Imperial Singles, Vol. 4: 1959-1961

The Imperial Singles, Vol. 4: 1959-1961

by Fats Domino
     
 
Both sides of 13 singles, sequenced in chronological order, that Fats Domino issued between 1959 and 1961 are presented on the fourth volume of Ace's extensive series documenting the 45s he did in his prime for the Imperial label. This turn-of-the-decade period is sometimes thought of as one in which Domino's commercial and artistic success was on the decline, if only

Overview

Both sides of 13 singles, sequenced in chronological order, that Fats Domino issued between 1959 and 1961 are presented on the fourth volume of Ace's extensive series documenting the 45s he did in his prime for the Imperial label. This turn-of-the-decade period is sometimes thought of as one in which Domino's commercial and artistic success was on the decline, if only slightly, with his New Orleans R&B
ock getting more mainstream, especially on sides that used strings and backup vocals. There's some truth to that, but almost any other artist would be proud to call this a greatest-hits collection. All but two of these tracks (even including the B-sides) made the Top 100, after all, and eight of them were Top 20 hits that mostly remain familiar to this day, including "I'm Ready," "I Want to Walk You Home," "I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day," "Be My Guest," "Walking to New Orleans," "My Girl Josephine," and "Let the Four Winds Blow." Those still tend to be the most memorable of the songs collected here, but the largely Domino-Dave Bartholomew-written numbers usually maintain a reasonably high standard, whether they're in Fats' trademark easygoing rock & roll vein or whether they're more lushly produced ballads. Some listeners might appreciate more variety when hearing all of this at once. But certainly Fats fans will like having his singles from this era so thoughtfully anthologized, both for the most outstanding classics and the better relatively overlooked tunes, like the smoky slow bluesy "If You Need Me" and the jubilant update of the Tin Pan Alley standard "Put Your Arms Around Me Honey."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/07/2011
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667045728
catalogNumber:
6704572
Rank:
105886

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Domino   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Johnnie Allan   Source Material
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Roy Hayes   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Pee Wee Maddux   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Rick Coleman   Source Material
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Junie McCree   Composer
Sylvester Bradford   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Victor Pearlin   Illustrations
Brian Nevill   Illustrations
John Broven   Liner Notes,Illustrations,Source Material
Fleecy Moore   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
Bernice Larson Webb   Source Material
Paul Macphail   Source Material
Clive Solomon   Source Material
Jack Jessup   Composer

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