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"Globe Records Compilation 2000"
Dani Heyvaert ,
RootsTown Music Magazine, Belgium
"Simply brilliant compilation. I LOVE the CD: it came in this morning and I played it at least six times today."
ZydecoRaod.com, June 15, 2001
"A few record companies have seen fit to put together a series of compilation recordings this year that feature
various artists celebrating the spirit of Mardi Gras in places such as Louisiana, Brazil and California. One of the first
CDs to be sent to me comes from Globe Records based in Mill Valley, California. The CD entitled "West Coast
Mardi Gras Party" is very well done and features tracks by such California favorites as: Zydeco Flames: the
California Cajun Orchestra: Andre Thierry; Gator Beat; and Eddie Baytos and the Nervis Brothers. What "West Coast
Mardi Gras Party" does is bring together some very talented acts from the West Coast to prove that the popularity of
Cajun, Zydeco, and Jazz is very much alive and seriously thriving outside of the confines of New Orleans and the
parishes of Louisiana. But then again, serious Zydeco fans already knew this."
"West Coast Mardi Gras Party" also succeeds at capturing the diversity of the music, as it currently exists in parts
north of the bright lights of Los Angeles. Among the many musical offerings featured are the Zydeco Flames hard
driving "You Can Dance (All Night Long)." The Flames can cook with the best of the zydeco acts around today and
somebody has to get these guys out onto the broader Zydeco Road. Northern California can't be the exclusive
stomping ground for such a talented group of musicians. The very pleasing sounds of The California Cajun
Orchestra featuring the late Danny Poullard can be heard on "Chicot Two-Step," and, there are many other good
tracks among the thirteen others on the CD including, "Quelle Etoile" by Frog Legs, "Boss Hog" by Andre Thierry;
"Mamacita" by Motordude Zydeco, and "Back to Louisiana" by The Pulsators."
"West Coast Mardi Gras Party" proves that they can zydeco in Simi Valley and two-step out at Big Sur. You can add
this neat three-pepper package to your collection by visiting the Globe Records website at www.globerecords.com."
Blues-L, by Rockin' Ralph, Oldies Unlimited, Blues Rocket-KHDC 90.9 FM
"West Coast Mardi Gras Party CD - Just when you thought you'd had enough Gumbo, along comes a delightful
new CD titled "West Coast Mardi Gras Party" on the Globe label. It's a
festive parade featuring performances by West Coast Artists. 15 Tracks of
Party Music (Cajun, Zydeco, New Orleans R&B, Funk and even a tad of
"Put on your Dancin' Shoes, clear out the furniture & slip this baby into the
player. Voila! You'll be treated to an engaging and refreshing cavalcade
of Mardi Gras music that'll have you movin' and shimmyin' right out of your
socks! (that's if you're wearin' em')"
"Make no mistake, this is a real good one!!!
- You Can
Dance...The Zydeco Flames
Two-Step...California Cajun Orchestra
- Open Up The Barn
- Swamp Feet...Tom Rigney and Flambeau
- Mardi Gras Song...Gator Beat
- Postman...Eddie Baytos
- Big Life...Mumbo Gumbo
- High Octane Gas...S. E. Willis
- Mamacita...Motordude Zydeco
- Back To Louisiana...The Pulsators
- Original Dixieland One-Step...Golden Gate Rhythm Machine
- Zydeco Show...Tee
Fee Swamp Boogie
- Limbo Jazz...Brass Monkey
Let the Good Times Roll, baby."
- Jeff Thornton
Maple Island Communications
"Thanks a ton !! A great album !"
