With His Red Hot Louisiana Band
"The King Of Zydeco
Live at the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival, the 1978 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, plus rare local Louisiana TV clips, interviews & more.
Includes performances of:
I'm A Hog For You
I'm the Zydeco Man
It's Christmas time
Let the Good Times Roll
J'aime Pain De Mais (I Love Cornbread)
Tu Le Ton Son Ton (Every Now And Then)
Cher Catin (Dean Girl)
Louisiana Two Step
“[This] video is a small masterpiece. ‘The King of Zydeco’ is a 58-minute slice of Clifton, and it is, as you might expect, some spicy gumbo indeed. The bulk of the footage comes from the 1982 San Francisco Blues Festival, and a smaller segment (shot by Les Blank) comes from the 1978 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.
Interspersed with these concert shots are bits from taped interviews with Clifton, including some rare and delightful broadcast scenes on French language TV shows from stations in Lafayette, La.
It's worth the price of the video just to hear Clifton respond to a female interviewer asking about the origin of the word ‘zydeco,’ which she pronounces as ‘zidico.’ Clifton says in French the equivalent of ‘What?’ There’s also a scene of Clifton playing in which everybody in the band is sporting a crown ‚ although all are much smaller than the King’s towering model! And the concert footage? It's absolutely superb, showing Clifton and his Red Hot Louisiana Band ripping through ‘I’m a Hog for You Baby,’ ‘Let the Good Times Roll,’ ‘Caledonia,’ ‘Clifton’s Zydeco’ and various others. On all occasions, the band is cookin’.
Seeing these performances merely reinforces the loss we all sustained when Clifton died in December 1987. But, like his records, this tape from Arhoolie (a perfect companion to the more artsy Les Blank film, ‘Hot Pepper’) will surely live on. It’s worth the bucks.”
(Bob Claypool — The Houston Post)