The Best of Louisiana Music [Rounder]

The Best of Louisiana Music [Rounder]


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Louisiana music has been one of Rounder's strong points in the 1980s and 1990s -- not only zydeco and Cajun music, but also soul, blues, jazz, and rock. In 1993, the Boston-area label opened its own vaults to assemble The Best of Louisiana Music, which isn't essential, but is enjoyable on the whole. Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas' "Your Mama Don't Know" and Buckwheat Zydeco's "Hot Tamale Baby" are fine examples of exuberant zydeco party music, while Aaron Neville's "Mojo Hannah," the Meters' "Look-Ka Py Py," and Irma Thomas' "I Never Fool Nobody But Me" remind listeners that Louisiana was never lacking when it came to talented soulsters. On the Dixieland tip, "If You're a Viper" finds the Rebirth Brass Band reviving a 1930s tune that paid tribute to marijuana smokers. ("Viper" was 1930s African-American slang for those who were subsequently called "potheads.") This CD is far from the last word on Louisiana music, but it does let listeners know how much exciting music they're likely to hear during Mardi Gras.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1993
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661850828
catalogNumber: 618508
Rank: 88182


  1. Bon Temps Rouler
  2. I Never Fool Nobody But Me
  3. Look-Ka Py Py
  4. Your Mama Don't Know
  5. If You're a Viper
  6. Les Flammes D'Enfer (The Flames of Hell)
  7. Big Chief, Pt. 1
  8. Mojo Hannah
  9. J'Aurais du T'Aimer (I Should Have Loved You)
  10. Carnival Time
  11. Imitation of Love
  12. Opelousas Sostan
  13. Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On
  14. Hot Tamale Baby
  15. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  16. So Swell When You're Well
  17. Street Talk
  18. Blues du Saoulard (Drunkard's Blues)
  19. Watch That Dog

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Beausoleil   Track Performer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Track Performer
John Delafose   Track Performer
Eddie LeJeune   Track Performer
Dr. John   Track Performer
Meters   Track Performer
Aaron Neville   Track Performer
Irma Thomas   Track Performer
Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Track Performer
Wild Magnolias   Track Performer
James Booker   Track Performer
Mamou   Track Performer
Willie Tee   Track Performer
Rebirth Brass Band   Track Performer
Mamou Playboys   Track Performer
Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas   Track Performer
Kermit Ruffins   Track Performer
Johnny Adams   Track Performer
Chuck Carbo   Track Performer
Theodore "Bo" Dollis   Track Performer
Eunice Playboys   Track Performer
Professor Longhair   Track Performer
D.L. Menard   Track Performer
Wardell Quezergue   Conductor
Steve Riley   Track Performer
Zydeco Cha-Chas   Track Performer
Cajun Country   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Earl King   Composer
Michael Doucet   Producer
Irma Thomas   Producer
Dirty Dozen Brass Band   Producer
Willie Tee   Producer
Scott Billington   Producer
Quint Davis   Producer
Ken Gorz   Producer
Bill Halverson   Producer
Ken Irwin   Producer
Ron Levy   Producer
Jimmy C. Newman   Producer
Rick Olivier   Cover Photo
John Parsons   Producer
Wardell Quezergue   Arranger,Composer
Joe Ruffino   Composer
Marshall Sehorn   Producer
Tharp   Producer
Allen Toussaint   Producer
Dr. John   Producer
Johnson   Composer

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