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The Meters is the debut album by the American funk group The Meters. It was released in May 1969, the first of eight albums by the band. The band's early works were developed through improvisation. Band members had spent most of the 1960s performing together in nightclubs of New Orleans. They had a fluid musical style that included elements of R&B, rock, and jazz.



The first track, "Cissy Strut," was the band's opening song during their residency at the Ivanhoe nightclub in late 1960s. The original melody was introduced by Leo Nocentelli. The song was not yet titled, and the band's name was Art Neville and the Neville Sounds. The song was recorded at the Cosimo Studios. It was first released as a single and sold 200,000 copies in two weeks. Its commercial success became an impetus for the band's name change and subsequent recording career.

The variety of instruments on the album's cover symbolizes the diversity of compositions and rhythms. Its back cover depicts the band members in the early phase of their career. Many of the band's early instrumental tracks were named only after they were recorded. The album's eighth track was named for the 6V6 vacuum tube, which is commonly used in guitar amplifiers.

Track listing

| all_writing = Art Neville, Ziggy Modeliste, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter Jr., except where noted | title1 = Cissy Strut | length1 = 3:06 | title2 = Here Comes the Meter Man | length2 = 2:55 | title3 = Cardova | length3 = 4:35 | title4 = Live Wire | length4 = 2:40 | title5 = Art | length5 = 2:35 | title6 = Sophisticated Cissy | length6 = 2:56 | title7 = Ease Back | length7 = 3:14 | title8 = 6V6 LA | length8 = 2:26 | title9 = Sehorn's FarmTemplate:Sup | length9 = 2:31 | title10 = Ann | length10 = 2:46 | title11 = Stormy | note11 = Buddy Buie, J.R. Cobb | length11 = 3:40 | title12 = Simple Song | note12 = Sly Stone | length12 = 3:06 }} Template:Track listing

Listed as "Sehorns Farm" on original LP release; and "Sehorns Farms" on original 45rpm single.


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Weekly charts
Chart (1969) Peak
US R&B Albums (Billboard)<ref name="tm-complete-chart-history" /> 23
US Billboard 200<ref name="tm-complete-chart-history" /> 108

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