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  posted on 4/30/2012 at 06:15 PM
For years I have lamented the fact that, while you can find literally thousands of Dead shows and hundreds of shows by other bands on the Internet, there aren't many high quality Funky Meters shows in circulation. Most of the shows that are out there are more recent, with very few from the late 90s heyday of the band, before Art Neville hurt his back.

Well, that has all changed Somebody has posted several vintage 98-99 Funky Meters shows on etree recently, including a smoking hot Jazz Fest show from Tipitinas that is one of the best Funky Meters shows I've ever heard.

Here is a link to that 5/3/98 show, which is red hot fire from start to finish....

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=554456

The Fillmore shows (1/9/99 and 5/9/99) and the show from Tipitinas Ruins are pretty good too. I'm still digesting it all!

These shows fall right in the sweet spot of the prime of the Funky Meters, when they were arguably the best club-level live band in America, and everything I've heard so far supports that thesis. If you are already a fan, you know what I'm talking about. If you're just curious, or a casual funk fan without enough Funky Meters in their library, this is the perfect introduction.

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  posted on 4/30/2012 at 07:50 PM
FWIW, I was recently turned on to a band called The New Mastersounds. I don't know a lot about them, just one CD, but they are very Meters-ish and thus very enjoyable.
 

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  posted on 4/30/2012 at 08:09 PM
The New Mastersounds are a great band! Good call Jim

They do sound a good bit like the Meters/Funky Meters. If anything, my biggest complaint is that they sound SO much like the Meters, why not just listen to the "real thing"?

It's not their fault, just like it's not the fault of many jambands that they are derivative of the Dead or the Allman Brothers. How can you blame them? Those bands wrote the book.

This is one reason I'm such a big supporter of Lettuce They are a funk band, but they don't sound like the Meters, or P-Funk, or any other big names in funk music. God Bless them, they have actually found a way to play funk music that is original, while still being well-schooled in the classics.

 
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  posted on 4/30/2012 at 10:01 PM
I've been a Meters fan ever since I heard Right Place Wrong Time way back when, found out abouit them, and saw the open for the Stones in 74.
Saw The New Mastersounds twice and came away very unimpressed after hearing alot about them.

 

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  posted on 4/30/2012 at 10:51 PM
Going to pull that down from etree right now. Thanks a ton for the link and the heads up.

Just back from Jazzfest, so I got my Meters worth this weekend. Two shows with George and other folks as well. Also saw what was billed as the 'Meters Experience' with Leo on guitar and Dickens on bass.

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 07:03 AM
Glad you had fun at Jazzfest Rubba! I leave in two days My wife and I can't wait!

Seeing all these shows posted, and now of all times, was almost like a Jazzfest miracle Or a Funky Miracle, to quote one of my favorite Meters songs

Long live the Funky Meters, and long live Jazzfest!

 
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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 08:27 AM
Thanks Rob. These guys are phenomenal. I couldn't make Jazzfest this year, but my brother is going for the first time. As a gift for his 40th birthday, which was back in February, I got him tickets to see the Original Meters for this Saturday at the Howlin Wolf. Man, I wish I was going with him, but it feels almost as good to be able to give someone a gift like that.
 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 08:31 AM
This is one my favorite tunes done by Dr. John, the Meters, Professor Longhair and Earl King. BIG CHIEF!!! I saw the New Orleans Social Club perform this tune two years ago at Jazzfest with Henry Butler on keys and it was phenomenal. Something about that NOLA sound/vibe get me every time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IOyBwrvOKA

 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 09:56 AM
Now THIS is a thread! Thanks for this. I love the Funky Meters, The New Mastersounds, and pretty much all the bands mentioned above. Fess is my favorite piano player of all time. If CDs wear out, my copy of "Crawfish Fiesta" can't last much longer. Every single song on that record gets stuck in my head from time to time.

The Funky Meters are actually responsible for my stoopid username. I lurked here for a time, until I saw a vine go by for the Funky Meters w/ D. Trucks sitting in, and I had to have it.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 09:58 AM
great thread! outstanding band!

always loved the Big Cheif jam/tune. I saw DDBB and Dr John together at summerfest in Milwaukee one year (2007 maybe?) and they played it. Loved it. I am a big WSP fan as well and the version of that song on the live album which features DDBB is great as well. IMO

The Funky Meters are wonderful. I have only seen them 3 times and the last one was at a Hookahville Festival in Columbus OH back in 2004 (other 2 were latenight Bonnaroo 2003 w/ Warren Haynes guesting and latenight Tips post WSP Halloween 02). All 3 were a blast. Come to think of it, the Nola latenight show was an original Meters show I think.

When I want to hear something real funky, my go to track is often Love Slip up on Ya' from the Funky Meters self titled live album which was released a while back. The entire disc/set is outstanding.

As far as Lettuce goes, I am a big fan of that band as well. I went to the Pittsburgh show back in Nov which had Soulive play first and then Lettuce. It was such a fun night...killer band...love Krasno as a guitarist. He reminds me of a Scofield and Wes Montgomery combo with some Leo Nocentelli thrown in...wonderful musician. I have only seen Soulive and Lettuce couple other times throughout the years but i have always been impressed. The hammond player is good as well.

good thread....



[Edited on 5/1/2012 by GOBUCKEYES]

 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 01:41 PM
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As far as Lettuce goes, I am a big fan of that band as well.


