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I'm Never Comin Back: Roots of Zydeco
Amede Ardoin
I'm Never Comin Back: Roots of Zydeco
Genres: Blues, International Music, Pop
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CD Details

All Artists: Amede Ardoin
Title: I'm Never Comin Back: Roots of Zydeco
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Arhoolie Records
Original Release Date: 11/14/1995
Re-Release Date: 11/30/1995
Genres: Blues, International Music, Pop
Styles: Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 096297700723

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Absolutely seminal.
Idiosyncrat | California | 08/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First off, don't get this CD expecting very high-fidelity audio. All material here is from the 1930's, and about half of it was recorded with field equipment. (The other half was recorded in an NYC studio, and sounds much better, is comprised of solo performances, without backing fiddle.)

This is an essential recording if you're interested in the history of Cajun and Zydeco music. These have developed as two distinct styles, but Ardoin is a figure that towers above both. Amede Ardoin was a black Creole musician who brought a strong blues influence to Cajun music, and defined the accordion playing style.

This collection has nearly everything he recorded that survives. His first four recordings are in another collection (the strangely-titled "Cajun Dance Party", which I'll recommend in addition to this one using the Amazon feature for doing this.)"
T. Bekken | Austmarka Norway | 06/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Monsieur Ardoin played a mean accordion, but his haunting vocals are just as astonishing. This music is for the ages. Even though I hardly understand a word of standard French - let alone the cajun version sung here - the music speaks to me. Anyone who wants to have a perspective on African-American music needs to hear this stuff."
Incredible material...careless production
Ben Dewberry | PA | 01/18/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I love early Cajun, and I particularly love the soulful singing of Ardoin. The CD contains most, but not all of his recordings but unfortunately, about 1/2 on this set are in extremely poor sound quality when I am sure that collectors out there have very clean copies. All of the Decca sides though sound great. This is a must have collection for the Cajun collector."