Richard Dorsett, Victory
"A few years back, the culture police created a stink over the traditional sounding music created by
the gifted singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. Her crime? She was Los Angeles raised, not a product of
the Southern mountains her critics believed was a requirement to produce such work. Odd, isn't it,
the assumption of who is entitled to produce music? By the standard of the Welch critics, jazz would
be limited to the Mississippi basin, blues to African-Americans, Western classical music to Vienna,
and djembe drumming to West Africa. With a reasonable respect for the cultural origins of a genre,
who's to say who gets to work within its ambit? So here we arrive at the collection of West Coast
Mardi Gras Party collection. That's Northern California for anyone who thinks Cajun, Zydeco, and
Dixieland ought to be relegated to Highway 61 and the Louisiana south. Mardi Gras Party is a
sampler, kicking off with the hot Zydeco Flames ("You Can Dance (All Night Long)"). One cut each
from bands such as Gator Beat ("Mardi Gras Song"), Frog Legs ("Quelle Etolie"), Mumbo Gumbo ("Big
Life"), S.E. Willis ("High Octane Gas"), and The Pulsators ("Back to Louisiana"). I tend to give
high marks to any recording with packaging that's honest about the recordings. West Coast Mardi Gras
Party is that and more and proves again how migrations of people and music enrich America. This
warrants being recommended, whether for wake-up, party, or energizing housecleaning music. Let these
folks show it off. You'll be pleased."
Gary Dauphin, Zyde.com -
The Internet Magazine for Louisiana Music
"Globe Records has done a nice job of collecting fun party songs from West Coast bands that play pretty authentic "Mardi Gras"
music. Some of it leans toward Zydeco, but most of it is just upbeat party music that you'd really enjoy around Fat Tuesday.
Every song on this CD is a good choice, although they don't all fit in one particular niche. Some are Zydeco songs, some are just
"Mardi Gras" style party tunes, while others are Bluesy. They even toss in some Dixieland for good measure.
The best songs? Big Life from Mumbo Gumbo is a fun party tune with good vocals and a nice beat. Another upbeat, danceable
number is Boss Hog by Andre Thierry, which features some good Zydeco accordion play. The Zydeco Flames contribute
"You Can Dance All Night," a good party Zydeco song. And, for down-right good Cajun fiddlin', check out TeeFee Swamp
Boogie's "Zydeco Show," which is much more Cajun in style than the title would infer. The CD wraps up with a tuba-boppie
cover of Duke Ellington's Limbo Jazz - very upbeat and very Mardi Gras.
If you want a CD that is a mix of likeable tunes from several Louisiana genres, and you want to feel like you just left Mardi 2001,
check out this first-rate CD."
All Media Guide (**** Four Star rating)
"Featuring some of the most fun and boisterous performances of 2001, West Coast Mardi Gras Party is a
great collection of Cajun music that reaches out to several other genres for inspiration. Country,
jazz -- it all blends together on these 15 tracks to create a good soundtrack to a Louisiana-style
good time. The best tracks here are probably the most jazz influenced; a good example is "Postman,"
a wonderful track from Eddie Baytos & the Nervis Brothers that uses the typical blues structure and
blends big Dixieland horns and zydeco style rhythm to create an awesome track. Another great song,
the Pulsators' "Back to Louisiana," is a roots rock ballad filtered through Cajun rhythms, creating
the only real slow point of the album...when the album picks up, it really picks up...Overall,
this is a wonderful collection that should appeal to not only fans of
the genre, but anyone who even wants to give Cajun music a chance for the first time."
Mag. Dietmar Hoscher
Die Zydeco- und Cajunszene Louisianas ist längst zum Fixbestandteil der Worldmusic geworden.
Nun wird diesen Stilen aber auch in anderen Gefilden gehuldigt. Etwa an der amerikanischen West
Coast! Fünfzehn derartiger Beispiele bietet dieser Sampler, von New-Orleans-R´n´B bis zu Cajun,
Zydeco, Funk und Dixieland. In der Tat geriert sich die Westküste als größte Cajun/Creole/Zydeco-Szene
außerhalb Louisianas. So wie Musiker aus dem Delta dem Highway 61 nach Chicago folgten, begaben sich Creolen
und Cajuns nach Kalifornien. Von Nachahmung kann daher keine Rede sein. Die meisten der Künstler auf vorliegender
CD kommen auch aus dem Großraum der San Francisco Bay Area. Geboten wird gospelinfizierter Zydeco ebenso wie
Two-Step-Cajun-Instrumentals, bläsergestützter R´n´B, Creolische Tradition, viel Fiddle, „lateinamerikanischer"
Cajun mit Flöte und Akkordeon, Dr.-John-Piano aber auch Dixieland und die gute alte Brass Band. Ein Partyalbum
mit hohem Spaßfakor!
