Look-Ka Py Py

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Look-Ka Py Py
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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 1969
RecordedLeFevre Sound Studios,[1] Atlanta, Georgia
GenreFunk
Length36:27
LabelJosie (JOS-4011)
ProducerAllen Toussaint, Marshall Sehorn
The Meters chronology
The Meters
(1969)
Look-Ka Py Py
(1969)
Struttin'
(1970)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[3]

Look-Ka Py Py is the second studio album by the American funk group The Meters. The instrumental album was ranked number 218 on the Rolling Stone list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003,[4] and 220 in a 2012 revised list.[5]

Reception[edit]

Cub Koda of AllMusic said of the album and the band: "The second album by The Meters continues the sound that made them New Orleans legends."[2] Ted Drozdowski of Rolling Stone characterized the album's sound as "clear, unhurried and certain". He characterized the guitar sound as "brief, precise", the organ sound as "free of the rhythm", the bass sound as "fat, saw-tooth grooves", and the drum sound as "dry and up front".[3] In ranking the album for its greatest-all-time list, the magazine noted the bass riffs and the off-beat drumming.[4]

The album's title track "Look-Ka Py Py" reached #11 on the U.S. R&B Singles chart and the album reached #23 on the U.S. R&B Albums chart.[6]

Style[edit]

In his 2008 book, Tom Moon wrote: "the key characteristic is restraint. Nobody works too hard on Meters records. The rhythm is built on a loose-tight axis, with some elements (usually Zigaboo Modeliste's snappish drumming) pushing forward and other forces (the carefully articulated guitar lines of Leo Nocentelli or spare jabs from Art Neville's B3 organ) pulling back."[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Art Neville, Ziggy Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr., except as noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Look-Ka Py Py" 3:20
2."Rigor Mortis" 2:38
3."Pungee" 3:01
4."Thinking" 1:45
5."This Is My Last Affair" 2:55
6."Funky Miracle" 2:28
7."Yeah, You're Right" 2:46
8."Little Old Money Maker" 2:42
9."Oh, Calcutta!"Stanley Walden2:45
10."The Mob" 2:49
11."9 'Til 5" 2:51
12."Dry Spell" 2:33
2001 digitally remastered CD bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Grass"2:42
14."Borro"2:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[8]

Production

  • Allen Toussaint – producer
  • Marshall Sehorn – audio production
  • Tim Livingston – project manager
  • Rodney Mills – audio engineer
  • Al Quaglieri – mastering
  • Bob Irwin – mastering
  • Rich Russell – package design
  • Bill Dahl – liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Discogs: The Meters – Look-Ka Py Py". discogs.com. Archived from the original on November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Allmusic: Look-Ka Py Py – review". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Ted Drozdowski (November 1, 1990). "The Meters: Look-Ka Py Py". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 590). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007.
  4. ^ a b "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (Special Issue). 218 | Look-Ka Py Py - The Meters. November 2003. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  5. ^ "500 Greatest Albums of All Time Rolling Stone's definitive list of the 500 greatest albums of all time". Rolling Stone. 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Dave Thompson (2001). Funk, Third Ear: The Essential Listening Companion. Hal Leonard. pp. 167–168. ISBN 9780879306298. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  7. ^ Tom Moon (2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Workman Publishing. p. 500. ISBN 9780761139638. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Allmusic: Look-Ka Py Py – credits". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015.