Cajun Music: The Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An installment of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album showcases the best of Cajun music available on the label since the beginning. This album, like its zydeco counterpart, attempts to cover all of the major aspects of Cajun music over the course of the track listings. Here, the time line stretches from the very beginnings of Cajun with a cover of Amédé Ardoin's old work by Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, up to the present day in the Bluerunners' rock-informed sound, with all points in between touched upon. The fusion of Coteau provides a nice halfway point, with a deep influence of country thrown in, and the next group featuring Michael Doucet, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
An installment of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album showcases the best of Cajun music available on the label since the beginning. This album, like its zydeco counterpart, attempts to cover all of the major aspects of Cajun music over the course of the track listings. Here, the time line stretches from the very beginnings of Cajun with a cover of Amédé Ardoin's old work by Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie, up to the present day in the Bluerunners' rock-informed sound, with all points in between touched upon. The fusion of Coteau provides a nice halfway point, with a deep influence of country thrown in, and the next group featuring Michael Doucet, Beausoleil, is also featured with an even higher step of fusion, with electric guitars working their way in. Where necessary, the accordions play a stunning bit of work, and the fiddles stay in the rhythmic accompaniment section. Where necessary again, the vocals take a strong stance in front of the instrument lines. All of the greats of contemporary Cajun music are represented with a song or two, and all of the styles that have come and gone over the history of Cajun are represented by an artist or two. As far as introductions to the genre are concerned, this album is certainly a worthwhile pick. For someone already acquainted with Cajun music, the album may perhaps be better passed up in favor of single-artist albums by the artists on the compilation for further breadth.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2002
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661160422
  • Catalog Number: 611604
  • Sales rank: 95,164

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 La Jalouserie (Jealousy) (3:57)
  2. 2 Evangeline Special (2:58)
  3. 3 Les Conseils J'Ai Écouté - Eddie LeJeune (3:09)
  4. 4 La Femme Que J'Ai Jamais Oubilée - Charivari (2:41)
  5. 5 Elle Savait Pas J'Etais Marié - D.L. Menard (2:56)
  6. 6 La Porte d'en Arriére (2:27)
  7. 7 Opelousas Sostan - Mamou (2:30)
  8. 8 Au Bout de Chemin (4:57)
  9. 9 Pine Grove Blues (4:12)
  10. 10 Madame Bozo (3:35)
  11. 11 Dans la Louisiane - Al Berard (4:05)
  12. 12 Grand Mamou (4:06)
  13. 13 La Fleur de la Jeunesse (2:52)
  14. 14 Les Barres de la Prison (4:12)
  15. 15 J'Ai Vu le Loup, le Renard et la Belette (3:42)
  16. 16 Jolie Blon (3:11)
  17. 17 Je M'Ennuie de Toi (2:40)
  18. 18 Tes Parents Veulent Plus Me Voir - Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (3:30)
  19. 19 Valse de Opelousas (3:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bruce Daigrepont Vocals, Button Accordion
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Vocals
Eddie LeJeune Vocals, Button Accordion
Zachary Richard Vocals, Button Accordion
Rufus Thibodeaux Fiddle
Jo-El Sonnier Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Button Accordion
Michael Palmer Background Vocals
Sonny Landreth Slide Guitar
Tommy Alesi Drums
Christine Balfa Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals
Tony Balfa Bass
Al Berard Fiddle, Vocals
Keith Blanchard Drums
Dwayne Brasseaux Bass
David Scott Cash Piano
Danny Collet Vocals, Button Accordion
Tommy Comeaux Rhythm Guitar
Steve Conn Piano
Steve Crossan Bass
Geno Delafose Vocals, Button Accordion
David Doucet Guitar
Dan Drilling Guitar
Bessyl Duhon Button Accordion
Kevin Dugas Drums
Ron Eoff Bass Guitar
Gina Forsyth Fiddle
Jonno Frishberg Fiddle, Background Vocals, Button Accordion
Cruz Fruge Drums, Background Vocals
Bill Goodwin Drums
David Greely Fiddle, Vocals
Charles Landry Drums
Steve LeBlanc Fiddle, Vocals
Lionel LeLeux Violin
Bruce MacDonald Guitar, Vocals
Hubert Maitre Guitar
Joe McMahan Acoustic Guitar
Mark Meaux Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin
D.L. Menard Guitar, Vocals
Jimmy C. Newman Vocals
Tim O'Brien Mandolin
Dirk Powell Fiddle, Guitar, Vocals
Dave Ransom Bass
Mitchell Reed Fiddle
Ann Savoy Guitar, Vocals
Peter Schwarz Bass, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Errol Verret Button Accordion
Jane Vidrine Vocals
Randy Vidrine Guitar, Vocals
Kevin Wimmer Fiddle
Adrian Huval Button Accordion
Brian Brignac Drums
Fabian Champagne Guitar
Mike Lejeune Drums
Jim Markway Bass
Junior Martin Steel Guitar
Danny Zeringue Drums
Lois Sprague Bass
Victor Palmer Background Vocals
Steve Lafleur Guitar, Vocals
Bennie Hasha Bass
Frank Kincel Drums
Courtney Granger Fiddle, Vocals
Kenneth Blevins Percussion, Drums
Gabrielle Newman Bass, Vocals
Joe Rogers Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Dewey Balfa Arranger
Bruce Daigrepont Producer
Michael Doucet Arranger, Producer
Zachary Richard Arranger, Producer
Jo-El Sonnier Producer
Bluerunners Producer
Sonny Landreth Producer
Burkeman Balfa Contributor
Christine Balfa Contributor
Nelda Balfa Contributor
Al Berard Producer, Engineer
Scott Billington Producer, Liner Notes, Art Direction
Danny Collet Producer
Steve Conn Producer
Tony Daigle Engineer
Sue Daigrepont Contributor
David Farrell Engineer
Benny Graeff Engineer
Bill Halverson Producer
Rex Hebert Engineer
Jesse Henderson Engineer
Rex Herbert Engineer
Ken Irwin Producer
Ken Isham Engineer
Rick Lagneaux Engineer
Jimmy C. Newman Producer
Tim O'Brien Producer
Dirk Powell Producer
Greg Robert Engineer
Ann Savoy Producer
Joel Savoy Engineer
Peter Schwarz Producer
Bil VornDick Engineer
Jonathan Wyner Mastering
Mark Miller Engineer
Kelli Roberts Contributor
Eddie Bodin Engineer
Nancy Given Art Direction
Stacey Huval Contributor
Lois Sprague Contributor
Steve Nails Engineer
Christian Clayton Illustrations
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