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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000009KI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 303,093 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Going to the River
  2. Mardi Gras in New Orleans
  3. Please Don't Leave Me
  4. The Girl I Love
  5. You Said You Love Me
  6. Rose Mary
  7. Don't Leave Me This Way
  8. Something's Wrong
  9. Little School Girl
  10. You Done Me Wrong
  11. Baby Please
  12. Where Did You Stay?
  13. You Can Pack Your Suitcase
  14. I Lived My Life
  15. Don't You Hear Me Calling You?
  16. Love Me
  17. I Know
  18. Thinking of You
  19. Don't You Know
  20. Helping Hand
  21. Ain't It A Shame (aka AIN'T THAT A SHAME)
  22. La-La
  23. All By Myself
  24. Troubles of My Own
  25. Poor Me
  26. I Can't Go On (Rosalie)
  27. Bo Weevil
  28. Don't Blame It On Me
  29. Swanee River Hop
  30. If You Need Me

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I had bought volume 1 because I was a big fan when Fats' records first appeared in England. Once I bought that the Domino effect kicked in. I just had to have Volume 2 which covers 1953 - 1956. If you love real Rock n Roll and want to hear records released by one of the founding fathers before the music evan had a name in Britain, then buy this. Domino rubbed shoulders with the New Orleans greats like Professor Longhair and Allen Toussaint, and was one of the first cross-over stars, the black artist listened to and copied by probably more white teenagers than anyone else. This record shows you why. Sensational singing and piano playing and Fats always employed superb musicians. Listen to the horns and guitar. The beat is like a virus: it is gonna get you. There are thirty tracks, so the CD is wonderful value. No duff tracks, but many standouts. Have a listen to 'Going to the River', Longhair's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, 'Ain't it a Shame and the frenetic 'You Done Me Wrong'. Better still listen to every track and then listenagain. Hear why New Orleans is the City of Music and why Fats has always been a leading musical citizen
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa12b3330) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
HASH(0xa12b6654) out of 5 stars Sound quality compared 14 Dec. 2015
By R. Burger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I made a large New Orleans music mix including about 25 Fats Domino songs, and as a Boy Scout merit badge project decided to carefully compare and report on the sound quality from four popular sources.
My main discovery is that the mixing/mastering makes a dramatic difference – the same songs can sound like very different recordings.

Capitol's 2002 Greatest Hits: Walking To New Orleans has by far the most “enhanced” sound; some may like it. A ton of reverb was added to the vocal making it much fuller and fatter (no pun intended); the vocal is mixed way up front. The bass is greatly boosted making those hits really bounce. The trouble is much of the music from the supporting instruments is lost behind the resulting rumble. Probably a lot of people hear improved sound overall as they love the richer vocal. But if you compare less doctored versions, you realize how much has been muddied-out. There were just two tracks where I thought the Greatest Hits remastering worked out for the very best: “Poor Me” and “Walking to New Orleans.”

The large, 1993 Bear Family set Out of New Orleans proved to be a surprise disappointment given its high praise. It is very clear & dry (little reverb), often a good thing. You can really hear the drum cymbals more distinctly than any other remastering. Sometimes the saxes come through more clearly and distinctly than the other mixes. But they practically lost the bass. Even Fats' left hand on the piano is less audible than it should be. I thought the problem might just be headphone listening, but even large speakers didn't work, and boosting the bass far up didn't sound good. I call this remastering awful. Not totally sure why, but much of the feel of the music is missing. As others have noted, they also kept the sped-up versions of some old 45 releases. Listen to “I'm Ready” for instance. Not quite Alvin & the Chipmunks, but that is not Fats' natural voice.

Capitol's 1993 4-CD box They Call Me the Fat Man... "Antoine "Fats" Domino: The Legendary Imperial Recordings proved to be the clear winner for me on nearly all tracks. They did a wonderful job balancing the vocal/instrumental mix. The instruments are distinct enough, the vocal sounds natural. They didn't do any of that tempting noise filtering on the early 50s stuff which can so suck the life out of music. Great job, knob turners.

Finally, I couldn't resist testing a volume of Ace Records' series, as they really brag-up their remastering. I went with the earlyish Imperial Singles 2: 1953-56 because it was available cheaply, and Ace is offering strictly mono singles. (I prefer the stereo LP versions from post '58 found on other sets.) The Ace sound quality is excellent. To my ears, the mixing and remastering is mostly indistinguishable from what Capitol did; it was done with the same sensibility. Ace mastered at a somewhat louder level, which companies started doing in the later 1990s, theoretically to maximize dynamic range. This range doesn't matter for music recorded in the 50s & 60s. At least for Ace Volume 2, I call the sound from the Capitol Box and Ace to be of exactly equal quality.

Consider buying the venerable 4-CD Capitol box rather than a more recent “improved sound” collection. You can choose your own greatest hits, and a used copy is reasonably priced. You'll get authentic music and balanced sound. If you want 150+ of Fats' Imperial recordings in connoisseur-approved mono mixes, you're probably already buying the five volumes from Ace. The Bear Family collection has even more tracks. It is mercifully out of print.
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HASH(0xa12f4708) out of 5 stars The Second Of Five Incredible Volumes From Ace Records Of London 13 Aug. 2007
By George O'Leary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
To say that Antoine "Fats" Domino (born in New Orleans on February 26, 1928) is a legend in the annals of Rock `N' Roll would be understating the fact by the proverbial country mile. When the genre was officially "born" in 1952, or at least so Christened by DJ Alan Freed when he changed the name of his popular WJW Cleveland radio show, Record Rendezvous, to Moon Dog's Rock 'N' Roll House Party and began featuring R&B records almost exclusively, Fats had been performing and recording since 1949 for the L.A.-based Imperial Records, first launched in 1947 by Lewis Robert Chudd.

And from there to 1968, on his way to induction into the R&R Hall Of Fame in its inaugural year of 1986, and the Blues Hall Of Fame in 2003, all he did was find the R&B charts (launched in 1942) 63 times, including 9 # 1s and 39 in the Top 10, and had 68 make the Billboard Pop charts. He never would have a Pop # 1, but he was consistently high up on the listings with 11 Top 10s and 36 in the Top 40, not to mention L.P. and E.P. sales in the millions, almost all for Imperial.

And in this magnificent five-part series from Ace Records of London, with digitally re-mastered sound transferred from original analogue master tapes or acetate, you get EVERY single he had released by that label, in chronological order. Each volume comes with copious liner notes interspersed with vintage photographs and record/poster reproductions and newspaper clippings. On the reverse of the jewel case they show the label numbers and, from Volume 2 to 5, the various chart positions.

As far as I'm concerned, Ace should get the green light to do ALL the original R&R legends because, if there was an awards show for best CD compilations, Ace would win walking away.
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