Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A labor of love and a monument to exhaustive research, Bear Family's 2011 box set Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller contains every recording Cajun music producer J.D. Miller cut between 1946 and 1959. This simple description downplays the effort behind this triple-disc box. It took considerable effort to document each of these tracks, and more still for Lyle Ferbrache to assemble the notes, but the end result winds up as a cornerstone of Cajun music. Miller dove into Cajun music in earnest after Harry Choates' recording of "Jole Blon" turned into a hit, starting to pursue a career as a producer in 1946 with his label Fais ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A labor of love and a monument to exhaustive research, Bear Family's 2011 box set Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller contains every recording Cajun music producer J.D. Miller cut between 1946 and 1959. This simple description downplays the effort behind this triple-disc box. It took considerable effort to document each of these tracks, and more still for Lyle Ferbrache to assemble the notes, but the end result winds up as a cornerstone of Cajun music. Miller dove into Cajun music in earnest after Harry Choates' recording of "Jole Blon" turned into a hit, starting to pursue a career as a producer in 1946 with his label Fais Do Do. Miller recorded Cajun and country acts at Cosimo Matasa's studio in New Orleans, eventually gaining some ground from his recordings with Happy Fats and Doc Guidry, commonly considered some of the great Cajun sides of all time. After World War II, there was a distinct lack of Cajun records and Miller set out to fill that gap, entering a golden era that this box ably documents. Here, it's possible to hear Cajun turn modern partially through the records of Lee Sonnier, whose arrangements were more expansive, finding steel guitar and other honky tonk flair fitting the accordion-driven Cajun two-step. Miller's next big star was Jimmy Newman, who veered a little closer to country than Cajun, a direction corrected by Chuck Guillory, who was more purely Cajun than Newman and who nevertheless sang with the fiddler. Miller continued to find talent that straddled the line from Cajun to country, sometimes discovering singers like Terry Clement who could do both sides of the line, and if he never quite struck gold, what he wound up doing was establishing the sound and sensibility of recorded Cajun music. Certainly, this has been apparent in the decades that followed the music collected here, but no one set has ever rounded up all of his groundbreaking sides as Acadian All Star Special does. There may be a hint of musty academia to its presentation, but given the effort behind this three-disc set, it's only fair that the compilers feel the necessity to show their work. It is impressive and it winds up being one of the essential releases in Cajun and American mid-century roots music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/28/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127172068
  • Catalog Number: 2717206
  • Sales rank: 167,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Cravat - Doctor (2:20)
  2. 2 Gabriel Waltz - Doctor (2:45)
  3. 3 Don't Hang Around - Doctor (2:55)
  4. 4 My Sweetheart's My Buddy's Wife - Doctor (3:12)
  5. 5 Setre Chandelle - Doctor (2:49)
  6. 6 Allons Dance Colinda - Doctor (2:56)
  7. 7 Is It Too Late To Cry - Doctor (2:47)
