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Mama I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings of [Original recording remastered]

Amede ArdoinAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Madam Atchen
2. One Step Des Chameaux
3. Valse De Mon Vieux Village
4. Les Blues De Voyages
5. Taunt Aline
6. One Step D'Oberlin
7. Valse Ballard
8. Aimez Moi Ce Soir
9. Amadie Two Step
10. Valse Brunette
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Two Step De Prairie Solieau
2. Valse Des Opelousas
3. Le Midland Two-Step
4. La Valse De Amites
5. Two Step De Mama
6. Valse A Alcee Poulard
7. Les Blues Prison
8. Si Dur D'etre Seul
9. La Valse A Austin Ardoin
10. Tortope D'Osrun
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Editorial Reviews

The father of Cajun and Zydeco is celebrated for the first time with his complete 34 recordings in one deluxe 2CD set. Rare Afro-Creole rhythms are heard alongside blues and breakdowns in this exquisitely remastered and produced volume, the first in the series Long Gone Sounds for Tompkins Square. Produced by Christopher King and designed by Susan Archie

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost musical relic April 20, 2011
By dav333
Format:Audio CD
As one peruses the supplemental material inside Mama I'll Be Long Gone: The Complete Recordings and of Amede Ardoin 1929 - 1934, the story emerges of how this musician and his influence on Cajun and Zydeco music represents a lost relic in the evolution of both of those styles. The recordings are crisp and clean and lack a lot of the noise associated with some historical releases, yet do not lose that classic 78-record sound. Even if one has heard a great deal of this type of music, these songs have a very individual flavor to them that marks a true artist, a very pleasing combination of accordion and vocals with accompaniment on many tracks by fiddler Dennis McGee. This collection is a must-have for anyone who enjoys historical recordings, music's roots, or Cajun and Zydeco music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Zydeco March 1, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Resonating from deep in the Louisiana bayous and Cajun backwoods, the legendary music of AmedeArdoin is one of the most profound influences on the development of the Cajun music known as zydeco.Ardoin, a black Creole musician of indeterminate origin, made a grand total of thirty-four recordings before slipping back into the deep black Louisiana night from whence he came. Legend has it that some years after these recordings were made, Ardoin was attacked in a racially-motivated fight (presumably for wiping his face with a white woman's handkerchief), beaten, suffered major brain damage and died in an insane asylum in 1941, but as with all great music legends, the line between truth and fiction has long been whittled away by time, leaving only the music as testament.

"Mama, I'll Be Long Gone" collects all thirty-four known tracks by Ardoin on two discs, including the six tracks he recorded for Columbia Records with white fiddler Dennis McGee in New Orleans on December 9, 1929. Ardoin plays accordion and sings (in French) on all of the tracks, including such influential numbers as "The Midland Two-Step" and "Les Blues Prison." Together, this biracial duo played the true music of the swamp country, exuberant and boisterously alive, masking the darker undercurrent of desperate longing simmering just beneath it. The emotion in this music is at once joyous and volatile, always on the verge of exploding into violence and cacophony. It seems Ardoin played his music the way he lived his life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite an achievement! April 28, 2011
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Congratulations to Tompkins Square, Chris King, Ron Brown, and Rich Nevins for this wonderful restoration and compilation of some beautiful and important music! The sound quality is good, considering the rarity and condition of the sources used. This may be considered the foundation of Cajun/Creole music, but it is still in the final analysis some of its very best sounds!

Just for fun, if you want to rearrange the recordings in chronological order on your iPod, just put them in this order. Notes on the repertoire and where they stand in the canon of Cajun/Creole music.

(Chronology found in books by Ann Savoy, Cajun Music: A Reflection of a People, from 1984, and Tony Russell, Country Music Records: A Discography, 1921-1942, from 2004.)

1. Tante Aline: became Viens me Chercher (Come and Get Me) by Iry LeJeune
2. Two Step de Mama: became Elton Two Step by J.B. Fuselier then Lacassine Special by Iry LeJeune
3. Madame Atchen: became Ta Robe Barre by Bois Sec Ardoin and the Carriere Brothers
4. Two Step de Prairie Soileau: Quoi Faire by Bois Sec Ardoin and Canray Fontenot
5. La Valse à Abe: became Convict Waltz by Iry LeJeune, aka 99 Year Waltz
6. Two Step de Eunice: became Jolie Catin by Iry LeJeune and Eunice Two Step by Maurice Barzas and many others

(These first 6 duets with fiddler Denus McGee are astonishingly tight!! 7-24 were also duets, but these first 6 are just so classic!!)

7. Amedie Two Step: became Choupique Two Step by Nathan Abshire
8. Valse à Austin Ardoin
9. Blues de Basile: aka 'Tit Nègre à Tante Dolie by Ambrose Thibodeaux, Le Crêpe à Nazaire by Alphee Bergeron, Hula Hoop Two Step by Nathan Abshire, etc.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars King does it again with "Mama, I'll Be Long Gone." April 10, 2011
Format:Audio CD
A lot of Cajun festivals feature bands playing music that screams, "Laissez les bons temps rouler!" Sparse dance floors, too much denim and pancake make-up, folks with one too many loaded fruit punches in them, trying a little too hard. Clifton Chenier and Buckwheat Zydeco come to mind. Awesome musicians to be sure, but certainly they could be described as caricatures of themselves; and certainly they know what they offer is like a 5th generation mix tape of the real deal. Chris King has done it again: the man that brought us Screamin` and Hollerin` the Blues and People Take Warning has painstakingly compiled a definitive collection of the work of the real deal--Amede Ardoin, the godfather of Cajun and Creole music.

In Mama, I'll Be Long Gone, King brings us the complete recordings of Ardoin, replete with the cracks and pops from the `78s he used as the source. King is one of the foremost restorative engineers of historical recordings, and with the Ardoin set, he proves he is one of the best. The pacing of the record, full of waltzes and two steps, flows seamlessly from one song to the next, and the passage of the record is over before you know it. King's liner notes offer a treasure trove of information about Ardoin, his influences, and influence.

Thirty-four songs make a long record, but a short and small offering for the entire catalog of one artist. Ardoin met a sordid and sorry end, ending his music career. Playing at a ball, a white woman offered the black Ardoin her kerchief to wipe his brow and two strangers, two folks who were not used to the mixed-race parties that occurred in some parts of Louisiana and Texas, took offense.
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