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Rounder has been working the zydeco genre pretty heavily for quite a while, but the last few years have been something of a highlight for the label, with multiple compilations of the finest pieces coming out. As such, a few greatest-hits compilations from the biggest stars on the label were certainly in order, including this album of Buckwheat Zydeco hits comprised from earlier Rounder albums. As Rounder actually had only four previous albums from Buckwheat, two of which were remasters and compilations, there are in actuality only two albums making up the origins of Classics here. Nonetheless, it's an excellent album. With four tracks from Turning Point and six more from Waitin' for My Ya-Ya, the disc is already filled with enjoyable works. Regrettably, some of the classics from the Island recordings aren't here, but then again the Rounder focus leaves a stronger foundation of zydeco with a better balance of R&B infusions than some other albums. Here, the tempo is almost always hot, and the band is always groovin'. At the forefront of the sound is Buckwheat himself, powering the songs with his charisma and joyousness. As with many greatest-hits compilations, the album makes an excellent starting point for new listeners and curious newcomers, but the ideal items for acquainted listeners would be the original albums themselves. Pick it up as a collector, a completist, or a newcomer alike, but go for both Turning Point and Waitin' for My Ya-Ya if you're just looking for more Buckwheat after hearing the Island albums.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661217720
catalogNumber: 612177
Rank: 84323

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buckwheat Zydeco   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals
Selwyn Cooper   Guitar
Elijah Cudges   Rubboard
Nathaniel Jolivette   Drums
Calvin Landry   Trumpet
Lee Allen Zeno   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Clifton Chenier   Composer
Lee Dorsey   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Glenn Berger   Engineer
Scott Billington   Producer
Fats Domino   Composer
Buckwheat Zydeco   Arranger,Composer
Leo Graham   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Lewis   Composer
Gregg Lunsford   Engineer
Morgan Robinson   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Stanley Dural   Composer

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