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The Essential Guide to Cajun Music [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Essential Guide
  • ASIN: B000TLMW9W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,226 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. The Back Door - D L Menard & The Louisiana Aces
2. Tit Galop Pour Mamou - The Balfa Brothers
3. Parlez Nous A Boire - The Balfa Brothers
4. J'Ai Ete Au Bal - Iry Lejeune
5. Pine Grove Blues - Nathan Abshire & The Pine Grove Boys
6. Freight Train Blues - Balfa Toujours
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Allons a Lafayette - Joe Falcon
2. Jolie Blonde - Hackberry Ramblers
3. Devil In The Bayou - Harry Choates
4. Grande Texas - Hackberry Ramblers
5. Madame Young - Dennis McGee
6. La Valse De Amities - Armede Ardoin
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Promised Land - Johnny Allan
2. Reel De Dennis McGee - Beausoleil
3. Streak O' Lean, Streak O' Fat - Uncle Earl
4. Amedee Two Step - Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys
5. La Petite Anna A Magene Meaux - Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys
6. Papa A Mon Cote - Kevin Naquin
See all 15 tracks on this disc

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5.0 out of 5 stars The familiar and the unfamiliar 14 Sep 2011
By Richard
On this 3 CD set is the very first Cajun recording with Joe Falcon's Allons A Lafayette-this appears on CD 2 so its not in any special order.
Kicking off on CD 3 with Johnny Allen's Promised Land-the only Cajun single to chart in the U K-you find here on a collection named Zydeco,Swamp Pop and the New generation its just a quick trip through the music which began in 1927 and ends with the Buckwheat Zydeco,Beausoleil and Clifton Chenier-the only Cajun single to chart in the States though his hit Sugar Bee is not among the 2 selections.
Its not exactly an Essential Guide but more an addition meant to what the appetite.
When Bear Family put out a 10 CD box it gives you some idea of what compilers are up against today.
Unlike other musics with the same vintage such as blues,jazz and Gospel there was no Cajun in this country till 1970 when the Beatles' Apple label issued a single by the Sundown Playboys
Today there is no end of Cajun and its close relations Zydeco (Cajun by blacks) and Swamp Pop (roughly where Cajun is influenced by pop) and many books about the music.Celtic Tides for instance tells about Scots who suffered at the hands of Landlords who decimated the Clan system and began to evist the tenants (The Highland Clearance)so were forced to flee for Canada where they settled in a part called Nova Scotia (New Scotland) which was a French possession at the time so the French (known as Acadians) were displaced to Louisiana by the British.This in a sense gives Cajun music a Scots connection whereas Canada has a strong Celtic one
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5.0 out of 5 stars A track Listing. 31 Mar 2012
By Glenn Cook HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
I was checking out what to buy on Cajun Music and so there was no track listing.
So here it is.
Spot any mistakes?

Just add a comment and I will corect.

Track listing
1. The Back Door
2. T** Galop Pour Mamou
3. Parlez Nous a Boire
4. J'Ai Ete au Bal - LeJeune, Iry
5. Pine Grove Blues
6. Freight Train Blues - Balfa Toujours
7. Bernadette - Balfa Toujours
8. La Valse de Grand Chemin - LeJeune, Eddie
9. Green Oak Tree
10. La Valse de Vachers
11. J'Ai Ete Z au Bal
12. Acadie a La Louisiane - Daigrepont, Bruce
13. Un Autre Soir d'Ennui - Richard, Belton

1. Allons a Lafayette - Falcon, Joe
2. Jolie Blonde - Hackberry Ramblers
3. Devil in the Bayou - Choates, Harry
4. Grande Texas - Hackberry Ramblers
5. Madame Young - McGee, Dennis
6. Sur le Borde de l'Eau
7. La Valse de Amitiés
8. Wandering Aces Special - Walker, Lawrence
9. Les Flumes d'Enfer
10. Bosco Stomp - Clark, Octa
11. Le Vielle Chanson De' Mardi Gras
12. The Criminal Waltz
13. Grand Texas
14. Pilette Breakdown - Lost Bayou Ramblers

1. The Promised Land
2. Reel de Dennis McGee - Beausoleil
3. Streak O'Lean Streak O'Fat - Uncle Earl
4. Amedee Two Step
5. La Petite Anna a Magéne Meaux
6. Papa a Mone Cote
7. Zydeco Cha Cha - Chenier, Clifton
8. Bon Ton Roulet - Chenier, Clifton
9. Ossun Blues - Trahan, Horace
10. Midnight Waltz
11. Une Piastre Ici, Une Piastre Lá-Bas - Doucet, David
12. Baby Please Don't Go - Zydeco Hi Rollers
13. Give Him Cornbread - Zydeco Hi Rollers
14. Reel Predu/Fruges Reel - Racines
15. Ya Ya - Buckwheat Zydeco
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4.0 out of 5 stars foot stompin set 11 Aug 2010
Not being a cajun fanatic i purchased this set and was not dissapointed with the variety of this collection. There is something to interest any music lover with an open mind to musical styles. Some early recordings are a bit rough and raw but this does not detract too much from the usefulness of this collection. If you are a musician it is encouraging to hear the enthusiaistic offerings, would recommend this to open minded people with an appreciation of "live" recorded music
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Not Bad Guide To Cajun Music 12 Mar 2013
By Steve Keen TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Up to now, I've yet to find a music sampler which is truly the Essential Guide to anything, and with that qualification out of the way, I can at least say that this collection is A Not Bad Guide To Cajun Music, which also takes on board the broad continuum that exists between Cajun and zydeco.

The difference between the two styles was summed up for me by an assistant in the Louisiana Music Factory, a music store on Decatur in New Orleans, as: Cajun folky, with accordion, fiddle and French; zydeco bluesy, with accordion, washboard and English.

The two are well-represented on this collection by, respectively, The Balfa Brothers and Clifton Chenier. In fact, if all that was needed was a Definitive Guide To Cajun and Zydeco then maybe we could stamp Job Done on the backside of the box on the basis of these two. Mostly, though, it's about Cajun.

The collection gives historical depth with recordings by The Hackberry Ramblers with a version of the Cajun national anthem, Jolie Blonde, from 1936; Harry Choates, whose own version of the anthem (not included here) is reckoned to be about the best, and who died in an Austin jail in 1951 aged just 29; and Balfa Toujours, led by Christine Balfa, the daughter of Dewey Balfa, leader of the Balfa Brothers and widely recognised as the leader of the Cajun revival following WWII.

Also present are younger bands such as BeauSoleil, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and one of my personal favourites, Lost Bayou Ramblers (check out 2012's Mammoth Waltz), who for some reason though have been included on the Pioneers CD.

And Jo-El Sonnier deserves a mention, too, if for nothing else having guested for Emmylou Harris on the track Cajun Born on Elite Hotel.
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