Classics

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Rounder has been working the zydeco genre pretty heavily for quite a while, but the last few years have been something of a highlight for the label, with multiple compilations of the finest pieces coming out. As such, a few greatest-hits compilations from the biggest stars on the label were certainly in order, including this album of Buckwheat Zydeco hits comprised from earlier Rounder albums. As Rounder actually had only four previous albums from Buckwheat, two of which were remasters and compilations, there are in actuality only two albums making up the origins of Classics here. Nonetheless, it's an excellent album. With four tracks from Turning Point and six more from...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Rounder has been working the zydeco genre pretty heavily for quite a while, but the last few years have been something of a highlight for the label, with multiple compilations of the finest pieces coming out. As such, a few greatest-hits compilations from the biggest stars on the label were certainly in order, including this album of Buckwheat Zydeco hits comprised from earlier Rounder albums. As Rounder actually had only four previous albums from Buckwheat, two of which were remasters and compilations, there are in actuality only two albums making up the origins of Classics here. Nonetheless, it's an excellent album. With four tracks from Turning Point and six more from Waitin' for My Ya-Ya, the disc is already filled with enjoyable works. Regrettably, some of the classics from the Island recordings aren't here, but then again the Rounder focus leaves a stronger foundation of zydeco with a better balance of R&B infusions than some other albums. Here, the tempo is almost always hot, and the band is always groovin'. At the forefront of the sound is Buckwheat himself, powering the songs with his charisma and joyousness. As with many greatest-hits compilations, the album makes an excellent starting point for new listeners and curious newcomers, but the ideal items for acquainted listeners would be the original albums themselves. Pick it up as a collector, a completist, or a newcomer alike, but go for both Turning Point and Waitin' for My Ya-Ya if you're just looking for more Buckwheat after hearing the Island albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/14/2003
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661217720
  • Catalog Number: 612177
  • Sales rank: 95,595

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Zydeco la Louisianne (5:06)
  2. 2 Turning Point (6:02)
  3. 3 Mon Papa (3:59)
  4. 4 Hot Tamale Baby (4:41)
  5. 5 Madame Pitre (2:37)
  6. 6 Walking to New Orleans (4:34)
  7. 7 Buck's Step-Up (3:04)
  8. 8 Ya Ya (3:34)
  9. 9 Lache Pas la Patate (2:51)
  10. 10 Tee Nah Nah (4:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buckwheat Zydeco Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Vocals
Selwyn Cooper Guitar
Elijah Cudges Rubboard
Nathaniel Jolivette Drums
Calvin Landry Trumpet
Lee Allen Zeno Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Clifton Chenier Composer
Lee Dorsey Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Glenn Berger Engineer
Scott Billington Producer
Fats Domino Composer
Stanley Dural Arranger, Composer
Leo Graham Composer
Morris Levy Composer
Clarence Lewis Composer
Gregg Lunsford Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Morgan Robinson Composer
Robert Guidry Composer
Traditional Composer
Stanley Dural Jr. Composer
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