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Come on Joe

Jo-El Sonnier Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (February 6, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B000008KX8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blues, rock, country...and Randy Newman, too May 18, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Shame, shame on RCA for letting this go out of print. Sonnier has a terrific country voice, and his band sounds like they're having a hoot, but what really sets this album apart is the choice of material. Songs by Dave Alvin (of the Blasters), Troy Seals, Earl "Poole" Ball, blues legend Slim Harpo, and a gorgeous version of Randy Newman's "Louisiana, 1927" make this the most unusual country album of 1987 -- or any other year, come to think of it. And as if this party couldn't get any better, there's a version of "Tear-Stained Letter" that (almost) outshines Richard Thompson's own original. Maybe RCA didn't know what to do with this album in the days before alt-country radio -- how do you promote a one-shot "country" crossover album that breaks all of the rules? -- but it's time for a re-issue.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music That Transends Genre Labels June 2, 2004
Format:Audio CD
As the previous reviewer stated, it is a shame that RCA let this CD go out of print. I bought this CD when it first came out. I don't even remember how I found out about Jo-El Sonnier, but I am glad that I did. I think that Jo-El's roots in Cajun music are so deep that he probably didn't feel comfortable with an album of "country" music so he didn't record another album of this type of material.

Nevertheless, "Come On Joe" is a great Country/Cajun/Zydeco disc. Every song is a winner. In fact, I think that his version of "Tear-Stained Letter" is better than Richard Thompson's. He certainly has a much better voice. His version of Randy Newman's Louisiana 1927 is also better than the orginal.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Cajun Valentino March 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
In terms of nationally-charting singles, Cajun songwriter/singer/accordionist Jo-el Sonnier (born Joel Sonnier in Rayne, Louisiana on October 2, 1946) registered only 10 on the Country charts over a 14-year span, but his albums are renowned among followers of Cajun music. These include his first three released in 1967-69 by Goldband: Hurricane Audry (1967), The Scene Today In Cajun Music (1968), and The Cajun Valentino (1969).

In 1975 he landed a contract with Mercury Nashville, not particularly noted for knowing how to promote their Country artists, and it showed in the results of his singles, none of which followed his Cajun roots. In late 1975, I've Been Around Enough To Know could only manage a # 78 b/w A Brighter Shade Of Blue (Mercury 73702), and the following spring his cover of the Lefty Frizzell 1951 hit, Always Late (With Your Kisses), struggled to # 99 b/w Knock, Knock, Knock (Mercury 73754. And when, in June of 1976, He's Still All Over You just made the Top 100 at # 100 b/w Am I Just Your Friend? (Mercury 73796), that would be it for his Mercury career and a hit of any kind for 11 long years.

Instead, he again turned to recording purely Cajun music for Rounder Records and in 1980 had the LP "Cajun Life" released to, if not huge commercial success, certainly critical acclaim as it was nominated for a Grammy. He also spent time touring as the opening act for Merle Haggard before signing with RCA who DID know how to promote their Country acts.

In his first hit there, the haunting and very Cajun-like Come On Joe (# 39 in December 1987 b/w Say You Love Me on RCA 5282), you can almost feel the muggy, dark night as he sings "the light from my cigarette flickers in the dark ... the only way she knows I'm here ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars This song moves me to the depths of my soul January 1, 2014
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Come On Joe, for some reason, is one of those songs that reaches deep inside me, and moves me. The first time I heard it, I had to have it. I never tire of listening to it. Jo-El Sonnier speaks Cajun French and mostly sings that style music. But, this is in English, and it touches the heart. I am a huge Jo-El fan.
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