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The Best Of Clifton Chenier

The Best Of Clifton Chenier

Chifton Chenier (1925–1987) is universally recognized as the creator of zydeco music, a blend of French and Cajun two-steps and waltzes with New Orleans R&B, Texas blues, and big-band jazz. This collection of 17 songs is drawn from his extensive catalogue with Arhoolie Records and features a previously unreleased live version of “Zydeco Sont Pas Salé” (The Snap Beans Aren’t Salty) as well as a 15-minute interview conducted by Arhoolie founder Chris Strachwitz. Allmusic.com notes that this collection is a good starting point for anyone interested in the origins of zydeco.

Track Listing

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Je Me Reveiller Le Matin (I Woke Up This Morning) Clifton Chenier 3:16
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I'm Coming Home (To See My Mother) Clifton Chenier 3:19
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Ay, Ai, Ai Clifton Chenier 2:27
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Brown Skin Woman (Who Can Your Good Man Be) Clifton Chenier 3:44
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Hot Rod Clifton Chenier 2:50
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It's Hard Clifton Chenier 3:24
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All Your Love Clifton Chenier 4:24
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Party Down (At the Blue Angel Club) Clifton Chenier 4:51
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Why Did You Go Last Night Clifton Chenier 3:19
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Ma Mama Ma Dit (My Mama Told Me) Clifton Chenier 3:32
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Zydeco Cha Cha Clifton Chenier 3:46
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Bon Ton Roulet Clifton Chenier 3:10
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Black Gal Clifton Chenier 2:40
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Johnny Can't Dance Clifton Chenier 4:44
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I'm on the Wonder Clifton Chenier 4:19
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Zydeco Sont Pas Sale (Snap Beans Without Salt) Clifton Chenier 3:43
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Ain't No Need of Crying Clifton Chenier 4:13
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Interview with Clifton Chenier, KPFA - Berkeley, CA - 1978 Clifton Chenier 15:25

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