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Fat! Fat! Fat!

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A whole compilation devoted to songs about fat people? While this 18-track collection will certainly win no awards for political correctness, it nonetheless contains a fine selection of rhythm & blues and '50s rock & roll tunes all singing about the virtues of the calorically challenged, and usually in a positive, lovestruck manner. Although the cover does depict a 1950s vintage photo of a hugely obese, smiling African-American woman holding a bloody butcher knife, there's certainly no gender bias in the song selection, as Big John Greer's "I'm the Fat Man," Slim Dortsch's "Big Boy Rock" are evenly matched in cholesterol content by Joe Ron and George's "Half Ton Mama," Bill Mack's "Fat Woman" and Bobby Rutledge's "Go Slow Fatso." As single-subject compilations go, this is a pretty insane idea -- and a subject matter that some people find disgusting and tasteless -- that nevertheless works out fine from a musical standpoint. Love songs for the high-calorie crowd.