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Cajun Conja

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Editorial Reviews

Reissue of this 1991 album from the Cajun masters. They have defined Cajun music for a decade or two now, from the bright acoustic tradition of the fiddle and accordion to roadhouse stomp and rock influenced music. Cajun Conja does both seamlessly in what is definitely one of the better later albums by this Louisiana band. They reel and rock through original and old tunes, using mandolins and electric guitars for a sharp twangy rhythm. They play it straight on Michael Doucet's "Telephone Stomp," the beery, bluesy "'Ti Monde" and a half-dozen well-known traditional tunes. But they can also tell a dark tale, and "Sur Le Pont De Lyon" (with a signature guitar bit from guest Richard Thompson) is one of the best pieces on the album.

1. Sophie
2. Tortue Perdue
3. Conja (New Orleans 1786)
4. Vieux Crowley
5. Sur le Pont de Lyon
6. Cajun Telephone Stomp
7. La Nuit de Clifton Chenier [Clifton's Night]
8. Le Réel de Nez Piqué
9. 'Ti Monde
10. Le Chanky-Chank Français
11. La Valse de La Poussière
12. Tasso/McGee's Reel

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 31, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rockbeat Records
  • ASIN: B006HH600O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wes Williamson on December 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm surprised that Cajun Conja is not a more popular Beausoleil CD. It's by far my favorite CD from the band. I even have one of their "best of" CD's and I still think this one is far better. Conja is filled with lighthearted and upbeat tunes that you would expect to hear at a Cajun dance. The instruments blend perfectly to create unique and lively rhythms that are not heard in other forms of music, and no other Cajun band can put it all together as well as Beausoleil. There are a couple of "darker" tunes on the CD that I don't enjoy as much, but they are done well and I'm sure others will enjoy them. The band ends the CD with a Celtic reel done Cajun style. Sho'nuff can't get much better than that!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan Budig on January 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
It's an interesting exchange of opinions going on with this series of reviews. Cherie's correct when she tells Stan that BeauSoleil's music is not zydeco. It's Cajun. I heard the band at a double-header a couple years ago. BeauSoleil played first, followed by Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Cha's. Michael said that after listening to the two bands, one would have no problem understanding the difference between zydeco and Cajun.

It was a great remark because I *really* listened after that. Cajun, imo, has an artistry and complexity that rivals any other genre. This album won't disappoint a music affectionado/a. It contains two nirvana-like instrumentals: Vieux Crowley and Tasso/McGee's Reel. And Ti' Monde is delightful, frolicsome fun.

I can agree with Stan that the songs sound the same, but only in the sense that any music from a particular genre sounds the same. The more one listens and learns, the more one appreciates the differences. To a cat, all people look the same, too, Stan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mairabella on December 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I read the critical review and you can see my comment back to Stan. He doesn't know what he's talking about. This CD is not zydeco and is not offered cheap because it's cheap, maybe cause it's older. My Beausoleil CD's are worth $100 each to me and this is one of them I adore. "La Nuit de Clifton Chenier-it will make a woman swoon. And Tasso/McGees reel on this CD is musical genius. Don't ever listen to anything critical about Michael Doucet, listen and see how wonderful he is.
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Format: Audio CD
Just browsing and I saw that you can buy a copy of this masterpiece (my personal favorite of all Beausoleil) for less than a buck -- albeit it's used and it costs 3 bucks to ship! Still, given the joy that's in this music, what a bargain! The best things in life are (almost) free! I never drive anywhere without 2 or 3 Beasoleil in my player. I've gotten a couple of speeding tickets here in NJ over the years because of these guys. Errr, I guess they're not so free if you know what NJ's traffic point system is like. Sometimes I so miss east Texas and Louisiana!
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1 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stan Modjesky on March 31, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This zydeco stuff might be fine if you are piss-drunk, but it barely qualifies as music. I couldn't tell one track from another, so much do they sound alike.

Now, that may be a good quality in zydeco. To my musician's ear this is as bad as the modern whiteboy stuff that masquerades as "dixieland." Which, compared to the way southern jazz has traditionally been played, is at about double the appropriate tempo.

If you are one of those people who abhor silence, this disk might be for you. Otherwise, consider why there are five dozen of them offered here for cheap...
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