Cajun Early Recordings (4-CD)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: July 12, 2004
  • Label: Jsp Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Lafayette - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 2.Waltz That Carried Me to My Grave, The - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 3.Poche Town - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 4.When I Left Home for Texas - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 5.Ossen One Step - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 6.She Has Forgotten Me - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 7.To Love and to Lose - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 8.Acadian One Step - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 9.Fille Oncle Elair, La - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 10.Ils la Volet Mon Tracas
  • 11.Valse de Madam Sosten, La - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 12.Valse J'Aime, La - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 13.En Route Chez Moi - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 14.Mon Vieuz d'Autrefois - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 15.Pauvre Garcon - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 16.Raise Your Window - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 17.Basile - Mayeus Lafleur / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 18.Mama, Where You At? - Mayeus Lafleur / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 19.Valse Criminale, Les - Mayeus Lafleur / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 20.Ton Pere a Mit d'Eor - Mayeus Lafleur / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 21.Madame Young Donnez Moi Votre Jolie - Sady Courville / Various Artists
  • 22.Mon Chere Bebe Creole - Sady Courville / Various Artists
  • 23.Myself - Sady Courville / Various Artists
  • 24.Vous Avez Donne Votre Parole - Sady Courville / Various Artists
  • 25.Taunt Aline - Am‚d‚ Ardoin / Various Artists
  • 26.Two Step de Mama

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Valse de Marie Buller, La - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 2.Vieux Soullard et Sa Femme, La - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 3.Prenez Courage - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 4.C'est Si Triste Sans Lui - Cleoma Breaux / Joseph Falcon / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 5.Mon Couer T'Appele - Cleoma Breaux / Various Artists
  • 6.Raise My Window High - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 7.Ma Valse Prefere - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 8.Valse Crowley, La - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 9.Hand Me Down My Walking Canr - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 10.It's a Sin to Tell a Lie - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 11.Lulu's Back on Town - Cleoma Breaux Falcon / Joseph Falcon / Various Artists
  • 12.Ma Blonde Est Partie - Cleoma Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 13.Vas y Carrement - Cleoma Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 14.Tracas du Hobo, Les - Cleoma Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 15.Blues du Petit Chien, Le - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 16.One Step a Marie - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 17.Valse du Vieuz Temps, La - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 18.Tiger Rag Blues - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 19.Valse d'Auguste Breaux - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 20.Mazurka de la Louisiane - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 21.Fais Do Do Negre - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 22.T'As Vole Mon Chapeau - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 23.Home Sweet Home - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 24.Valse d'Utah, La - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists
  • 25.One Step a Martin, Le - Clifford Breaux / Am‚d‚ Breaux / Ophy Breaux / Various Artists

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Ma Cherie 'Tite Fille - Moise Robin / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 2.Easy Rider Blues - Moise Robin / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 3.Je Veux Marier - Moise Robin / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 4.Demain C'est Pas Dimanche - Moise Robin / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 5.Allons Boire un Coup - Alius Soileau / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 6.Trois Jours Apres Ma Mort - Alius Soileau / Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 7.Gran Mamou, Le - Leo Soileau & His Three Aces / Various Artists
  • 8.Si Vous Voudrais Ame - Leo Soileau & His Three Aces / Various Artists
  • 9.Petit Ou Gros - Leo Soileau & His Three Aces / Various Artists
  • 10.Blues de la Louisiane, Le
  • 11.Quand Je Suis Bleu - Leo Soileau / Various Artists
  • 12.Atrape Moi Je Tombe
  • 13.Bonne Valse, La
  • 14.Blues de Port Arthur, Le
  • 15.Promets Moi
  • 16.Ma Jolie Petite Fille
  • 17.In Your Heart You Love Another
  • 18.Valse d'Amour
  • 19.Embrace Moi Encore
  • 20.Personne N'Aime Pas
  • 21.Breakdown la Louisiane, La - Lawrence Walker / Various Artists
  • 22.Vie Malheureuse, La - Lawrence Walker / Various Artists
  • 23.Alberta - Elton Walker / Norris Mire / Al Broussard [Blues]/Lawrence Walker / Various Artists
  • 24.What's the Matter Now - Elton Walker / Norris Mire / Al Broussard [Blues]/Lawrence Walker / Various Artists
  • 25.Femme Qui Jouvait Les Cartes, La - Tony Alleman / Lawrence Walker / Various Artists
  • 26.Mon Dernier Bonsoir - Tony Alleman / Lawrence Walker / Various Artists

