
Rhythm & Blues, Funk, New Orleans R&B, Soul, Instrumental Rock

Album Review

Rhino's Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology was the first truly comprehensive and widely available CD retrospective of the groundbreaking New Orleans funk band's work. These two chronologically arranged discs run down virtually every important track the band recorded under its own name, finally allowing a more general audience to hear why the Meters had earned such a stellar reputation among die-hard funk collectors and sample-minded hip-hoppers. Disc one, subtitled "The Josie Years," traces the group's 1969-1971 beginnings as a Booker T. & the MG's-like outfit, cutting brief instrumentals with a similar guitar/organ/bass/drums lineup. There were important differences, though; the Meters' arrangements usually carried the melody in single-note guitar lines, which gave them a distinctive calling card, and their rhythms were notably funkier. In fact, drummer Joseph "Ziggy" Modeliste pretty much establishes himself as a monster groove machine right from the beginning; his is a dominating rhythmic presence. This is the lean, earthy Meters sound most often imitated by latter-day funk revivalists like the Soul Fire label. Group vocals and wah-wah guitars start to pop up over the second half of the disc, setting the stage for their more ambitious major-label sound, which is documented on the second disc ("The Reprise/Warner Bros. Years"). Nearly all of these tracks are vocal numbers, "songs" in the more traditional sense, but the group also opens its sound up, allowing the members to show off their individual chops as soloists. There's more flash in this music, including plenty of nimble-fingered unison passages demonstrating that the band can be as tight as they are loose. It's more proof that the Meters were the most telepathic funk ensemble this side of the J.B.'s. Those with a casual interest can safely content themselves with the fine single-disc Very Best of the Meters, but for devoted funk fans, Funkify Your Life should be considered essential listening.
Steve Huey, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Cissy Struthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/cissy-strut/id56763785?i=56763787&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Here Comes the Meter Manhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/here-comes-the-meter-man/id56763785?i=56763789&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Live Wirehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/live-wire/id56763785?i=56763791&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Sophisticated Cissyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/sophisticated-cissy/id56763785?i=56763793&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. Ease Backhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/ease-back/id56763785?i=56763795&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. Stormyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/stormy/id56763785?i=56763797&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Look-Ka Py Pyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/look-ka-py-py/id56763785?i=56763799&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. Pungeehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/pungee/id56763785?i=56763802&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Thinkinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/thinking/id56763785?i=56763805&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. This Is My Last Affairhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/this-is-my-last-affair/id56763785?i=56763808&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. Funky Miraclehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funky-miracle/id56763785?i=56763811&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. Yeah, You're Righthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Little Old Money Makerhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/little-old-money-maker/id56763785?i=56763817&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. Dry Spellhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Chicken Struthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Same Old Thinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Darling Darling Darlinghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Tippi-Toeshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Ride Your Ponyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. A Message from the Metershttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. Zony Mashhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Stretch Your Rubber Bandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Groovy Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. (The World Is a Bit Under the Weather) Doodle-Oophttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  25. I Need More Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  26. Good Old Funky Musichttp://itunes.apple.com/album/good-old-funky-music-single/id56763785?i=56763850&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  27. Stay Awayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  28. Soul Islandhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  29. Do the Dirthttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  30. Cabbage Alleyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  31. People Sayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  32. Hey Pocky A-Wayhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  33. Africahttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  34. Fire on the Bayouhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  35. Talkin' 'Bout New Orleanshttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  36. They All Ask'd for Youhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  37. Running Fast [Single Version]http://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  38. (Doodle Loop) the World Is a Little Bit Under the Weatherhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  39. Trick Baghttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  40. Hang 'Em Highhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  41. Be My Ladyhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  42. Funkify Your Lifehttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  43. Give It What You Canhttp://itunes.apple.com/album/funkify-your-life-the-meters/id56763785?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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