Cajun Classics: Kings Of Cajun At Their Very Best [Ace 2002]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is not to be confused -- and the label has only itself to blame if people understandably do get confused -- with the 1993 CD release, also on Ace, also titled Cajun Classics, and given the nearly identical subtitle "The Kings of Cajun At Their Very Best." It has an entirely different track selection, though most of the 24 songs did appear on either the 1993 release called Cajun Classics or its 1994 Ace sequel More Cajun Classics. It's not quite certain to us Herberts outside of the marketing department exactly how the public is not going to get confused by all this, and whether anyone who's bought the earlier Cajun Classics Ace comps will get much if anything ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
This is not to be confused -- and the label has only itself to blame if people understandably do get confused -- with the 1993 CD release, also on Ace, also titled Cajun Classics, and given the nearly identical subtitle "The Kings of Cajun At Their Very Best." It has an entirely different track selection, though most of the 24 songs did appear on either the 1993 release called Cajun Classics or its 1994 Ace sequel More Cajun Classics. It's not quite certain to us Herberts outside of the marketing department exactly how the public is not going to get confused by all this, and whether anyone who's bought the earlier Cajun Classics Ace comps will get much if anything out of this new configuration. Leaving such tetchy considerations aside, it's a good compilation of some of the best and most representative Cajun releases from the mid-'50s to the mid-'80s, and more diverse than some other Cajun anthologies with similar scopes, though the unrelenting good-time cheer might cause the unconverted to fidget. Dewey Balfa, D.L. Menard, Nathan Abshire, Iry Lejeune, and Beausoleil are all major Cajun artists, and all have a track or two or three on this disc, sharing space with less-renowned names. Amidst the more standard two-steps are some edgier tunes that might excite or grate, depending upon your tastes, like Nolan Cormier & the LA Aces' "Hee-Haw Breakdown," with its simulated animal snorts; the rockabilly-influenced "Flumes D'Enfer" by Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys; and Vin Bruce's rendition of the perennial "Jole Blon," with very country-influenced guitars and vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/19/2002
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667182027
  • Catalog Number: 820
  • Sales rank: 38,950

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Back Door - Louisiana Aces (2:15)
  2. 2 Pine Grove Blues - Pine Grove Boys (2:55)
  3. 3 Lacassine Special - The Balfa Brothers (2:45)
  4. 4 Jole Blon (2:52)
  5. 5 Saturday Night Special (2:13)
  6. 6 Lache Pas la Patate - Jimmy C. Newman (2:29)
  7. 7 La Valse de Jolly Rogers - The Louisiana Aces (2:51)
  8. 8 Lafayette Two Step - Louisiana Playboys (2:12)
  9. 9 Equand J'Etais Petit (2:51)
  10. 10 Hippy Ti Yo - Joe Bovsall (1:44)
  11. 11 Lemonade Song - Pine Grove Boys (2:20)
  12. 12 Grande Bosco (2:41)
  13. 13 Cajun Stripper - Belton Richard (2:16)
  14. 14 Grand Mamou - Jimmy C. Newman (2:25)
  15. 15 Le Tortillage - Cajun Trio (2:02)
  16. 16 Cher Cherie (2:32)
  17. 17 Les Veuves de la Coulee - Happy Fats (2:38)
  18. 18 La Valse de Reno - Lawrence Walker (3:13)
  19. 19 Sur le Courtableau - Pine Grove Boys (2:09)
  20. 20 Flumes d'Enfer - Evangeline Playboy (2:22)
  21. 21 Jolie Fille (2:06)
  22. 22 Hold My False Teeth - Camey Doucet (2:20)
  23. 23 J'Ai Vu le Loup - Beausoleil (3:09)
  24. 24 Hee' Haw Breakdown - Nolan Cormier & The La Aces (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beausoleil Track Performer
Vin Bruce Track Performer
Lesa Cormier Track Performer
Doc Guidry Track Performer
D.L. Menard Track Performer
Jimmy C. Newman Track Performer
Sundown Playboys Track Performer
Nathan Abshire & The Pinegrove Boys Track Performer
Happy Fats Track Performer
Touchet Brothers Track Performer
Technical Credits
Dewey Balfa Arranger
Clifton Chenier Composer
Michael Doucet Arranger
Jo-El Sonnier Composer
Michael Hurley Composer
Iry LeJeune Arranger
Nick Robbins Mastering
Jon Broven Liner Notes
Phil Smee Cover Design
Leroy "Happy Fats" LeBlanc Arranger
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