Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection

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All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection collects highlights from Buckwheat Zydeco's three albums for Island Records between 1987 and 1990. There are a number of really good songs here "Ma 'Tit Fille," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", and the compilation actually distills his uneven Island albums into a strong single-disc collection. However, if you're looking for Buckwheat at his best, stick to the Rounder and Black Top releases.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection collects highlights from Buckwheat Zydeco's three albums for Island Records between 1987 and 1990. There are a number of really good songs here "Ma 'Tit Fille," "Hey Good Lookin'," "Where There's Smoke There's Fire", and the compilation actually distills his uneven Island albums into a strong single-disc collection. However, if you're looking for Buckwheat at his best, stick to the Rounder and Black Top releases.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/26/1993
  • Label: Mango
  • UPC: 016253992948
  • Catalog Number: 539929

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buckwheat Zydeco Primary Artist, Accordion, Keyboards, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Melodica
Dwight Yoakam Vocals
Steve Berlin Baritone Saxophone
Herman Brown Drums
Anthony Butler Tenor Saxophone
Elijah Cudges Rubboard, cowbell
Gregory Davis Trumpet
David Hidalgo Guitar, Drums, Vocals
Robert James Guitar
Nathaniel Jolivette Drums
Calvin Landry Trumpet
Patrick Landry Rubboard
Roger Lewis Baritone Saxophone
Mark Linett Tambourine
Kevin Menard Drums
Paul Senegal Guitar
Dennis Taylor Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lee Thornburg Trumpet
Efrem Towns Trumpet
Melvin Veazie Guitar
Wilbert Willis Rubboard
Lee Allen Zeno Bass
Kevin Harris Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ted Fox Producer, Executive Producer
Rob Fraboni Producer
David Hidalgo Producer
Satoru Igarashi Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    High-energy, good-time music!

    Zydeco, the black relative of Cajun music, is right up there with Celtic jigs, Indian banghra and belly-dance music when it comes to fun sounds to dance to. Drawing from Cajun and R&B, the harmonic structure of this music is simplistic (and occasionally even mono-chordal), but the focus is on spirit and soul rather than structure. Songs are frequently punctuated by hoots and hollers in both French and English, and spurred on by the frenetic, locomotive-like rhythms of frottoire (a metal rub-board derived from old-fashioned washboards) and drums. In short, these songs have so much energy you can’t help but grin and move your feet. The group “Buckwheat Zydeco” features accordionist, pianist and lead vocalist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural, Jr., a protege of Clifton Chenier (who is considered the father of Zydeco). The 10 tracks on “Menagerie” are compiled from Dural’s Island Records recordings. For more good, spicy Zydeco, try also the music of Queen Ida and her Bon Temps Zydeco Band.

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