Cajun Music Pioneer CD (1997)

Artist: Joe Falcon

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Product Overview


Label Arhoolie
SKU 60026914
UPC 096297045923
UPC 14 00096297045923
Format CD
Release Date 8/19/1997
Author Joe Falcon
Technical Info
Producer Chris Strachwitz (Reissue)
CatalogID ARHCD 459
Lable Name Arhoolie
Released 07/29/1997
Original Release 1997
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 74m : 0s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Live
UPC 00096297045923
Album Notes and Credits
The special atmosphere of a real "fais do-do," a Cajun country dance, is captured here on this live recording by Cajun music innovator, Joe Falcon. He made the very first Cajun recording back in 1928, of "Allons a Lafayette," a version of which can be heard here. Falcon was one of the very first instrumentalists to bring together accordion and the more traditional fiddle on rural Louisiana folk songs. Though the album's less-than-perfect recording conditions occasionally blur some of the lyrics, to have a document of a "fais do-do" from 1963 is a rare treat.
Falcon, who died in 1965, had a plaintive, inimitable singing voice, as this album makes clear. His wife, Theresa Falcon, who is heard here on "99 Year Waltz" and "Le Traces de Mon Buggy," has the same timbre to her voice. The album includes "Jolie Blonde" and other classic Cajun tunes, as well as French covers of American songs. "Corinne, Corrina" is a familiar number. "Hip et Taiaut" has a very Western feel to it--Joe Falcon as a Cajun Gene Autry. This recording is a must-have for those interested in the Cajun French tradition.
Disc 1
1 Joe's Breakdown - (previously unreleased)
2 99 Year Waltz - (previously unreleased)
3 Corrine, Corrina - (previously unreleased)
4 Jole Blonde - (previously unreleased)
5 Lacasine Special
6 Le Traces De Mon Buggy - (previously unreleased)
7 Osson Two-Step
8 La Valse De St. Landry
9 Hip Et Taiaut
10 Creole Stomp
11 Myer's Waltz
12 Allons A Lafayette
13 La Valse A Nonc Gustave :: Keep A' Knocking
14 Allons Danser Colinda
15 Les Flambes D'Enfer :: The Flames Of Hell

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