The Meters – 1974 – Rejuvenation

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Brilliantly funky!

This is the greatest album they cut for Reprise and it’s one of the few that ever really approaches the genius of their early work for Josie.

The record features the incredible breakbeat cut “Just Kissed My Baby” – worth the price of the album alone, plus other nice ones like “Jungle Man“, “Africa“, “What’cha Say“, and the perennial New Orleans favorite “Hey Pocky A Way“.

Also features the incredible funk jam “It Ain’t No Use” – a monster track that’s nearly 12 minutes long!

Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) – Ranked #138 in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums Of All Time – “They achieved a perfect balance of funk, rock and Dixie R&B on REJUVENATION gems…” Rolling Stone (8/3/00, p.58) –4.5 stars out of 5 –

 

Tracks

A1. People Say 5.15
A2. Love Is For Me 3.49
A3. Just Kissed My Baby 4.42
A4. What’cha Say 3.27
A5. Jungle Man 3.23
B1. Hey Pocky A-Way 4.01
B2. It Ain’t No Use 11.48
B3. Loving You Is On My Mind 3.13
B4. Africa 3.56
People Say – (single version, bonus track)
Hey Pocky A-Way – (single version, bonus track)

The Reviews

 

1

Not to dis the contributions of other funk masters like Parliament / Funkadelic (who are brilliant in their own right), but NO ONE can make an ass shake like the Meters in their prime. And this is their prime. Actually, every one of their previous releases (which are largely all-instrumental with the exception of “Cabbage Alley”) up to this one is a five-star title. After “Rejuvenation,” things started to go downhill, even though subsequent albums contained their share of highlights. But, it never got any better than this title. Every song is a winner, and a few are stone-cold classics (“Hey Pocky Way“, “Jungle Man“, “Just Kissed My Baby“). I’ve put this on at many a party and have delighted at seeing individuals, seated alone, morose and lonesome in the corner, begin to twitch involuntarily and uncontrollably in response to the rhythms the Meters pour out (this last statement is NOT an exaggeration). This is music which makes people who are not in the know approach you asking, “Who IS this? I gotta get this!” Actually, you may be a bit more familiar with the Meters than you think as a new generation of hip-hop artists has sampled their tracks liberally.

Great stuff! Get it, you will not regret it.

 

2

According to some, the Meters’ earlier instrumental stuff is the one and only “classic Meters”. I wholeheartedly disagree. This album is about as classic as it gets! It’s just very different from their earlier style, so different in fact that you can hardly compare them.
This is a much more mature and sophisticated work, and without dissing the instrumentals in any way – I love them too! – I must say that this is my favorite Meters album. In fact it’s my favorite album of all time!
If you are unfamiliar with the funky, funky Meters (possibly the funkiest band of all time? Just listen to the awesome Modeliste/Porter rhythm section!) – this is the place to start. An All-Time Classic from start to finish!

 

3

The title is a tip-off, as is the garish, blaxploitation-chic photo on the cover — Rejuvenation, the Meters’ second album for Reprise, should be seen as a bit of a new beginning for the quintessential New Orleans funk group. It’s not a clean beginning, since they were pointing in this direction on Cabbage Alley, but this is where their glistening, clear production, crisp performances, rock influences, and hard-edged funk coalesce into a sound distinct from their Josie recordings — not better, just different. As such, this is the definitive Reprise album from the Meters, not just because the material is stronger (which admittedly is true), but because the performances are continually inspired and the production is professional but hits at a gut level, resulting in a first-class funk album.

 

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9 Comments
  • DJ Abe
    Posted at 02:14h, 10 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you…..

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 03:16h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    oh damm , man Im just browsing and we have alot of the same albums , Im seeing a feww that I have recently posted , cannot believe noone has thanked you for this dope album , but man you got so many other gemxz here too , Respect!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 05:25h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    Yu’re right Doc… This is a true gem among others from the Reprise Meters period. A magical Toussaint-Sehorn production straight from their Sea-Saint studio in NO,LA. This time the Meters put real vocals, not voices as they did in their pevious Josie releases. A never ending syncopation, a never ending air pocket, a real fist in the belly. Great spirits keep meeting up somewhere in space, doc. Thank you Nikos

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 08:23h, 12 June 2008 Reply

    Doctor, All April 2008 albums were posted to the famous Lost In Tyme Blog between Dec 2006 – March 2008 (Soul – Funk Section of the blog) After blogger deleted us i run this blog myself so a transfered all my previous posts. it is a hard 1,5 years work. They had a lot of commets but unfortunately could not save them. Thanks god we saved the posts.

  • Robert
    Posted at 20:03h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Love this Record. The Meter’s best for me! thank you thank you thank you!

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:45h, 14 February 2010 Reply

    Many thanks for this great album.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 23:51h, 25 July 2010 Reply

    Man you have no idea how much Love is in my heart for you right now. Thanks a lot for this blog man, im a sixteen year old in England and ur blog just opened my eyes and ears to so much stuff
    Thanks Man

  • Martin
    Posted at 15:58h, 12 February 2014 Reply

    Great Album. I just lost all the music I had on my pc and was looking for this one. Always enjoyed Fire On The Bayou a lot as well.

  • Topaz Bon
    Posted at 01:52h, 17 November 2015 Reply

    This is soooo funky and the best of the best and I agree 100% with the above review. Also, good to hear someone say that there is more to funk than ParlaFunk, yes they were good, but they were far from the only ones. “I Just Kissed My baby”, ouch – such a groove!

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