THE BALFA BROTHERS "J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard et La Belette" '75

The Balfa Brothers are the real deal. They were recording Cajun music back before anyone outside of south-central Louisiana knew such a thing existed. This 13-track album, originally released on a tiny regional label in 1976 and reissued untouched by Rounder in 1989, is utterly authentic traditional Cajun music, performed on acoustic instruments with no drums (and only two tracks' worth of accordion, which may disappoint those who equate that instrument with Cajun music) and lyrics sung entirely in the regional Acadian French. (Even the liner notes are in this patois.) What matters is not how "authentic," this music is, however, but how good it is, and that's where this record shines. All 13 tracks (well, technically, track 11 is just a spoken-word introduction to the ballad "Mon N'Onc' Charlot") are utterly outstanding; as driving and rhythmic as music can get on an acoustic guitar and a pair of fiddles, with an unfettered joy in the vocals that comes across even to those listeners who don't understand the language. Those interested in traditional Cajun music would do well to start right here. (by Stewart Mason, ALLMUSIC)

01 J'ai Vu Le Loup, Le Renard Et La Belette 02 Rosina 03 La valse de kaplan 04 Les veuves de la coulee 05 Les blues du militaire 06 O ye yai quoe faire 07 Je suis content d'etre un cajun 08 Casey Jones 09 La valse du Port Arthur 10 La vieille danse a balfa 11 Annonce 12 Mon n'onc' charlot 13 Tous les deux pour la meme
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