Zydeco: The Essential Collection

Zydeco: The Essential Collection

     
 

As part of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album collects the finest zydeco available on the label within the last 30 years. As Rounder is one of the premier forces in archiving traditional musics, the liner notes are outstanding, with a nice history of the genre paying heed to the original innovators. Having paid the proper dues to the founders of zydeco… See more details below

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As part of Rounder's 30th anniversary celebration, this album collects the finest zydeco available on the label within the last 30 years. As Rounder is one of the premier forces in archiving traditional musics, the liner notes are outstanding, with a nice history of the genre paying heed to the original innovators. Having paid the proper dues to the founders of zydeco, it proceeds to throw the listener into a musical collage of the more previous material (that which has been available on Rounder, that is). This newer material is essentially split stylistically into the followers of Clifton Chenier and those of Boozoo Chavis. In the Chenier camp are Nathan Williams, Lynn August, Li'l Brian Terry, and the outstanding Buckwheat Zydeco. In Boozoo Chavis' camp is Beau Jocque, among others. Every aspect of the genre is covered in some manner or another here, with the high-energy party zydeco of Buckwheat Zydeco, the funk-influenced Beau Jocque, the more Cajun end of it in Steve Riley, and the Delafose family providing numbers. There's even a nod to the founder, Amede Ardoin, in a couple of songs with his descendants, Chris and Sean Ardoin, who show off some incredible accordion work along the way. Throughout the album, it's a rollicking affair as the party-makers from throughout southern Louisiana make appearances with a song or two. As far as zydeco collections go, this is an outstanding one with all the necessary bases touched upon. For the newcomer, then, it's a wonderful album. For the initiated, it's still a good album for its breadth, though single albums by a number of the artists might serve as a longer lesson in the history of the genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/2002
Label:
Rounder / Umgd
UPC:
0011661160521
catalogNumber:
611605
Rank:
52520

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Tracks

  1. Let's Go
  2. C'est Pas la Peine Brailler (There's No Use Crying)  - Geno Delafose
  3. Zydeco Boogaloo
  4. Lula Lula Don't You Go to Bingo  - Boozoo Chavis
  5. J'ai Reveille à Ce Matin  -  Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys
  6. I'm on the Wonder
  7. We Are the Boys
  8. I'm a Hog for You  -  Lynn August & The Hot August Knights
  9. Madame Etienne
  10. Bad Time Woman  -  Lil' Brian & the Zydeco Travelers
  11. What's in That Bayou?
  12. Keep Your Dress Tail Down  - Boozoo Chavis
  13. Give Him Cornbread
  14. Friday Night Waltz  - John Delafose
  15. Outside People
  16. 'Tite Monde (My Everything)
  17. Hot Tamale Baby

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bruce Daigrepont   Vocals,Button Accordion
John Delafose   Vocals,Button Accordion
Lynn August   Vocals,Piano-Accordion
Sonny Landreth   Electric Guitar
Waylon Thibodeaux   Rubboard,Vocal Harmony
Beau Jocque   Vocals,Button Accordion
Classie Ballou   Bass
Johnny Batiste   Drums
James Benoit   Guitar
Russell Benoit   Bass
Scott Billington   Harmonica,Vocals,Background Vocals
Boozoo Chavis   Vocals,Button Accordion
Will Breaux   Bass
Allen Broussard   Alto Saxophone
Shelton Broussard   Guitar
Wayne Burns   Bass
Chuck Bush   Bass,Background Vocals
Joe Cabral   Tenor Saxophone
Steve "Skeeta" Charlot   Drums
Charles Chavis   Vocals,Background Vocals,Rubboard
Rellis Chavis   Drums
C.J. Chenier   Alto Saxophone
Selwyn Cooper   Guitar
Elijah Cudges   Rubboard
Sue Daigrepont   Triangle
Geno Delafose   Drums,Vocals,Button Accordion
Tony Delafose   Bass
Kevin Dugas   Drums
Buckwheat Zydeco   Piano,Vocals,Piano-Accordion
Charles Elam   Background Vocals
Leroy Etienne   Drums
Nathaniel Fontenot   Rhythm Guitar
Gina Forsyth   Fiddle,Vocal Harmony
David Greely   Fiddle
Derek Huston   Tenor Saxophone
Germaine Jack   Drums,Rubboard
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums
Ti Don Landry   Rubboard
Calvin Landry   Trumpet
Steve Nash   Rubboard
Dirk Powell   Fiddle
Charles Prud'homme   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Bill "Foots" Samuel   Baritone Saxophone
Peter Schwarz   Bass
Dennis Paul Williams   Guitar,Vocals
Nathan Williams   Vocals,Piano-Accordion
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass
Brian Terry   Vocals,Button Accordion
Clifford Alexander   Rubboard
Emerson "EJ" Jackson   Bass
Charles "Red" LaMark   Drums,Background Vocals
Doctor John Wilson   Tenor Saxophone
Brian Brignac   Drums
Chris Ardoin   Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rubboard,Button Accordion,Vocal Harmony
Sean Ardoin   Drums,Vocal Harmony
Rick Williams   Guitar
Michael Lockett   Keyboards,Hammond Organ
Derek Greenwood   Bass,Vocal Harmony
Tammy Ledet   Background Vocals,Rubboard
Jim Markway   Bass
Gerard St. Julien   Drums,Vocals
Jimmy Reed   Guitar
Mark Anthony Williams   Rubboard
Dexter Ardoin   Drums

Technical Credits

Bruce Daigrepont   Producer
Michael Doucet   Composer
Terry Adams   Producer
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Scott Billington   Producer,Liner Notes,Art Direction
Tony Daigle   Engineer
David Farrell   Engineer
Tom Mark   Engineer
Steve Reynolds   Engineer
Jonathan Wyner   Mastering
Lee Allen Zeno   Producer
Charles "Red" LaMark   Contributor
Nancy Given   Art Direction
Jean-Pierre LeGuillou   Art Direction
Andres Espree   Composer
Christian Clayton   Illustrations
Wilson Chavis   Composer
Stanley Dural   Composer

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