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Where There's Smoke There's Fire

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When Chris Blackwell signed Buckwheat Zydeco to Island Records in the mid-1980s, he may have been hoping that zydeco would break out internationally the way reggae did in the 1970s. It never happened, though Buck gave it his best shot with a series of crossover-friendly projects featuring high-profile guests. Where There's Smoke is as good as any of them. The album was produced by Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and featured Dwight Yoakam sitting in on a cover of Hank Williams's "Hey, Good Lookin'." There's also a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Beast of Burden" and a version of "Route 66" featuring Hidalgo on vocals and guitar. But the best tracks are the old-fashioned accordion rave-ups, like "Buck's Hot Rod" and "Pour Tout Quelqu'un." --Rick Mitchell
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 18, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B000001FWA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,818 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Buckwheat zydeco has been bringing zydeco music to the massess for at least 20 years now and "where There's Smoke There's Fire" is truly one of his best CDs that is not a compilation. The production is perfect. all of the instruments jump out at your ears and the band is in top form. The songs flow beautifully from one to the next. The disc starts off with "What You Gonna Do" and just when you think your heart can't pump any faster they blast into "Buck's Hot rod", a sort of jump blues instrumental with one of the most blistering sax solos I've ever heard. The duette with dwight Yoakam on "Hey Good Lookin'" is excellent and their voices harmonize very well together. One of the highlight tracks is buckwheat's cover of 'Beast of burden." they slow down the tempo and add in some nice acoustic guitar. shoot me if you want to, but I think it's much better than the Stones version even though they are the ones who wrote the song. If you don't own any Buckweat zydeco CDs start with the "Zydeco Party" compilation to get a representative picture of his 80's sound and pick up "where There's smoke There's Fire" to hear some of his best music to date and be ready to shake it up!
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Truly enjoying good Zydeco music, I do not consider myself a "Zydeco man". Some of the stuff is just too deep for me, but this particular album by Buckwheat Zydeco is totally appealing, and very, very listenable.

My favorite track is his adaptation of "Beast of Burden" by the Rolling Stones. It is one of those tunes that get stuck in your head and you keep mentally singing it over and over.

He does, in perfect fashion, Hank William's "Hey Good Lookin'". Hank was a Louisiana man also, I believe. I think you will like listening to this album over and over and over, as I do.

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I have had this CD for a couple of years, and I just got it out the other night. Had to listen to it again as I wait for his new CD to arrive. Man oh man, this is good. I dare you to put this CD on and NOT get moving. This could be his best, but I reserve judgment until the new one ("Jackpot") arrives.
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He has a combination of styles that I like - energetic zydeco with blues and old r & b - and he still does the best rendition of Get Your Kicks on Route 66 ever
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This is another good cd from Buckwheat Zydeco. Goes great with my cajun collection. Good listening. Ready to do the two step.
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