Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Chris Strachwitz, a long, tall German with a thing for Texas and Gulf Coast music, has been recording blues, zydeco, Tex-Mex, and various other Southern roots and ethnic genres for four decades. Now six hours of his journey from front porches to juke joints and recording studios comes handsomely packaged as the five-CD set Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection. Included are cuts that have become classics in the blues library -- K. C. Douglas's "Mercury Blues," Big Mama Thornton's "Little Red Rooster," and Earl Hooker's "Two Bugs and a Roach" -- as well as startling gems by the likes of Flaco Jimenez and others, strung together like pearls, shiny chunks of coal, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Chris Strachwitz, a long, tall German with a thing for Texas and Gulf Coast music, has been recording blues, zydeco, Tex-Mex, and various other Southern roots and ethnic genres for four decades. Now six hours of his journey from front porches to juke joints and recording studios comes handsomely packaged as the five-CD set Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection. Included are cuts that have become classics in the blues library -- K. C. Douglas's "Mercury Blues," Big Mama Thornton's "Little Red Rooster," and Earl Hooker's "Two Bugs and a Roach" -- as well as startling gems by the likes of Flaco Jimenez and others, strung together like pearls, shiny chunks of coal, and scrap metal. An Austrian couple, the Eibelsberger Duo were captured in a pasture on their farm in 1967 for "Almlied." Sitting next to this Alpine wonder is bluegrass singer and guitarist Del McCoury's lonesome "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight," recorded with a remarkable vividness in a Pennsylvania home. Then comes avant-garde guitarist Jerry Hahn for a swinging "In the Breeze" with a band that features the marvelous violinist Michael White and the legendary drummer Jack DeJohnette. Cap off this run of tunes with bluesman Juke Boy Bonner's 1968 version of "I'm Goin' Back to the Country," which sounds remarkably pertinent when he talks about escaping from urban warfare, and you get a musical mix that would sound like yesterday's goulash in the hands of a producer less sensitive than Strachwitz. Also, when you put the music in the context of the hippie era in California, the set becomes a document of times when the ears of uprooted youth were thirsting for something other than the Top 40. Strachwitz gave them a deep well of listening, helping to spark an interest in blues and ethnic music from various pockets around the globe that continues today. Along with the five CDs comes a 68-page booklet full of snapshots and Strachwitz's recollections of the artists and recording sessions. But Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection. is more than the producer's personal journey. It's an introduction to artists that even the most careful listener may have missed. But not to worry; there are whole CDs from the performers within this set, all of them available on the Arhoolie label.
All Music Guide - Jeff Burger
Combine a great ear for music with a firm commitment to recording only what you personally like and you've got the formula that has fueled Arhoolie Records for 40 years. Founder Chris Strachwitz -- a German immigrant and former schoolteacher -- may have seemed an unlikely candidate to become one of the great compilers of regional American popular music, but that's sure what he turned out to be. This five-disc, 95-artist label retrospective is truly monumental. On disc one, which begins before Arhoolie's launch and covers 1954-1965, blues dominate. By the the time you've worked your way through all six hours of this collection, though, you'll