||Zydeco: The Early Years CD (1989) |
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Photographer: Chris Strachwitz.
Zydeco: The Early Years doesn't necessarily represent the early years of zydeco itself, which had probably been around in several variations for decades prior to these tracks, most of which were recorded in the early '60s. This was still years before zydeco had reached anything close to the level of international esteem it now enjoys, and Chris Strachwitz, who made most of the recordings, was among the first to recognize the form's importance. In comparison to the boisterous full sounds of zydeco stars of the '80s and '90s, this is fairly primitive-sounding; usually there's nothing more than accordion, vocals, and washboard, although drums are sometimes present. It could use more variety, frankly, but these are significant ...