Cajun Early Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A comprehensive four-disc set on the always reliable budget reissue label JSP, Cajun Early Recordings begins at the beginning, with the entirety of what's generally considered the very first Cajun recording session, an April 1928 set in New Orleans by singer and accordion player Joe Falcon, guitarist Cleoma Breaux soon to be Falcon's wife, making them the A.P. and Sara Carter of Cajun music, and her brother, fiddler Ophy Breaux, which included the instant classic single "Lafayette." The set ends seven years and 102 tracks later with a ten-track session by a catchall group featuring Luderin Darbone, leader of the Hackberry Ramblers. Besides being in rough chronological ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A comprehensive four-disc set on the always reliable budget reissue label JSP, Cajun Early Recordings begins at the beginning, with the entirety of what's generally considered the very first Cajun recording session, an April 1928 set in New Orleans by singer and accordion player Joe Falcon, guitarist Cleoma Breaux soon to be Falcon's wife, making them the A.P. and Sara Carter of Cajun music, and her brother, fiddler Ophy Breaux, which included the instant classic single "Lafayette." The set ends seven years and 102 tracks later with a ten-track session by a catchall group featuring Luderin Darbone, leader of the Hackberry Ramblers. Besides being in rough chronological order, the set is loosely divided between those two poles, with every track on the first two CDs featuring one or more members of the Falcon/Breaux extended family, various permutations of Darbone's bands filling the entire fourth CD, and the third devoted primarily to fiddler Leo Soileau, along with a few very early recordings by accordion player Lawrence Walker, who wouldn't record his best material until the '50s. What's most interesting about these early recordings is how percussive and rhythmic this music is even though the majority of these recordings lack any sort of percussion. As always with JSP's historical documents, the sound quality is dependent on the state of the source recordings, which is quite often rather dodgy. Still, the historical and musical import of these recordings is more than enough to compensate.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065772628
  • Catalog Number: 7726
  • Sales rank: 77,532

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lafayette - Joseph Falcon (3:00)
  2. 2 The Waltz That Carried Me to My Grave - Joseph Falcon (2:56)
  3. 3 Poche Town - Ophy Breaux (2:58)
  4. 4 When I Left Home for Texas - Ophy Breaux (2:57)
  5. 5 Ossen One Step - Ophy Breaux (3:00)
  6. 6 She Has Forgotten Me - Ophy Breaux (3:04)
  7. 7 To Love and to Lose - Ophy Breaux (3:06)
  8. 8 Acadian One Step - Ophy Breaux (3:00)
  9. 9 La Fille Oncle Elair - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:03)
  10. 10 Ils la Volet Mon Tracas (3:02)
  11. 11 La Valse de Madam Sosten - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:09)
  12. 12 La Valse J'Aime - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (2:57)
  13. 13 En Route Chez Moi - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (2:46)
  14. 14 Mon Vieuz d'Autrefois - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (2:51)
  15. 15 Pauvre Garcon - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (2:49)
  16. 16 Raise Your Window - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (2:51)
  17. 17 Basile (2:52)
  18. 18 Mama, Where You At? (2:59)
  19. 19 Les Valse Criminale (2:48)
  20. 20 Ton Pere a Mit d'Eor (2:53)
  21. 21 Madame Young Donnez Moi Votre Jolie (3:04)
  22. 22 Mon Chere Bebe Creole (2:48)
  23. 23 Myself (2:52)
  24. 24 Vous Avez Donne Votre Parole (3:05)
  25. 25 Taunt Aline - Amédé Ardoin (2:58)
  26. 26 Two Step de Mama (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 La Valse de Marie Buller - Joseph Falcon (3:19)
  2. 2 La Vieux Soullard et Sa Femme - Joseph Falcon (3:11)
  3. 3 Prenez Courage - Ophy Breaux (2:57)
  4. 4 C'est Si Triste Sans Lui - Ophy Breaux (3:01)
