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Clifton Chenier - Louisiana Blues And Zydeco

CAT. #: 9053

Price: $10.00

CD 9053

Clifton Chenier was the undisputed King of Zydeco, and the man who literally invented the genre. He took Louisiana's rural Creole music from the house dances to concert halls around the world. He was not only the King, but the father of zydeco. This CD features his first recordings for Arhoolie, recorded at historic Gold Star Studios in Houston, Texas.

Clifton Chenier - vocals and accordion (harmonica on # 9 & 10)
With on # 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, & 17: Elmore Nixon - piano; Cleveland Keyes - guitar; Fulton Antoine - bass; Robert St. Judy - drums.   With on # 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 11, 18, & 19: Cleveland Chenier - rubboard; Madison Guidry - drums

His first recordings for Arhoolie, re-mixed for the first time in stereo.

1. Zydeco Sont Pas Sale
2. Lafayette Waltz
3. Louisiana Two-Step
4. Clifton's Waltz
5. Louisiana Blues
6. Hot Rod
7. Banana Man
8. Ay-Tete-Fee
9. It's Hard
10. I Can't Stand
11. I Can Look Down At Your Woman
12. Accordion Boogie
13. Banana Man (Take 2)
14. Ay, Ai Ai
15. Clifton's Blues (Where Can My Baby Be)
16. Let's Rock Awhile
17. Elmore's Blues
18. Clifton's Two Step
19. Zydeco Sont Pas Sale (Take 1)


“This is Clifton’s first recording for Arhoolie Records, done in Houston in 1965 and re-released here for the first time with stereo sound.  6 new tunes are added on this mid-price classic and the CD catches Chenier at a transitional time in his career that sees him playing the repertoire of his home like Louisiana Two Step and Zydeco Et Pas Sale as well as more rocking, booty shaking tunes like Clifton’s Blues and Hot Rod.  Chenier was cousin to Lightning Hopkins’ wife and his relationship with the blues is nasty and funky, with grooves that drag on your heart and soul.  His accordion runs pierce the air with short bent note trills and rapid descending runs.  When he solos, he vocalizes his thoughts and just drips emotion like sap from a willow on the Mississippi…Pure roots here.”

– Gary Bannister, Victory Review