Louisiana Blues & Zydeco [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Right in the beginning of his career as the "King of Zydeco," Clifton Chenier recorded an album for an upstart Arhoolie. At the time, the genre was just starting to spread outside of the bayou proper, and the album is one of the landmarks both for Chenier and for the industry and genre. Unfortunately, the recording quality was never particularly good. Some of the parts were recorded only weakly, there was some scratchiness -- the usual. Thirty or forty years in, however, Arhoolie has remastered the old classics and re-released them in stereo. The compositions themselves are largely the same as previously, but they sound vastly better. Perhaps the bigger treat here though...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adam Greenberg
Right in the beginning of his career as the "King of Zydeco," Clifton Chenier recorded an album for an upstart Arhoolie. At the time, the genre was just starting to spread outside of the bayou proper, and the album is one of the landmarks both for Chenier and for the industry and genre. Unfortunately, the recording quality was never particularly good. Some of the parts were recorded only weakly, there was some scratchiness -- the usual. Thirty or forty years in, however, Arhoolie has remastered the old classics and re-released them in stereo. The compositions themselves are largely the same as previously, but they sound vastly better. Perhaps the bigger treat here though is the clump of unreleased material that comes along for the ride. There are a pair of alternate takes from the originals added in, and four items that were never included in any form. Admittedly, unreleased tracks were often excluded because they weren't as good as those that were selected in general. Nonetheless, it's an additional lump of fine music from one of the true masters of the genre. If you've already got the old version, you can still give this one a listen for the increased quality. If you don't, though, this one's a definite first stop on any exploration of Chenier's work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/8/2005
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297905326
  • Catalog Number: 9053
  • Sales rank: 53,779

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Clifton Chenier Primary Artist, Harmonica, Accordion, Vocals
Fulton Antoine Bass, Bass Guitar
Cleveland Chenier Rubboard
Madison Guidry Drums
Cleveland Keyes Guitar
Elmore Nixon Piano
Robert Peter St. Judy Drums
Technical Credits
Clifton Chenier Composer
Doyle E. Jones Engineer
Chris Strachwitz Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production, Cover Photo
Wayne Pope Cover Design
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