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Cajun Music: The Essential Collection

  • 1. La Jalouserie - Bruce Daigrepont :: Jealousy - Bruce Daigrepont
    2. Evangeline Special - Jo-El Sonnier
    3. Les Conseils J'ai Ecoute - Eddie LeJeune :: The Advice I Took - Eddie LeJeune
    4. La Femme que J'ai Jamais Oubliee - Charivari :: The Woman I Never Forgot - Charivari
    5. Elle Savit Pas J'Etais Marie - D.L. Menard :: She Didn't Know I Was Married - D.L. Menard
    6. La Porte D'en Arriere - Jimmy C. Newman/Cajun Country :: The Back Door - Jimmy C. Newman/Cajun Country
    7. Opelousas Sostan - Mamou
    8. Au Bout du Chemin - Bluerunners :: At The End Of The Road - Bluerunners
    9. Pine Grove Blues - Jo-El Sonnier
    10. Madame Bozo - Beausoleil
    11. Dans la Louisiane - The Basin Brothers :: In Louisiana - The Basin Brothers
    12. Grand Mamou - Coteau
    13. La Fleur de la Jeunesse - Magnolia Sisters
    14. Les Barres de la Prison - Courtney Granger :: The Prison Bars - Courtney Granger
    15. J'ai Vu le Loup, Le Renard et la Belette - Balfa Toujours :: I Saw The Wolf, The Fox And The Weasel - Balfa Toujours
    16. Jolie Blon - Zachary Richard :: Pretty Blonde - Zachary Richard
    17. J'Menui de Toi - Danny Collet :: I'm Lonesome For You - Danny Collet
    18. Tes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys :: Your Parents Don't Want To See Me - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
    19. Valse de Opelousas - Geno Delafose
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 611 604

  • Credits
    ProducerScott Billington (Compilation)

    Includes liner notes by Scott Billington.
    Digitally remastered using HDCD technology.
    This is part of Rounder Records "The Essential Collection" series.
    An installment of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album showcases the best of Cajun music available on the label since the beginning. This album, like its zydeco counterpart, attempts to cover all of the major aspects of Cajun music over the course of the track listings. Here, the time line stretches from the very beginnings of Cajun with a cover of Amd Ardoin's old work by Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, up to the present day in the Bluerunners' rock-informed sound, with all points in between touched upon. The fusion of Coteau provides a nice halfway point, with a deep influence of country thrown in, and the next group featuring Michael Doucet, Beausoleil, is also featured with an even higher step of fusion, with electric guitars working their way in. Where necessary, the accordions play a stunning bit of work, and the fiddles stay in the rhythmic accompaniment section. Where necessary again, the vocals take a strong stance in front of the instrument lines. All of the greats of contemporary Cajun music are represented with a song or two, and all of the styles that have come and gone over the history of Cajun are represented by an artist or two. As far as introductions to the genre are concerned, this album is certainly a worthwhile pick. For someone already acquainted with Cajun music, the album may perhaps be better passed up in favor of single-artist albums by the artists on the compilation for further breadth. ~ Adam Greenberg

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