Cajun Early Recordings

Performers Various Artists

Jsp | July 30, 2007 | Compact Disc

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Personnel: Cleoma Breaux (vocals, guitar, violin); Lennis Sonnier, Floyd Shreve (vocals, guitar); Alius Soileau, Leo Soileau (vocals, violin); Joe Werner (vocals, harmonica); Moise Robin, Joe Falcon, Am'd' Ardoin (vocals, accordion); Tony Alleman (vocals); Clifford Breaux, Danny Shreve, Norris Mire, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, Floyd Rainwater, Al Broussard [Blues] (guitar); Lonnie Rainwater (steel guitar); Lawrence Walker, Mayeus Lafleur (violin, accordion); Dennis McGee, Elton Walker, Luderin Darbone, Ophy Breaux, Sady Courville (violin); Am'd' Breaux (accordion).
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Chicago, IL (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Dallas, TX (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Memphis (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New Orleans, LA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New York, NY (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Richmond (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Antonio (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Francisco, CA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938).
A comprehensive four-disc set on the always reliable budget reissue label JSP, Cajun Early Recordings begins at the beginning, with the entirety of what's generally considered the very first Cajun recording session, an April 1928 set in New Orleans by singer and accordion player Joe Falcon, guitarist Cleoma Breaux (soon to be Falcon's wife, making them the A.P. and Sara Carter of Cajun music), and her brother, fiddler Ophy Breaux, which included the instant classic single "Lafayette." The set ends seven years and 102 tracks later with a ten-track session by a catchall group featuring Luderin Darbone, leader of the Hackberry Ramblers. Besides being in rough chronological order, the set is loosely divided between those two poles, with every track on the first two CDs featuring one or more members of the Falcon/Breaux extended family, various permutations of Darbone's bands filling the entire fourth CD, and the third devoted primarily to fiddler Leo Soileau, along with a few very early recordings by accordion player Lawrence Walker, who wouldn't record his best material until the '50s. What's most interesting about these early recordings is how percussive and rhythmic this music is even though the majority of these recordings lack any sort of percussion. As always with JSP's historical documents, the sound quality is dependent on the state of the source recordings, which is quite often rather dodgy. Still, the historical and musical import of these recordings is more than enough to compensate. ~ Stewart Mason

