Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music: The Newport Field Recordings

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The field recordings on this CD, comprising 27 tracks and half a dozen acts, were recorded and edited between 1964 and 1967 by Ralph Rinzler. Note that although the disc is subtitled "The Newport Field Recordings, 1964-1967," they were not taped at the Newport Folk Festival; they're so named as they were supported by the Newport Folk Foundation. This was an era in which Cajun music was far less known internationally than it would be in a few decades' time. Thus these performances were more historically important, and at least to the popular music mainstream exotic, than they would be to knowledgeable roots music fans of later generations. Although the musicians were ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The field recordings on this CD, comprising 27 tracks and half a dozen acts, were recorded and edited between 1964 and 1967 by Ralph Rinzler. Note that although the disc is subtitled "The Newport Field Recordings, 1964-1967," they were not taped at the Newport Folk Festival; they're so named as they were supported by the Newport Folk Foundation. This was an era in which Cajun music was far less known internationally than it would be in a few decades' time. Thus these performances were more historically important, and at least to the popular music mainstream exotic, than they would be to knowledgeable roots music fans of later generations. Although the musicians were recorded in informal circumstances and sometimes in their homes, the fidelity is clear if a little variable, and the performances relaxed. While this CD compilation can't capture the spectrum of Cajun and Creole music within its 75 minutes, it does present a variety of styles associated with the genre. The Balfa Frères play casual full-band arrangements with fiddles, guitar, accordion, and triangle; Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys modernize things with some electric guitar and drums; and Edius Naquin brings things back to their most elemental with just vocal and fiddle. Dewey Balfa, one of the more renowned Cajun musicians, is heard both as part of the Balfa Frères and on triangle as accompanist to the more stripped-down duo of Adam & Cyprien Landreneau, who feature just vocals, fiddle, and accordion. Overall, the material is on the more traditional side of the styles and of more interest to folkloric-oriented audiences than more casual festival-going ones, but not without its entertainment value regardless of your level of scholarly curiosity. Note that far more extensive liner notes than the relatively brief ones in the CD booklet -- running to 84 pages and including French and English lyrics, as well as numerous photos -- are in a folder that can be accessed by putting the disc in a computer drive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2010
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661612129
  • Catalog Number: 616121
  • Sales rank: 71,686

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Danse De Mardi Gras - The Balfa Freres (2:54)
  2. 2 Lacassine Special - The Balfa Freres (3:14)
  3. 3 La Valse Du Bambocheur - The Balfa Freres (5:40)
  4. 4 Hackberry Hop - The Balfa Freres (3:04)
  5. 5 La Valse Des Platains - The Balfa Freres (3:48)
  6. 6 Lake Arthur Stomp - The Balfa Freres (2:19)
  7. 7 Parlez-Nous À Boire - The Balfa Freres (3:44)
  8. 8 La Valse D'orphelin - Evangeline Playboy (3:47)
  9. 9 Les Flammes D'Enfer - Evangeline Playboy (3:41)
  10. 10 T'as Fini De Me Voir - Evangeline Playboy (1:46)
  11. 11 Hack À Tit Moreau - Edius Naquin (1:46)
  12. 12 Si J'aurais Des Ailes - Edius Naquin (1:41)
  13. 13 La Ville De Mantoue - Edius Naquin (2:36)
  14. 14 Où T'étais Mercredi Passé - Edius Naquin (1:58)
  15. 15 Bonsoir, Moreau - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (3:44)
  16. 16 Untitled Dance Tune - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (1:00)
  17. 17 Eunice Two-Step - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (2:23)
  18. 18 Quo Faire - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (2:23)
  19. 19 Jorgue Au Plombeau - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin (2:33)
  20. 20 La Bétaille Dans Le Tit Arbre - Aubrey DeVille (2:44)
  21. 21 Le Vieux Boeuf Et Le Vieux Chariot - Aubrey DeVille (2:52)
  22. 22 La Robe À Rosalie - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (3:14)
  23. 23 La Prairie Ronde - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (3:02)
  24. 24 La Talle Déronces - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (1:50)
  25. 25 Les Pinières - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (3:05)
  26. 26 Tréville T'es Pas Pécheur - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (1:45)
  27. 27 Danse De Limonade - Adam and Cyprien Landreneau (2:06)
  28. 28 [CD-ROM Track]
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nathan Abshire Accordion
Dewey Balfa Fiddle, Triangle, Vocals
Canray Fontenot Fiddle, Vocals
Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin Accordion, Vocals
Nelda Balfa Triangle
Rodney Balfa Guitar, Vocals
Will Balfa Fiddle
Johnny Burke Triangle
Hadley Fontenot Accordion
Isom Fontenot Harmonica, Vocals
Cyprien Landreneau Accordion, Vocals
Preston Manuel Guitar
Austin Pitre Fiddle, Accordion, Vocals
Adam Landreneau Fiddle, Vocals
Harry Balfa Triangle, Spoons
Alan Ardoin Fiddle
Aubrey DeVille Fiddle, Vocals
Edius Naquin Fiddle, Vocals
Michael Tate Drums
Jesse Fontenot Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Elvin Beauregard Electric Guitar
Technical Credits
Barry Jean Ancelet Liner Notes, translation
Bill Nowlin Liner Notes
Ralph Rinzler Engineer, Liner Notes
Thomas Vennum Jr. Liner Notes
Paul Blakemore Mastering
Ron Stanford Liner Notes
Catherine Blanchet translation
Fay Stanford Liner Notes
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