Soul Strut 100: # 8 - The Meters - S/T (1969)

RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,484 Posts
edited August 2013 in The Soul Strut 100
I will slowly be unveiling the Top 100 Soul Strut Related Records as Voted by the Strutters Themselves.

# 8 - The Meters - S/T (1969)



The list so far:

# 100 - Jr. and His Soulettes - Psychodelic Sounds
# 99 - Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul
# 98 - Donny Hathaway - S/T (1971)
# 97 - Bernard Wright - ???Nard
# 96 - Tom Scott - Honeysuckle Breeze
# 95 - People Under the Stairs - Question in the Form of an Answer
# 94 - Harlem River Drive
# 93 - Black Moon - Enta Da Stage
# 92 - Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear
# 91 - Muddy Waters - Electric Mud
# 90 - Les McCann - Layers
# 89 - Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
# 88 - Leroy Hutson - Hutson (1975)
# 87 - ESG - S/T (1981)
# 86 - Can - Tago Mago
# 85 - Bohannon - Stop & Go
# 84 - WILLIAM DEVAUGHN - Be Thankful For What You Got
# 83 - Power of Zeus - The Gospel According to Zeus
# 82 - Gang Starr - Hard To Earn
# 81 - The J.B.???s - Doing It to Death
# 80 - Parliament - Osmium
# 79 - McNeal & Niles - Thrust
# 78 - The Lafayette Afro Rock Band - Malik
# 77 - Earth, Wind, and Fire (1971)
# 76 - Dr. Dre - The Chronic
# 75 - Black Sabbath (1970)
# 74 - Trap Door / An International Psychedelic Mystery Mix (2006)
# 73 - Bob James - One
# 72 - Matthew Larkin Cassell - Pieces
# 71 - The Beginning Of The End - Funky Nassau
# 70 - Big Bear - Doin??? Thangs
# 69 - Steely Dan - Aja
# 68 - Quasimoto - The Unseen
# 67 - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis/Live! (1971)
# 66 - Al Green - Im still in love with you
# 65 - The Beatnuts - Street Level
# 64 - Archie Whitewater - Archie Whitewater (1970)
# 63 - Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca & the Soul Brother
# 62 - Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die
# 61 - The J.B.???s - Food For Thought
# 60 - Don Blackman (1982)
# 59 - Niagara - (Tiddies)
# 58 - Can - Ege Bamyasi
# 57 - Whatnauts - On the Rocks
# 56 - The Mohawks - Champ
# 55 - McDonald and Giles (1971)
# 54 - Darondo - Let My People Go
# 53 - Dorothy Ashby - Afro Harping
# 52 - Beastie Boys - Paul???s Boutique
# 51 - Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu of Ethiopia
# 50 - Lyman Woodard Organization - Saturday Night Special
# 49 - Isaac Hayes - Hot Buttered Soul
# 48 - Lyn Collins - Think (About It)
# 47 - James Brown - In The Jungle Groove
# 46 - Bill Withers - Still Bill
# 45 - Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
# 44 - Silver Apples - S/T
# 43 - Mobb Deep - The Infamous
# 42 - Lyn Christopher (1973)
# 41 - Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire de Melody Nelson
# 40 - Gang Starr - Step in the Arena
# 39 - Diamond D - Stunts, Blunts, & Hip Hop
# 38 - Terry Callier - What Color is Love
# 37 - David Axelrod - Song of Innocence
# 36 - The Invaders - Spacing Out
# 35 - Leo Sayer - Endless Flight
# 34 - Public Enemy - It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
# 33 - DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist - Brainfreeze (Mix)
# 32 - Michael Jackson - Thriller
# 31 - DJ Shadow - Endtroducing
# 30 - De La Soul - 3 Feet High and Rising
# 29 - Ray Barretto - Acid
# 28 - The Sylvers - II
# 27 - Donald Byrd - Places and Spaces
# 26 - Shuggie Otis - Inspiration Information
# 25 - Nas - Illmatic
# 24 - The Baby Huey Story - The Living Legend
# 23 - Roy Ayers - He???s Coming
# 22 - Kool and the Gang (album) (1969)
# 21 - Demon Fuzz - Afreaka!
# 20 - Curtis Mayfield - Curtis!
#19 - Eugene McDaniels - Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse
# 18 - Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock
# 17 - Placebo - Ball of Eyes
# 16 - Arthur Verocai - Arthur Verocai (1972)
# 15 - A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory
# 14 - S.O.U.L. - What Is It
# 13 - Funkadelic - Maggot Brain
# 12 - Boscoe
# 11 - RAMP - Come Into Knowledge
# 10 - Bob James - 2 (Mardi Gras with or without the Bells)
# 9 - Syl Johnson - Is It Because I???m Black?

