The Imperial Singles, Vol. 4: 1959-1961

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/7/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667045728
  • Catalog Number: 6704572
  • Sales rank: 80,846

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
Al Lewis Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
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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