The Meters - Fire On The Bayou

The Meters' third album for Reprise, Fire on the Bayou, is their best record for the label for a variety of reasons, not least of which is the high quality of material throughout the record and a focus from the band that keeps the music simmering, even if it never quite reaches a boil. That's not a bad thing, because the music IS simmering, always hot and enticing, never lukewarm or too cool. There's not anything that comes out and grabs your throat, the way that "Hey Pocky Way" does, but there never seems to be a concession to mainstream funk, the way Cabbage Alley or Rejuvenation seemed to be. This just keeps things rolling, nice and smooth. There's not anything that separates itself from its partners -- something that's unfortunately true of all of the Reprise albums -- but the overall feel is better than the Meters' other Reprise albums, since it has more grit and presence than its compatriots. [Sundazed's 2000 reissue contains one bonus track, a "long version" of "Running Fast."]

Rating = 4.5/5 Stars AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine


A1 Out In The Country  
A2 Fire On The Bayou  
A3 Love Slip Upon Ya  
A4 Talkin' 'bout New Orleans  
A5 They All Ask'd For You  
B1 Can You Do Without?  
B2 Liar  
B3 You're A Friend Of Mine  
B4 Middle Of The Road  
B5 Running Fast  
B6 Mardi Gras Mambo  


SKU 0081227955939
Barcode # 0081227955939
Brand Funk/Soul

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