Fats Domino

My Blue Heaven: The Best of Fats Domino

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For the budget-minded fan, this 20-track single-disc compilation of Fats Domino's Imperial smashes will serve nicely. Not much of his early pre-rock stuff -- "The Fat Man" and "Please Don't Leave Me" are all that are here -- but there's plenty of his hit-laden output from 1955 on -- "Ain't It a Shame," "Blue Monday," "I'm in Love Again," "Blueberry Hill," "I'm Ready," among others. One small but substantial difference between this set and the larger packages: It uses non-sped-up masters of his mid-'50s material (some of his hits from this era were mastered slightly faster than true pitch). Even if they're not historically correct, these versions actually sound better.

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