Includes liner notes by John Sinclair.
Digitally remastered by Toby Mountain (Northeastern Digital, Southborough, Massachusetts).
Personnel: David Greely, Steve Riley (vocals, fiddle); Stanley Dural, Zachary Richard, Beau Jocque (vocals, accordion); Kennety Terry, Kermit Ruffins (vocals, trumpet); Craig Klein (vocals, trombone, cowbells); Marcia Ball (vocals, piano); Jenell Marshall (vocals, snare drum); Monk Boudreaux (vocals, tambourine, background vocals); Theodore "Bo" Dollis (vocals, tambourine); Chuck Carbo , Sista Teedy, Irma Thomas, Peter Schwarz , Tracy Nelson (vocals); Tommy Shreve, Ray Johnson (guitar, background vocals); Jimmy Domengeaux, Wilson Victory, Ernie Vincent, Eugene Ross, Steve Williams , Jimmy Reed, Lee Allen Zeno, Michael Toles, Snooks Eaglin, Wayne Bennett (guitar); Jason Mingledorff (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Paul Kemperer, Pat Breaux (saxophone); Roger Lewis (soprano saxophone, baritone saxophone); Harold Dejan , Anthony Butler (alto saxophone); Snakebite Jacobs (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Ernest Watson, Fred Kemp, Elliot Callier, Kevin Harris, Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff, Roderick Paulin, Eric Traub (tenor saxophone); Red Rails (baritone saxophone); Barney Floyd, Calvin Landry, Glen Andrews, Gregory Davis , Marshall Cyr, Edmond Foucher, Keith Winking, Kevin Clark, Milton Batiste (trumpet); Randy Zimmerman, Reg Stewart, Reginald Stuart, Frank Naundorf, Wendell Eugene, Tyrus Chapman, Stafford Agee, Charles Joseph (trombone); Anthony "Tuba Fats" Lacen, Philip Frazier, Edgar Smith (tuba); Matt Perrine (sousaphone, tambourine); Kirk Joseph (sousaphone); Ron Levy (piano, organ, percussion, background vocals); Davell Crawford, Ricky Monet (piano); David Torkanowsky (electric piano); Craig Lege (keyboards); Bernard "Bunchy" Johnson, Raymond Weber (drums, percussion); Steve "Skeeta" Charlot, Cruz Fruge (drums, background vocals); Rodney Craig, Nathaniel Jolivette, Kevin Dugas (drums); Frank Oxley (bass drum, cowbells, tambourine); Keith "Bass Drum Shorty" Frazier (bass drum, cymbals); Henry Singleton (bass drum, tambourine, background vocals); Nowell Glass, Lionel Batiste (bass drum); Ajay Mallery (snare drum, cymbals); Leroy Breaux, Peter Kaplan, Kenneth Austin (snare drum); Geenie (congas, background vocals); Lawrence Adams (cowbells, background vocals); Doc (cowbells); Mohamed Bangoura (djembe); Wilfred Pierre (rub-board, background vocals); Elijah Cudges (rub-board); Pretty Queen (tambourine, background vocals); Gator June (tambourine); Kelli Roberts (triangle); George Porter, Jr. (percussion, background vocals); King Dou-Dou Boudreaux, Robert Funkdidley (percussion); Oran "Junior" Guidry, Brian Langlinais, Victoria McGee, Chuck Bush, Sarah Shelby, Gerald Sazon, John Mooney , Bnois King (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Farrell ; Alex U. Case; Gregg Lunsford; Jay Gallagher; Mark Wessel ; Miles Wilkinson; Scott Billington; Steve Reynolds.
Audio Remasterer: Toby Mountain.
Liner Note Author: John Sinclair.
Recording information: Blue Jay Recording Studio, Carlisle, MA (04/1985-09/1997); Boudreaux's Studio, Scott, LA (04/1985-09/1997); Dockside Studios, Maurice, LA (04/1985-09/1997); La Lou Recording Studio, Lafayette, LA (04/1985-09/1997); Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland (04/1985-09/1997); Pace Sound Studios (04/1985-09/1997); Pedernales Recording Studio (04/1985-09/1997); Sea-Saint Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA (04/1985-09/1997); Southlake Recording Studios, Metairie, LA (04/1985-09/1997); Storyville Jazz Hall (04/1985-09/1997); Ultrasonic Studios, New Orleans, LA (04/1985-09/1997).
Editors: David Farrell ; Steve Reynolds.
Photographers: Michael P. Smith; Phil Gould ; Liz Linder; Rick Olivier; Jean Hangarter.
Arrangers: Edward Frank; Fred Kemp; George Porter, Jr.; Monk Boudreaux; Ron Levy; Beau Jocque; Theodore "Bo" Dollis.
First of all, this compilation is produced by Scott Billington, a guy who has become Rounder Records' link to all that's hot and tasty in New Orleans (never mind the rest of Louisiana). Aside from the rest of an impressive list of credits, he has produced several excellent compilations prior to this effort, mostly focusing on Cajun and zydeco of fairly recent (post-1970) vintage. This holds true here, with most of the album being drawn from post-1990 recordings, and the rest from 1985-1989. It's still a splendid collection, however, with a great deal of energetic rumbling and thumping, and a strong brass band presence (with the ReBirth Brass Band and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band amongst those showing up). Definitely a worthwhile party album, with excellent choices and effective sequencing -- and no sign of "Iko Iko." ~ Steven McDonald