New Directions

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of the Meters' final album is hopeful, and New Directions does indeed represent if not a new direction, at least a shift from the disco dead end of Trick Bag. From the second "No More Okey Doke" kicks off the record, it's clear that the Meters are gritty again, kicking out some really funky grooves -- maybe not as dirty as their Josie recordings, maybe a little cleaned up, but still pretty funky. The slower numbers betray their era, but in a pleasing way, something that's also true of generic numbers like "My Name Up in Lights," which may have too much talk-box guitar, but still grooves effectively. That may not be a new direction, per se, but it is a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The title of the Meters' final album is hopeful, and New Directions does indeed represent if not a new direction, at least a shift from the disco dead end of Trick Bag. From the second "No More Okey Doke" kicks off the record, it's clear that the Meters are gritty again, kicking out some really funky grooves -- maybe not as dirty as their Josie recordings, maybe a little cleaned up, but still pretty funky. The slower numbers betray their era, but in a pleasing way, something that's also true of generic numbers like "My Name Up in Lights," which may have too much talk-box guitar, but still grooves effectively. That may not be a new direction, per se, but it is a welcome change-up after the dud Trick Bag. It wasn't enough to save the Meters and it's not really a lost treasure, but it's a far more dignified way to bow out.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/7/2009
  • Label: Hi Horse Records
  • UPC: 725543263018
  • Catalog Number: 30420
  • Sales rank: 147,763

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Meters Primary Artist
Art Neville Keyboards, Vocals
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone
Mic Gillette Trombone, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Kurt McGettrick Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Ziggy Modeliste Drums, Vocals
Cyril Neville Percussion, Conga, Vocals
Leo Nocentelli Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Lenny Pickett Alto Flute, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
George Porter Jr. Bass, Background Vocals, Wah Wah Bass
Swamp Tabernacle Choir Vocals, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
The Meters Composer
Fred Catero Engineer
Kurt McGettrick Horn Arrangements
Chris Minto Engineer
Leo Nocentelli Composer
David Rubinson Producer, Engineer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Bob Irwin Mastering
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
John Cabalka Art Direction
Fred Rubinson Engineer
Jeffrey Cohen Producer
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