Vinyl Pressing Review

Lost Bayou Ramblers

Mammoth Waltz

Reviewed by Rob Peoni on 06.23.2013

Recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, LA., contradictions and complexities abound on this genre-bending LP of updated cajun rock n' roll. A star-studded list of unconventional guest appearances from, the Violent Femmes's Gordon Gano to actress Scarlett Johansson, appends the album's track listing. Lost Bayou Ramblers alter the recipe for a traditional cajun dance music, flavoring it with elements of punk, folk, and rock. The blood-curdling vocal wails and circus-like accordion remain, but the sonic beds surrounding them are atypical. The album was recorded entirely in French.

Ratings are based on a scale from 0-10.

Overall Sound:


This is a loud album, but none of the various roles of the musicians ever get lost in the mix. It's tough to pick out the guest vocalists from the core line-up at times. The LP has its brash moments, but that speaks more to the genre of music than any comment on the pressing itself.

Pressing Quality:


Heavy, 180 gram virgin vinyl sets the standard here. No noticeable warp or weave. No frills on the standard issue jacket and paper sleeve, but the Lost Bayou Ramblers clearly spared no expense where it counts - the sound.

Vinyl Noise:


There is minimal static on the introduction to each side, but the crackle quickly fades as the music begins. No noticeable noise between tracks, and audio remains consistent near the center of the record.

Overall Artwork:


I love the cover art of a giant, blue mammoth being made to dance by a team of faceless Lilliputians. Beyond that, there is little to get excited about in terms of packaging. Plain white, paper sleeve, and black 180 gram vinyl.

Overall Extras:


The vinyl LP includes a digital download. The artwork on the jacket is appealing, but there is little else to get excited about in terms of packaging. No insert of any kind.

Reviewed By:
Rob Peoni

I'm a longtime music junkie who began collecting vinyl around three years ago. I have around 300 titles that span a broad variety of genres. I tend to gravitate toward...

Rob has reviewed 48 other Records.


Total Score

: 3.80



Label: Bayou Perdu Records
Release Year: 2012
Purchase Price: 20.00
Pressing Company: United Record Pressing
Format: Virgin Vinyl
# of Records: 1
Pressing Weight: 180 gram
Color: black
Gatefold: No
Digital: Yes
Inner Sleeves:

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