Kjell Andreassen, Radio Holstebro, Denmark
"It's a fantastic album I will use a lot."
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Blues On Stage
, mnblues.com, January, 2000
"Globe Compilation 2000 / Happy New Millennium" serves a double purpose: first it is a single, and second it is a compilation
sampler of the Globe Records roster of artists. The title track (and single) features several of the Globe
artists on a tune that has a Latin beat, and features the chorus sung in English, and spoken in nine
other languages. An edited take of the song opens the CD, but you have to wait until the end to hear
the full unexpurgated version.
The sampler features several different musical styles, with something for just about everybody, including
a number of tracks from the blues genre. As samplers go, it is pretty good stuff, and there are a couple
of bands that merit further investigation. In particular, Rhythmtown Jive, who serve up a honking sax
R&B tune called
Stream", and the laid back musings of the Christmas Jug Band (Big Boy Crudup's
His Red Wagon" and Frank Loesser's "What Are You Doin' New Year's Eve?") come out ahead of the
rest. Joe Goldmark also deserves special mention for doing a pedal(?) steel guitar version of the Beatles
Only Sleeping," whilst most amusing song title goes to
"First Bratwurst of Summer" (MP3 sound file)
Shockwave sound file)
by the Germanic
sounding band called Those Darn Accordions!
Overall "Globe Compilation 2000" is something of a musical smorgasbord rather than a blues CD as such.
As a sampler it offers a useful insight into what Globe Records are up to. Most of the material sits in
fairly safe mainstream territory within its own particular style, so do not expect any exciting new fusions
of different styles. Good clean fun, nonetheless.
Le Monde au Blues, January, 2000:
"Vers : "Happy New Millenium" (Globe) (43:22)"
Le titre le dit "Joyeux Millénaire", une collection sortie pour
célébrer le passage à l'an 2000 avec des artistes issus du vivier de la baie de
San Francisco. Deux versions du Happy New Millenium
réunissant des musiciens appartenant aux différents artistes du label Globe. L'une des
formations prometteuses de San Francisco, le Rhythmtown Jive,
plonge dans le rythme avec
titre très rock'n'roll, avec de puissants échanges entre le sax et le piano de
l'invité de luxe, Johnnie Johnson. Du zydeco californien pour suivre, "Mamou
Two-step" par Gator Beat, avec le piano à
bretelles en fusion! Le Christmas Jug Band lui , reprend le
his red wagon"
d'Arthur Crudup en swing jug!! Dans, ce groupe, des anciiens musiciens de Commander Cody,
Norton Buffalo, d'ailleurs le leader du Rhythmtown Jive, Tim Eschliman, faisait lui aussi partie de
ce groupe légendaire. Folk rock rythmé pour Solid Air
et "Little bird", une
bien jolie mélodie
champêtre avec des voix cristallines rappelant Richard et Linda Thompson. Frank Goldwasser,
alias Paris Slim, vient gratter de la slide avec bonheur sur son
"Molly's backyard girl".
se fait country, lorsqu'arrive la pedal steel de Joe Goldmark,
jouée de manière
très créative, sur une mélodie signée Lennon-McCartney,
sleeping". Vous l'avez deviné, beaucoup de
variétés, mais sans doute trop peu de blues à se mettre sous la dent.
Vicki Wanless, WVMR, Dunmore. WV
"Great music and everything will definately be played."
Doug Leclair, Any Swing Goes, KPLR, San Diego, CA
Norman Davis, Midnight Flyer, KEGR, Pinellas Park, FL
"This is fun. Love Susie Davis! Thanks!"
Vicente Zumel, La Hora Del Blues,
Radio PICA, Barcelona, Spain
"They sound fresh, strong, and powerful"
Josh Gage, WSCL Web Radio, Bronxville, NY
"Would love to hear more of these artists!"
Walt Gander, WXPR, Rhinelander, WI
"Thanks, we'll use it!! Will play from entire CD!!"