understand why Strachwitz could never make it as a DJ even on a blues radio station; not only does he eschew mainstream commercial music, he couldn't possibly live within any format. Just when you think you've got Arhoolie pegged as a blues label, on comes a folk number. You settle into a zydeco groove, and the set shifts into gospel. Or Tex-Mex. There's also some bluegrass here. And jazz. Incredibly, all of this music makes some sort of sense together and the quality never flags throughout. Though the bulk of the package's greatest treats come from virtual unknowns more than a few recorded in their own homes, you may already be familiar with some of these artists, including Jesse Fuller, K.C. Douglas, Mance Lipscomb, Clifton Chenier, and Flaco Jimenez. The accompanying 68-page, 41,000-word color "booklet" is more like a book. Co-producer Elijah Wald limited selections to recordings that Strachwitz himself made or supervised -- keeping the box from mushrooming beyond five discs -- but this meant the elimination of other great material. That will have to wait for the next box.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2000
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297049129
  • Catalog Number: 491
  • Sales rank: 150,217


Disc 1
  1. 1 San Francisco Bay Blues - Jesse Fuller (3:44)
  2. 2 Mercury Blues - K.C. Douglas (2:49)
  3. 3 Shake, Shake Mama - Mance Lipscomb (2:52)
  4. 4 Cairo Blues @@Lil' Son Jackson (2:31)
  5. 5 Barbershop Rhythm - Robert Curtis Smith (2:26)
  6. 6 One Thin Dime - Willie Thomas (4:47)
  7. 7 Charmin' Betsy - The Hodges Brothers (2:54)
  8. 8 Whistlin' Alex Moore's Blues - Alex Moore (3:07)
  9. 9 I Am the Black Ace - Black Ace (4:16)
  10. 10 Brother James - Big Joe Williams (3:38)
  11. 11 Lady Luck - Mercy Dee (2:48)
  12. 12 Don't Drive Me Away - R.C. Smith (2:27)
  13. 13 Zydeco Introduction @@Zydeco Announcer (0:54)
  14. 14 Bernadette Chere - Albert Chevalier (3:57)
  15. 15 Bald Headed Woman - Lightnin' Hopkins (3:51)
  16. 16 Baby Please Don't Go - Blind James Campbell (2:20)
  17. 17 Believe on Me - Rev. Louis Overstreet (2:41)
  18. 18 Low Down Blues - George Lewis (5:12)
  19. 19 The Country Blues - J.E. Mainer (3:02)
  20. 20 Crowley Waltz - Hackberry Ramblers (2:14)
  21. 21 She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain - Booker T. Washington White (3:03)
  22. 22 Ay, Ai Ai - Clifton Chenier (2:26)
  23. 23 Write Me a Few Lines - Mississippi Fred McDowell (3:37)
  24. 24 James, Charlie - Mance Lipscomb (3:35)
  25. 25 Louisiana Blues - Clifton Chenier (3:03)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Cindy - John Jackson (2:10)
  2. 2 Little Red Rooster - Big Mama Thornton (4:27)
  3. 3 La Betaille - Isom Fontenot (1:34)
  4. 4 Calcasieu Waltz - The Balfa Brothers (3:29)
  5. 5 Almlied @@Eibisberger Duo (2:30)
  6. 6 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight - Del McCoury (2:41)
  7. 7 In the Breeze - Jerry Hahn Quintet (6:29)
  8. 8 Going Back to the Country - Juke Boy Bonner (2:59)
  9. 9 Sometimes I Cry - Johnny Young (2:54)
  10. 10 Two Bugs and a Roach - Earl Hooker (4:20)
  11. 11 Dream - John Littlejohn (4:48)
  12. 12 Things Gonna Get Better - Bee Houston (3:11)
  13. 13 Visions - Sonny Simmons (6:09)
  14. 14 I Wish I Could Sing - Bongo Joe (3:15)
  15. 15 Boogieing in Strasbourg - Whistlin' Alex Moore (5:06)
  16. 16 The Death of Doctor King - Big Joe Williams (2:53)
  17. 17 Please Settle in Vietnam - Lightnin' Hopkins (4:14)
  18. 18 Shake 'Em on Down - Johnny Woods (3:09)
  19. 19 El Desesperado - Los Pinguinos del Norte (5:17)
  20. 20 Creole Belles - The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra (3:03)
  21. 21 Finger Lickin' Good - Charlie Musselwhite (3:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Church Point Breakdown - Austin Pitre (3:13)
