Fats Domino

The Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances

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Ostensibly replacing the compact disc My Blue Heaven as the definitive single-disc collection of Fats Domino's biggest hit singles, Fat Man: 25 Classic Performances features most of Fats Domino's biggest hits, but it inexplicably neglects such hits as "Walking to New Orleans," "Be My Guest" and "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday." The only justification for the omission of so many hits is that the intent of the collection is to portray Fats Domino as the R&B heavyweight that he undoubtedly is, but seldom receives credit for being. Nevertheless, Fat Man masquerades as a greatest hits collection, billing itself as "25 Classic Performances," which leads you to believe that it is simply another hits collection. As an R&B compilation, Fat Man is strong -- and, like any proper R&B collection, it presents the singles at the speed they were recorded at, not the sped-up versions that became hits -- but because it lacks these hits, My Blue Heaven remains a preferable collection and introduction to Fats.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:34 Amazon
2 2:10
3 2:29
4 2:23 Amazon
5 2:18
6 2:15
7 1:52 Amazon
8 2:06
9 2:20 Amazon
10 2:14
11 2:12
12 1:52
13 2:02
14 1:53
15 1:58
16 1:58
17 2:11
18 2:37
19 1:37
20 2:18
21 1:43 Amazon
22 2:03
23 2:21
24 2:21
25 2:12
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