The Best of the Crawfish Years, 1985-1991

The Best of the Crawfish Years, 1985-1991

by Beausoleil


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The Best of the Crawfish Years, 1985-1991

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2001
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661609921
catalogNumber: 616099

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
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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