  2. 2 Gstanzelm Aus Dem Freistriztal @@Original Herberstein Trio (3:36)
  3. 3 Gibson Creek Shuffle - Charles Ford Band (3:48)
  4. 4 Ups and Downs - L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson (6:20)
  5. 5 You Ain't Got a Chance @@Willie Perryman (2:56)
  6. 6 Home Sweet Home - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin & Sons (3:19)
  7. 7 Satan's Burning Hell - Bill Neely (2:43)
  8. 8 Luzita - Narciso Martínez (2:02)
  9. 9 Yo Me Enamore - Trio San Antonio (3:47)
  10. 10 Borracho Perdido - Trio San Antonio (2:22)
  11. 11 One of These Mornings (I'm Checkin' Out) - J.C. Burris (3:50)
  12. 12 Allons a Grand Coteau (Let's Go to Grand Coteau) - Clifton Chenier (3:15)
  13. 13 Under the Green Oak Tree (En Bas du Chêne Vert) - D.L. Menard (4:19)
  14. 14 Besos y Copas - Chavela Ortiz (3:54)
  15. 15 Fast Santa Fe (Bear Cat) - Robert Shaw (1:57)
  16. 16 I'll See You in C-U-B-A - Any Old Time String Band (4:50)
  17. 17 El Balaj - Conjunto Alma Jarocha (2:08)
  18. 18 La Gata - Los Caporales de Panuco (3:37)
  19. 19 Beym Rebns Sude (At The Rebbe's Meal) - The Klezmorim (3:07)
  20. 20 J' Ai Laisse de la Maiso @@Cheese Reed (2:24)
  21. 21 Ay Te Dejo en San Antonio - Don Santiago Jimenez Sr. (2:52)
  22. 22 Mi Problema - Lydia Mendoza (2:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Grítenme Piedras del Campo - Flaco Jiménez (3:35)
  2. 2 Co-Fé? (Why?) - John Delafose (2:13)
  3. 3 Single Girl - Rose Maddox (2:10)
  4. 4 Bee de la Manche - Canray Fontenot (2:24)
  5. 5 Bosco Stomp - Hector Duhon (3:15)
  6. 6 Negra Ausencia - Santiago Jimenez Jr. (2:43)
  7. 7 La Chanson de Cinquante Sous - Michael Doucet (3:27)
  8. 8 Shake What You Got - Preston Frank (2:21)
  9. 9 'Tits Yeux Noirs (Little Black Eyes) - Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (3:53)
  10. 10 The Chill of a Saturday Afternoon - Wade Frugé (2:11)
  11. 11 Jolie Blonde - Chuck Guillory (3:34)
  12. 12 Here to Stay (P.I.E.) - Rebirth Brass Band (3:54)
  13. 13 I Know That's Right - Katie Webster (3:49)
  14. 14 I've Been There - Lawrence "Black" Ardoin (3:06)
  15. 15 Mentiste Cuando Dijiste - Flaco Jiménez (3:25)
  16. 16 Aguililla - Los Campesinos de Michoacán (2:24)
  17. 17 La Reine de la Salle (The Queen of the Dance Hall) - Odile Falcon (0:58)
  18. 18 Chanson de la Sagesse (Ballad Of Wisdom) - Michael Doucet (2:29)
  19. 19 Hot Chili Mama - Beausoleil (3:39)
  20. 20 Check Out the Zydeco - C.J. Chenier (3:20)
  21. 21 El Canoero - Valerio Longoria Sr. (4:31)
  22. 22 Corrido del Mono (Ballad of "The Monkey") @@Los Gavilanes De Oakland (3:27)
  23. 23 San Francisco Can Be Such a Lonely Town - Omar Shariff (4:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Mother - The Paramount Singers (3:22)
  2. 2 Gumagarrugu - Chatuye (4:39)
  3. 3 Khandan -E Amaturi III - Aziz Herawi (4:36)
  4. 4 A Ti, Colombia - Ivan Cuesta (3:05)
  5. 5 Food Stamp Blues - Treme Brass Band (9:17)
  6. 6 Ain't It a Shame - Roma Wilson (2:23)
  7. 7 J'Ai Été au Bal - Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band (6:47)
  8. 8 La Mal Sentada - Los Cenzontles (2:21)
  9. 9 Falling for You - Rose Maddox (2:50)
  10. 10 Los Traficantes del Bravo @@Paomares Del Bravo (3:48)
  11. 11 Jesus Will Fix It for You - Sonny Treadway (4:21)
  12. 12 Medved Na Lancu (The Bear on the Chain) - Csokolom (1:43)
  13. 13 Jale Griego - José Antonio Moreno (2:21)
  14. 14 El Corrido de Esquiel Hernandez - Santiago Jimenez Jr. (5:03)
  15. 15 What's His Name?...Jesus! - The Campbell Brothers (8:22)
  16. 16 Just a Closer Walk with Thee - Aubrey Ghent (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Juke Boy Bonner Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Eddie Boyd Organ
