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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Legendary Group:The Meters

Art Neville, the group's frontman, launched a solo career around the New Orleans area in the mid-1950s while still in high school. The Meters formed in 1965 with a line-up of keyboardist and vocalist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter Jr. and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste. They were later joined by percussionist/vocalist Cyril Neville. The Meters became the house band for Allen Toussaint and his record label, Sansu Enterprises.

In 1969 the Meters released "Sophisticated Cissy" and "Cissy Strut", both major R&B chart hits. "Look-Ka Py Py" and "Chicken Strut" were their hits the following year. After a label shift in 1972, the Meters had difficulty returning to the charts, but they played on several important records, working with Dr. John, Ernie K. Doe, Paul McCartney, King Biscuit Boy, Labelle, Robert Palmer and others.

In 1974 Paul McCartney invited the Meters to play at the release party for his Venus and Mars album aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California. Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones was in attendance at the event and was greatly taken with the Meters and their sound. The Rolling Stones invited the band to open for them on their Tour of America in 1975. That same year, the Meters recorded one of their most beloved and successful albums, Fire On The Bayou. From 1976 to '77 they played in The Wild Tchoupitoulas with George & Amos Landry and the Neville Brothers. The band broke up in 1977. Toussaint claimed the rights to the name "The Meters", so the musicians played under various other names and in various combinations for the rest of the decade.

They appeared on Saturday Night Live on March 19, 1977.

In 1989, the members of The Meters appeared at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in an informal jam session and decided to reform. Zigaboo Modeliste was replaced with David Russell Batiste, Jr., a longtime collaborator with Allen Toussaint who had also worked with Robbie Robertson and Harry Connick, Jr.

In 1994, the departure of Leo Nocentelli led to the band inviting old friend Brian Stoltz into the fold as guitarist. Stoltz had been the guitarist for The Neville Brothers during the '80s, and during the '90s had done session work on records with Bob Dylan, Edie Brickell, Dr. John and Linda Ronstadt. With this new line up, the band was renamed the Funky Meters.

The original members of the Meters (including Modeliste and Nocentelli) have from time to time reformed for a limited number of shows in recent years. To differentiate from the Funky Meters, this version of the band is usually referred to as the Original Meters.



  • The Meters (1969), Sundazed
  • Look-Ka Py Py (1970), Josie
  • Struttin' (1970), Sundazed
  • Cabbage Alley (1972), Sundazed
  • Rejuvenation (1974), Sundazed
  • Fire On The Bayou (1975), Sundazed
  • The Best of The Meters (1975), Mardi Gras
  • Trick Bag (1976), Sundazed 
  • New Directions (1977), Sundazed
  • Here Come the Metermen(1986),Charly Records
  • Good Old Funky Music(1990).Rounder Select
  • Uptown Rulers: The Meters live on the Queen Mary (1992), Rhino
  • Fundamentally Funky(1994),Charly Records
  • Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology (1995), Rhino 
  • Message from the Meters(2000),BMG
  • Kickback (2001), Sundazed - rare and unreleased material
  • Fiyo at the Fillmore, Vol. 1 (2003), Too Funky - by the Funky Meters
  • Second Line Strut( ? ) Charly Records
  • Here Come the Meter Man(2011) Charly Records

  • The Meters & Professor Longhair-Live (1973)
  • Dr. John & The Meters — Chalmette, LA (3/5/1973)
  • Cissy Strut(1974).Island
  • Jackson, MS (1975)
  • Live At Rozy's1976(Dusty Groove America, Inc.)
  • Baton Rouge 1976 (Soundboard) flac
  • 1977: The Showboat Lounge & Bottomline (Live) NYC
  • The Meters And The JB Horns _ Dec.7, 1991, Mensa, Germany (butleg.3CD) Flac
  • The Meters Jam(1992).Rounder
  • The Original Funkmasters(1992),Instant (UK)
  • Funky Miracle(1993).Charly Records 
  • The Meters - Tipitina's 1993New Orleans, LAew Orleans, LA27, 1993
  • Crescent City Groove Merchants(1994),Charly Records
  • The Very Best of the Meters(1997).Rhino
  • The Meters Anthology: The Josie Years(2001).Repertoire Records
  • Let's Party with the Meters(2001)Get Back Records
  • Funky Good Time: Live at Moonwalker, Vol. 1vs JB's Horns '91(2001).Eureka  
  • Funky Miracle: Live at Moonwalker, Vol. 2 vs JB's Horns'91(2001),Eastsid
  • The Essentials(2002).Warner Strategic UK
  • Zony Mash(2003).Sundazed
Selected Meters-invovled


zand said...

Fiyo at the Fillmore, Vol. 1 (2003)

zand said...

WOW!!! So many additions! Thank's a lot!!!

zand said...

WOW!!! So many additions! Thank's a lot!!!

Vel_Kam said...

Zand,Tnx for Fiyo at the Fillmore, Vol. 1 (2003)

Erberken said...

Right On !!!!! Thank You.

Tim said...

Anyone have "Live At Rozy's"?

Vel_Kam said...

Tim , tnx,link for this album added but not filled yet...Will be hopenin' bout Good person linked this one...

chronwell said...

The Meters had the funk beat and that hiphop beat way back when. Vel Kam,Thanx 4 keepin it funky!

Vel_Kam said...

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