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Tickle Her - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 2.Crowley Waltz - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 3.You've Got to Hi-De-Hi - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 4.Hackberry Trot - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 5.Jolie Blonde - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 6.J'Ai Passe Devonde Ta Porte - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 7.Mermentau Stomp - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 8.Vinton High Society - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 9.Jolie Petit Fille - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 10.Louisiana Breakdown - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 11.Cajun Crawl - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 12.Ma Chere Belle - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 13.Darbone's Breakdown - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 14.Wondering - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 15.Dissatisfied - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 16.Quitter la Maison - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 17.Pas Allez Vite - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 18.Oh Josephine, My Josephine - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 19.Eh, La Bas - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 20.Faux Pas Tu Bray Cherie - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 21.Dans le Grand Bois (In the Forest) - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 22.Pias Ici une Pias la Bas, Une - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 23.Valse de la Prison, La - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 24.French Two Step - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists
  • 25.One Sweet Letter - Hackberry Ramblers / Various Artists

Product Description:

Personnel: Cleoma Breaux (vocals, guitar, violin); Lennis Sonnier, Floyd Shreve (vocals, guitar); Alius Soileau, Leo Soileau (vocals, violin); Joe Werner (vocals, harmonica); Moise Robin, Joe Falcon, Am‚d‚ Ardoin (vocals, accordion); Tony Alleman (vocals); Clifford Breaux, Danny Shreve, Norris Mire, Cleoma Breaux Falcon, Floyd Rainwater, Al Broussard [Blues] (guitar); Lonnie Rainwater (steel guitar); Lawrence Walker, Mayeus Lafleur (violin, accordion); Dennis McGee, Elton Walker, Luderin Darbone, Ophy Breaux, Sady Courville (violin); Am‚d‚ Breaux (accordion).
Recording information: Atlanta, GA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Chicago, IL (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Dallas, TX (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Memphis (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New Orleans, LA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); New York, NY (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); Richmond (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Antonio (04/27/1928-10/22/1938); San Francisco, CA (04/27/1928-10/22/1938).
A comprehensive four-disc set on the always reliable budget reissue label JSP, Cajun Early Recordings begins at the beginning, with the entirety of what's generally considered the very first Cajun recording session, an April 1928 set in New Orleans by singer and accordion player Joe Falcon, guitarist Cleoma Breaux (soon to be Falcon's wife, making them the A.P. and Sara Carter of Cajun music), and her brother, fiddler Ophy Breaux, which included the instant classic single "Lafayette." The set ends seven years and 102 tracks later with a ten-track session by a catchall group featuring Luderin Darbone, leader of the Hackberry Ramblers. Besides being in rough chronological order, the set is loosely divided between those two poles, with every track on the first two CDs featuring one or more members of the Falcon/Breaux extended family, various permutations of Darbone's bands filling the entire fourth CD, and the third devoted primarily to fiddler Leo Soileau, along with a few very early recordings by accordion player Lawrence Walker, who wouldn't record his best material until the '50s. What's most interesting about these early recordings is how percussive and rhythmic this music is even though the majority of these recordings lack any sort of percussion. As always with JSP's historical documents, the sound quality is dependent on the state of the source recordings, which is quite often rather dodgy. Still, the historical and musical import of these recordings is more than enough to compensate. ~ Stewart Mason

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