Best of Clifton Chenier

Best of Clifton Chenier

by Clifton Chenier, Elvin Bishop, Pete Townshend, Reuben Wilson
     
 

The origins of zydeco are traceable to one man: Clifton Chenier, who started blending Cajun music with blues and R&B back in the '50s. He recorded for the Arhoolie label over a nearly 30-year span, and The Best of Clifton Chenier is (yet another) collection of his music culled from his Arhoolie sides. People familiarSee more details below

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The origins of zydeco are traceable to one man: Clifton Chenier, who started blending Cajun music with blues and R&B back in the '50s. He recorded for the Arhoolie label over a nearly 30-year span, and The Best of Clifton Chenier is (yet another) collection of his music culled from his Arhoolie sides. People familiar with the sound of contemporary zydeco may be surprised at how prevalent the blues influences are on some of these tunes. Tracks like "Brown Skin Woman," "It's Hard," and "Why Did You Go Last Night" are quite bluesy, while "Ay, Ai, Ai" sounds like what is called zydeco today (and it's the oldest cut on the set). Actually, this variation in style helps with the pacing of the album, providing some stylistic relief from the homogeneous zydeco of some latter-day bands. The inclusion of a previously unissued take of "Zydeco Sont Pas Sale" and a 15-minute interview conducted by Chris Strachwitz make this release of interest to Chenier fans, but it's also a good starting point for someone new to him or someone who wants to investigate the origins of zydeco in general.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/22/2003
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297047422
catalogNumber:
474
Rank:
1112

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Clifton Chenier   Primary Artist,Accordion,Vocals
Elvin Bishop   Guitar
Stephen Miller   Piano
Fulton Antoine   Bass
Felix Benit   Guitar
Warren Ceaser   Trumpet
Cleveland Chenier   Rubboard
C.J. Chenier   Alto Saxophone
Cleveland Keyes   Guitar
Ray Monette   Guitar
Elmore Nixon   Piano,Vocals
Sherman Robertson   Guitar
Paul Senegal   Guitar
Antoine Victor   Guitar
Joseph (Morris) Bruchet   Bass
St. Judy   Drums
John Hart   Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Murphy   Drums,Vocals
Morris Chenier   Fiddle
Alonzo Johnson   Bass

Technical Credits

Pete Townshend   Composer
Reuben Wilson   Composer
Boozoo Chavis   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Chris Strachwitz   Producer,Liner Notes,Interviewer
Morgan K. Dodge   Graphic Design

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