Clifton Chenier - vocals and accordion with the Red Hot Louisiana Band.
15 of his best selling singles from his ten Arhoolie LPs.
1. Zydeco Sont Pas Sale
2. Louisiana Blues
3. Zydeco Cha Cha
4. Black Gal
5. I'm A Hog For You
6. Allons A Grand Coteau
7. You're Fussin' Too Much
8. Tu Le Ton Son Ton
9. Black Snake Blues
10. Big Mamou
11. Sa M'appelle Fou
12. I'm On The Wonder
13. Party Down At The Blue Angel Club
14. You're My Mule
“The late Clifton Chenier, the man who launched the modern zydeco movement with his recordings for Specialty and Arhoolie in the mid-Sixties and who remains zydeco's most influential accordionist, is stunningly presented on this CD.
Arhoolie owner Chris Strachwitz has selected not only Chenier's biggest hits like `Black Gal' and `Louisiana Blues' from 1965 but a fine cross-section of music from Chenier's ten Arhoolie LPs. There is plenty of the blues that was Chenier's mainstay, a couple of French favorites in `Allons A Grand Coteau' and `Big Mamou' and lots of hard-driving dance music. "Chenier's performances were severely curtailed before his death and it's a special joy to hear him rocking on `Zydeco Cha Cha' and `Tu Le Ton Son Ton.' This CD captures the excitement of Chenier at his prime and with its 15 tracks is a real bargain.”
(Macon Fry — Wavelength)
“15 examples of why the late Clifton Chenier was the foremost proponent of the Afro-Cajun, blues tinged idiom known as Zydeco. Chenier's rippling accordion passages and steely vocals, plus his engaging performance style, made him a legend in Louisiana. And, as the CD shows, he did everything from French songs to straight blues.”
(Ron Wynn — The Commercial Appeal)