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