Various Artists

Absolutely the Best Cajun & Zydeco

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On this release from the great reissue label Vàrese Sarabande, Absolutely the Best of Cajun and Zydeco covers a wide range of the music of Louisiana. Artists like Boozoo Chavis, Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chenier, Queen Ida & Her Zydeco Band, Michael Doucet & Beausoleil, and Doug Kershaw make spirited appearances on zydeco classics like "Jolie Blon," "Ya Ya," "My Toot Toot," "Zydeco Gris Gris," and "My Girl Josephine." The collection is an excellent place to start investigating this vibrant musical style, and also a great way for zydeco aficionados to have many of their favorites in one place. (Also available from Vàrese is the second volume in this series, Absolutely the Best of Cajun and Zydeco, Vol. 2, and the superior two-fer CD Absolutely the Best of Cajun and Zydeco, Vol. 1 & 2.)

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