Country Quebec: 1925-1955

Various Artists

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Country Quebec: 1925-1955 Review

by Chris Nickson

Country music's image is all-American, with a home south of the Mason-Dixon line. But really, it's always been international. And it makes perfect sense that there's been country music in Canada -- even Francophone Canada -- as long as it's existed anywhere else. The Arcadians, after all, brought Cajun music to the U.S., and with a largely rural, working class population, country music was something that spoke to the people directly. So, shining a spotlight on 30 years of Quebecois country music is a fascinating idea, and a remarkable insight into the music itself -- in a way, like hearing early U.S. country refracted through a prism. The vast majority of the artists are just names -- possibly only Mary Bolduc might raise a flicker of recognition. Here she takes a break from her better-known mouth music to yodel with partner Andre Carmel on "Les Belles-Meres." This is an album of culture shifts, there's no doubt about that, where familiar tunes (often, interestingly, more on the Western end of country & western) have entirely new lyrics -- which are not just translations of the English originals. This is definitely music by the people, for the people, simply performed without guile or glitz, and a fascinating little slice of North American history.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Willie Lamothe 02:54 Amazon
2 Marcel Martel 02:27 Amazon
3 Paul Brunelle 03:14 Amazon
4 Suzanne Gadbois 03:29 Amazon
5 Ludovic Huot 03:16 Amazon
6 Jean Lalonde 02:40 Amazon
7 Lionel Parent 02:43 Amazon
8 Roland Lebrun 02:16 Amazon
9 Willie Lamothe 02:42 Amazon
10 Willie Lamothe 02:40 Amazon
11 Willie Lamothe 02:59 Amazon
12 Mary Travers Bolduc 03:19 Amazon
13 Paul Brunelle 02:43 Amazon
14 Marcel Martel 02:21 Amazon
15
03:03 Amazon
16 Lionel Parent 02:43 Amazon
17 Roland Lebrun 02:24 Amazon
18 Georges Caouette 02:12 Amazon
19 Jimmy Debate 02:53 Amazon
20 Tony Villemure 03:28 Amazon
21 Willie Lamothe 02:30 Amazon
22 Lionel Parent 02:58 Amazon
23
02:48 Amazon
24 Wendell Hall 03:01 Amazon
25 Gaston Saint-Jacques 02:54 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
02:55 Amazon
2 Paul Brunelle 03:21 Amazon
3 Gilles Plante 02:20 Amazon
4 Willie Lamothe 02:50 Amazon
5 Paul Brunelle 02:55 Amazon
6 Marcel Martel 02:37 Amazon
7 Roland Lebrun 02:50 Amazon
8 Jimmy Debate 02:48 Amazon
9
02:49 Amazon
10 Yvan Trempe 02:45 Amazon
11
02:30 Amazon
12 Gilles Besner / Ensemble des Prairies 03:02 Amazon
13 Julien Tailly 02:37 Amazon
14
Lyse Nancy 02:16 Amazon
15 Georges Caouette 02:41 Amazon
16 Tony Villemure 02:58 Amazon
17 Roger Turgeon 02:50 Amazon
18 Willie Lamothe 02:49 Amazon
19 Willie Lamothe 02:44 Amazon
20 Marcel Martel 02:44 Amazon
21 Paul Brunelle 03:10 Amazon
22
02:50 Amazon
23 02:53 Amazon
24 Vernon Dalhart / Lou Raderman / Carson J. Robinson 02:52 Amazon
25 Hector Pellerin 03:08 Amazon
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