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Imperial Singles, Vol. 5: 1962-1964
     

The Imperial Singles, Vol. 5: 1962-1964

by Fats Domino
 
The fifth and final volume in Ace's extensive series documenting Fats Domino's singles for Imperial covers the years in which the singer was settling into a slow and steady commercial decline after his mammothly successful first decade as a recording artist. When you were as big a star as Domino was, of course, that's relative. His final two Top 40 hits ("Jambalaya

Overview

The fifth and final volume in Ace's extensive series documenting Fats Domino's singles for Imperial covers the years in which the singer was settling into a slow and steady commercial decline after his mammothly successful first decade as a recording artist. When you were as big a star as Domino was, of course, that's relative. His final two Top 40 hits ("Jambalaya [On the Bayou]" and "You Win Again") are here, and several other tracks dented the charts, if in their lower regions. Still, not many of these show up on Domino best-ofs, not only because they weren't big hits, but because the early '60s found the Fat Man starting to tread water artistically. At a time when pop music and the world itself were changing at lightning speed, he was pretty much doing what he'd always done. That wasn't bad by any means, but the songs weren't up to his best, and it's a little telling that the best-selling ones were New Orleans-ized remakes of Hank Williams songs (another of the better cuts was a cover of "I Hear You Knocking" that didn't add much to the classic Smiley Lewis original). Of course, these compilations aren't geared toward people looking for Fats Domino's best, but for virtually everything he did. Setting your appetite accordingly, this is still pretty consistent and enjoyable New Orleans rock & roll as only Fats sang it, if a little on the formulaic side by this point in his career. A couple songs where the production gets moderately lush (the pop standard "You Always Hurt the One You Love") or add female backup vocals and a yakety sax ("Isle of Capri") are kind of cool, though by 1964, even covering another Hank Williams song ("Your Cheatin' Heart") couldn't get him any higher than bubbling under the Hot 100. Ace makes the best of this least impressive batch of his Imperial singles with its usual fine liner notes and illustrations, adding a couple of cuts from his 1962 LP Just Domino.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2012
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667048026
catalogNumber:
6704802
Rank:
92683

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Domino   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Earl King   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Young   Composer
Pee Wee Maddux   Composer
Tony Rounce   Illustrations,Tape Research,Source Material,Cover Photo
Harry Revel   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Anita Steiman   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Brian Nevill   Liner Notes,Illustrations
Tim Gillis   Composer
Wilhelm Grosz   Composer
John Broven   Illustrations
Marion Carpenter   Composer
Antoine Domino   Composer
Jack Jessup   Composer
Kenny James   Composer
Jean Alexandre Delettre   Composer

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