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(Ace Records) 24 tracks Very Best of Cajun Classics, and is drawn mainly from the two... more

Various: Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD)

(Ace Records) 24 tracks

Very Best of Cajun Classics, and is drawn mainly from the two now-deleted volumes that were among our best sellers (in any genre) during the 1990s. Those releases hit the button just as Cajun music was enjoying a popularity in the UK that was akin to the calypso, trad jazz and R&B booms of years gone by.

Suddenly, young musicians were taking up the accordion and fiddle-.-new bands with cute Louisiana names were springing up-.-dance schools were adding the Cajun two-step and waltz to their curricula-.-the Cajun bookshelf started groaning-.-and Cajun CDs were selling like pop records. Best of all, authentic Cajun musicians started visiting the British shores, notably D L Menard, Eddie LeJeune, Balfa Toujours and Beausoleil.

Now, as it always does, Cajun music has found its own level on the musical barometer. With this continued interest, we needed to fill the gaping hole in our catalogue brought about by the withdrawal of the original Cajun Classics CDs (due to expiry of licenses).

This revamped and revitalised Cajun Classics is just that, classic Cajun artists performing classic Cajun songs. So you will hear those accordion masters Nathan Abshire and Iry LeJeune - respectively the "Muddy Waters" and "Robert Johnson" of Cajun music. Other Kings of Cajun playing the 'squeezebox' are Austin Pitre, Belton Richard, Aldus Roger and Lawrence Walker. As for the Cajun fiddle players, they come no better than Dewey Balfa, Doc Guidry and Michael Doucet (of current Cajun top act Beausoleil).

Among the favourite songs are Jolie Blon, The Back Door, Pine Grove Blues and Hippy-Ti-Yo. Totally new additions to the package include Jimmy 'C' Newman's big 1970s hit Lache Pas La Patate and the Cajun Trio's rollicking version of Joseph Falcon's Le Tortillage - better known as Keep A Knocking.

In testimony, Floyd Soileau (the esteemed head of Swallow Records, which provides the bulk of the tracks) says the compilation is "terrific". For our part, we are certain this CD will be seen as the classic Cajun Classics - for the committed fan and for the casual buyer. 

By John Broven 
(Compiler - and author of "South to Louisiana: The Music of the Cajun Bayous")

Article properties: Various: Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD)

  • Interpret: Various

  • Album titlle: Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD)

  • Year of publication 2002
  • Label Ace Records

  • Genre Cajun & Zydeco

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 0029667182027

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Various - Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD) CD 1
01 The Back Door D L MENARD & BADEAUX & L. ACES
02 Pine Grove Blues N. ABSHIRE & PINE GROVE BOYS
03 Lacassine Special BALFA BROS
04 Jole Blon BRUCE, Vin
05 Saturday Night Special L. CORMIER & SUNDOWN PLAYBOYS
06 Lache Pas La Patae NEWMAN, Jimmy 'C'
07 La Valse De Jolly Rogers D L MENARD & BADEAUX & L. ACES
08 Lafayette Two Step ALDUS ROGER & LOUISIANA PLAYB.
09 Equand J'Etais Petit BALFA, Dewey
10 Hippy Ti Yo J. BONSALL & ORANGE PLAYOBYS
11 Lemonade Song N. ABSHIRE & PINE GROVE BOYS
12 Grande Bosco LEJEUNE, Iry
13 Cajun Stripper B. RICHARD & MUSICAL ACES
14 Grand Mamou NEWMAN, Jimmy 'C'
15 Le Tortillage AKA Cajun Twist CAJUN TRIO
16 Cher Cherie GUIDRY, Doc
17 Les Veuves De La Coulee HAPPY FATS
18 La Valse De Reno L. WALKER & WANDERING ACES
19 Sur Le Courtableau N. ABSHIRE & PINE GROVE BOYS
20 Flumes D'Enfer A. PITRE & EVANGELINE PLAYBOYS
21 Jolie Fille TOUCHET BROS
22 Hold My False Teeth DOUCET, Camay
23 J'Ai Vu Le Loup BEAUSOLEIL
24 Hee-haw Breakdown NOLAN CORMIER & LA ACES
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Tracklist
Various - Cajun Classics - Kings Of Cajun At Their Bery Best (CD) CD 1
01 The Back Door
02 Pine Grove Blues
03 Lacassine Special
04 Jole Blon
05 Saturday Night Special
06 Lache Pas La Patae
07 La Valse De Jolly Rogers
08 Lafayette Two Step
09 Equand J'Etais Petit
10 Hippy Ti Yo
11 Lemonade Song
12 Grande Bosco
13 Cajun Stripper
14 Grand Mamou
15 Le Tortillage AKA Cajun Twist
16 Cher Cherie
17 Les Veuves De La Coulee
18 La Valse De Reno
19 Sur Le Courtableau
20 Flumes D'Enfer
21 Jolie Fille
22 Hold My False Teeth
23 J'Ai Vu Le Loup
24 Hee-haw Breakdown