  5. 5 Mon Couer T'Appele (3:02)
  6. 6 Raise My Window High - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:15)
  7. 7 Ma Valse Prefere - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:07)
  8. 8 La Valse Crowley - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:07)
  9. 9 Hand Me Down My Walking Canr - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:07)
  10. 10 It's a Sin to Tell a Lie - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:01)
  11. 11 Lulu's Back on Town - Cleoma Breaux Falcon (3:02)
  12. 12 Ma Blonde Est Partie - Ophy Breaux (2:50)
  13. 13 Vas y Carrement - Ophy Breaux (2:57)
  14. 14 Les Tracas du Hobo - Ophy Breaux (2:56)
  15. 15 Le Blues du Petit Chien - Ophy Breaux (2:48)
  16. 16 One Step a Marie - Ophy Breaux (2:53)
  17. 17 La Valse du Vieuz Temps - Ophy Breaux (2:46)
  18. 18 Tiger Rag Blues - Ophy Breaux (2:58)
  19. 19 Valse d'Auguste Breaux - Ophy Breaux (2:41)
  20. 20 Mazurka de la Louisiane - Ophy Breaux (2:53)
  21. 21 Fais Do Do Negre - Ophy Breaux (2:57)
  22. 22 T'As Vole Mon Chapeau - Ophy Breaux (3:05)
  23. 23 Home Sweet Home - Ophy Breaux (2:59)
  24. 24 La Valse d'Utah - Ophy Breaux (2:43)
  25. 25 Le One Step a Martin - Ophy Breaux (3:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Ma Cherie 'Tite Fille (3:10)
  2. 2 Easy Rider Blues (2:57)
  3. 3 Je Veux Marier (3:00)
  4. 4 Demain C'est Pas Dimanche (2:53)
  5. 5 Allons Boire un Coup (2:58)
  6. 6 Trois Jours Apres Ma Mort (2:55)
  7. 7 Le Gran Mamou (2:58)
  8. 8 Si Vous Voudrais Ame (2:58)
  9. 9 Petit Ou Gros (3:02)
  10. 10 Le Blues de la Louisiane (3:03)
  11. 11 Quand Je Suis Bleu - Leo Soileau (2:52)
  12. 12 Atrape Moi Je Tombe (2:48)
  13. 13 La Bonne Valse (2:31)
  14. 14 Le Blues de Port Arthur (2:26)
  15. 15 Promets Moi (2:33)
  16. 16 Ma Jolie Petite Fille (2:37)
  17. 17 In Your Heart You Love Another (2:48)
  18. 18 Valse d'Amour (2:34)
  19. 19 Embrace Moi Encore (2:33)
  20. 20 Personne N'Aime Pas (2:40)
  21. 21 La Breakdown la Louisiane (2:27)
  22. 22 La Vie Malheureuse (2:34)
  23. 23 Alberta - Elton Walker (3:02)
  24. 24 What's the Matter Now - Elton Walker (2:50)
  25. 25 La Femme Qui Jouvait Les Cartes - Tony Alleman (2:52)
  26. 26 Mon Dernier Bonsoir - Tony Alleman (2:56)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Tickle Her (2:45)
  2. 2 Crowley Waltz (2:48)
  3. 3 You've Got to Hi-De-Hi (3:00)
  4. 4 Hackberry Trot (2:39)
  5. 5 Jolie Blonde (2:41)
  6. 6 J'Ai Passe Devonde Ta Porte (2:49)
  7. 7 Mermentau Stomp (2:37)
  8. 8 Vinton High Society (2:51)
  9. 9 Jolie Petit Fille (2:43)
  10. 10 Louisiana Breakdown (2:45)
  11. 11 Cajun Crawl (2:46)
  12. 12 Ma Chere Belle (2:41)
  13. 13 Darbone's Breakdown (2:46)
  14. 14 Wondering (2:54)
  15. 15 Dissatisfied (2:32)
  16. 16 Quitter la Maison (2:53)
  17. 17 Pas Allez Vite (2:45)
  18. 18 Oh Josephine, My Josephine (2:28)
  19. 19 Eh, La Bas (2:36)
  20. 20 Faux Pas Tu Bray Cherie (2:35)
  21. 21 Dans le Grand Bois (In the Forest) (2:32)
  22. 22 Une Pias Ici une Pias la Bas (2:10)
  23. 23 La Valse de la Prison (2:14)
  24. 24 French Two Step (2:45)
  25. 25 One Sweet Letter (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Amédé Ardoin Accordion, Vocals
Lawrence Walker Violin, Accordion
Dennis McGee Violin
Cleoma Breaux Guitar, Violin, Vocals
Al Broussard [Blues] Guitar
Sady Courville Violin
Luderin Darbone Violin
Amédé Breaux Accordion
Clifford Breaux Guitar
Ophy Breaux Violin
Floyd Rainwater Guitar
Lonnie Rainwater Steel Guitar
Joe Werner Harmonica, Vocals
Leo Soileau Violin, Vocals
Cleoma Breaux Falcon Guitar
Mayeus Lafleur Violin, Accordion
Alius Soileau Violin, Vocals
Moise Robin Accordion, Vocals
Tony Alleman Vocals
Norris Mire Guitar
Elton Walker Violin
Joe Falcon Accordion, Vocals
Pete Duhon String Bass
Lennis Sonnier Guitar, Vocals
Floyd Shreve Guitar, Vocals
Danny Shreve Guitar
Technical Credits
Lead Belly Composer
Luderin Darbone Composer
Leo Soileau Composer
Mayeus Lafleur Composer
Moise Robin Composer
Traditional Composer
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