Creole Bred: A Tribute to Creole & Zydeco

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A couple years after its compilation project matching rock and country singers with Cajun material and musicians Evangeline Made, Vanguard Records applied the same concept to Creole and zydeco with Creole Bred. In fact the same producer, Cajun music performer and scholar Ann Savoy, oversaw both records. Although a few of these tracks are indeed performed by Creole/zydeco artists, for the most part they accompany artists from outside the genre on Creole/zydeco songs. The unlikely headliners include Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, Tom Tom Club, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Michelle Shocked; Mahal and Lauper, in fact, do two songs apiece. Like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
A couple years after its compilation project matching rock and country singers with Cajun material and musicians Evangeline Made, Vanguard Records applied the same concept to Creole and zydeco with Creole Bred. In fact the same producer, Cajun music performer and scholar Ann Savoy, oversaw both records. Although a few of these tracks are indeed performed by Creole/zydeco artists, for the most part they accompany artists from outside the genre on Creole/zydeco songs. The unlikely headliners include Cyndi Lauper, Taj Mahal, Tom Tom Club, David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, Sweet Honey in the Rock, and Michelle Shocked; Mahal and Lauper, in fact, do two songs apiece. Like Evangeline Made, it's a respectful and respectable mating of the traditional with the modern, though it doesn't catch fire and won't be rated among the highlights of the careers of either the zydeco or non-zydeco musicians. The presence of Lauper in particular on this disc might sound alarm bells for purists, but actually, her high voice suits her tracks reasonably well, and she doesn't try to showboat on them. The mix of performers helps ensure more variety than you'll come across on many zydeco records, from stompers to Sweet Honey in the Rock's a cappella ballad "Mon Homme Est Pas 'Rive"; Tom Tom Club's "Only the Strong Survive" boasts the funkiest modern rhythm section on the disc, to no one's surprise.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2004
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707974127
  • Catalog Number: 79741
  • Sales rank: 126,171

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Allons À Grand Cotueau - Cyndi Lauper (2:42)
  2. 2 Two-Step de Grand Mallet - Taj Mahal (3:53)
  3. 3 Only the Strong Survive - Tom Tom Club (4:05)
  4. 4 Baby Please Don't Go - Curley Taylor (3:29)
  5. 5 Zydeco Two Step - Zydeco Cha-Chas (3:22)
  6. 6 I'm Coming Home - Zydeco Cha-Chas (6:40)
  7. 7 Mon Conné la Cause - David Hidalgo (3:40)
  8. 8 Mon Homme Est Pas 'Rivé - Sweet Honey in the Rock (1:43)
  9. 9 Paper in My Shoe - Michelle Shocked (3:56)
  10. 10 Tit Monde - Taj Mahal (4:37)
  11. 11 Festival Zydeco - Cyndi Lauper (3:06)
  12. 12 Old Carpenter's Waltz Revisited - Edward Poullard (3:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Taj Mahal Guitar, Vocals
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Cajun Fiddle
Darol Anger Fiddle
Cyndi Lauper Vocals
Michelle Shocked Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon Vocals, Musician
Robert Leblanc Bass
Nitanju Bolade Casel Vocals, Musician
Harold Brown Drums
Chuck Bush Bass, Guitar
Geno Delafose Accordion, Drums
Chris Frantz Drums
David Hidalgo Drums, Vocals
Germaine Jack Drums
Aisha Kahlil Vocals, Musician
Carol Maillard Vocals, Musician
Steve Nash Rubboard
Edward Poullard Fiddle
Charley Taylor Accordion, Drums, Vocals
Neil Thomas Rubboard
Tina Weymouth Bass, Vocals
Dennis Paul Williams Guitar
Nathan Williams Accordion, Vocals
Phillip Campbell Guitar
Darick Campbell Lap Steel Guitar
Mark Anthony Williams Rubboard
Doctor Ysaye M. Barnwell Vocals, Musician
Renard Boissiere Guitar
Mystic Bowie Vocals
André Thierry Accordion
Technical Credits
Clifton Chenier Composer
Canray Fontenot Composer
Tony Daigle Engineer, Mastering
Geno Delafose Art Direction
Keith Frank Composer, Art Direction
Chris Frantz Producer
Edward Poullard Art Direction
David Rachou Engineer
Jim Robeson Engineer
Ann Savoy Producer, Executive Producer
Tina Weymouth Producer
Bill Whitman Engineer
Nathan Williams Art Direction
Rosie Ledet Art Direction
Sean Ardoin Art Direction
Georgette Cartwright Art Direction, Creative Services Coordinator
Douglas Bellard Composer
Gerald Foreman Composer
Ben Mumphrey Engineer
Zydeco Cha-Chas Art Direction
Ann Smalley Art Direction
Doctor Ysaye M. Barnwell Arranger, Producer
Randy Funke Engineer
Phil Geigor Engineer
Jody Sappington Engineer
André Thierry Art Direction
Curley Taylor Art Direction
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