The Best of the Crawfish Years, 1985-1991

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Beausoleil, led by fiddler and singer Michael Doucet, just about singlehandedly brought about the Cajun music renaissance in the '80s, recording several albums that simultaneously paid homage to the deepest traditions of southern Louisiana musical culture and hauled that culture into the 20th century, imbuing its two-steps, waltzes, and keening prairie French love songs with influences that included country, the blues, and rock & roll. The 17 tracks on this Rounder retrospective reveal a band coming of age, digesting their influences and developing a sound that was truly their own. Whether the music itself is tradition-oriented (like the Doucet composition "La Chanson...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Beausoleil, led by fiddler and singer Michael Doucet, just about singlehandedly brought about the Cajun music renaissance in the '80s, recording several albums that simultaneously paid homage to the deepest traditions of southern Louisiana musical culture and hauled that culture into the 20th century, imbuing its two-steps, waltzes, and keening prairie French love songs with influences that included country, the blues, and rock & roll. The 17 tracks on this Rounder retrospective reveal a band coming of age, digesting their influences and developing a sound that was truly their own. Whether the music itself is tradition-oriented (like the Doucet composition "La Chanson du Cafe") or borrowed from some other tradition (like the band's wonderful rendition of Richard Thompson's "Woman or a Man," featuring Thompson himself on guitar), it always sounds just like Beausoleil. In part that's due to Doucet's good-naturedly graceless singing, but mainly it comes from the particular sense of joy and fun that they manage to bring to everything they play. Highly recommended.
Dirty Linen
A solid set and a fun listen, highly recommended, especially if you don't have the original Rounder albums from which the selections are taken.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2001
  • Label: Rounder / Umgd
  • UPC: 011661609921
  • Catalog Number: 616099
  • Sales rank: 193,811

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Beausoleil Primary Artist
Michael Doucet Fiddle, Vocals
Jimmy Breaux Accordion
Sonny Landreth Dobro, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar
Tommy Alesi Drums
Pat Breaux Accordion
Robbie Bush Drums
Tommy Comeaux Bass, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Steve Conn Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
David Doucet Guitar
Niles Hokkanen Mandolin
Russell Keyes Bass
Steve LeCroix Bass
Dave Ransom Bass
Mitchell Reed Acoustic Bass
Al Tharp Banjo, Fiddle, Background Vocals
Errol Verret Accordion
Technical Credits
Michael Doucet Producer
Sonny Landreth Producer
Steve Conn Producer
Sharon Arms Doucet Producer
Ken Gorz Producer
Mark Greenberg Producer
Rex Hebert Engineer
Steve Himelfarb Engineer
Ken Irwin Producer
Dirk Powell Liner Notes
David Rachou Engineer
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