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Cajun String Bands 1930's: Cajun Breakdown

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
25 Cajun tracks from the 1930s, reflecting the transition of Cajun music to arrangements that placed the fiddle at the fore and did away with the accordion. Almost half of the cuts belong to J.B. Fuselier, with four by Leo Soileau, one by the Dixie Ramblers, and seven by Luderin Darbone, fiddler of the Hackberry Ramblers who back him on the selections here. Fuselier sounds like early Western swing with a Cajun fiddle; Clifford Breaux has a rawer, lazier charm, particularly on "Continuez de Sonner." There's a lot of spontaneity in these sessions, with unpredictable calls that sound like cousins to the ones that dotted Bob Wills' arrangements, though it can get a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
25 Cajun tracks from the 1930s, reflecting the transition of Cajun music to arrangements that placed the fiddle at the fore and did away with the accordion. Almost half of the cuts belong to J.B. Fuselier, with four by Leo Soileau, one by the Dixie Ramblers, and seven by Luderin Darbone, fiddler of the Hackberry Ramblers who back him on the selections here. Fuselier sounds like early Western swing with a Cajun fiddle; Clifford Breaux has a rawer, lazier charm, particularly on "Continuez de Sonner." There's a lot of spontaneity in these sessions, with unpredictable calls that sound like cousins to the ones that dotted Bob Wills' arrangements, though it can get a little monotonous over the course of the CD. It's not as diverse or interesting as some other early Cajun comps, like Cajun Dance Party, but still of considerable value to enthusiasts of Cajun '30s music, or early roots music in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1997
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297701423
  • Catalog Number: 7014
  • Sales rank: 206,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ma Jolie Petite Fille - Leo Soileau (2:39)
  2. 2 La Bonne Valse - Leo Soileau (2:32)
  3. 3 La Blues de Port Arthur - Leo Soileau (2:27)
  4. 4 Quand Je Suis Bleu - Leo Soileau (2:53)
  5. 5 Chere Tu Tu - Miller's Merrymakers (2:57)
  6. 6 Round-Up Hop - Miller's Merrymakers (2:41)
  7. 7 Anna Mae Waltz - Miller's Merrymakers (2:51)
  8. 8 Cajun Breakdown - Miller's Merrymakers (2:40)
  9. 9 Ma Julie Noir So - Miller's Merrymakers (2:57)
  10. 10 Redell Breakdown (2:39)
  11. 11 Ma Chere Basett (2:47)
  12. 12 Ponce a Moir (2:31)
  13. 13 Elton Two-Step - Miller's Merrymakers (2:48)
  14. 14 La Valse de Rebot (2:47)
  15. 15 Gueydan Two-Step (2:53)
  16. 16 Pourquoi Que Tu Laise Moi (3:02)
  17. 17 Continuez de Sonner (3:00)
  18. 18 Dixie's Hottets (High Society) (2:49)
  19. 19 Ma Chere Belle - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:43)
  20. 20 Shreve Breakdown - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:50)
  21. 21 Rambling - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:56)
  22. 22 Oh Josephine My Josephine - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:30)
  23. 23 Se Pas la Pan - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (3:03)
  24. 24 French Two-Step - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:46)
  25. 25 My Little Girl - Luderin Darbone & The Hackberry Ramblers (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifford Breaux Fiddle, Vocals, Track Performer
Willie Vincent Bass
Cleoma Breaux Falcon Dobro
J.B. Fuselier Track Performer
The Dixie Ramblers Track Performer
Miller's Merrymakers Track Performer
Hector Stutes Fiddle
Technical Credits
Chris Strachwitz Producer
Wayne Pope Cover Design
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