The Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco (1998 album)

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The Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco
Compilation album by
Various artists
Released5 May 1998
GenreWorld, Cajun, Zydeco
LabelWorld Music Network
Full series chronology
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The Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco is a compilation album originally released in 1998. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album features the cajun and zydeco genres of Louisiana in roughly equal measures.[2] Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network, compiled and produced the album.[3] This was the first of two similarly named compilations: the second edition was released in 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]

The album received generally positive reviews. Writing for AllMusic, Adam Greenberg lamented the exclusion of Boozoo Chavis and Beau Jocque, but still called it "enjoyable in the right ways".[2] Michaelangelo Matos of the Chicago Reader claimed the release almost "converted" him to the genres, comparing it with Disc 3 of Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."One Step at a Time"Clifton Chenier4:22
2."Zydeco Boogaloo"Buckwheat Zydeco3:53
3."Balfa Waltz"David Doucet3:47
4."La 'Tit Cord (The Little String)"Jimmy C. Newman2:11
5."La Misère M'a Fait Brailler"John Delafose & The Eunice Playboys4:32
6."Rolling Pin"BeauSoleil3:53
7."Grande Bosco"Eddie LeJeune2:44
8."Bayou Pon Pon"Michael Doucet2:59
9."Two Step d'Amédé"Savoy-Doucet Cajun Band2:41
10."Disco et Fais Do-Do"Bruce Daigrepont3:21
12."Slow Horses and Fast Women"Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas4:16
13."La Pointe aux Pins"Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys3:35
14."Fiddle Stomp"Wallace Cheese Read2:21
15."Jolie, Petite Blonde"Nathan Abshire2:30
16."Chico Two-Step"The California Cajun Orchestra2:45
17."J'Etais au Bal"Jo-El Sonnier3:20
18."Let the Good Times Roll"Buckwheat Zydeco4:57
19."I Passed in Front of Your Door"D.L. Menard3:34


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ a b c Greenberg, Adam. "Rough Guide to Cajun & Zydeco". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (5 November 1998). "A Rough Guide to the Rough Guides". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2014-01-10.

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