Legends of the Accordion

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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; ...
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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
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: 2/28/1995
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227184728
  • Catalog Number: 71847

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady of Spain - Dick Contino (1:52)
  2. 2 Bumble Boogie - Jo Anne Castle (1:58)
  3. 3 Squeeze Box Boogie - Clifton Chenier (2:00)
  4. 4 Slippery Fingers Oberek-The Bay State IV - Billy Belina (1:55)
  5. 5 Lasagna - "Weird Al" Yankovic (2:48)
  6. 6 Las Coronelas - Esteban Steve Jordan (4:00)
  7. 7 The Crazy Accordian - Joey Miskulin (2:23)
  8. 8 Dakota Polka - Lawrence Welk (2:12)
  9. 9 Perry Mason Theme - Those Darn Accordions! (2:26)
  10. 10 Arthur Street - Angelo Di Pippo (2:44)
  11. 11 So What's New? - Milton DeLugg (2:11)
  12. 12 Trollie's Polka - Frankie Yankovic (2:16)
  13. 13 Awakening - Guy Klucevsek (4:31)
  14. 14 Laughing Polka - Myron Floren (1:48)
  15. 15 Una Tarde en el Alamo - Flaco Jiménez (1:55)
  16. 16 Liebesfreud - Anthony Galla-Rini (2:55)
  17. 17 Creole Stomp @@Comier, Andrew & The Smiling Cajuns (2:40)
  18. 18 Ode to Cleavage or the Camel - Art Van Damme (3:50)
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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
The Bay State IV Track Performer
Anthony Galla-Rini Track Performer
Billy Belina Accordion
Technical Credits
Frankie Yankovic Composer
James Austin Concept
Chris Clarke Remastering
Carl Finch Concept
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
John Morthland Liner Notes
Coco Shinomiya Art Direction
Joe Trollie Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
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