Fats deserves so much more than this very brief CD (three a
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 06/13/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Fats Domino - All-Time Greatest Hits is yet another somewhat disappointing release from good ol' Curb Records. This company simply loves to turn out "greatest hits" CDs that are way too short to be legitimately called a "greatest hits" CD. Don't get me wrong--what we do get on this CD is excellent material--Fats Domino is wonderful all the way through--but there's just not enough of it. The CD could have had at least a couple extra songs on it; and that irks me. However, the sound quality is good and I like the artwork.
The CD starts off with Fats Domino singing and playing "Whole Lotta Loving." "Whole Lotta Loving" has a great beat, a fine piano arrangement--and Fats never sounded better! His uncanny sense of timing and his excellent diction improve his performance even more. "Whole Lotta Loving" has an excellent, catchy beat and this makes a great start for this CD. "I'm Walkin'" is another high energy number and that music fits in perfectly with the lyrics sung by Fats! "I'm Walkin'" is classic Fats Domino and you can't get any better than that! In addition, "Blue Monday" showcases Fats front and center--right where he belongs! The beat is fast although the song somehow manages to feel like it has a noticeably slower beat than some of the other songs here; and Fats makes this all look so easy. His talents certainly carried him through!
"Blueberry Hill" was probably Fats' biggest hits ever; this early rock and roll number swings gently and sweetly to make "Blueberry Hill" a total masterpiece. Fats Domino sings this with style and his finesse makes "Blueberry Hill" a major highlight of this album. Great! There's also Fats making good on "My Blue Heaven." "My Blue Heaven" has yet another very catchy melody that I really love; and you can even dance to this wonderful tune! I love it.
"My Girl Josephine" has great electric guitar work; and Fats sings this without a superfluous note! "My Girl Josephine" features Fats Domino at his very best and that's something very special. "I Want To Walk You Home" has Fats singing this with panache and I'm very impressed. The electric guitar really enhances this ballad and it's another huge highlight of this CD.
"Be My Guest" has that Fats Domino style to it; and Fats sings this flawlessly. The horns are used to great advantage in the arrangement; and Fats never misses a beat! "Be My Guest" is a really fine number and I think you'll enjoy it very much. The album ends very strong with Fats Domino performing "Let The Four Winds Blow." "Let The Four Winds Blow" is another catchy tune that I enjoy so much; and it's a fine ending number for this CD.
Fats Domino was truly one of the earliest rock and roll stars; and we owe a huge debt to him for his contributions to the art of music. I recommend this CD for more casual fans or newcomers deciding if they personally like Fats' artistry. Fans who are more serious will probably have these songs in their collections and they should look for more substantial CDs by Fats Domino on this website.
Fats is a legend!!
Matthew G. Sherwin | 02/08/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Fats is a legend right up there with James Brown, Al Green, Luther Vandross and all the rest. This album is a great expression of his work."
Christina L. Isaacs | Angier, NC, USA | 01/13/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this CD for my mother, who grew up listening to Fats Domino. She has enjoyed listening to it. The sound quality is excellent."
Always a pick-me-up!
Kurt A. Johnson | North-Central Illinois, USA | 12/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Antoine Dominique "Fats" Domino was one of the kings of 1950s and early-60s Rock. In the aftermath of the British Invasion, he kind of faded into the background, until he was brought back to the world's attention when it was mistakenly reported that he was killed during Hurricane Katrina. This album takes us back to the early days with his greatest hits including Whole Lotta Lovin', Blue Monday, and Walking To New Orleans.
This is an absolutely great album, and I love it. Fats' songs are upbeat toe-tappers, great to listen to, always a pick-me-up! I highly recommend this album!"