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Putumayo PresentsAudio CD
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Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world's cultures. The label grew out of Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper in 1975 and sold in 1997. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Dan to launch Putumayo World Music and establish a non-traditional sales division. Putumayo World Music has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic ... Read more in Amazon's Putumayo Presents Store

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  • 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 (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'

Editorial Reviews

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

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Xenophiles Unite! 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one to buy... September 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smoking! September 20, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the very best zydeco compilation October 12, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you want to get up and DANCE! April 21, 2000
By Shelly
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars These reviews don't go with this MP3 album January 18, 2014
By Scout
Format:MP3 Music
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:

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this CD April 28, 2009
By Kate
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ... with this music and my wife has fallen in love with
I grew up with this music and my wife has fallen in love with it
Published 3 days ago by Walter McCormick
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat Zydeco
I enjoy Zydeco, but these artists made me love it! Really upbeat and infectious. My office mates like it too!
Published 12 days ago by Dave R
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy!
Happy! Happy! Lots of fun to listen to and feel yourself toe tapping to the beats of the wonder the cajuns were such
happy people.
Published 26 days ago by Sassy
5.0 out of 5 stars I can see why this cd is popular
I love the cd .It's great to dance to. I enjoyed the variety of artists to that I got an opportunity to listen to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by robin peterse
5.0 out of 5 stars Upbeat & fun
Perfect introduction for us "newbies" to Zydeco who are hesitant to plunge into the hard-core stuff. I got a copy for my brother & he likes it also. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ms. Pickle
5.0 out of 5 stars this is the third one!
I love this cd!! I bought my original one on bourbon street in new Orleans. so wen it got broken I was devastated. since then I have ordered this cd two more times!! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Zydeco to love
We got this CD for a Mardi Gras party. It is very good and now I listen to it periodically on my iPod. You will like it.
Published 14 months ago by C-CatStickman
5.0 out of 5 stars Zydeco CD is Terrific
Excellent collection of Zydeco Music; all the selections fit together nicely.
This CD collection makes me want to purchase others!
Published 14 months ago by Joe Fialko
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
We vacation in the Cajun part of Louisiana and really enjoyed this album to remind us of the wonderful times we have had there. Hearing the different artists is very enjoyable. Read more
Published 14 months ago by chappytrails
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift!
Found out that a friend loved this kind of music and could not even identify the genre. I knew it was Zydeco. Searched for just the right CD to start her collection... Read more
Published 14 months ago by SusieQ
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