Beausoleil – The Best of Beausoleil


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Release Date:  1997

Label:  Arhoolie Records


Track List

1 Parlez-Nous A Boire (Speak To Us Of Drinking)
2 Tous Les Deux Pour La Meme (For The Same Girl)
3 J’Ai Ete Au Zydeco (I Went To The Zydeco)
4 Voyage Au Mariage (My True Love)
5 Courtableau (Bayou Courtableau)
6 La Valse Des Jonglemonts (The Pensive Waltz)
7 Mercredi Soire Passe (Last Wednesday’s Soiree)
8 Grand Mallet
9 Bee’s Blues
10 Shoo, Black
11 Leger’s Chase (The Mardi Gras Song)
12 Je Veux Me Marier (I Want To Marry)
13 Valse De Grand Meche (Waltz Of The Big Marsh)
14 Joe Pitre’s So Bad
15 Creole French Blues
16 Chanson D’Acadie (Song For Acadia)
17 Le Bozo Two Step
18 Si J’Aurais De Ailes (If I Had Wings)
19 Chez Varise Connor
20 La Chanson De Cinquante Sous (The 50 Cent Song)
21 La Valse Du Vacher (Cowboy Waltz)
22 Hot Chili Mama



  • Michael Doucet – accordion, bass, fiddle, mandolin, percussion, vocals
  • David Doucet – guitar, vocals
  • Tommy Alesi – drums
  • Annick Colbert – recorder
  • Tommy Comeaux – guitar, mandolin
  • Canray Fontenot – fiddle, vocals
  • Sonny Landreth – dobro, slide guitar
  • Errol Verret – accordion
  • Robert Vignaud – bass
  • Crawford Vincent – drums, vocals
  • Billy Ware – percussion, spoons, triangle
  • Elizabeth Weil – bass



Best of Beausoleil isn’t as wide-ranging as Rhino’s Bayou Deluxe compilation; it only draws from records the group recorded for Arhoolie during the ’80s. It’s a decent collection in its own right, though, conveying the group’s skill at arranging Cajun music with the right mix of musical chops and laid-back charm. It also might find more favor with more traditional-minded Cajun fans than the band’s eclectic releases or compilations, with a high percentage of traditional French-language tunes. The booklet includes lyrics in both French and English.

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