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Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco

  • 1. Allons A Grand Cotueau - Cyndi Lauper
    2. Two-Step de Grand Mallet - Taj Mahal
    3. Only the Strong Survive - Tom Tom Club
    4. Baby Please Don't Go - Darick Campbell/Phillip Campbell/Curley Taylor/Darick & Phillip Campbell/Curley Taylor
    5. Zydeco Two Step - Zydeco Cha-Chas/Nathan Williams
    6. I'm Coming Home - Zydeco Cha-Chas/Keith Frank/Nathan Williams/Rosie Ledet/Sean Ardoin/Nathan Williams & The Zydeco Cha-Chas
    7. Mon Conn la Cause - David Hidalgo
    8. Mon Homme Est Pas 'Riv - Sweet Honey in the Rock
    9. Paper in My Shoe - Michelle Shocked
    10. Tit Monde - Taj Mahal
    11. Festival Zydeco - Cyndi Lauper
    12. Old Carpenter's Waltz Revisited - Darol Anger/Edward Poullard/Ed Poullard
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 79741

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Frantz; Doctor Ysaye M. Barnwell; Ann Savoy; Tina Weymouth
    EngineerJody Sappington; David Rachou; Phil Geigor; Randy Funke; Bill Whitman; Jim Robeson; Tony Daigle; Ben Mumphrey

    Personnel: Taj Mahal (vocals, guitar); Charley Taylor (vocals, accordion, drums); Nathan Williams (vocals, accordion); David Hidalgo (vocals, drums); Cyndi Lauper, Mystic Bowie, Doctor Ysaye M. Barnwell, Aisha Kahlil, Michelle Shocked, Tina Weymouth, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Maillard (vocals); Phillip Campbell, Dennis Paul Williams, Renard Boissiere, Chuck Bush (guitar); Darick Campbell (lap steel guitar); Darol Anger, Edward Poullard, Michael Doucet (fiddle); Geno Delafose (accordion, drums); Andre Thierry (accordion); Chris Frantz, Germaine Jack, Harold Brown (drums); Mark Anthony Williams, Steve Nash, Neil Thomas (rub-board).
    Audio Mixer: Tony Daigle.
    Recording information: Bias Sound, Springfield, VA; Dockside, Maurice, LA; Electric Comoland, Lafayette, LA; La Louisiane Studio, Lafayette, LA; Little Dog Studio, Burbank, CA; Sorcerer SOund, New York, NY; Spirit Sound, Rochester, NY; Stagg Street Sutdio, Van Nuys, CA; The Clubhouse, Westport, CT.
    Photographer: Rick Olivier.
    Arranger: Doctor Ysaye M. Barnwell.
    A couple years after its compilation project matching rock and country singers with Cajun material and musicians (Evangeline Made), Vanguard Records applied the same concept to Creole and zydeco with Creole Bred. (In fact the same producer, Cajun music performer and scholar Ann Savoy, oversaw both records.) Although a few of these tracks are indeed performed by Creole/zydeco artists, for the most part they accompany artists from outside the genre on Creole/zydeco songs. The unlikely headliners include Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, Tom Tom Club, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Michelle Shocked; Mahal and Lauper, in fact, do two songs apiece. Like Evangeline Made, it's a respectful and respectable mating of the traditional with the modern, though it doesn't catch fire and won't be rated among the highlights of the careers of either the zydeco or non-zydeco musicians. The presence of Lauper in particular on this disc might sound alarm bells for purists, but actually, her high voice suits her tracks reasonably well, and she doesn't try to showboat on them. The mix of performers helps ensure more variety than you'll come across on many zydeco records, from stompers to Sweet Honey in the Rock's a cappella ballad "Mon Homme Est Pas 'Rive"; Tom Tom Club's "Only the Strong Survive" boasts the funkiest modern rhythm section on the disc, to no one's surprise. ~ Richie Unterberger

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