Following Capitol/EMI's last Fats Domino CD compilation (Fats
Domino Jukebox: 20 Greatest Hits the Way You Originally Heard Them)
by five years, 2007's Greatest Hits: Walking to New Orleans betters
that comp in terms of sheer numbers (as it does 1990s My Blue
Heaven) by ten tracks and this is a case when more is indeed more.
Ten tracks is enough to offer depth, particularly in his earliest
sides but also with a couple lesser-known hits from his rock &
roll prime, turning this into a joyous overview of one of the
greatest musicians of the '50s. It's nice to have this hit the
pre-rock & roll and R&B a bit harder -- "Ain't That a
Shame" doesn't roll around 'til track six, then it's another ten
before "Blueberry Hill" kicks off the string of crossovers --
because it illustrates how hard this rocker, who often gets
pigeonholed as merely a genial piano player, really rocked. And
though he cut other great material during his Imperial Records
stint, it is surely one of the most consistent bodies of work in
rock & roll/R&B, heard to full effect either in the
four-disc Walking to New Orleans or the complete Bear Family box:
for those who don't want or need to delve that deeply, or are just
beginning to explore, this is nothing less than essential. ~
Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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||125 x 142 x 10mm (L x W x T)
||1 hour, 7 minutes
Pop / Rock
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