Monday, November 16, 2009

Zydeco Party King

Zydeco Party King is a reissue from an outfit called The Great American Music Company of some mid-sixties sides by Zydeco great Clifton Chenier. The sides were recorded originally for Crazy Cajun records. There are 15 songs, all of which are top rate. The instrumentation is sparce - bass, drums, piano and frattoir playing behind Chenier's primo accordion and vocals. Listeners used to later Chenier material featuring horns and even an organ may be a little surprised at the production.

When I listen to this CD I hear a master at work. This is going to get a lot of play around here. You can hear a sample here.

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