Cajun, Vol. 1: Abbeville Breakdown 1929-1939

Cajun, Vol. 1: Abbeville Breakdown 1929-1939

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A collection of ancient recordings of Cajun music by musicians from the Abbeville area of Louisiana. These songs were all recorded between 1929 and 1939, and are split essentially into two groups. The Breaux Fréres (and brother-in-law Joseph Falcon) provide the earlier half of the works, with an early mastery of the basic Cajun lineup that would become standard --

Overview

A collection of ancient recordings of Cajun music by musicians from the Abbeville area of Louisiana. These songs were all recorded between 1929 and 1939, and are split essentially into two groups. The Breaux Fréres (and brother-in-law Joseph Falcon) provide the earlier half of the works, with an early mastery of the basic Cajun lineup that would become standard -- accordion, fiddle, and guitar. Falcon proves himself a worthy accordionist, paving the way for much of the later music to come from the genre (and simultaneously standing as the first recorded Cajun accordion player). Cleoma Breaux Falcon (his wife) is an able guitarist, and the Breaux Fréres do well on fiddle and accordion, as needed. The second half of the album is dominated by the Alley Boys of Abbeville, an accordion-less group of youngsters who recorded once for Vocalion and were recorded again on various compilations. The recording quality on the album is admittedly sub-par, and seemingly not remastered completely. Nonetheless, it's an enjoyable album for those looking for the roots of Cajun music, though the rare recordings of Amédé Ardoin would be recommended beforehand, as the branching point for both Cajun and Zydeco forms.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/20/1990
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644622027
catalogNumber:
46220

Related Subjects

Tracks

  1. Vas Y Carrement (Step It Fast)
  2. Poche Town
  3. Prenez Courage (Take Courage)
  4. Quand Je Suit Partis Pour le Texas (When I Left for Texas)
  5. Aimer et Perdre
  6. Egan One-Step
  7. T'As Vol Mon Chapeau (You Have Stolen My Hat)
  8. Home Sweet Home
  9. Le One Step a Martin
  10. La Valse du Bayou Plaquemine
  11. Abbeville Breakdown
  12. Te a Pas Raison (You Have No Reason)
  13. Se Toute Sain Comme Moi Ma Saine (I Wonder If You Feel the Way That)
  14. Jolie Petite Fille (Pretty Little Girl)
  15. Quel Espoire (What's the Use)
  16. Moi et Ma Belle (Me and My Pretty One)
  17. Je Vous T'Aime Lessair Pleurer (I'll Never Let You Cry)
  18. Es Ce Que Tu Pense Jamais a Moi (Do You Ever Think of Me)
  19. Tu Ma Quite Seul (Prisoner's Song)
  20. Jolie Petite Blonde (Small Pretty Blond)
  21. Apres Jengles a Toi
  22. Te Bonne Pour Moi Estere (I Don't Care What You Used to Be)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cleoma Breaux   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Clifford   Guitar,Vocals
Joseph Falcon   Accordion,Track Performer
Amédé Breaux   Accordion,Vocals,Track Performer
Ophy Breaux   Violin,Vocals,Track Performer
Murphy Guidry   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Sidney Guidry   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Lourse Toutch   national steel guitar
Maxie Toutch   Drums
Frank Maihes   Violin,Vocals
Alley Boys of Abbeville   Track Performer
Breaux Fréres   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Frank Abbey   Engineer
Lourse Toutch   Contributor
Lawrence Cohn   Liner Notes
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Alley Boys of Abbeville   Contributor

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