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Buckwheat Zydeco – Menagerie - The Essentail Zydeco Collection (1993)

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01. Ma Tit Fille 6:52 
02. Buck’s Hot Rod 3:49          play
03. Drivin Old Grey 5:00 
04. Hot Tamale Baby 4:08 
05. Hey Good Lookin’ 4:02 
06. Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire 4:26 
07. Taking It Home 4:15 
08. What You Gonna Do 4:31 
09. Pour Tout Quelque’un 4:38 
10. Make A Change 4:02 
11. Maybe I Will 3:45            play

Buckwheat Zydeco- Accordion,Keyboards
Dwight Yoakam- Vocals 
Steve Berlin- Sax Baritone
Herman Brown- Drums 
Anthony Butler- Sax Tenor 
Gregory Davis- Trumpet 
Stanley Dural- Piano,Accordion 
Stanley Dural- Keyboards,Organ,Hammond,Vocals,Melodica
David Hidalgo- Guitar,Drums,Vocals
Robert James- Guitar 
Nathaniel Jolivette- Drums 
Calvin Landry- Trumpet 
Patrick Landry- Rubboard 
Roger Lewis- Sax Baritone 
Mark Linett- Tambourine 
Kevin Menard- Drums
Paul Senegal- Guitar 
Dennis Taylor- Sax Baritone,Sax Tenor
Lee Thornburg- Trumpet 
Efrem Towns- Trumpet
Melvin Veazie- Guitar 
Wilbert Willis- Rubboard 
Lee Allen Zeno- Bass
Kevin Harris- Sax Tenor

 

Menagerie: The Essential Zydeco Collection collects highlights from Buckwheat Zydeco’s three albums for Island Records between 1987 and 1990. There are a number of really good songs here (“Ma ‘Tit Fille,” “Hey Good Lookin’,” “Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire”), and the compilation actually distills his uneven Island albums into a strong single-disc collection. However, if you’re looking for Buckwheat at his best, stick to the Rounder and Black Top releases. By Thom Owens, All Music Guide. **

Contemporary zydeco’s most popular performer, accordionist Stanley “Buckwheat” Dural was the natural successor to the throne vacated by the death of his mentor Clifton Chenier; infusing his propulsive party music with strains of rock and R&B, his urbanized sound — complete with touches of synthesizer and trumpet — married traditional and contemporary zydeco with uncommon flair, in the process reaching a wider mainstream audience than any artist before him. Dural was born in Lafayette, Louisiana on November 14, 1947; with his braided hair, he soon acquired the nickname “Buckwheat” (an homage to the Our Gang character), and by the age of four was already touted as a piano prodigy. Although often exposed to traditional zydeco as a child, he preferred R&B, and by the mid-1950s was playing professionally with Lynn August; Dural’s notoriety as a keyboardist quickly spread, and he also backed notables including Joe Tex and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown.

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