Funky à la Sly/WAR in direct inverse proportion to the imagination shown by the Reprise art department, this odd little Meters compilation cherry picks from only two of their four Reprise Lps, Fire On the Bayou and Rejuvenation–I mean, there’s got to be something worthwhile from Cabbage Alley (1972) and Trick Bag (1976), no? Anyway, the expertly played, sung* and produced** case Best of The Meters sets out on behalf of the years spanning 1974 and 1975 , suggests a band at the very top of its game and makes its lack of mainstream success truly baffling. Maybe it’s just too damn fonky.
Not the kind of record one normally expects at Hythe’s Red Cross for a pound, but there it was this morning along with a warped, mono Beatles For Sale Lp just barely contained by the most raggedy-ass sleeve you’ve ever seen selling for £20, among other like atrocities. Why, Red Cross, why?
*in contrast to the three earlier all-instrumental Josie albums.
**by Allan Toussaint