The Meters – Rejuvenation

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When the Meters jumped from the Josie label to Reprise in 1972, their new label seemed intent on crossing them over to a wider audience. Released in 1974, Rejuvenation, the Meters’ second Reprise album, stands as the best of this period, with their core funk sound embellished with elements of rock and mainstream soul. The success of this album can be judged by the fact that six of these nine songs stayed fixed in the (Funky) Meters repertoire more than 25 years after they recorded them. Their version here of “Hey Pocky A-Way” stands as the song’s definitive reading, but tracks such as “People Say,” “Just Kissed My Baby” (featuring the contributions of Lowell George), “Jungle Man,” and “Africa” are career highlights as well, retaining the power of stripped-down funk while still fleshing out the sound with punchy horns, background singers, and a more rock-oriented production. These cuts don’t quite reach the level of the gloriously funky three-minute instrumental nuggets they made for Josie, but they come very close. –Marc Greilsamer

Tracklist

01. People Say
02. Love Is for Me
03. Just Kissed My Baby
04. What’cha Say
05. Jungle Man
06. Hey Pocky A-Way
07. It Ain’t No Use
08. Loving You Is on My Mind
09. Africa
10. People Say (single version)
11. Hey Pocky A-Way (single version)

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Meshell Ndegeocello – Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication To Nina Simone

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After the release of ‘Weather’, Meshell Ndegeocello releases her 10th album, ‘Pour une ame souveraine’ (For a sovereign soul). After a career of more than 20 years, Meshell Ndegeocello, the American singer-songwriter, rapper, bassist and vocalist and her musicians Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys), and Deantoni Parks (drums) recorded a tribute to Nina Simone and play some of the tracks made famous by the icon of black music. Meshell also invited a few guests to take part of this dedication to Nina Simone, such as Sinead O’Conner, Lizz Wright, Valerie June, Toshi Reagon and Cody ChesnuTT.

Tracklist

01. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
02. Suzanne
03. Real Real (feat. Toshi Reagon)
04. House Of The Rising Sun (feat. Toshi Reagon)
05. Turn Me On
06. Feelin’ Good
07. Don’t Take All Night (feat. Sinead O’Connor)
08. Nobody’s Fault But Mine (feat. Lizz Wright)
09. Be My Husband (feat. Valerie June)
10. Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair (feat. Valerie June)
11. See Line Woman (feat. Tracy Wannomae)
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black (feat. Cody Chesnutt)
14. Four Women

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