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L'Amour ou la Folie

BeausoleilAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Newz Reel (LP Version) 2:21$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Les Blues de Creve de Faim (LP Version) 3:49$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  3. L'Amour ou la Folie (LP Version) 5:20$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie (C'est un Peche de Dire un Menterie) (LP Version) 4:49$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Eunice Two-Step (LP Version) 4:39$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Charivari (LP Version) 5:25$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Boudreaux (LP Version) 3:01$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Valse a Pop (LP Version) 3:26$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Can't You See (Tu Vas Voir) (LP Version) 3:08$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. Les Blue de la Prison (LP Version) 3:27$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen11. Danse Caribe (LP Version) 4:08$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen12. Valse J'Aime (LP Version) 3:54$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen13. Courir avec Walker (LP Version) 4:01$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen14. Ma Vie S'est Arretee (LP Version) 4:59$0.69  Buy MP3 

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Every genre has its defining figureheads. Folk has its Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan; country has the Carter Family, Bob Wills and Hank Williams. Rock has its Elvis, Chuck Berry, and the Beatles. In blues, it's Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters, and in jazz, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Miles Davis. When it comes to contemporary traditional Cajun music, there is ... Read more in Amazon's Beausoleil Store

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  • Audio CD (January 14, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B0000033Y5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #185,650 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Recorded shortly after Beausoleil celebrated their 20th anniversary, L'Amour ou la Folie ("Love or Folly") finds them at the height of their confident, highly spirited, and considerably unstagnant powers. By now the sextet transcends the dancehall, possessing the ability to transform nearly any traditional Cajun, Creole, or French tune into high art while preserving a clear sonic bloodline back to its roots. Guests Richard Thompson, clarinetist Dr. Michael White, and lap-steel guitarist Bessyl Duhon are lagniappe on a record that encompasses everything from happy and sad old-timey waltzes, two-steps, and ballads, to spry "newgrass" originals like Michael Doucet's "Newz Reel." --Richard Gehr

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4.7 out of 5 stars
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steeped in Tradition, Boldly Forging Forward August 27, 2004
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Maybe it's the Cajun boy in me, but I used to be very unnerved by the popularity of Beausoleil across the world. I just couldn't comprehend why folks in cities like NYC or Boston or San Francisco would enjoy this music, most of which was in a language they couldn't understand. It almost seemed as if Beausoleil was using their "ethnicity" to trick people outside of Louisiana into liking them because they were a "novelty" act. Boy, was I ever wrong. As I've become more mature, I've realized that Beausoleil's popularity isn't due to their "novel" status, but their brilliant music. Few contemporary Cajun bands can play songs like these guys and turn it into a beautiful thing that crosses language and cultural boundaries.

