- Released: July 29, 1997
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.Parlez-Nous ? Boire (Let's Talk About Drinking) :: Speak To Us Of Drinking
- 2.Tous les Deux Pour la M?me :: For The Same Girl
- 3.J'Al Ete au Zydeco :: I Went To The Zydeco
- 4.Voyage au Mariage (My True Love) :: My True Love
- 5.Courtableau :: Bayou Cortableau
- 6.Valse des Jonglemonts, La :: The Pensive Waltz
- 7.Mercredi Soir Pass? :: Last Wednesday's Soire
- 8.Grand Mallet
- 9.Bee's Blues
- 10.Shoo, Black
- 11.Legar's Chase (The Mardi Gras Song)
- 12.Je Veux Me Marier :: I Want To Marry
- 13.Valse de Grand Meche (Waltz of the Big Marsh) :: Waltz Of The Big Marsh
- 14.Joe Pitre's So Bad
- 15.Creole French Blues
- 16.Chanson d'Acadie :: Song For Acadia
- 17.Bozo Two-Step, Le
- 18.Si J'Aurais des Ailes :: If I Had Wings
- 19.Chez Varise Connor
- 20.Chanson de Cinquante Sous, La :: The 50 Cent Song
- 21.Valse du Vacher, La (Cowboy Waltz) :: Cowboy Waltz
- 22.Hot Chili Mama
Beausoleil: Michael Doucet (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion); David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Errol Verret (accordion); Robert Vigneaud (bass); Billy Ware (percussion, triangle, spoons).
Additional personnel: Canray Fontenot (vocals, fiddle); Tommy Comeaux (guitar, mandolin); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar, dobro); Annick Colbert (recorder); Tina Pillione, Beth Weil (bass); Tommy Alesi (drums).
Producers: Chris Strachwitz, Michael Doucet.
Recorded in Crowley, Louisiana; Savoy Music Center, Eunice, Louisiana; Alameda, California; and St. Mary's Chapel in Lafayette, Louisiana from May 19, 1981 to May 1, 1989.
Personnel: David Doucet (vocals, guitar); Michael Doucet (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, accordion, percussion); Canray Fontenot (vocals, fiddle); Crawford Vincent (vocals, drums); Paul Robeson (vocals); Tommy Comeaux (guitar, mandolin); Sonny Landreth (slide guitar, dobro); Errol Verret (accordion); Annick Colbert (recorder); Tommy Alesi (drums); Billy Ware (spoons, triangle, percussion).
Recording information: Alameda, CA (05/14/1981-??/??/1989); Crowely (05/14/1981-??/??/1989); Eunice, LA (05/14/1981-??/??/1989); Layfayette (05/14/1981-??/??/1989).
Photographer: Phil Gould .
In his introductory notes to Arhoolie Records' THE BEST OF BEAUSOLEIL, band leader Michael Doucet recalls the time when the group had to schedule recording sessions around its members' day jobs. Thankfully, for the band and for lovers of Cajun music leverywhere, those days are long past. Beausoleil is now indisputably the world's most famous Cajun band. For those unfamiliar with the genre, Cajun is a unique blend of Old World French social music and New World traditional country. Think Hank Williams singing "Jambalaya" in a French dialect, accompanied by an accordion, and you'll get the idea. Cajun's joyful sounds are longtime favorites of Louisiana house parties and weddings. More recently, the sound has caught on with fans of world music.
THE BEST OF BEAUSOLEIL recaptures the band's early days-the era during which it clung most tenaciously to the traditional sound and repertoire of such Cajun legends as the Balfa Brothers and the Hackberry Ramblers. Packed with over 72 minutes of music, the disc is a generous sampler of a great band playing its audience's favorites. Guest musicians include guitarist Sonny Landreth and fiddler Candray Fontenot.