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Walking to New Orleans

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All-Reviews.com Music Review: Walking to New Orleans

Artist: Fats Domino
Genre: Rock
Release Date: March 2002


Review by Keith "MuzikMan" Hannaleck
4 stars out of 4

How do I begin to discuss one of the most enduring legends of rock and roll? First and foremost I have to say that Fats Domino has my complete respect and admiration for what he has done for music. "Walking To New Orleans" is nothing short of magnificent in covering a great career that was marred by a stuck-in-the-middle syndrome for Fats. This unfair placement by critics and fans alike had him take a backseat to his contemporaries such as Little Richard and Elvis. Although he is considered to be one of the original rockers from the 50's, Fats played a catchy hook filled combination of New Orleans R&B, Piano Blues, Rock & Roll, and R&B. He brought a lot to the table, and a hell of a lot more than just rock. 100 songs of good old rock and roll for the soul are what you can expect from this generous four CD boxed set. Fats' trademark soulful piano playing and from-the-belly deep voice is what got everyone's attention. You know it's Fats in a matter-of-fact way when you hear his music. It stands out for many reasons, the most obvious being the latter points mentioned. This will take a better part of a morning, afternoon, or evening to listen to. For me the afternoon was just right to listen to Fats' rollicking free wheeling piano and honest to goodness vocal style. The cover seems a bit cheesy for the scope and importance of this set. It would seem to me that a nice black and white shot of the man would have been more appropriate for the occasion, yet a cartoon was chosen. It once again cheapens and down plays how important this man's music was. That is the only dissatisfaction that I had with this boxed set. Other than that I completely enjoyed the trip down memory lane with Mr. Fats Domino. Domino was a paramount composer, musician, and leader. He made some of the most renowned and recognizable music ever heard. If you don't have anything in your collection by this man…for shame! You can be forgiven and repent, give penance at your local brick and mortar or click and shop online. One listen to this collection and you will be good for the week; those toes will not stop wiggling. Fats knew how to boogie; do you want to learn how to cut a rug 50's rock 'n' roll style? Here is your chance to become one with a legend. This set is a prototypical testament to music that's as real as the person playing it. Just pick up this wonderful memory of days gone by before it becomes that, just a memory. The spirit of rock and roll will be in your heart eternally after you listen to this…I promise. The music lives on and so does the man.

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