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Master Of The Cajun Accordion - The Classic Swallow Recordings Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (25 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B00BF8M950
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pine Grove Blues
  2. Sur Le Courtableau
  3. Tramp Sur La Rue - Vocal Thomas Langley
  4. Lemonade Song - Vocal Thomas Langley
  5. A Musician's Life
  6. Offshore Blues - Vocal Thomas Langley
  7. Phil's Waltz Aka Belisaire Waltz
  8. I Don't Hurt Anymore
  9. Shamrock
  10. If You Don't Love Me - Vocal Thomas Langley
  11. Service Blues
  12. Partie A Grand Basile Vocal Rodney Balfa
  13. Nathan's Lafayette Two Step
  14. Let Me Hold Your Hand
  15. French Blues
  16. La Noce A Josephine
  17. Tracks Of My Buggy - Vocal Rodney Balfa
  18. J'etais Au Bal - Vocal Rodney Balfa
  19. Valse De Kaplan
  20. Choupique Two Step
  21. Dying In Misery - Vocal Dewey Balfa
  22. La Valse De Bayou Teche
  23. Games People Play - Vocal Don Guillory
  24. Valse De Holly Beach
  25. Fee-Fee Pon-Cho

Product Description

Nathan Abshire, with his blues-drenched style, is one of the most popular of the Cajun singers and accordionists. At long last, his 1991 2 LPs-on-1 Ace CD from Swallow Records, of Ville Platte, Louisiana, has been radically upgraded and remastered. Following major new research by notewriter Lyle Ferbrache, the compilation has been reassembled for much better listening pleasure into two distinct Abshire periods: with the Pine Grove Boys and with Dewey Balfa and the Balfa Brothers. The addition of the track French Blues completes the Swallow output. Other features are an introduction by John Broven (author of the book South to Louisiana); a detailed song analysis with input from Cajun musician/author Ann Savoy; a first-ever discography with personnel; captivating vintage photographs; and original label scans. Recorded in the mid-1960s through mid-70s, this is classic Cajun music at its very best and most accessible. The perfect set to accompany the recently updated The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music (CDCHD 1320).

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You want some accordion-heavy Cajun music?

Look no further: a cracking collection by one of the masters, which will not disappoint.

Good liner notes, excellent music, good CD transfer. What more do you want?
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I have been meaning to buy a Nathan Abshire CD to replace some old vinyl for some time.
The is an absolute classic, full of beautiful music. Extensive notes included about the music too
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HASH(0x923e9f0c) out of 5 stars Just wonderful music! 23 April 2013
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If you are not familiar with Cajun music, and are coming from a C&W, Blues, R&B, or even Zydeco background,this is a great place to start.

The notes call this "Cajun Honky Tonk" and that should be a clue as to what is here. My first exposure to Nathan Abshire came many years ago when a good friend, David Ozenbaugh, played me this 1966 version of "Pine Grove Blues". He said: "Nathan is the Cajun Howlin' Wolf" which is a great description, but please understand he is not as powerful a vocalist as Wolf - there's only one!

What you get here is rough and tumble Cajun music that should appeal to blues and country fans. Instruments weave in, out and around each other, the vocals are declaratory, tempos are varied but have a "party" atmosphere at all times - fast or slow, and the sound is amazing. These have truly NEVER sounded better! Certainly kudos to Ace for their always stellar job, but also kudos to the crazy studio in Ville Platte that originally recorded these tracks - they are robust and full.

Whether mournful or joyous, each track is wonderful, and I suddenly want to learn French! This is a joy all the way through, raucous and rocking. It is not "quaint" or "something only folklorists and musicologists could like". Have a party, and throw some of these tunes in your mix along with "Green Onions" and "Knock on Wood" and you'll realize how vital these recordings are.

This truly supercedes all previous issues of the Swallow material, including the old one on Ace!

I want to say thanks to the entire Ace staff, and the freelancers who made this possible. This includes the expert John Broven and the excellent liner notes. There is even a song-by-song description in the notes. You can't go wrong here!

I am sad to say that few will read this review, as few will investigate Nathan. My guess is that Ace will be lucky to recoup its investment here, but if you have read this far I am certain you'll grab a copy. You may be the only person you know with it; your friends will envy you (or should!).

This is what a five-star release is all about.
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HASH(0x9269c1e0) out of 5 stars Essential Cajun Master 14 May 2013
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I first bought Abshire's Swallow recordings on vinyl back in the early 1980s. This new Ace reissue contains all (as far as I can tell) of Abshire's Swallow recordings including those on previous Ace reissues and the Swallow cd "Cajun Legend." So, since this material has largely been released on cd, do you need this version. Yes, quite simply, you do and here is why. The sound is amazing on these remastered sides and you get all Swallow recordings in one place, including some sides not previously available on those cds. The Balfa brothers back Abshire on most of the sides with Dewey on all sides. The real gem in this set though are the through liner notes and discography by Lyle Ferbache. This is the first time we have an accurate discography of the Swallow sides and the story of Nathan's relationship with the label. If you can find a copy, get the "Louisiana Music" magazine that covered Abshire's early life and you will as complete a biography of the accordion master available. This is classic Cajun dancehall music (with great steel guitar by the way) presented the way it should be. If you don't have any Nathan Abshire, start with this. If you have the previous releases, get this one for the sound and great information.
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if you like Cajun music this is one which you must have, accordion legend Nathan Abshise, man who along Balfa family made this music well known, and all of them lived simple modest life in Cajun country
HASH(0x9278fe7c) out of 5 stars If you want authentic Cajun accordion, this is the ... 6 Aug. 2015
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If you want authentic Cajun accordion, this is the music for you. I even run to it, it's so peppy.
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