Please discuss your reactions to this record. The thread will be archived later here.

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This seminal New Orleans funk group's debut album features the semi-hit "Cissy Strut" and its follow-up, "Sophisticated Sissy." This 1999 reissue also offers two previously unreleased bonus tracks, "The Look of Love" and "Soul Machine." Other highlights include "Here Comes the Meter Man," "Live Wire," and "Sehorn's Farm."

http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-meters-mw0000261353

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  • caicai spacecho 361 Posts
    Hell yes

  • DJBombjackDJBombjack Miami 1,665 Posts
    100% bonafide unfuckwitable

  • DuderonomyDuderonomy Haut de la Garenne 6,999 Posts
    Needs more drums.

  • strataspherestratasphere Blastin' the Nasty 1,033 Posts
    One of the best instrumental funk lps around, and one of the few that hasn't been hatted on by the Strut massive. I remember finding my first copy at Junker's Heaven (r.i.p.) for 4.00.

  • asstroasstro 1,748 Posts
    Indisputable, what would we all be without The Meters?

  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    pulled a mint copy of this early in my game at a flea for a buck.
    an old dude was flipping thru the crate right in front of me and he passed right by this joint and gripped some Roger Whitaker jawns
    that was a tense 3 minutes waiting for him to finish with the crate so I could get my sweaty hands on this sucker
    haven't seen one in the field since.
    i reckon they didn't press up many of these or they just weren't well distributed in the north east?

  • GibboGibbo 121 Posts
    Definitely deserves it's place this far up the list. Solid from front to back.

  • HorseleechHorseleech 3,830 Posts
    kala said:
    i reckon they didn't press up many of these or they just weren't well distributed in the north east?

    I think this record sold fairly well, though the 45s probably did much better. It always surprises me how many covers of Cissy Strut there are from South American/Caribbean countries.

    I just pulled this out and am listening now for the first time in years. Aside from how great the music is, I've always loved the sound on these first three records.

  • Aren't the Meters a commercial group?

    Didn't they start out doing tv jingles?

    Sorry, I just can't ride for The Meters because their tracks do not really align with what my concept of music is...except for the quite space between tracks, ofcourse that part is similar to the quite space between tracks on other records, too.

    :P

  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    Horseleech said:
    kala said:
    i reckon they didn't press up many of these or they just weren't well distributed in the north east?

    I think this record sold fairly well, though the 45s probably did much better. It always surprises me how many covers of Cissy Strut there are from South American/Caribbean countries.

    I just pulled this out and am listening now for the first time in years. Aside from how great the music is, I've always loved the sound on these first three records.

    the 45's pop up constantly
    but the lp is rarer in my experience
    i assume this is an easy 100-150 WOF staple at retail?

  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    GatorToof said:
    Aren't the Meters a commercial group?

    Didn't they start out doing tv jingles?

    Sorry, I just can't ride for The Meters because their tracks do not really align with what my concept of music is...except for the quite space between tracks, ofcourse that part is similar to the quite space between tracks on other records, too.

    :P

    if you don't like the meters then you really don't belong here

  • toby.dtoby.d 254 Posts
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

  • RAJRAJ tenacious local 7,484 Posts
    GatorToof said:
    Aren't the Meters a commercial group?

    Didn't they start out doing tv jingles?

    Sorry, I just can't ride for The Meters because their tracks do not really align with what my concept of music is...except for the quite space between tracks, ofcourse that part is similar to the quite space between tracks on other records, too.

    :P


  • pcmrpcmr 5,591 Posts


    this is my favorite track from this amazing record

    :slowburner:

    as solid as an LP gets

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,235 Posts
    Think of the bassline as a tuba and you'll better get where the Meters were coming from on the secondline tip...


  • toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    True, but the song titles mar it just a bit.

