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The Essential Collection

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A solid 23-track compilation of classic traditional Cajun music, The Essential Collection is a fine overview of the first half of Belton Richard's career. Covering material from his early-'60s singles to his 1987 retirement a break that proved to last less than a decade before he returned to recording and live performance, this non-chronological set is also a handy history of the changes that took place in Cajun music during this period, in no small part due to the singer/songwriter/accordionist's efforts. The earlier songs, like "Drunkard's Waltz," are acoustic tunes based on traditional folk forms, but as the years progressed, Richard added electric instruments his band...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
A solid 23-track compilation of classic traditional Cajun music, The Essential Collection is a fine overview of the first half of Belton Richard's career. Covering material from his early-'60s singles to his 1987 retirement a break that proved to last less than a decade before he returned to recording and live performance, this non-chronological set is also a handy history of the changes that took place in Cajun music during this period, in no small part due to the singer/songwriter/accordionist's efforts. The earlier songs, like "Drunkard's Waltz," are acoustic tunes based on traditional folk forms, but as the years progressed, Richard added electric instruments his band the Musical Aces were supposedly the first major Cajun band to include an electric bass guitar instead of the traditional standup acoustic, which some die-hard Cajun music fans considered a betrayal on the scale of Bob Dylan going electric at Newport, introduced elements from other forms of Southern music such as blues and Western swing the Musical Aces were also one of the first Cajun bands to include a full-time pedal steel player, and flirted with pop. The oddest of these excursions is 1975's "The Cajun Streak," a strange but delightful Cajun rendition of Ray Stevens' novelty hit, complete with French vocals for some reason, the female "Look at that, look at that!" refrain becomes "Boogitty, boogitty!" and a two-step beat. That lovably goofy aberration aside, this is a truly excellent representation of an important musical career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2005
  • Label: Swallow Records
  • UPC: 046346611722
  • Catalog Number: 6117
  • Sales rank: 150,052

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Belton Richard Primary Artist, Accordion, Vocals
Rodney Miller Steel Guitar
Vernon Bergeron Drums
Andy Johnson Bass
Bobby McBride Bass
Floyd Soileau Vocals, Guest Appearance
Tony Thibodeaux Fiddle
Jesse Credeur Steel Guitar
Johnny Credeur Rhythm Guitar
Junior Martin Steel Guitar
Allen M. Ardoin Fiddle
Ray Lavergne Drums
Technical Credits
Barry Jean Ancelet Liner Notes
Belton Richard Arranger, Composer
Floyd Soileau Producer
Chris Soileau Recompilation
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