The Meters - Trick Bag
Label: Reprise Records
Catalog#: MS 2252
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Record is VG++ (listen to our copy)
Cover has ringwear and corner wear as well as edge wear (see our picture)
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Funk, Disco
A1 Disco Is The Thing Today 4:08
A2 Find Yourself 4:10
A3 All These Things 3:30
A4 I Want To Be Loved By You 5:22
A5 Suite For 20 G 4:30
B1 (Doodle Loop) The World Is A Little Bit Under The Weather 3:50
B2 Trick Bag 3:19
B3 Mister Moon 4:00
B4 Chug-A-Lug 3:20
B5 Hang 'Em High / Honky Tonk Woman 5:35
Feel Me Flow" by Naughty by Nature sampled The Meters's "Find Yourself
Producer - Allen Toussaint
After a slew of terrifically classic New Orleans funk with albums such as Look-Ka Py Py and Rejuvenation in the early to mid 1970's The Meters greet 1976 with an outlook more in the experimental vein of Cabbage Alley,only on this occasion the name of the game is not art rock influences but rather new elements that were more commercially feasible at that time.
Of course the one song on this album that will doubtless get the most commentary is "Disco Is The Thing Today";the band had been working in Europe a lot and the new sound of disco was beginning to gain huge ground over there.In fact at the time this new dance music was perceived as cool so,rather then go willy nilly for this sound The Meter's mix the Philly Style dance groove with their more traditional Caribbean sound for a unique hybrid of old and new.As noted this is the only "disco" song on the album-the rest finds The Meters exploring different types of sounds rather then sticking by the "same ol' stuff" some described their early albums as.
"Find Yourself" and the ballad "All These Things are generally about exploring softer "smooth" grooves. On the other hand "I Want To Be Loved By You" has the kind of Meters' pop/funk hybrid they'd been perfecting,by themselves and playing for other artists like Robert Palmer,for the past few years. James Taylor's "Suite For 20 G" is given a very unique treatment,even for The Meters-a rather poppified,guitar oriented instrumental jazz jam not all that different from what is George Benson was doing on his Breezin' album from the same year in fact.
"Doodle Loop" and "Mister Moon" both showcase fast paced,catchy funk-a little different from this band's usual slower grind.The title song,an old Earl King cover from the early 60's is given a pretty standard R&B treatment;R&B that is of the early 60's standards. "Chug-A-Lug" is the only traditional style Meters song here and an excellent one at that-like the one cut here represented on their compilations. "Hang 'Em High" well that's another matter;it's a rocker Santana like rocker with fusion elements,not onlike what would find on their Cabbage Alley several years earlier. Similar,although with a more New Orleans kick is a cover of the Stones "Honky Tonk Woman" with a nice organ break to top off on.