Jesse Fuller Guitar, Harmonica, Kazoo, Vocals, Fotdella
Buddy Guy Guitar
Earl Hooker Guitar, Talking
John Jackson Banjo, Vocals
Mance Lipscomb Guitar, Vocals
Whistlin' Alex Moore Track Performer
Charlie Musselwhite Harmonica
Big Mama Thornton Vocals
Katie Webster Piano, Vocals
Big Joe Williams Track Performer
Del McCoury Guitar, Vocals
Nathan Abshire Accordion, Vocals
The Balfa Brothers Track Performer
Dewey Balfa Fiddle
Beausoleil Track Performer
Clifton Chenier Accordion, Vocals
John Delafose Accordion, Vocals
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Wade Frugé Fiddle
Hackberry Ramblers Track Performer
Marc Savoy Accordion, Vocals
Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band Track Performer
Santiago Jimenez Jr. Accordion
Lydia Mendoza Vocals, 12-string Bass Guitar
Albert Lee Vocals
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Robben Ford Guitar
John Jorgenson Electric Guitar
Ron McClure Bass
Sonny Simmons Alto Saxophone
Barbara Donald Trumpet
Jerry Hahn Guitar
Paul Crawford Trombone
Orange Kellin Clarinet
The Klezmorim Track Performer
Wade Walton Talking
Black Ace Track Performer
Butch Cage Fiddle, Vocals
Bee Houston Track Performer
John Littlejohn Track Performer
Scotty Moore Drums
Blind James Campbell Guitar, Vocals
Los Campesinos de Michoacán Track Performer
Ray Park Fiddle
Chuck Guillory Track Performer
J.C. Burris Track Performer
Rev. Louis Overstreet Track Performer
Rebirth Brass Band Track Performer
Mississippi Fred McDowell Guitar, Vocals
Mercy Dee Walton Piano, Vocals
Jimmy Dawkins Guitar
Mark Ford Harmonica
J.E. Mainer Fiddle
Any Old Time String Band Track Performer
Canray Fontenot Track Performer
Charles Givens Bass
Los Pinguinos del Norte Track Performer
Octa Clark Accordion, Vocals
Narciso Martínez Accordion
Lawrence "Black" Ardoin Accordion, Drums, Vocals
Chatuye Track Performer
Aziz Herawi Dutar
Omar Shariff Track Performer
The Paramount Singers Track Performer
Leo Thomas Drums, Vocals
Ivan Cuesta Accordion, Vocals
Lionel Ferbos Trumpet
Bill Neely Guitar, Vocals
Kermit Ruffins Trumpet
Bill Baker Fiddle, Vocals
Tommy Alesi Drums
James Andrews Trumpet
William Anthony Trumpet
Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin Accordion, Vocals
Gustave Ardoin Bass
Morris Ardoin Guitar
Kenneth Austin Snare Drums
Rodney Balfa Guitar
Will Balfa Fiddle
George Bell Trumpet
Esten Bellow Drums
Fred Below Drums
Andres Berlanga Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin & Sons Track Performer
Kate Brislin Vocals
Wayne Burns Bass
Cleveland Chenier Rubboard
C.J. Chenier Accordion, Saxophone, Vocals, Rubboard
Otis Cherry Drums
Albert Chevalier Accordion, Vocals
Robert Clemon Accordion
Annick Colbert Recorder
Tommy Comeaux Mandolin
Fred Cooper Drums
Selwyn Cooper Guitar
Rufino Velasquez Cordoba Harp
Clay Cotton Organ
David Doucet Guitar
Joseph Dean Tenor (Vocal)
Tony Delafose Drums
Lester Dorsie Drums
K.C. Douglas Guitar, Vocals
Hector Duhon Fiddle
Steve Duncan Drums
Skip Dysart Drums
Lars Edegran Piano, Leader
Clifton Edmond Guitar, Washboard
Joseph Edwards Drums
Steve Ehrmann Bass
Rick Elmore Trombone
Ricardo Escalante Bass
Frank Fields Bass
Flaco Jiménez Accordion, Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Isom Fontenot Harmonica, Vocals
Patrick Ford Drums
Carlton Frank Fiddle
Preston Frank Accordion
Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier Cymbals, Bass Drums
Philip Frazier Tuba, Leader
Isaac Garcia Drums
Ernest Gatewood Bass
Jose Gonzales Violin
Miguel Govea Bass, Vocals
Steve Griffith Drums
Madison Guidry Drums
Corey Henry Trombone
Inez Rivas Herrera Vocals, Jarana
Lightnin' Hopkins Guitar, Vocals
Harry Hypolite Guitar
Noel Jewkes Tenor Saxophone
William Johnson Tenor (Vocal)
Allan Joseph Vocals
Ghulam Abbas Khan Tabla
Lafayette Leake Piano
