Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20 Year Party

Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20 Year Party

by Buckwheat Zydeco
     
 

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When the accordion rings out to open "Zydeco Boogaloo," you know you're in for a party, and through 14 more tracks culled from his 20-year career as the chief ambassador of Louisiana Creole music, Buckwheat Zydeco leads the dance to familiar corners of the Creole world and beyond. There's the tribute to his mentor, the late Clifton

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When the accordion rings out to open "Zydeco Boogaloo," you know you're in for a party, and through 14 more tracks culled from his 20-year career as the chief ambassador of Louisiana Creole music, Buckwheat Zydeco leads the dance to familiar corners of the Creole world and beyond. There's the tribute to his mentor, the late Clifton Chenier, in "Hot Tamale Baby," and a blazing improv with Eric Clapton on "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?" Buckwheat first brought this music from the bayou to major-label prominence with horns, synthesizers, and stylistic combinations. Bluesy zydeco marks his gumbo-fied version of "Midnight Special" and his original "Skip to My Blues." The powerful -- and danceable -- message of "Make a Change," which Buck admits is probably his favorite song in the collection, pairs with the lighthearted "Trouble." It's a toe-tapping, two-steppin' celebration of the career of a musician who has taken zydeco beyond the borders of Louisiana to the hearts of the world.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The Buckwheat Zydeco Story: A 20-Year Party paints a nice portrait of Buckwheat Zydeco's rise from independent labels to stardom, following him from Turning Point, his first record for Rounder in 1983, to 1997's Trouble, the last record he cut for a major label. In the years separating those two albums, he recorded a wealth of great music, more than can fit on a 15-track collection, but The Buckwheat Zydeco Story is nevertheless a good, concise sampler that works as an excellent introduction for neophytes. Yes, longtime followers will probably have a few favorites missing, but they'll only need to turn here for the previously unreleased 1998 live recording of "Hey Baby," which is really good. Curious listeners, however, will find that this gives a nice feeling for the arc of Buckwheat Zydeco's career, and that it gives a good idea of where to turn to next -- whether that would be the early Rounder material or the Island albums that made him a near-household name. That makes the compilation a good introduction to Buckwheat, even if it may not be definitive.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/06/1999
Label:
Tomorrow Recordings
UPC:
0667257000223
catalogNumber:
70002

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Performance Credits

Buckwheat Zydeco   Primary Artist,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Jimmy Reed   Guitar
Lisa Mednick   Background Vocals
Steve Berlin   Baritone Saxophone
Herman Brown   Drums
Mike Burch   Drums
Anthony Butler   Alto Saxophone
Eric Clapton   Guitar,Track Performer
Debbie Cole   Vocals
Selwyn Cooper   Guitar
Elijah Cudges   Rubboard
Gregory Davis   Trumpet
Reginald Dural   Percussion,Rubboard
David Hidalgo   Guitar,Vocals
Robert James   Guitar
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums,cowbell
Calvin Landry   Trumpet
Patrick Landry   Trumpet,Rubboard
Roger Lewis   Baritone Saxophone
Kevin Menard   Drums
Ray Mouton   Guitar
George Recile   Drums
Paul Senegal   Guitar
Angie Stone   Background Vocals
Dennis Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
William Terry   Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg   Trumpet
Melvin Veazie   Guitar
Rev. Curtis Watson   Trumpet
Wilbert Willis   Rubboard
Allison Young   Background Vocals
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Joseph "Cookie" Chavis   Guitar
Vince Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Kevin Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Andre "Big Dre" Carter   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Contributor
Bruce Channel   Composer
Ted Fox   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Scott Billington   Producer
Chris Blackwell   Executive Producer
Billy Brady   Engineer
David Cook   Engineer
Tony Daigle   Engineer
Myles C. Davis   Engineer
Warren Dennis   Producer,Engineer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Arranger,Producer
Rob Fraboni   Producer,Executive Producer
David Hidalgo   Producer
Peter Hodgson   Engineer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Gregg Lunsford   Engineer
Leib Ostrow   Producer
Dennis Westphall   Producer
Steve Himmelfarb   Engineer
H.C. Porter   Artwork
Margaret Cobb   Composer
Rick Fenton   Engineer

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