Legends of the Accordion

Legends of the Accordion

     
 

The straightforwardly-named Legends of the Accordion delivers just what its title suggests: a collection of performances from some of the best players of this underappreciated instrument. The album spans the accordion's surprisingly varied sounds and moods in songs that range from the expected (Dick Contino's "Lady of Spain") to…  See more details below

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The straightforwardly-named Legends of the Accordion delivers just what its title suggests: a collection of performances from some of the best players of this underappreciated instrument. The album spans the accordion's surprisingly varied sounds and moods in songs that range from the expected (Dick Contino's "Lady of Spain") to the unusual (Those Darn Accordians' "Perry Mason Theme"). Naturally, polka plays a prominent role in the collection, and Lawrence Welk & His Orchestra's "Dakota Polka" and Myron Floren's "Laughing Polka" are among the best included here. However, the accordion's role in Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex, and other more exotic genres are also explored; Clifton Chenier's "Squeeze Box Boogie," Andrew Cormier & the Smiling Cajuns' "Creole Stomp," Flaco Jimenez' "Una Tarde en el Alamo," and Anthony Galla-Rini's "Liebesfreud" prove that in the right hands, the accordion sounds right in many different settings and styles. The father-and-son team of Frank and "Weird" Al Yankovic provide two more of the album's highlights with "Trollie's Polka" and "Lasagna," Al's Tex-Mex-flavored parody of "La Bamba." Though the accordion will probably never escape its image as a wacky instrument -- songs like Joey Miskulin's "The Crazy Accordion" and Jo Ann Castle's "Bumble Boogie" make that almost impossible -- Legends of the Accordion embraces that part of the accordion's heritage but also paints a more well-rounded portrait of the instrument.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/28/1995
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227184728
catalogNumber:
71847

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifton Chenier   Track Performer
Myron Floren   Accordion,Track Performer
Lawrence Welk   Track Performer
Stanley Jordan   Track Performer
Angelo Di Pippo   Track Performer
Dick Contino   Track Performer
Art Van Damme   Track Performer
Frankie Yankovic   Track Performer
Esteban Steve Jordan   Track Performer
Guy Klucevsek   Track Performer
Jo Anne Castle   Track Performer
Flaco Jiménez   Track Performer
Joey Miskulin   Track Performer
"Weird Al" Yankovic   Track Performer
Those Darn Accordions!   Track Performer
Milton DeLugg   Track Performer
Bay State   Track Performer
Anthony Galla-Rini   Track Performer
Billy Belina   Accordion

Technical Credits

Frankie Yankovic   Composer
James Austin   Concept
Carl Finch   Concept
Gary Peterson   Discographical Annotation
John Morthland   Liner Notes
Coco Shinomiya   Art Direction
Joe Trollie   Composer

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