Down Beat - 10/904 Stars
- Very Good - "...Rapone has kept to the zydeco tradition by putting together an excellent collection of distinctive songs that cover a wide range of musical territory...This is one hot dish for a take-out order from your local record store..."
Al Rapone & His Zydeco Express: Al Rapone (vocals, guitar, accordion, bass), Roy L. Chantier (vocals), David Nelson (guitar, background vocals), Leonard Gill (guitar, bass), Allen Fontenot (fiddle, vocals), Mitchell Cormier (accordion), Darrel Brasseaux (drums).
Additional personnel: Richard Rowley (guitar), Tom Stern (banjo), Bob Lieberman, James Hurley, Tom Rigney (fiddles), Bob Skye (harmonica), Joe Young, Orwell Rapone (accordions), Bobbie Webb (saxophone), Nick Milo, (piano, synthesizer), Michael Goods (piano), Mark Naftalin (Hammond B-3 organ), Bob Emery, Terry Budding (bass), Jamie Lease (drums, background vocals), Harvey Johnson (drums), Mark Metoyer, Gator Smith (rubboard).
Recorded at Studio D and The Plant Studios, Sausalito, California and Sea Saint Recording Studio, New Orleans, Louisiana.
All songs written or co-written by Albert J. Lewis except "Kalinda" (traditional).
Lyricist: Albert J. Lewis.
Personnel: Al Rapone (vocals, accordion); Allen Fontenot (vocals, fiddle); Darrell Brasseaux (vocals, drums, percussion); Roy L. Chantier (vocals); David Nelson, Richard Rowley, Leonard Gill (guitar); Tom Stern (banjo); Bob Lieberman, Tom Rigney, James Hurley (fiddle); Bob Skye (harmonica); Orwell Rapone, Mitchel Cormier, Joe Young , Mighty Joe Young (accordion); Bobbie Webb (saxophone); Nick Milo (piano, synthesizer); Michael Good, Michael Goods (piano); Mark Naftalin (organ); Jamie Lease, Harvey Johnson (drums); Mark Metoyer, Gator Smith (rub-board).
Recording information: Plant Recording Studios, Sausalito, CA; Sea Saint Recording Studio, New Orleans, LA; Studio D, Sausalito, CA.
Arranger: Albert J. Lewis.
First-rate modern zydeco, at once slick, sophisticated, and rootsy. Rapone, who's the brother of zydeco superstar Queen Ida, is an inspiring bandleader, the possessor of a supple, soulful tenor. He also has ears for music beyond the bayou. Here, along with traditional, accordion-driven Cajun numbers like "La Vierge" and "Chere Duloone," he also offers up an impassioned '60s-style R&B ballad ("Our Hearts Will Dance in Love Again"), takes a turn toward Hank Williams country ("Springtime"), and goes totally instrumental ("Toussaint Shuffle") with some hot bluegrass banjo.