Reissue Label Real Gone Music Releases Funk Band THE METERS: A Message from the Meters—The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 3-LP Set
Here come those holidays, and if you’re like us, you could use some music to put some pep in your step. Enter one of the most beloved releases in our catalog, one that’s been out of print for about five years: THE METERS: A Message from the Meters—The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977.
This 3-LP, 40-track set presents the A and B-side of every single that the world’s greatest funk band (organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste) cut for the Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. label, 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 like “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 3-LP 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 (all on superior-sounding black vinyl), and the remastering—by Mike Milchner at SonicVision—is tight! We’re selling this at the unmatched low price of $44.99…put a check mark next to the music lover on your Christmas list.