Floyd's Early Cajun Singles Various Artists (Swallow Records)

£11.50

Availablity:
World excluding USA & Canada
Genre:
Louisiana/New Orleans
Label:
Ace Records
Format:
CD
Catalogue Id:
CDCHD 743

Swallow Records, still run by the personable Floyd Soileau and based in Ville Platte, Louisiana, is the most important and prolific Cajun record label of all. In the 1980s, Ace Records was the first UK label to delve deeply into the Swallow Records catalogue and so bring Cajun music to the masses.

With Floyd's Early Cajun Singles we go to the very beginning of Floyd Soileau's career as a record man. Starting out as a teenage disc jockey with Radio KVPI, Ville Platte, he began selling records as a sideline in 1956 before founding the famous Floyd's Record Shop. Realizing there was a dearth of Cajun product, Floyd released in late 1957 a single on 78 and 45 on Big Mamou Records by accordionist Milton Molitor with Austin Pitre on fiddle. Then Soileau started the Vee-Pee label (named after the initials of his home town) with accordion stars Lawrence Walker and Aldus Roger.

In 1958 Floyd formed the Jin and Swallow labels with no clear musical divisions. After scoring big regional hits by Rod Bernard and Jivin' Gene on Jin, Floyd earmarked Jin exclusively for his popular singles, with Swallow being strictly Cajun music. In this late 1950s period, Cajun artists were absorbing the 'honky tonk' country influence, with the fiddle and steel guitar prominent alongside the imperious accordion. The music here is of joyous two-steps and poignant waltzes in an age when the local dance hall was still the fulcrum of Cajun society.
Our CD booklet features colourful reminiscences from Floyd Soileau and rare photographs from the Johnnie Allan collection.

Needless to say, the original 45s and 78s are gold-plated, impossible-to-find collectors' items. But this is not just a CD release for record collectors and music historians, it should also appeal to lovers of any downhome music and the throng of Cajun dancers. Most of all, it is a terrific tribute to Floyd Soileau who helped to preserve this music at a time when few others cared. Another first for Ace!

By John Broven

Track listing

Side 1

  • 01
    Midway Two-Step - Milton Molitor with Austin Pitre Band

  • 02
    Manuel Bar Waltz - Milton Molitor with Austin Pitre Band

  • 03
    Osson Two-Step - Lawrence Walker & the Wandering Aces

  • 04
    Bon Ton Rouley - Lawrence Walker & the Wandering Aces

  • 05
    O.S.T Special - Aldus Roger & the Lafayette Playboys

  • 06
    Midway Waltz - Aldus Roger & the Lafayette Playboys

  • 07
    Walker Special - Lawrence Walker & the Wandering Aces

  • 08
    Midnite Waltz - Lawrence Walker & the Wandering Aces

  • 09
    Seventy-Three Special - Andrew Cormier & the Rambling Aces

  • 10
    Dans Les Misere - Rodney Lejune & The Rambling Aces

  • 11
    Two-Step De Vieux Temps - Andrew Cormier & the Rambling Aces

  • 12
    La Fille De La Veuve - Rodney LeJune & the Rambling Aces

  • 13
    Ville Platte Playboys Special - Leo Fontenot & the Ville Platte Playboys

  • 14
    Jole Basete - Leo Fontenot & the Ville Platte Playboys

  • 15
    North Side Door - Adam Hebert & the Country Playboys

  • 16
    Every Nite When It's Dark - Adam Hebert & the Country Playboys

  • 17
    Flumes Dans Faire - Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys

  • 18
    Opelousas Waltz - Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys

  • 19
    One Step De Duson - Louis Cormier & the Moonlite Playboys

  • 20
    Drunkard's Blues - Louis Cormier & the Moonlite Playboys

  • 21
    Rene's Special - Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys

  • 22
    Rainbow Waltz - Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys

  • 23
    Cette La J'Aime - Adam Hebert & the Country Playboys

  • 24
    Country Playboys Special - Adam Hebert & the Country Playboys

  • 25
    99 Year Waltz - Rodney LeJune & the Rambling Aces

  • 26
    Lacassine Two-Step - Andrew Cormier & the Rambling Aces

  • 27
    Tee Yeaux Bleu - Joel Sonnier & the Duson Playboys

  • 28
    Font Kee-Lot Two-Step - Sidney Brown & his French Accordion

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