  • HarveyCanalHarveyCanal "a distraction from my main thesis." 13,235 Posts
    Jean-ClaudeBanDamned said:
    toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    True, but the song titles mar it just a bit.

    BAN.

  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    pcmr said:


    this is my favorite track from this amazing record

    :slowburner:

    as solid as an LP gets

    agreed
    so moody
    this must have been used in a movie by now
    the ultimate portrayal of funktified sadness and meloncholy

  • HarveyCanal said:
    Jean-ClaudeBanDamned said:
    toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    True, but the song titles mar it just a bit.

    BAN.

    WTF is your problem? I just don't like how printing the titles on the cover detracts from the overall look. Call it a pet peeve. Keep the titles on the back cover.

  • DJ_EnkiDJ_Enki 6,471 Posts
    asstro said:
    Indisputable, what would we all be without The Meters?

    A world without The Meters is not a world worth living in.

    The Meters also tend to be my go-to group when I get the inevitable "wow, look at all these records you have...play me one!" deal.

  • Found this years ago still in the shrink in Lodi of all places.

    I wish they had pressed mono versions of these early LPs on Josie.

  • kalakala 3,339 Posts
    Chuck_Huss said:
    Found this years ago still in the shrink in Lodi of all places.

    I wish they had pressed mono versions of these early LPs on Josie.

    Lodi?
    do tell!

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,947 Posts
    kala said:
    pulled a mint copy of this early in my game at a flea for a buck.
    an old dude was flipping thru the crate right in front of me and he passed right by this joint and gripped some Roger Whitaker jawns
    that was a tense 3 minutes waiting for him to finish with the crate so I could get my sweaty hands on this sucker
    haven't seen one in the field since.
    i reckon they didn't press up many of these or they just weren't well distributed in the north east?

    Jubilee/Josie was a fairly successful label in their day, with lots of hit singles to their credit. The success of "Cissy Strut" and "Sophisticated Cissy" was good enough to push the Meters' first album into the Billboard album charts (#108 in the Billboard Top 200). So there were definitely a lot of these being pressed up.

    However, R&B prior to 1976 was more singles-oriented than album-oriented, so of course the 45s will turn up more often. Hell. Jubilee/Josie was more singles-oriented themselves.

  • pickwick33pickwick33 8,947 Posts
    toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    Agreed. Literal cover art can get really tacky, but the austerity of those actual meters on the cover is tastefully done.

  • this ranking should have included the next two Josies....all sooo thorough. cosign the versions of Stormy. and Wichita Lineman

    thats an interesting point harvey about the tuba influence... makes sense.

  • kala said:
    Chuck_Huss said:
    Found this years ago still in the shrink in Lodi of all places.

    I wish they had pressed mono versions of these early LPs on Josie.

    Lodi?
    do tell!

    Gramps lived in Lodi. Years later I would still go out there to the pumpkin patches and wineries just for nostalgia sake but would hit up some of the antique stores, never with any luck except for that one time. My girl was with me that day, she's frequently been my good luck charm.

  • parallaxparallax no-style-having mf'er 1,266 Posts
    Jean-ClaudeBanDamned said:
    toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    True, but the song titles mar it just a bit.

    I'm a troll who does not listen to funk. Heck, I've never even heard of the Meters.

  • Jean-ClaudeBanDamned said:
    Jean-ClaudeBanDamned said:
    toby.d said:
    I also really dig the cover. Understated, clever and cool.

    True, but the song titles mar it just a bit.

    I'm a troll who does not listen to funk. Heck, I've never even heard of the Meters.

    You're one of my trolls.

    Go funk yourself.

  • HorseleechHorseleech 3,830 Posts
    Chuck_Huss said:
    kala said:
    Chuck_Huss said:
    Found this years ago still in the shrink in Lodi of all places.

    I wish they had pressed mono versions of these early LPs on Josie.

    Lodi?
    do tell!

    Gramps lived in Lodi. Years later I would still go out there to the pumpkin patches and wineries just for nostalgia sake but would hit up some of the antique stores, never with any luck except for that one time. My girl was with me that day, she's frequently been my good luck charm.

    Finger Lakes Lodi?

  • LoopDreamsLoopDreams 1,193 Posts
    og canadian press on Jubilee is very sweet sounding of this :goat:
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