  8. 8 Somehow You Don't Care - Doctor (2:54)
  9. 9 Dans Les Grand Meche - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:50)
  10. 10 Chere Catan - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:40)
  11. 11 Chere Petite Brun - The Vermillion Playboys (2:32)
  12. 12 Vermillion Two Step - The Vermillion Playboys (2:56)
  13. 13 Fais Do Do Breakdown - Doctor (2:47)
  14. 14 Chere Cherie - Doctor (2:44)
  15. 15 New Jolie Blond - Doctor (3:06)
  16. 16 Dans La Platin - Doctor (3:09)
  17. 17 Drunkard Waltz - Jimmy Durbin (2:06)
  18. 18 Fais Do Do Two Step - Jimmy Durbin (2:08)
  19. 19 Chere Meon - Jimmy Choates & His Melody Boys (3:02)
  20. 20 Petite Negress - Jimmy Choates & His Melody Boys (3:04)
  21. 21 La Blues De Cajin - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:51)
  22. 22 Chere Eci Et Cher Laba - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (3:02)
  23. 23 Bayou Lafourche - Doctor (2:29)
  24. 24 Sothe Fermon - Doctor (2:28)
  25. 25 Eunice Waltz - Veteran Playboys (2:45)
  26. 26 Chinaball Special - Veteran Playboys (2:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Chatatinia Waltz - Austin Pete & His Evangeline Playboys (2:56)
  2. 2 Evangeline Playboys Special - Austin Pete & His Evangeline Playboys (2:59)
  3. 3 Oakdale Waltz - Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys (3:05)
  4. 4 Walfus Two Step - Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys (2:31)
  5. 5 Chuck's Waltz - Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys (2:35)
  6. 6 Teiyut Two Step - Chuck Guillory & His Rhythm Boys (1:40)
  7. 7 War Widow Waltz - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:55)
  8. 8 Cankton Two Step - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:59)
  9. 9 High Point Two Step - Austin Pete & His Evangeline Playboys (3:09)
  10. 10 Redell Waltz - Austin Pete & His Evangeline Playboys (3:01)
  11. 11 La Valse De Hadacol - The Hadacol Boys (2:58)
  12. 12 Crowley Two Step - The Hadacol Boys (2:36)
  13. 13 Jolé Blonde - The Acadian Aces (2:44)
  14. 14 Acadian Two Step - The Acadian Aces (2:32)
  15. 15 Criminal Waltz - The Acadian Aces (2:41)
  16. 16 Poor Hobo - The Acadian Aces (2:45)
  17. 17 The Lafayette Playboys Waltz - Lafayette Playboys (2:44)
  18. 18 Hix Wagon Wheel Special - Lafayette Playboys (2:25)
  19. 19 Prison Waltz - Cleveland Mire (2:30)
  20. 20 Hudson Breakdown - Cleveland Mire (2:11)
  21. 21 Welcome Club Waltz - Lionel Cormier and the Sundown Playboys (3:04)
  22. 22 Sundown Playboys Special - Lionel Cormier and the Sundown Playboys (2:29)
  23. 23 The Fifty Cent Song - Louis Spell & His French Serenaders (3:02)
  24. 24 Lover's Waltz - Louis Spell & His French Serenaders (2:57)
  25. 25 Along the River - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:49)
  26. 26 Acadian All Star Special - Lee Sonnier & His Acadian All Stars (2:38)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Waltz That Carried Me To the Grave - Pee Wee Broussard (2:31)
  2. 2 The Pee Wee Special - Pee Wee Broussard (2:14)
  3. 3 Big Texas - Papa Cairo (2:52)
  4. 4 Big Texas - Papa Cairo (2:57)
  5. 5 Chere Tu Tu - Pee Wee Broussard (2:44)
  6. 6 Creole Stomp - Pee Wee Broussard (2:27)
  7. 7 Hey, Mom! - Amadie Breaux (2:39)
  8. 8 Hard Luck Waltz - Amadie Breaux (2:43)
  9. 9 (I Know Now That) I've Made a Big Mistake - Jimmy Newman (2:38)
  10. 10 I Don't Know What I'm Going To Do - Jimmy Newman (2:36)
  11. 11 Le Valse De Bayou Blanc - Pee Wee Broussard (2:47)
