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Le Musique Creole


  • 1. Blues du Voyageur, Les
    2. Jolie Bassette
    3. Quo' Faire
    4. Chicot a Bois Sec, Le
    5. Bon Soir, Moreau (Good Evening Moreau)
    6. Robe Barre, La (The Striped Dress)
    7. 'tit Monde
    8. Valse a Canray
    9. Valse de la Prison, La
    10. Danse de la Misere, La
    11. Valse d'Oberlin, La
    12. Haricots, Les
    13. Fais Pas a!
    14. Duralde Ramble
    15. 'tit Galop
    16. Allez-Vous-En
    17. Lacassine Breakdown
    18. Chre Ici, Chre L Bas
    19. Opelousas Waltz
    20. Petite et la Grosse
    21. Boss, Le (Rice Farmer)
    22. Jupe Courte
    23. Jolie Catin
    24. Ardoin Two Step - (previously unreleased)
    25. Home Sweet Home
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 445

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Strachwitz; Chris Strachwitz (Compilation)
    EngineerChris Strachwitz; Dick Spottswood

    With Canray Fontenot.
    Personnel: Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (vocals, accordion); Canray Fontenot (vocals, fiddle); Gustave Ardoin (vocals, accordion); Lawrence "Black" Ardoin (drums); Isom Fontenot (triangle).
    Liner Note Authors: Chris Strachwitz; Revon J. Reed.
    Recording information: Falls Church, VA (07/24/1966-??/??/1973); West Of Mamou (07/24/1966-??/??/1973).
    Photographers: Chris Strachwitz; Michael P. Smith; Les Blank.
    A classic album, originally recorded in 1966, by a legendary Cajun musician whose older cousin Amede is generally conceded to be the father of zydeco. Here, the music of the younger Ardoin (the nickname translates as "dry stick") is extremely traditional; most tunes feature the absolutely bare-bones accompaniment and Ardoin's accordion and the fiddle of Canray Fontenot, although on tunes like the shambling "Ardoin Two Step" and "Jolie Catin," they also make room for some appealing trash-can drums. Another break with tradition is the walking bass line on the amusing "Le Boss," which seems to want to be Creole rockabilly. There's a certain amount of repetition here from track to track, of course, but there's also an amazing and really potent sense of a vanished time and place.

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