Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 3: 15 Louisiana Cajun Classics

Arhoolie Presents American Masters, Vol. 3: 15 Louisiana Cajun Classics

     
 

Digging from the extensive Cajun archives at Arhoolie, this album, part of the American Masters series, gives the listener a nice overview of a genre's facets. Luckily for the listener with a short attention span, this compilation features very few of the oldest, scratchiest-sounding works and has a pretty good focus on the up-tempo stuff. See more details below

Overview

Digging from the extensive Cajun archives at Arhoolie, this album, part of the American Masters series, gives the listener a nice overview of a genre's facets. Luckily for the listener with a short attention span, this compilation features very few of the oldest, scratchiest-sounding works and has a pretty good focus on the up-tempo stuff. Beausoleil opens it up with a jig, followed by a slow waltz from Nathan Abshire and a two-step from Wade Frugé. Balfa, Savoy, and Menard take up another slower number, followed immediately by Cheese Read jumping with his fiddle fast and hard enough to sound like a small ensemble. The California Cajun Orchestra has a bouncing swing to its work, Harry Choates has a little country in his sound, and the old Hackberry Ramblers take their opportunity to contribute a slow rendition of "Jolie Blonde." The Savoys and Doucets combine for a nice rendition in honor of Amédé Ardoin, Canray Fontenot uses his fiddle to good effect in "Bernadette," and Austin Pitre uses a bass drum to pound out the power of "Bosco Stomp." The Magnolia Sisters provide a traditional song, Dewey Balfa returns with a romp ("Basile Breakdown") heavy on the triangle, and Michael Doucet makes a nice vocal show. The album finishes up on the venerable Joe Falcon and his fiddle playing is a raucous, if not cacophonous piece ("Flames of Hell"). Overall, it's not a bad collection of Cajun music at all, with the weight of the Arhoolie catalog to back it up. For those interested in Cajun, it's a fine starting point, comparable with Rounder's Essential Collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/05/1996
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297010327
catalogNumber:
103

Tracks

  1. Le Jig Francais  -  Beausoleil
  2. Chere Te Mon  - Nathan Abshire
  3. Port Arthur Blues  - Wade Frugé
  4. J'Ai Passé Devant Ta Porte  - D.L. Menard
  5. Fiddle Stomp  - Wallace Cheese Read
  6. Chicot Two-Step  -  California Cajun Orchestra
  7. Poor Hobo  - Harry Choates
  8. Jolie Blonde  -  Hackberry Ramblers
  9. Two Step D-Amede  -  Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band
  10. Bernadette  - Canray Fontenot
  11. Bosco Stomp  - Austin Pitre
  12. La Robe Barrée (The Striped Dress)  -  Magnolia Sisters
  13. Basile Breakdown  - Dewey Balfa
  14. Grand Tasso  - Michael Doucet
  15. Falmes De'enfer  - Joe Falcon

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan Abshire   Track Performer
Dewey Balfa   Track Performer
Beausoleil   Track Performer
Harry Choates   Track Performer
Michael Doucet   Track Performer
Wade Frugé   Track Performer
Hackberry Ramblers   Track Performer
Wallace Cheese Read   Track Performer
Marc Savoy   Track Performer
Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band   Track Performer
Canray Fontenot   Track Performer
California Cajun Orchestra   Track Performer
Joseph Falcon   Track Performer
D.L. Menard   Track Performer
Austin Pitre   Track Performer
Magnolia Sisters   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Nathan Abshire   Arranger
Dewey Balfa   Arranger
Michael Doucet   Arranger
Wade Frugé   Arranger
Wallace Cheese Read   Arranger
Marc Savoy   Arranger
Luderin Darbone   Arranger
Tom Diamant   Producer
D.L. Menard   Arranger
Ann Savoy   Arranger
Chris Strachwitz   Producer
Jane Vidrine   Arranger
Wayne Pope   Cover Design
Dix Bruce   Artwork,Photo Restoration
W.L. Reed   Arranger
Public Domain   Composer

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