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Fats Domino 5/1/2007

Review

Of all the early rock & rollers, Fats Domino gets a short shrift. Too easygoing for rockers, too popular for New Orleans R&B devotees, he fell into a middle ground -- a middle ground that was extremely popular at the time, but didn't give him the proper respect within hipster history, probably because his music is just so damn enjoyable. Few musicians have made good music sound so easy, so effortless as Fats, and that's best appreciated in an exhaustive compilation, such as EMI's 2002 box set Walking to New Orleans, because the sheer scope of Fats' accomplishment becomes stunning only at this scale. Sure, it's easy to appreciate the brilliance of Domino on a hits collection, even one as generous as a 20-track collection like My Blue Heaven, but the true scope of his accomplishments becomes clear on a set like this, since there's not a bad cut among these 100 tracks. Yes, some are greater than others, usually the hits, but the momentum never sags because the quality of the material is so strong. Of course, much of this was already heard on the great, seminal box set, 1991's They Call Me the Fat Man, and this collection follows the very flow, the very sequence, of that set to a tee; even the Imperial-aping artwork on the CDs and Jeff Hannusch's liner notes are replicated. There are a few song substitutions along the way, usually skewing toward R&B instead of rock & roll, but the ten or so songs that are different don't affect the overall feel of the box, which remains one of the greatest, most listenable box sets in rock & roll. The biggest difference is in the sound (remastered and bettered, but not so much so that most listeners will notice), the packaging (no longer boxed jewel cases; it's now the easy-to-wear book), and the artwork (based on the beautiful promotional photo of the original, but now uglified with an off-kilter, cartoony illustration), all attempts to modernize the set. These differences are so minimal that anyone who already has They Call Me the Fat Man need not bother with this set, but anyone who missed that should pick up this slightly inferior set since the music is so fresh and good, it transcends any flaws with the packaging. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'm Walking to New Orleans Fats Domino 1:57
  3. 2 Georgia on My Mind Fats Domino 7:29
  4. 3 The Fat Man Fats Domino 2:18
  5. 4 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Jerry Lee Lewis 2:36
  6. 5 Sentimental Journey Fats Domino 5:11
  7. 6 Chantilly Lace Jerry Lee Lewis 2:34
  8. 7 When the Saints Go Marchin' In Fats Domino 1:36
  9. 8 Shake, Rattle & Roll Fats Domino 3:55
  10. 9 So Long Fats Domino 3:34
  11. 10 Blues Is My Middle Name Fats Domino 3:9
  12. 11 Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Fats Domino 8:57
  13. 12 I Got a Woman Fats Domino 6:15
  14. 13 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino 2:26
  15. 14 Great Balls of Fire Fats Domino 1:41
  16. 15 Donr Blame It on Me Fats Domino null:null
  17. 16 Dont Come Knockin Fats Domino null:null
  18. 17 Dont You Know Fats Domino null:null
  19. 18 Dont You Know I Love You Fats Domino null:null
  20. 19 Every Night About This Time Fats Domino null:null
  21. 20 The Fat Man Fats Domino null:null
  22. 21 Fell in Love on Monday Fats Domino null:null
  23. 22 Goin Home Fats Domino null:null
  24. 23 Going to the River Fats Domino null:null
  25. 24 Good Hearted Man Fats Domino null:null
  26. 25 Hey la Bas Boogie Fats Domino null:null
  27. 26 Hold Hands Fats Domino null:null
  28. 27 Honey Chile Fats Domino null:null
  29. 28 How Long Fats Domino null:null
  30. 29 I Cant Go On Fats Domino null:null
  31. 30 I Hear You Knocking Fats Domino null:null
  32. 31 I Still Love You Fats Domino null:null
  33. 32 I Want to Go Home Fats Domino null:null
  34. 33 I Want to Walk You Home Fats Domino null:null
  35. 34 I Want You to Know Fats Domino null:null
  36. 35 Im Gonna Be a Wheel Someday Fats Domino null:null
  37. 36 Im in Love Again Fats Domino null:null
  38. 37 Im Ready Fats Domino null:null
  39. 38 Im Walkin Fats Domino null:null
  40. 39 Ive Been Sround Fats Domino null:null
  41. 40 Ive Been Calling Fats Domino null:null
  42. 41 Ida Jane Fats Domino null:null
  43. 42 If You Need Me Fats Domino null:null
  44. 43 It Keeps Rainin Fats Domino null:null
  45. 44 Its You I Love Fats Domino null:null
  46. 45 Jambalaya Fats Domino null:null
  47. 46 La-La Fats Domino null:null
  48. 47 Let the Four Winds Blow Fats Domino null:null
  49. 48 Little Mary Fats Domino null:null
  50. 49 Love Me Fats Domino null:null
  51. 50 Mardi Gras in New Orleans Fats Domino null:null
  52. 51 Margie Fats Domino null:null
  53. 52 My Blue Heaven Fats Domino null:null
  54. 53 My Girl Josephine Fats Domino null:null
  55. 54 My Happiness Fats Domino null:null
  56. 55 My Real Name Fats Domino null:null
  57. 56 Natural Born Lover Fats Domino null:null
  58. 57 No No Fats Domino null:null
  59. 58 One Night Fats Domino null:null
  60. 59 Please Dont Leave Me Fats Domino null:null
  61. 60 Poor Me Fats Domino null:null
  62. 61 Poor Poor Me Fats Domino null:null
  63. 62 Put Your Arms Around Me Honey Fats Domino null:null
  64. 63 Reeling and Rocking Fats Domino null:null
  65. 64 Rising Sun Fats Domino null:null
  66. 65 Rockin Chair Fats Domino null:null
  67. 66 The Rooster Song Fats Domino null:null
  68. 67 Rose Mary Fats Domino null:null
  69. 68 Shes My Baby Fats Domino null:null
  70. 69 Shu Rah Fats Domino null:null
  71. 70 Sick and Tired Fats Domino null:null
  72. 71 So Long Fats Domino null:null
  73. 72 Somethings Wrong Fats Domino null:null
  74. 73 Swanee River Hop Fats Domino null:null
  75. 74 Tell Me That You Love Me Fats Domino null:null
  76. 75 Telling Lies Fats Domino null:null
  77. 76 Thinking of You Fats Domino null:null
  78. 77 Three Nights a Week Fats Domino null:null
  79. 78 Trouble Blues Fats Domino null:null
  80. 79 Valley of Tears Fats Domino null:null
  81. 80 Wait and See Fats Domino null:null
  82. 81 Walking to New Orleans Fats Domino null:null
  83. 82 What a Party Fats Domino null:null
  84. 83 What a Price Fats Domino null:null
  85. 84 What Will I Tell My Heart Fats Domino null:null
  86. 85 Whats the Reason im Not Pleasing You Fats Domino null:null
  87. 86 When I See You Fats Domino null:null
  88. 87 When My Dreamboat Comes Home Fats Domino null:null
  89. 88 When the Saints Go Marching In Fats Domino null:null
  90. 89 Where Did You Stay Fats Domino null:null
  91. 90 Whole Lotta Loving Fats Domino null:null
  92. 91 Wont You Come on Back Fats Domino null:null
  93. 92 Yes My Darling Fats Domino null:null
  94. 93 You Always Hurt the One You Love Fats Domino null:null
  95. 94 You Can Pack Your Suitcase Fats Domino null:null
  96. 95 You Done Me Wrong Fats Domino null:null
  97. 96 You Win Again Fats Domino null:null
  98. 97 Young School Girl Fats Domino null:null
  99. 98 Your Cheatin Heart Fats Domino null:null

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