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martes, 11 de septiembre de 2018

Clifton Chenier • King of the Bayous

Review by Stephen Cook
After gaining initial notoriety in the '50s and '60s on Specialty Records and a variety of small Texas and Louisiana labels, Zydeco King Clifton Chenier brought the blues-fueled Cajun music he practically invented to Chris Strachwitz's roots label Arhoolie, subsequently recording a series of fine albums including 1970's King of the Bayous. Featuring brother and longtime partner Cleveland Chenier on rubboard, Robert St. Judy on drums, Joe Morris on bass and Antoine Victor on guitar, King of the Bayous includes Chenier's standard blend of zydeco two-step, waltzes and blues, and provides an excellent taste of what the band no doubt played on countless one-niters along the Louisiana-Texas Gulf Coast. Zydeco-brand blues predominates with Chenier originals "Hard to Love Someone," "Who Can Your Good Man Be" and "I Am Coming Home," in addition to a cover of the honky-tonk weeper "Release Me." Offering a contrast to the blues and something for the dancers, the band lays down a lively two-step beat on "Tu Le Ton Son Ton," "Josephine Par Se Ma Femme" and "Zodico Two Step." Throughout the varied set, Chenier's irrepressible vocals and accordion playing stand out. A nice sample of bayou zydeco by one of its finest and most original practitioners.


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Reseña por Stephen CookDespués de ganar notoriedad inicial en los años 50 y 60 en Specialty Records y una variedad de pequeñas etiquetas de Texas y Louisiana, Zydeco King Clifton Chenier trajo la música cajún alimentada por el blues que prácticamente inventó a la etiqueta raíz de Chris Strachwitz Arhoolie, y luego grabó una serie de álbumes finos que incluyen el Rey de los Bayous de 1970. Con el hermano y veterano asociado Cleveland Chenier en el rubboard, Robert St. Judy en la batería, Joe Morris en el bajo y Antoine Victor en la guitarra, King of the Bayous incluye la mezcla estándar de Chenier de zydeco de dos pasos, valses y blues, y brinda un excelente sabor de lo que sin duda la banda tocó en innumerables one-niters a lo largo de la costa del Golfo de Louisiana-Texas. El blues de la marca Zydeco predomina con los originales de Chenier "Hard to Love Someone", "Who Can Your Good Man Be" y "I Am Coming Home", además de una versión del honky-tonk weeper "Release Me". Ofreciendo un contraste con el blues y algo para los bailarines, la banda da un alegre ritmo de dos pasos en "Tu Le Ton Son Ton", "Josephine Par Se Ma Femme" y "Zodico Two Step". A lo largo del conjunto variado, se destacan la irreprimible voz y el acordeón de Chenier. Una buena muestra de bayou zydeco por uno de sus mejores y más originales practicantes.

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A1 Tu Le Ton Son Ton 3:35
A2 Hard To Love Someone 3:15
A3 Who Can Your Good Man Be 3:35
A4 Zodico Two Step 3:15
A5 Going La Maison 3:30
A6 I Believe I'll Go Back Home 3:15
B1 Release Me 3:55
B2 Big Mamou 3:15
B3 Ton Na Na 3:00
B4 I Am Coming Home 3:10
B5 Josephine Par Se Ma Femme 3:00
B6 It's Christmas Time 4:05

Bass – Joe Morris (4)
Drums – Robert St. Judy
Engineer – Doyle E. Jones* (tracks: A1 to A6)
Guitar – Antoine Victor (tracks: A1 to A6), Raymond Monett (tracks: B1 to B6)
Piano – Elmore Nixon (tracks: B1 to B6)
Producer – Chris Strachwitz
Vocals, Accordion – Clifton Chenier
Washboard [Rubboard] – Cleveland Chenier
Written-By – C. Chenier* (tracks: A1 to A6, B2 to B6)

Label: Arhoolie Records ‎– AR 19020
Released: 1970

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