Clifton Chenier Clifton Sings the Blues
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- by Clifton Chenier ~ Zodico Blues & Boogie ~ $13.48
- Released: April 27, 2004
- Label: Arhoolie Records
- 1.Ain't No Need Of Cryin' (Every Day Is The Same)
- 3.Brown Skinned Woman
- 4.Done Got Over
- 5.Gone A La Maison
- 6.Me And My Chauffeur Blues
- 7.My Little Angel
- 8.Paper In My Shoe
- 9.Blues After Hours
- 10.Trouble In Mind
- 11.In The Mood
- 12.Worried Life Blues
Personnel: Clifton Chenier (vocals, accordion); Clifton Chenier; Joe Morris (bass guitar); Robert Peter St. Julian, Robert St. Julian (drums); Cleveland Chenier (rub-board, washboard); Cleveland Keyes (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Chris Strachwitz.
Recording information: Houston, TX (04/01/1969).
Photographer: Hank Lebo.
Thanks to the Arhoolie label, fans of zydeco legend Clifton Chenier have another chance to hear Clifton Sings the Blues. Recorded in Houston on April 1, 1969, Chenier's accordion and vocal prowess were more relaxed on these tracks than most zydeco fans would expect. The set features sturdy assistance from Cleveland Chenier, Clifton's brother, on rub-board, drummer Robert Peter, bassist Joe Morris, and guitarist Cleveland Keyes, and Chenier's love of laid-back Texas blues is evident on tracks like "Ain't No Need of Cryin' (Every Day Is the Same)," "Brown Skinned Woman," and "Trouble in Mind." While the pace of these tunes flows between slow to midtempo shuffles, the three exceptions, "Rosemary," "Me and My Chauffeur Blues," and "Paper in My Shoe," are first rate uptempo dance tracks. The only regrettable aspect of the 2004 reissue of Clifton Sings the Blues is the omission of seven bonus tracks from 1977 that were included on the 1987 version. ~ Al Campbell
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