The Meters | A Message from the Meters—The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 (3-LP Set)

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Liner notes by Bill Dahl include quotes from Nocentelli, Art Neville, and Porter. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

Includes rare mono single mixes for the Josie sides and stereo single mixes for the Reprise and Warner Bros. sides

The Meters — Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste, Art and (later) Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and George Porter, Jr. — were arguably the world's greatest funk band during the late ‘60s and ‘70s.

Their recordings for the Josie, Reprise and Warner Bros. labels laid the foundation for New Orleans Funk

Now, Real Gone Music presents, for the first time ever, a collection of their classic, groundbreaking singles for all three labels. This 3LP, 40-track set presents the A and B-side of every single that organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph "Zigaboo" Modeliste cut for the Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. labels, virtually their entire singles output (all but two co-produced by the late, great Allen Toussaint) save for a few odds ‘n' ends issued mostly overseas. That means that you not only get every hit along with its hard-to-find B-side but also the rare single mixes, including the especially rare original mono single mixes of the 1968-1971 Josie sides (the first three LP sides are all mono; the last three, featuring the later Reprise and Warner Bros. singles, present all stereo single mixes). These songs represent the mother lode of New Orleans funk, classic tracks such as "Sophisticated Cissy," "Cissy Strut," "Look-Ka Py Py," "Chicken Strut," "Hand Clapping Song," "Hey Pocky A-Way," and more.

And, with liner notes by Bill Dahl featuring quotes from Nocentelli, Neville, and Porter, this 3LP set offers probably the best retrospective to date of this enormously influential band. And how's the sound? Well, after extensive and exhaustive tape research, we were able to come up with original tape sources for all but five of these single sides, and the remastering — by Mike Milchner at SonicVision — is tight! This is the best Meters retrospective to date!

Side A
1. Sophisticated Cissy
2. Sehorns Farms
3. Cissy Strut
4. Here Comes the Meter Man
5. Ease Back
6. Ann
7. Dry Spell
8. Little Old Money Maker

Side B
1. Look-Ka Py Py
2. This Is My Last Affair
3. Chicken Strut
4. Hey! Last Minute
5. Hand Clapping Song
6. Joog

Side C
1. A Message from the Meters
2. Zony Mash
3. Stretch Your Rubber Band
4. Groovy Lady
5. (The World Is a Bit under
the Weather) Doodle-Oop
6. I Need More Time
7. Good Old Funky Music
8. Sassy Lady

Side D
1. Do the Dirt
2. Smiling
3. Cabbage Alley
4. The Flower
5. Chug-Chug-Chug-A-Lug (Push ‘N’ Shove) Part I
6. Chug-Chug-Chug-A-Lug (Push ‘N’ Shove) Part II

Side E
1. Hey Pocky A-Way
2. Africa
3. People Say
4. Loving You Is on My Mind
5. They All Ask’d for You
6. Running Fast (Long Version)

Side F
1. Disco Is the Thing Today
2. Mr. Moon
3. Trick Bag
4. Find Yourself
5. Be My Lady
6. No More Okey Doke