The Meters

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The Meters are an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The band performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977. The band played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John. The Meters acted as the house band for Allen Toussaint's New Orleans soul classics of the 1960s and are responsible for bringing New Orleans second line grooves into popular music.

While The Meters rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered, along with artists like James Brown, one of the originators of funk music and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and modern musicians working in the funk idiom.

The Meters' sound is defined by an earthy combination of tight melodic grooves and highly syncopated New Orleans "second-line" rhythms under highly charged guitar and keyboard riffing. Their songs "Cissy Strut" and "Look-Ka Py Py" are considered funk classics.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1969 The Meters 2
1970 Look-Ka Py Py 4 5
1970 Struttin' 1
1972 Cabbage Alley 3
1974 Rejuvenation 4 3
1975 Fire on the Bayou 3
1976 Trick Bag 2
1992 The Meters Jam 1
2001 New Directions 3
2001 Struttin' 1
2013 Cabbage Alley 1
2014 Original Album Series 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1975 The Best of the Meters 1
1979 Good Old Funky Music 4
1991 Funky Miracle 1
1992 The Original Funkmasters 1
1994 Crescent City Groove Merchants 1
1994 Fundamentally Funky 1
1995 Funkify Your Life: The Meters Anthology 1
1997 The Very Best of the Meters 1
1999 The Very Best of the Meters 1
2001 Kickback 1
2001 Good Old Funky Music: 20 Upbeat Cool Down New Orleans Classics 1
2003 Zony Mash 1
2011 Here Comes the Meter Man: The Complete Josie Recordings 1968-1970 1
2016 A Message from the Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 1
Anthology - The Josie Years 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 Uptown Rulers!: The Meters Live on the Queen Mary 1
2002 Funky Miracle: Live at the Moonwalker, Volume 1 1
2002 Funky Miracle: Live at the Moonwalker, Volume 2 1


Year Title RatingReleases
1971 Good Old Funky Music / Sassy Lady 1

Unspecified type

Year Title RatingReleases
2004 A Message From The Meters 2

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