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 30, 2007

Genre: General

Style: International

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065772628

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Cajun Early Recordings

Cajun Early Recordings

Performers Various Artists

Format: Compact Disc

Released Date: July 30, 2007

Genre: General

Style: International

Number of Discs: 4

Stereo/Mono: Mono

Studio/Mixed/Live: Studio

Label Name: Jsp

UPC: 788065772628


Title Track Time
0.DISC 1: --
1.Lafayettethe --
2.Waltz That Carried Me to My Grave, The --
3.Poche Town --
4.When I Left Home For Texas --
5.Ossen One Step --
6.She Has Forgotten Me --
7.To Love and to Lose --
8.Acadian One Step --
9.La Fille Oncle Elair --
10.Ils la Volet Mon Tracas --
11.La Valse de Madam Sosten --
12.La Valse J'Aime --
13.En Routte Chez Moi --
14.Mo Vieux D'Autrefois --
15.Pauvre Garcon --
16.Raise Your Window --
17.Basile --
18.Mama Where You At --
19.Les Valse Criminale --
20.Ton Pere a Mit D'Eor --
21.Madame Young Donnez Moi Votre Jolie --
22.Mon Chere Bebe Creole --
23.Myself --
24.Vous Avez Donne Votre Parole --
25.Taunt Aline --
26.Two Step de Mama --
0.DISC 2: --
1.La Valse de Marie Buller --
2.La Vieux Soullard et Sa Femme --
3.Prenez Courage --
4.C'Est Si Tiriste Sans Lui --
5.Mon Coeur T'Appele --
6.Raise My Window High --
7.Ma Valse Prefere --
8.La Valse Crowley --
9.Hand Me Down My Walking Cane --
10.It's a Sin to Tell a Lie --
11.Lulu's Back in Town --
12.Ma Blonde est Partie --
13.Vas y Carrement --
14.Les Tracas du Hobo --
15.Le Blues du Petit Chien --
16.One Step a Marie --
17.La Valse du Vieux Temps --
18.Tiger Rag Blues --
19.Valse D'Auguste Breaux --
20.Mazurka de la Louisiane --
21.Fais Do Do Negre --
22.T'as Vole Mon Chapeau --
23.Home Sweet Home --
24.Le Valse D'Utah --
25.Le One Step a Martin --
0.DISC 3: --
1.Ma Cherie Tite Fille --
2.Easy Rider Blues --
3.Je Veux Marier --
4.DeMain C'Est Pas Dimanche --
5.Allons Boire un Coup --
6.Trois Jours Apres Ma Mort --
7.Le Gran Mamou --
8.Si Vious Voudrais Ame --
9.Petit Ou Gros --
10.Le Blues de la Louisiane --
11.Quand Je Suis Bleu --
12.Atrape Moi Je Tombe --
13.La Bonne Valse --
14.Le Blues de Port Arthur --
15.Promets Moi --
16.Ma Jolie Petite Fille --
17.In Your Heart You Love Another --
18.Valse d'Amour --
19.Embrace Moi Encore --
20.Personne N'Aime Pas --
21.La Breakdown la Louisiane --
22.La Vie Malheureuse --
23.Alberta --
24.What's the Matter Now --
25.La Femme Qui Jouvait les Cartes --
26.Mon Dernier Bonsoir --
0.DISC 4: --
1.Tickle Her --
2.Crowley Waltz --
3.You've Got to Hi-de-Hi --
4.Hackberry Trot --
5.Jolie Blonde --
6.J'ai Passe Devonde Ta Porte --
7.Mermentau Stomp --
8.Vinton High Socciety --
9.Jolie Petit Fille --
10.Louisiana Breakdown --
11.Cajun Crawl --
12.Ma Chere Belle --
13.Darbone's Breakdown --
14.Wondering --
15.Dissatisfied --
16.Quitter la Maison --
17.Pas Allez Vite --
18.Oh Josephine, My Josephine --
19.En la Bas --
20.Faux Pas Tu Bray Cherie --
21.Dans le Grand Bois --
22.Une Pias Ici une Pias la Bas --
23.La Valse de la Prison --
24.French Two Step --
25.One Sweet Letter --

Editorial Notes

Personnel: Cleoma Breaux (vocals, guitar, violin); Lennis Sonnier, Floyd Shreve (vocals, guitar); Alius Soileau, Leo Soileau (vocals, violin); Joe Werner (vocals, harmonica); Moise Robin, Joe Falcon, Am'd' Ardoin (vocals, accordion); Tony Alleman (vocals); Clifford Breaux, Danny Shreve, Norris Mire, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, Floyd Rainwater, Al Broussard [Blues] (guitar); Lonnie Rainwater (steel guitar); Lawrence Walker, Mayeus Lafleur (violin, accordion); Dennis McGee, Elton Walker, Luderin Darbone, Ophy Breaux, Sady Courville (violin); Am'd' Breaux (accordion).
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Chicago, IL (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Dallas, TX (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Memphis (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New Orleans, LA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New York, NY (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Richmond (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Antonio (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Francisco, CA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938).
A comprehensive four-disc set on the always reliable budget reissue label JSP, Cajun Early Recordings begins at the beginning, with the entirety of what's generally considered the very first Cajun recording session, an April 1928 set in New Orleans by singer and accordion player Joe Falcon, guitarist Cleoma Breaux (soon to be Falcon's wife, making them the A.P. and Sara Carter of Cajun music), and her brother, fiddler Ophy Breaux, which included the instant classic single "Lafayette." The set ends seven years and 102 tracks later with a ten-track session by a catchall group featuring Luderin Darbone, leader of the Hackberry Ramblers. Besides being in rough chronological order, the set is loosely divided between those two poles, with every track on the first two CDs featuring one or more members of the Falcon/Breaux extended family, various permutations of Darbone's bands filling the entire fourth CD, and the third devoted primarily to fiddler Leo Soileau, along with a few very early recordings by accordion player Lawrence Walker, who wouldn't record his best material until the '50s. What's most interesting about these early recordings is how percussive and rhythmic this music is even though the majority of these recordings lack any sort of percussion. As always with JSP's historical documents, the sound quality is dependent on the state of the source recordings, which is quite often rather dodgy. Still, the historical and musical import of these recordings is more than enough to compensate. ~ Stewart Mason
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