Adam Dietch is a phenomenal drummer. I saw him a few months back in CT with Reggie, Camile and Dave from the Rads in a tiny little place. They went under the name of Fishhead Stew. He is funky. Reggie is one of the most underrated bass players around. He and Adam together were awesome. And speaking of the Meters, they did a few covers that night; here's one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQkhoa9G6Jc

Here is one of my favorite Rads tune, Papaya, with Adam (the drum breakdown in this is great):


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tXHuaW6E5E&feature=related

 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 10:16 PM
In this thread, as the old Meters song goes, everybody here loves good old funky music

Don't forget to download the shows I mentioned on etree. They are GREAT The version of Africa from 5/9/99 just had my jaw hanging on the floor, maybe the best version I've heard.

Happy to see general funk discussion, and carry on by all means, but let's not bury the lead This is an archaelogical find of great significance to lovers of funk music. YES!

 
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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 10:28 PM
I'm late, but I'm here!

Thanks for starting the thread, Rob! I'll have to grab some of those shows.

 

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  posted on 5/1/2012 at 11:32 PM
Here is a link to the 5/9/98 show, it's not 5/9/99, sorry about the mixup

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=554667

And check out the setlist, just ridiculous....

01. Jam > Look-A Py Py
02. Sing a Simple Song
03. You've Got To Change (You've Got To Reform)
04. Hey! Last Minute >
05. Africa >
06. They All Ask'd For You >
07. Tipitina's >
08. Love The One You're With >
09. Soul Island > Bass >
10. Midnight Rider >
11. Fire On the Bayou
12. People Say >
13. Funkify Your Life >
14. Cissy Strut

encores
15. Just Kissed My Baby >
16. Iko Iko >
17. Jambalaya > Drums >
18. Hey Pocky A-Way

total time: 168:24

 
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  posted on 5/2/2012 at 09:15 AM
killer setlist! def going to download that ....thanks

is Porter Batiste Stoltz still an ongoing project/band?

 

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  posted on 5/2/2012 at 05:26 PM
GOBUCKEYES, Porter Batiste Stoltz is no more They are currently in the middle of a very messy legal action, where their former manager is suing them for six figures!!

Anybody who saw PBS play tiny clubs in front of 50 people knows that hundreds of thousands of dollars was never part of the equation. I don't know all the details, but that doesn't pass the smell test to me.

If you're only going to get one of these shows, I think 5/3/98 is the way to go. Probably the best sound quality of all the new shows, and just a killer, killer show from front to back.

 
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  posted on 5/3/2012 at 09:55 AM
I had the pleasure of meeting Art Neville outside of Tips last year after the Funky Meters played. He could not have been nicer. Looked like he was having some back problems though. He was just chilling sitting on a milk crate. I think that is what I love most about these guys; they are so accessible and seem to have no ego.
 

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  posted on 5/3/2012 at 12:13 PM
I love the Meters...they got that soul funk! If ya cant dance to that, youre dead.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2012 at 04:33 PM
This thread deserves a bump.

I've only had the time to listen to the 5/3/98 show, which I believe is the first one you mentioned in this thread. Very enjoyable.

I look forward to the rest.

 

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  posted on 5/3/2012 at 05:34 PM
It is very enjoyable 14 years ago today!

The 5/9/98 show is pretty hot as well. I guess they were having a good week

I'm off to Jazzfest in about an hour, I will report when I get back.

 
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  posted on 5/4/2012 at 09:34 AM
I like this thread. You have funkified me the last few days. Been listening to James Brown Love Power Peace, and now I can't stop listening to the New Orleans Social Club from Jazzfest 2010. I only caught the last few songs of their set at Jazzfest back in 2010; wish I saw the whole set. They crushed it. This is a crazy lineup, check it out. Henry Butler amazes me. Music like this gives me the chills. I can't get enough.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxZq2RQxjhw&feature=related


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fq6zrw7aswY&feature=related

 

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  posted on 6/1/2012 at 11:25 PM
Another great old-school Funky Meters show has appeared on etree.org!

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=555421

This one is from May 15th, 1999 at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco. Seems like the taper who has been putting these up must be from the Bay area, because most of these are from either the Fillmore, or from New Orleans during Jazz Fest, when he could have been visiting for the festival.

Such a treat to have these shows! I had just about given up on having more late 90s Funky Meters live shows in circulation, but my prayers have been answered. Can't wait to hear this one

 
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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 12:22 AM
!!!! just saw this thread, shows downloading now! Can't wait!!

 

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  posted on 6/2/2012 at 09:04 AM
Glad you are digging the funk, jaxflbrofan!

Getting ready to burn this new show to disc right now for my drive to Pine Mountain

 
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  posted on 8/27/2012 at 12:27 AM
Not a Funky Meters show but a Meters show that I saw on etree

The Meters
May 5, 2012
New Orleans, LA @ The Howlin' Wolf

Neumann SKM-140 > Edirol R-44 24/48 > ? > 16/44 WAV > FLAC
Recorded by ilg productions

01. Intro 1:11
02. Fire On The Bayou 12:11
03. He Bite Me (The Dragon) 14:34
04. Cissy Strut > Cardova 10:53
05. Africa > Look-Ka Py Py > 14:17
06. Funky Miracle 7:49

Disc Two:
01. Guitar solo > 3:43
02. Doodle Oop (The World) > 7:39
03. Hey Pocky A-Way 9:33
04. Ain't No Use (To Cut You Loose) 13:23
05. Encore break / banter 6:28
06. People Say 17:54

Art Neville: organ, vocals
George Porter Jr: bass, vocals
Leo Nocentelli: guitar, vocals
Zigaboo Modeliste: drums, vocals

First club gig in NOLA in over 30 years.

http://bt.etree.org/details.php?id=558051

 

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