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Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans

14 Aug 2007

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Aug 2007
  • Release Date: 14 Aug 2007
  • Label: EMI Catalog (USA)
  • Copyright: (C) 2007 Capitol Records, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 1:06:51
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  • ASIN: B001J9WF68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,796 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD
"Fats Domino: Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans" (September 2007) is a good, thorough, one disk compilation of all the 1950s hits, on Imperial, that made the piano-playing Domino famous. And a few more seminal bits and pieces, too: the CD's got 30 cuts in all. It's also a solid illustration of what makes Domino one of his hometown's --New Orleans -- most engaging, entertaining exports.

The cuts included here, like all Domino's work for Imperial, were produced by his close, long-term friend Dave Bartholomew, and what a stroke of luck that proved for the musicians. Domino and Bartholomew also wrote many of the biggest hits together: I expect those royalties have added up to quite mountain of Carnival gewgaws over the years. Seems like Domino got in on the ground floor, when Bartholomew and Lew Chudd, owner of Imperial, joined forces, and went looking for exciting new acts around the Big Easy. They found the barely twenty year old Domino playing a local club, utilizing a half-forgotten old-style of pianism, what they called locally jailhouse blues. Nobody else was doing it - Bartholomew and Chudd were blown away. The trio cut their first single, "The Fat Man," in 1950, and, for several years thereafter, Domino's work languished in rhythm and blues. But times were changing, and Domino crossed over into rock and roll with "Ain't It A Shame," in 1955. If you were around at the time, you'll know that white singer Pat Boone quickly covered it, as "Ain't That a Shame," and had a pretty big hit with it, too. But Domino and Bartholomew were getting the royalties, even so, and were able to cry all the way to the bank.

Many more hits followed, several of them covered by white performers at the time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Sep 2011
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Fats always used to be one of those solid, reliable guys, never let you down unlike some of the flashier sorts. He didn't get all the media attention but he always delivered. We used to think of him as good old Uncle Fats. And even when he had that first hit with "Ain't that a shame" you got the impression that he'd already been round the block quite a few times - there was already a back story there to use today's language. And, as we found out later, that was true - he'd hit the R&B charts with "The Fat Man", his very first single. There always seemed to be more depth to Domino - so many of the others were kids in comparison. And I never believed all those people at the time who used to say that there were plenty of better pianists in New Orleans and vocalists as good, as well. What a load of tosh! Over the last decade or so we've had a glut of material from the Crescent City, from the 40's and 50's and while it's fair to say that there were a lot of interesting performers, the Fat Man easily tops them all for consistency and quality of his recordings.

And Fats outlasted them all. While this album represents his Imperial period from 1950 to 1963 which was by far his best, he didn't stop recording and even managed the occasional flirtation with the hit parade in subsequent years. The legend continued to grow and for many locals he was the spirit of New Orleans well before Katrina hit. If you've ever read the novels from James Lee Burke which are set in South Louisiana, you'll have already picked up on the manner in which Fats was, and is, revered in the city. His survival, post Katrina, only served to cement the myth.

And this set is a more than decent reminder of what that Imperial period was like.
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By ranger on 27 Jan 2013
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Wonderful collection of the essential (i.e. 50s) material with a superb booklet to match. If you get this the next logical step is towards the definitive As and Bs compilations on Ace Records, there are five of them!
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well what can I say that all Fats Domino fans don't already know. good listening, his distinctive style of jaz,blues, rock & roll all mixed together with a dash of something else well worth purchasing
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Great collection of songs with all the classics included, but sound quality and remastering not done brilliantly so it sounds a bit too tiny for my liking.
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