I'm Never Comin' Back: The Roots of Zydeco

I'm Never Comin' Back: The Roots of Zydeco

by Amédé Ardoin
     
 

In his relatively short career, the acknowledged progenitor of Cajun and zydeco music, Amédé Ardoin, recorded only 31 songs, spread across four sessions around 1930. Of those, 26 are presented here, from all of the sessions except the first. The sound shows itself largely as what is now called "Cajun", with only hints of what would later be turned into zydeco. The… See more details below

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In his relatively short career, the acknowledged progenitor of Cajun and zydeco music, Amédé Ardoin, recorded only 31 songs, spread across four sessions around 1930. Of those, 26 are presented here, from all of the sessions except the first. The sound shows itself largely as what is now called "Cajun", with only hints of what would later be turned into zydeco. The accordion is jumping with energy in the dance numbers (here's where you might notice the similarities to zydeco), and toned down for the blues. Regardless of the style, Ardoin's French vocals fly out loudly and plaintively over the top of the music. The combination of accordion and vocals is what defines his music, and it does a good job of creating a texture of emotion and music together. Additional fiddling by Dennis McGee (making these the first interracial recordings of Louisiana folk music) adds to the pot in a favorable manner. While the recording quality can occasionally be less than perfect (these were recorded between 1929-1934, after all), the historical and musical value of the songs easily make up for it. For fanatics in the fields of Louisiana's folk musics, this album makes a great item to add to the collection for a look into the past. For those just starting out in the fields, more contemporary artists might make for a smoother introduction, but they'll all point back to Ardoin eventually.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/30/1995
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297700723
catalogNumber:
7007
Rank:
15173

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Tracks

  1. Amadie Two Step
  2. La Valse a Austin Ardoin
  3. Blues de Basile
  4. La Valse À Thomas Ardoin
  5. Two Step d'Elton
  6. La Valse de Gueydan
  7. Valse a Alice Poulard
  8. One Step d'Oberlin
  9. Valse de Opelousas
  10. One Step des Chameaux
  11. Les Blues de Voyage
  12. La Valse de Amities
  13. Les Blues de Crowley
  14. Oberlin
  15. Tostape de Jennings
  16. Le Midland Two-Step
  17. La Valse des Chantiers Petroliperes
  18. Valse Brunette
  19. Tortope d'Osrun
  20. La Valse du Ballard
  21. La Turtape de Saroied
  22. Valse de la Pointe d'Eglise
  23. Les Blues de la Prison
  24. Valse de Mon Vieux Village
  25. Si Dur d'Etre Seul
  26. Aimez-Moi Ce Soir

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