For anyone that likes old style music, as it sounds when played on porches and in living rooms. You would like this cd made by Jean-Pierre Bruneau (recorded in the early seventies). Has Nathan Abshire, Bois Sec and Canray, Alphée and Shirley Bergeron, Bee and Ed Deshotels, Bee and Freemont Fontenot, Dennis McGee, Sady Courville, the Balfa Bros, and one I have never heard of, and supposedly this is the only recordings of, Bee Fontenot (friend of Bois Sec and a very bluesy sounding accordion player).
The cd includes a wonderful booklet with musician and song info, and transcription and translations (though some transcriptions are a little off, I think). A search turns several sources of it, but I got mine from www.cdbaby.com
What is the name of the CD ?
Great CD ! Of all my Cajun CD's I think this is the best of all for several reasons:
1. not studio recorded
2. Done before the Cajun hype started in the 80's ( this was from '72 ).
3. It was the first time several of the artists had actually recorded together.
4. Great quality recordings and great choice of songs.
5. Most of all it has a spontaneous/unrehearsed feel to it, and you can sense Cajun music as played to Cajun audience rather than produced for wider distribution.
... there is something here that later recordings lost..exception ,of course, being the Arhoolie recordings which rate high on my list.
A must have for any serious Cajun music afecionado...
good call ! Glenn
"Les Haricots Sont Pas Salé" is the name of the cd. And as Glenn said, the sound quality is great, especially considering it was recorded in houses and on porches 34 years ago.
I am just realizing there was apparently a few of these type recordings made by people from outside La., many by Europeans that may not be available in the US. What I like about the ones that I have heard done by people from outside La., is that they kept a lot of the bantering between musicians and between songs, which I like to hear as much as the music. Gerard Dole also did a few. I would like to find others.
In 1974, J.P. Bruneau gave me the opportunity to hear the Nagra tapes of his film " Dedans le Sud de La Louisiane"
I thought on the spot that these recordings would make a wonderful LP
As I was the artistic advisor - as far as folk music was concerned - to Expression Spontanée, a small independant French label, I proposed the idea to the man in charge
The idea was accepted and soon I was slicing Bruneau's tapes (copies) on my kitchen table
The result was "Les haricots sont pas salés" (LP)
20 years later or so J.P. Bruneau produced a CD version of "Les haricots sont pas salés" with more tunes from his tapes, and the result is wonderul
Gerald..do you have an email address i can contact you at? its about your instructional CD.
here is my email
I have had this CD since it came out several years ago and have enjoyed it very much. It is one of my favorites and saved the music as I remember it.
Recently I was with Michel Lemaire and he played your latest CD for me, which, we enjoyed along with a bottle of Muscadet.
I hope you're well,
Well, my hat is off to all involved. I consider this a treasure and my favorite find in quite a while, coughing and kids in the background and all. Gerard, do you know of any others like this that may not be commonly available in the US. You guys across the water seem to have done a better job of preserving things of that era than we did, and for that I am thankful.
One of my favorite CD's too.
One of the films made by Jean-Pierre Bruneau was put out on DVD recently (link above). Lots of music, lots of interviews in Cajun French. Magnifique !
(I think it can also be found in the US).