The Meters, Trick Bag (1976)
I love The Meters – they came into my life at the right time; I was already a Neville Brothers fan and worked back to The Meters – only to realise they’d always been there for me, via my mum’s records, some compilations with key tracks and in hip-hop samples. But a decade or so ago, a bit longer actually, getting towards two…that’s when The Meters really came into my life; grabbing up the reissued CDs and hits collections. And then some vinyl versions – now this is by no means my favourite Meters album but it has a handful of really great stuff on it, enough to get it over the line. Zigaboo is my real reason for loving The Meters I guess, his touch, his feel, his sound – just magic. The backbone of the group, the master of the groove. So the fact that he’s just on the record (any record) and doing his thing is enough to get it over the line. But I do love their take on Earl King’s song, the title track here and the cover of Honky Tonk Woman is kinda fun and interesting too. There are better Meters albums – sure – but this still does enough of the work for me, provides some goods.
Sample Track: All These Things
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