Rejuvenation (The Meters album)

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Rejuvenation
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Studio album by The Meters
Released July 1974
Recorded Sea-Saint Studios
Genre Funk
Length 50:46
Label Reprise (MS 2200)
Producer Allen Toussaint, The Meters
The Meters chronology
Cabbage Alley
(1972)
Rejuvenation
(1974)
Fire on the Bayou
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[3]

Rejuvenation is the fifth studio album by the New Orleans funk group The Meters, released in 1974. In 2003, the album was ranked number 138 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[4] The somewhat garish front cover artwork features a photograph of a seemingly footloose woman sitting on a couch alongside several record albums strewn about her living room, such as Allen Toussaint's 1972 Life, Love and Faith as well as the Meters' own previous Reprise LP Cabbage Alley.

Background[edit]

The Meters cut their first three mostly instrumental albums with Josie Records, before signing with Reprise and recording 1972's Cabbage Alley, their first album to feature mostly vocal songs and arrangements.[1][5] This album was the follow-up.[1] It was produced by Allen Toussaint and recorded at his brand new Sea-Saint Studio in New Orleans.[5] Some of the songs on the album included a horn section arranged by Toussaint.[5]

Influence[edit]

This album's influence is detectable in the work of a number of artists who have performed renditions of its songs. The Red Hot Chili Peppers did a modified version of the song "Africa" on their album Freaky Styley. Throughout their version, the word "Africa" is changed to "Hollywood" and "Mother Land" is changed to "Brother Land." The song is also covered on the greatest hits album What Hits!?. The third track, "Just Kissed my Baby", is used on the funk radio station in Grand Theft Auto IV called International Funk, and is also sampled on Public Enemy's "Timebomb" from the album Yo! Bum Rush the Show. Chris Duarte did a rendition of "Just Kissed My Baby" on Texas Sugar/Strat Magik. He has also covered "People Say" live. Vdelli (de) performs "Just Kissed my Baby" on Out of the Blues. New Orleans brass band The Dirty Dozen Brass Band covered "Africa" on their Medicated Magic album. The Grateful Dead played "Hey Pocky A-Way" in concert twenty five times from 1987 to 1990.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ziggy Modeliste, Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli, George Porter, Jr.

No. Title Length
1. "People Say" 5:18
2. "Love Is for Me" 3:55
3. "Just Kissed My Baby" 4:43
4. "What'cha Say" 3:29
5. "Jungle Man" 3:26
6. "Hey Pocky A-Way" 4:06
7. "It Ain't No Use" 11:51
8. "Loving You Is on My Mind" 3:19
9. "Africa" 4:01
2001 digitally remastered CD bonus tracks
No. Title Length
10. "People Say" (Single Version) 3:11
11. "Hey Pocky A-Way" (Single Version) 3:27

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[7]

Production
  • Allen Toussaint – producer
  • Tim Livingston – project manager
  • Bob Irwin – mastering
  • Al Quaglieri – mastering
  • Ken Laxton – engineer
  • Rich Russell – design
  • Bunny Matthews – liner notes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Allmusic: Rejuvenation – review". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on December 18, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "The Meters". RobertChristgau.com. Archived from the original on March 28, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2011. 
  3. ^ Pareles, Jon (August 3, 2000). "The Meters: Rejuenation". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (RS 846). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. 
  4. ^ "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow (Special Issue). 138) Rejuvenation: The Meters. November 2003. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on February 18, 2007. 
  5. ^ a b c Knobler, Daniel. "Here Come the Meter Men". Perfect Sound Forever. Perfect Sound Forever. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ David Malvinni (2013). Grateful Dead and the Art of Rock Improvisation. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 30–31. ISBN 9780810882553. Retrieved December 18, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Allmusic: Rejuvenation – credits". allmusic.com. Archived from the original on December 21, 2015. Retrieved December 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ Turchick, Efram (January 22, 2002). "Interview with Leo Nocentelli". Sundazed.com. Archived from the original on December 18, 2015. Retrieved October 3, 2011. That’s Lowell George playing slide on a song called 'Just Kissed My Baby' on Rejuvenation.