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The best of the Crawfish years 1985-1991
Beausoleil (Musical group)
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Publication Information:
Cambridge, MA : Rounder, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc (67:08) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Sung in Cajun French, English and French.

Compact disc.

Liner notes by Dirk Powell.
Romance (Other)
Maman rosin boudreaux (4:18) -- Pine Grove blues (8:44) -- Chanson du café (4:40) -- Jongle a moi (2:50) -- Bunk's blues (4:15) -- Cochon de lait (2:57) -- Zydeco gris gris (3:39) -- Cajun groove : Scott Playboy special (5:37) -- Woman or a man (3:16) -- Chez Seychelles (3:18) -- Hey baby, Quoi ça dit? (2:44) -- Macaque sur mon dos (3:19) -- Reel de Dennis McGee (2:39) -- Valse bébé (4:07) -- It's you I love (3:33) -- Johnny peut pas dancer (2:44) -- Bon temps rouler (3:47).


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FOLKUS .B384 BE Compact Disc Central Library

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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. ~ Rick Anderson