The songs on "L'Amour Ou La Folie" are fun, imaginative and heavily steeped not only in Cajun tradition, but the French tradition as well(listen to "It's A Sin To Tell A Lie" and don't tell me that you think of France when you hear it). "Newz Reel" had me longing to watch KATC news(you won't get this if you haven't been around Lafayette). The rest of the album, from the tribute to "Pop" McGee to the title track, is fantastic. The fiddle work is brilliant and the band's sound is tight. The songs are well done and nothing comes across as gimmicky or fake. When you hear "Charivari," you catch a glimpse of life that few have ever experienced outside of the Pelican State. Everything is found on this album. It's a true masterpiece. Not only does the music pay homage to the past, but you can hear new sounds that haven't been played by a Cajun band before. The closest example I can come up with would be rockabilly.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chime Street April 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
One day in early March I was wondering around the LSU campus with hours to go before the Tulane/LSU baseball game. On Chime Street I stumbled across an excellent Cajun band right on the sidewalk. Talk about perfect music for a perfect day...They were so good that I took them with me to the "tailgate" at Tiger Stadium before the baseball game. This type of music gets in your head and stays. When I returned home I purchased L' Amour Ou La Folie. There are certain albums/CDs that are great the first time through. Without question, this is one of the best I have ever purchased. It would be silly to try and name the best selection. Each song is better than the next. Merely playing this CD makes you want to visit the great state of Louisiana (as well as get up and move). Not only is the music exceptional, the technical production is too. I have ordered two more Beasoleil CDs. You should listen to this when you are in a good mood, want to be in a good mood or need to be! (P.S. If anyone knows the "sidewalk" Cajun band from Chime Street on March 5th, please e-mail me) They are well worth seeing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT cd--one you can listen to over and over May 14, 2000
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I love this CD--it is terrific! From "Newz Reel" to "Eunice Two-Step" to "Boudreaux" to the title song, each one is a favorite. "Danse Caribe" has that Caribbean / Jimmy Buffett sound to it that I love. This is my first BeauSoleil CD, and definitely not my last. I first heard them on "A Prarie Home Companion," and based on the songs they performed, I bought this CD. I'm ordering "Cajunization" next, which I also heard on PHC. I can't wait until it arrives! One warning, though--don't play this if you are looking to take a nap. It will have your heart pumping and your feet tapping!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic modern music from a Cajun French perspective January 5, 2008
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From the wry lyrics and joyous melody of the title cut ("Love or Folly") to the heartfelt slow-dance sadness of Les Blues De Creve De Faim ("The Hurting with Hunger Blues"), Beausoleil's musicians again demonstrate their enormous range. Born out of traditional Cajun-Creole folk, the group has raised old-time Louisiana French folk songs to artistic heights few down-home bands have achieved. Beausoleil is the dynamic rhythm and lead guitary of David Doucet, brother Michael Doucet's alternately dizzying and passionate fiddle and strong lead vocals, Jimmy Breaux's virtuoso accordion, backed by dead-on percussion of Billy Ware and Jimmy Alesi.
The guest musicians include Guitarist Richard Thompson, Augie Meyers, saxophonist Harry Simoneaux, Josh Graves on dobro, Murnel Babineaux on pedal steel, pianist Dave Pellicciaro, Tommy Comeaux's mandolin, and accordionist/steel guitarist Bessyl Duhon.
You get a some old-time Cajun, a little "newgrass," some Caribbean spice, a Parisian-flavored melody, and the most danceable and toe-tappable TV news theme ever broadcast (Newz Reel really is the theme of the nightly newscast in Lafayette, LA).
If you already know Beausoleil, you'll have a hard time deciding if this isn't the best of all of their studio albums. If you don't know Beausoleil, the first Grammy winning Cajun band, this is a fine place to start appreciating their talent for inventing a new sound out of a musical tradition stretching back decades and even hundreds of years. If you do like this album, you'll also want to get Cajunization, Cajun Conja, the new live album, and all the collections they've released. These guys really are the Beatles, not just of Louisiana, but of all roots-based American music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Track 14 had a skip in it which sounded like somebody had bumped a...
Track 14 had a skip in it which sounded like somebody had bumped a turntable which had a vinyl record playing on it. Otherwise, the album was great.
Published 1 month ago by Frank Doughty
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
these are such very talented musicians! and I love their style. their albums are always a good listen, entertaining, and enjoyable
Published 8 months ago by pen name
5.0 out of 5 stars Cajun music
Lovers of Cajun music will really enjoy this CD. I love the band Beausoleil. When we lived in California there was a show that came on weekly which highlighted Cajun bands. Read more
Published on November 9, 2009 by A seeker after truth
4.0 out of 5 stars Done With Style and Flair
To celebrate their 20th anniversary, Cajun group Beausoleil was joined on several cuts by some guest musicians on this recording. Read more
Published on July 5, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Great, thats why it won the Grammy!
I'm a Beausoleil addict! I agree with everything Riverdude said about how wonderful this CD is and I bought this one from David Doucet himself from the back of his car so that... Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Mairabella
5.0 out of 5 stars Just pure and sweet music
I hav seen Beausoleil Every time they came to the Bluegrass and Cajun Festivle, in Rhode Island. This cd is a must have. Read more
Published on January 3, 2004 by "smk47"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I enjoy this album more every time I listen to it.
Published on March 21, 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I could listen to "Eunice Two Step" and "Courir avec Walker" all day long.
Published on June 15, 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to this CD!
A coworker won this CD and would play it at work...I didn't want to like it, but couldn't help myself! I woke up mornings humming the title track, and knew I was hooked. Read more
Published on August 26, 1999 by nancyc (
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