Roger Lewis Tenor Saxophone
Lev Liberman Saxophone
Keith Little Banjo
Valerio Longoria Sr. Track Performer
Flavio Longoria Alto Saxophone
John Lumsdaine Guitar, Bandleader
Rose Maddox Vocals
Sidney Maiden Harmonica
Jay Dee Maness Steel Guitar
Preston Manuel Guitar, Vocals
Sidney Mejia Vocals
D.L. Menard Track Performer
Azim Mojaddidi Tambourine
Louis Nelson Trombone
Alvin Nichols Bass
Elmore Nixon Piano, Vocals
Gerald Pederson Bass
Herb Pedersen Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Harmony
Austin Pitre Accordion, Vocals
Stanley Poplin Bass
Edward Poullard Fiddle
Clyde Price Tenor (Vocal)
Charles Prud'homme Guitar
Robert Pulliam Tenor Saxophone
Manuel Ramos Trumpet
Dewey Renfro Bass
Archie Reynolds Bass (Vocal), Leader
J.D. Rhynes String Bass
John Robichaux Drums
Jimmie Lee Robinson Bass
Ralph Robinson Tuba
Alfonso Rondon Bass, Vocals
William Skip Rose Piano
Mark Rubin Toloche
Ann Savoy Guitar, Vocals
Paul Senegal Guitar
Booker Sidgrave Drums
Reggie Stewart Trombone
Rodney Thomas Guitar
Willie Thomas Guitar, Vocals
Toby Torres Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Bruce Unsworth Tenor Saxophone
Ruben Valle Bass
Enrique Venegas Vocals
Juan Viesca String Bass
Robert Vignaud Bass
Lesly Jean Walker MIDI Guitar
Joe Watkins Drums
Elizabeth Weil String Bass
Conjunto Alma Jarocha Track Performer
Don Santiago Jimenez Sr. Accordion, Vocals
The New Orleans Ragtime Orchestra Track Performer
Eugene Rodriguez Guitar
Edwin Duhon Bass
Victor Leonard Drums
Bell Ray Fiddle, Percussion
Chavela Ortiz Accordion, Vocals
Bruce Bratton Washtub Bass
R.C. Smith Electric Guitar, Vocals
Los Cenzontles Track Performer
Treme Brass Band Track Performer
Sean Ardoin Saxophone
Benito Gomez Drums
David Julian Gray Clarinet
Kristal Gray Vocals
Jeffrey Hills Tuba
Basile Marcentel Triangle
Amalia Marines Vocals
Salvador Arteaga Perez Vocals, Huapanguera
Silverio Delgado Vega Violin
Johnny Woods Track Performer
Robert Curtis Smith Track Performer
Trio San Antonio Track Performer
Jerry Hahn Quintet Track Performer
L.C. "Good Rockin'" Robinson Track Performer
Chuck Campbell Pedal Steel Guitar
Joey S. Lopez Bajo Sexto
Valerie Mindel String Bass
Genny Haley Guitar, Vocals
The Campbell Brothers Track Performer
Sonny Treadway Steel Guitar
Hugo Gonzalez Vocals, Bajo Sexto
Anayat Habibi Tambourine
Rubén Castillo Juárez Accordion, Tenor (Vocal)
Ronnie Mozee Guitar
J.W. Pelsia Steel Guitar
Aubrey Ghent Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
James Pitre Drums
José Antonio Moreno Track Performer
Los Caporales de Panuco Track Performer
Csokolom Track Performer
Mercy Dee Track Performer
Alex Moore Track Performer
Gregor Schäfer Double Bass
Carlton Campbell Drums
Phillip Campbell Guitar
Charles Ford Band Track Performer
Ralph Hodges Mandolin, Vocals
Darick Campbell Lap Steel Guitar
Earl Cheeks Bass
Gardner Ray Green Trumpet
Otis Overcash Mandolin
The Hodges Brothers Track Performer
Robert Lee Vocals
Andre Breckenridge Conga
Juan Garcia Bajo Sexto
Lennis Sonnier Guitar, Vocals
Amado Banda Bajo Sexto
Technical Credits
Scotty Moore Engineer
Iry LeJeune Composer
Ronny Cates Engineer
Jonathan Clark Proof Reading
Michael Cogan Engineer, Remastering
Bob de Sousa Engineer
Tom Diamant Production Director, Co-Coordinator
Flaco Jiménez Liner Notes
Bill Holford Engineer
Lightnin' Hopkins Composer
Doyle E. Jones Engineer
Cosimo Matassa Engineer
Dennis Moody Engineer
Mark Needham Engineer
Lee Peterzell Engineer
Bob Shumaker Engineer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Liner Notes
Toby Torres Engineer
Elijah Wald Producer, Liner Notes
Greg Hartman Engineer
Jim Crenca Engineer
Ray Valla Engineer
James Lott Engineer
Traditional Composer
Buddy Ray Engineer
Chester Burnett Composer
Willie Perryman Composer
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