Zydeco A-Go-Go

Zydeco Dance Party!

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Though this album is primarily a sample of some cover tunes, it is done with such craft and danceable vitality that one can enjoy the songs again with a fresh presentation. The first piece from the album, "Down by the Bayou," is a fine example of the thought that went into this compilation. This song, creatively colored by the accordion riffs and vocals from Peter Eshelman, tells of the beauty and the true essence of the Bayou Country; all is done with the true focal point being an upbeat dance tune appeal. "Motordude Special" is unique in the sense that it is basically an instrumental tune accentuated by the vocals. The attractiveness again lies in the "party" flavor of the beat and melody. The swing style of the cover of Robert Guidry's "See Ya Later Alligator" is sure to get everyone out on the dance floor. The saxophone work by Troy Corley is ace and gives the song that true era quality. The harmony vocals on the chorus are also quite an attractive piece of artistry, and the sound overall is tight and rhythmic. Listeners will want to be sure to check out the version of Ivory Joe Hunter's classic "Since I Met You Baby," a piece of musical history that was well worth taking out of the moth balls. Peter Eshelman's down-home vocals give the song an amazing appeal, along with his marvelous accordion work. Troy Corley again shines brightly with his fantastic saxophone work on this rendition. Another pleasant surprise is the tune "One Step Des Cameaux" penned by the Cajun great Amadé Ardoin. The rollicking melody and the Cajun-French lyrics make for an exceptional Cajun delight. The downside is the song's length -- it seems a bit too short at just over 2½ minutes. "Bon Ton Roule," with its cha-cha rhythm and jazzy solos from the sax, is another great track. Also included is the traditional "Jolie Blon," featuring unique use of the lap-steel guitar work of Jared Snyder, who also does vocals on this gem. "A Mi Me Gustan Las Pupusas," another traditional number that has some Tex-Mex influences, is sure to get any joint jumping. The Zydeco-A-Go-Go band does an excellent job of keeping Cajun music alive. More importantly, the musicians are especially focused on making the entire package very entertaining. As an added bonus they also toss in some of that good old rock & roll, with great tunes such as Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby" and the Ray Charles classic "What'd I Say." All of the efforts combined from Zydeco-A-Go-Go contribute to making this another album that will maintain a permanence in any Cajun/Zydeco collection.