  12. 12 M&S Special - Pee Wee Broussard (2:00)
  13. 13 Country Gentleman - Abe Manuel & His Louisiana Hillbillies (2:20)
  14. 14 I've Got Your Heart Locked Up - Abe Manuel & His Louisiana Hillbillies (2:08)
  15. 15 Le Valse De Te Maurice - Terry Clement & His Rhythmic Five (2:30)
  16. 16 Diggy Liggy Lo - Terry Clement & His Rhythmic Five (1:55)
  17. 17 Hippy-Ti-Yo - Abe Manuel & His Louisiana Hillbillies (2:10)
  18. 18 Country Girl - Abe Manuel & His Louisiana Hillbillies (2:35)
  19. 19 Love Sick Waltz - Lafayette Playboys (2:51)
  20. 20 Mardi Gras Dance - Lafayette Playboys (2:32)
  21. 21 Prison Two Step - The Louisiana Rhythmaires (2:48)
  22. 22 La Valse of Chagrin - The Louisiana Rhythmaires (3:07)
  23. 23 St. Landry Waltz - The Louisiana Rhythmaires (2:57)
  24. 24 Janot Special - The Louisiana Rhythmaires (2:38)
  25. 25 Lost Love Waltz - The Lake Charles Playboys (2:14)
  26. 26 Drunkard's Two Step - The Lake Charles Playboys (2:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chuck Guillory Fiddle, Vocals
Shirley Bergeron Guitar
Louis Fournerat Steel Guitar
Doc Guidry Vocals
Adam Hebert Fiddle, Vocals
Shelton Manuel Fiddle, Vocals
Austin Pitre Accordion, Vocals
Aldus Roger Accordion
Wallace Touchet Fiddle
Ophy Breaux Fiddle, Vocals
Leroy "Happy Fats" LeBlanc Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Alphée Bergeron Accordion
Robert Bertrand Fiddle, Vocals
Pee Wee Broussard Accordion, Vocals
Papa Cairo Steel Guitar, Vocals
Happy Fats Vocals
Ronald R. "Pee Wee" Lyons Steel Guitar
Curzy "Porkchop" Roy Drums
Oran "Doc" Guidry Fiddle, Vocals
Amadie Breaux Accordion, Vocals
Abe Manuel Fiddle, Vocals
Milton Molitor Accordion, Vocals
Austin Pete Vocals
Jimmy Newman Guitar, Vocals
Lee Sonnier Accordion
Cleveland Mire Accordion
Farrel "Benny" Fruge Piano
Eula Mae Fruge Guitar
Elwood Dupuis Vocals
David Roger Drums
Dalton Delcambre Steel Guitar
Charles "Pete" Choate Bass
Calvin Holloway Vocals
Bruce Broussard Vocals
Bobby Leger Accordion
Blackie Dartez Guitar, Vocals
Blackie Broussard Vocals
Amadus Adams Accordion
Aldus Broussard Fiddle, Vocals
Roy Morgan Guitar, Vocals
Ronnie Goudreaux Drums
Red Fabacher Steel Guitar
Purvis Clement Fiddle, Vocals
Marshall Arceneaux Guitar, Vocals
Louis Spell Accordion
Louis Noel Guitar, Vocals
Lionel Cormier Accordion
Leroy Leger Drums
Lawrence "Blackie" Fruge Fiddle
Laura Broussard Vocals
Larry Miller Steel Guitar
Johnny Redlich Vocals
Jimmy Choates Fiddle
Jerry Dugas Steel Guitar
Jake Mire Guitar
Jack LeBlanc Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Howard Mire Vocals
Willie Porter Steel Guitar
Theo Dugas Fiddle
Terry Clement Accordion
Tan Benoit Drums
Technical Credits
Johnnie Allan Illustrations
Doc Guidry Composer
Dave Sax Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Jay Miller Producer
Alphée Bergeron Composer
Pee Wee Broussard Composer
Happy Fats Composer
Traditional Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
Daniel Gersdorf Photo Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger Artwork
Jay D. Miller Composer
J. Newman Composer
Amadie Breaux Composer
Austin Pete Composer
Leroy Leblanc Composer
Lee Sonnier Composer
Beatrice Arnaud Composer
Andrew Broan Liner Notes
Amadus Adams Composer
Lyle Ferbrache Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Louis Spell Composer
Lionel Cormier Composer
Laura Broussard Composer
Jack LeBlanc Composer
Howard Mire Composer
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