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From the get-go, Putumayo Presents Zydeco is the down-and-dirtiest most-rockin' Saturday night at a sweaty bayou dance hall or juke joint a non-native can experience. Born of the Creole community in Louisiana's backwaters and moving outward to Texas and California, Zydeco bumps, grinds, and is a wang dang doodle of a big time. Youngblood Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band rip through "Co Fa" with their trademark double-kick beat, the low-end-amped-up sound making heartbreak sound like a raunchy roll in the hay. Rosie Ledet's "You're No Good for Me" is a wailer for all lovers scorned, featuring thudding bass, wiry guitar lines, and sax in a one-upmanship dance with her accordion. Beau Jocque growls, Jude Taylor trades accordion licks with his band's organist, and Queen Ida reigns supreme on "My Girl Josephine." As the Creole Farmers sing on the opening cut, "We gonna party 'til the cows come home!" --Paige La Grone

1. Creole Farmers Stomp - The Creole Zydeco Farmers
2. Co Fa - Keith Frank & The Soileau Zydeco Band
3. You're No Good For Me - Rosie Ledet
4. What You Gonna Do? - Beau Jocque
5. I'm In Love - Nathan And The Zydeco Cha Chas
6. Burnin' Flames Special - Jude Taylor & His Burning Flames
7. Lula Lula Don't You Go To Bingo - Boozoo Chavis
8. My Girl Josephine - Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band
9. Calinda - Clifton Chenier
10. I'm On The Wonder - Buckwheat Zydeco
11. Bye-Bye Mon Neg - Geno Delafose And French Rockin' Boogie
12. Hoochie Coochie - Joe K K And Zydeco Force
13. Stay In Or Stay Out - Pass The Dutchie - Chris Ardoin & Double Clutchin'

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Putumayo World Music
  • ASIN: B00003OP0X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,907 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Megan Romer on December 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Putumayo's recordings are sort of iffy for those who are really into the music that they compile.... some of them are phenomenal, some of them are disappointing. This one is fortunately one of the former. This CD plays like a who's who of Zydeco music, several tempos and song styles (waltz, two-step and blues, the main three rhythm patterns of zydeco music) are presented and all of the songs are truly classics.

If you're just getting into zydeco, this is the album for you! As I said, it's a who's who of zydeco music, so you can listen through and see which tracks you like, which will help you make informed decisions about which full-length single-band albums to buy. If you are a longstanding zydeco fan, you may well have most of these cuts on CDs you already own, so you could just make yourself a mix CD, but save yourself the trouble and pick this one up.

I can't for the life of me figure out how Putumayo managed to make such a spot-on zydeco collection but only a very mediocre Cajun music collection.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Putamayo is a good way to get your hands on xenophile music. This latest is a very good album to start one out on zydeco music, comme ca. Zydeco may be an acquired taste for someone who, unlike me, hasn't listened to blues, African music, or Cajun sounds, elements of all of which are in evidence on this CD. Still, if you're willing to take a stab and listen to something too few people ever hear anymore, you'll be very will rewarded.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Cabral on September 20, 2004
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If you only buy one zydeco collection, this is the one to buy. Putumayo is a label that specializes in world music. All their releases have beautiful artwork and include a booklet with notes about each song. This release is a great compilation of recent and current and most of it rocks. A sampling of the more popular musicians include...Beau Jocque...Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas...Boozoo Chavis...Queen Ida...Clifton Chenier...Buckwheat Zydeco...and Chris Ardoin does a cover of "Pass the Dutchie"
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 20, 2001
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I'm a native northerner who didn't know beans about Zydeco until I went to a Swamp Romp festival and was blown away by BooZoo's Magic Sounds. This CD was recommended to me as a great introduction to zydeco. It has become my favorite CD. I have since bought many other zydeco CDs but none as good. Rosie Ledet's "You're No Good For Me" is just killer! Even my 7-year-old asks to hear it over and over. I've "discovered" many great Zydeco musicians through this CD, such as Nathan and the Cha Chas. This music definitely makes you put your troubles on the back burner and dance.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T.M. Reader on October 12, 2007
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I have a few zydeco CD's, and this one is far and away my favorite. Hardly a song in the bunch that I can't enjoy again and again.

If you are familiar with zydeco music, you can read Amazon's song list above and there's no need for me to rehash it. If you're not familiar, then no need for a song by song description either, but I'll simply describe zydeco as "happy music" (there are blues tunes in the mix) with cajun roots in the rural Louisiana swamplands. It's from the heart and has a definite rock flavor. (It is not brassy New Orleans rhythem and blues).

This collection is the cream of the crop. If you've got a rock 'n roll heart, you need to check this out. Make your first listen on good equipment with the volume turned up a little and you'll be hooked.

Whether or not you know already know zydeco, BUY THIS CD. You'll like this one and I'm very confident in the recommendation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Shelly on April 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
My first Zydeco experience took place a few years ago when Queen Ida visited the Twin Cities. I made my first trip to New Orleans this Spring and purchased Putumayo Presents: Zydeco at a local music store. The real thing doesn't come around here often enough, but I certainly can "cha cha cha" in my living room with this CD!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scout on January 18, 2014
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All the reviews here are for "Putumayo Presents: Zydeco" which has a different playlist than this zydeco collection.

Here is the link to the Putumayo album ay Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Zydeco-Putumayo-Presents/dp/B00003OP0X/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1390062032&sr=1-1&keywords=putumayo+presents+zydeco

I love zydeco, I just wanted to recommend that people listen to the samples rather than relying on the reviews and that's the only reason I have given this a neutral rating.

Happy listening!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kate on April 28, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Being new to zydeco music, before ordering, I read the reviews which all seemed favorable. I've found that this cd is like a who's who of zydeco. It is now one of my top all-time favorites and I have a large collection of all types of music- rock, classical, country, pop, jazz, but blues is my favorite and this cd is not just a listen, it's an experience!
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