Cabbage Alley

Cabbage Alley

by The MetersThe Meters


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When the Meters moved from their bankrupted indie label Josie to Warner Bros for 1972's Cabbage Alley, they shifted from funky instrumentals to soulful vocalizing. Leading the way in this new direction was guitarist Leo Nocentelli, who wrote or co-wrote most of these songs. True to Nocentelli's New Orleans origins, a spirit of jocular abandon winds its way throughout this album. Among the most notable examples are the chugging and infectious "Soul Island," inspired by a tour of the Caribbean, and the midtempo grit of a dance theme called "Do the Dirt." Elsewhere, Nocentelli's compositions include the psychedelic soul of "Stay Away" and "The Flower Song," a romantic instrumental tailor-made for a candlelit dinner. Altering this carefree atmosphere are a pair of consciousness-raising tracks: "You've Got to Change (You've Got to Reform)" and the Band-like poignancy of "Lonesome and Unwanted People," featuring keyboardist Art Neville's soulful vocals. Neville's contributions also include his cover of Neil Young's "Birds" and a rewrite of Professor Longhair's "Hey Now Baby" that doubles as the rollicking title track. [Some reissues add "Chug Chug Chug-A-Lug (Push and Shove), Pts. I & 2" to the program.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2000
Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
UPC: 0090771616821
catalogNumber: 6168
Rank: 8256

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Meters   Primary Artist
Art Neville   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals
Ziggy Modeliste   Drums,cowbell,gourd,Wood Block
Cyril Neville   Conga
Leo Nocentelli   Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals
George Porter   Bass
Squirell   Conga
Arthur "Red" Neville   Organ,Piano,Tambourine,Vocals,cowbell

Technical Credits

Barry Hansen   Liner Notes
Marshall Sehorn   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Bunny Matthews   Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher   Art Direction
David Willardson   Cover Art

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