Walking to New Orleans [Box]

Walking to New Orleans [Box]

by Fats Domino

Of all the early rock & rollers, Fats Domino gets a short shrift. Too easygoing for rockers, too popular for New Orleans R&B devotees, he fell into a middle ground -- a middle ground that was extremely popular at the time, but didn't give him the proper respect within hipster history, probably because his music is just so damn enjoyable. Few musicians have made good… See more details below


Of all the early rock & rollers, Fats Domino gets a short shrift. Too easygoing for rockers, too popular for New Orleans R&B devotees, he fell into a middle ground -- a middle ground that was extremely popular at the time, but didn't give him the proper respect within hipster history, probably because his music is just so damn enjoyable. Few musicians have made good music sound so easy, so effortless as Fats, and that's best appreciated in an exhaustive compilation, such as EMI's 2002 box set Walking to New Orleans, because the sheer scope of Fats' accomplishment becomes stunning only at this scale. Sure, it's easy to appreciate the brilliance of Domino on a hits collection, even one as generous as a 20-track collection like My Blue Heaven, but the true scope of his accomplishments becomes clear on a set like this, since there's not a bad cut among these 100 tracks. Yes, some are greater than others, usually the hits, but the momentum never sags because the quality of the material is so strong. Of course, much of this was already heard on the great, seminal box set, 1991's They Call Me the Fat Man, and this collection follows the very flow, the very sequence, of that set to a tee; even the Imperial-aping artwork on the CDs and Jeff Hannusch's liner notes are replicated. There are a few song substitutions along the way, usually skewing toward R&B instead of rock & roll, but the ten or so songs that are different don't affect the overall feel of the box, which remains one of the greatest, most listenable box sets in rock & roll. The biggest difference is in the sound (remastered and bettered, but not so much so that most listeners will notice), the packaging (no longer boxed jewel cases; it's now the easy-to-wear book), and the artwork (based on the beautiful promotional photo of the original, but now uglified with an off-kilter, cartoony illustration), all attempts to modernize the set. These differences are so minimal that anyone who already has They Call Me the Fat Man need not bother with this set, but anyone who missed that should pick up this slightly inferior set since the music is so fresh and good, it transcends any flaws with the packaging.

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Disc 1

  1. The Fat Man  - Fats Domino
  2. Detroit City Blues  - Fats Domino
  3. She's My Baby  - Fats Domino
  4. Every Night About This Time  - Fats Domino
  5. Hey! La Bas Boogie  - Fats Domino
  6. Rockin' Chair  - Fats Domino
  7. Goin' Home  - Fats Domino
  8. Reelin' and Rockin'  - Fats Domino
  9. Poor Poor Me  - Fats Domino
  10. Mardi Gras in New Orleans  - Fats Domino
  11. How Long  - Fats Domino
  12. Going to the River  - Fats Domino
  13. Swanee River Hop  - Fats Domino
  14. Rose Mary  - Fats Domino
  15. Please Don't Leave Me  - Fats Domino
  16. Something's Wrong  - Fats Domino
  17. You Done Me Wrong  - Fats Domino
  18. Thinking of You  - Fats Domino
  19. Where Did You Stay?  - Fats Domino
  20. You Can Pack Your Suitcase  - Fats Domino
  21. Love Me  - Fats Domino
  22. All by Myself  - Fats Domino
  23. Don't You Know  - Fats Domino
  24. La-La  - Fats Domino
  25. Ain't That a Shame  - Fats Domino

Disc 2

  1. Blue Monday  - Fats Domino
  2. Poor Me  - Fats Domino
  3. I Can't Go On (Rosalie)  - Fats Domino
  4. I'm in Love Again  - Fats Domino
  5. Bo Weevil  - Fats Domino
  6. Don't Blame It on Me  - Fats Domino
  7. If You Need Me  - Fats Domino
  8. So Long  - Fats Domino
  9. My Blue Heaven  - Fats Domino
  10. Ida Jane  - Fats Domino
  11. When My Dreamboat Comes Home  - Fats Domino
  12. What's the Reason (I'm Not Pleasing You?)  - Fats Domino
  13. Blueberry Hill  - Fats Domino
  14. Honey Chile  - Fats Domino
  15. I'm Walkin'  - Fats Domino
  16. What Will I Tell My Heart?  - Fats Domino
  17. My Happiness  - Fats Domino
  18. Young School Girl  - Fats Domino
  19. The Rooster Song  - Fats Domino
  20. Telling Lies  - Fats Domino
  21. It's You I Love  - Fats Domino
  22. Valley of Tears  - Fats Domino
  23. Wait and See  - Fats Domino
  24. The Big Beat  - Fats Domino
  25. Little Mary  - Fats Domino

Disc 3

  1. When I See You  - Fats Domino
  2. I Still Love You  - Fats Domino
  3. I Want You to Know  - Fats Domino
  4. Yes, My Darling  - Fats Domino
  5. Don't You Know I Love You  - Fats Domino
  6. Sick and Tired  - Fats Domino
  7. No, No  - Fats Domino
  8. I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday  - Fats Domino
  9. Coquette  - Fats Domino
  10. Whole Lotta Lovin'  - Fats Domino
  11. Margie  - Fats Domino
  12. I Hear You Knockin'  - Fats Domino
  13. When the Saints Go Marching In  - Fats Domino
  14. Country Boy  - Fats Domino
  15. I'm Ready  - Fats Domino
  16. I Want to Walk You Home  - Fats Domino
  17. I've Been Around  - Fats Domino
  18. Be My Guest  - Fats Domino
  19. Before I Grow Too Old  - Fats Domino
  20. Tell Me That You Love Me  - Fats Domino
  21. Walking to New Orleans  - Fats Domino
  22. Don't Come Knockin'  - Fats Domino
  23. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey  - Fats Domino
  24. Three Nights a Week  - Fats Domino
  25. You Always Hurt the One You Love  - Fats Domino

Disc 4

  1. Shu Rah  - Fats Domino
  2. My Girl Josephine  - Fats Domino
  3. Natural Born Lover  - Fats Domino
  4. Ain't That Just Like a Woman  - Fats Domino
  5. Rising Sun  - Fats Domino
  6. It Keeps Rainin'  - Fats Domino
  7. What a Price  - Fats Domino
  8. La-La  - Fats Domino
  9. Fell in Love on Monday  - Fats Domino
  10. Hold Hands  - Fats Domino
  11. Bad Luck and Trouble  - Fats Domino
  12. I've Been Calling  - Fats Domino
  13. Won't You Come on Back  - Fats Domino
  14. Good Hearted Man  - Fats Domino
  15. One Night  - Fats Domino
  16. You Win Again  - Fats Domino
  17. Let the Four Winds Blow  - Fats Domino
  18. Your Cheatin' Heart  - Fats Domino
  19. What a Party  - Fats Domino
  20. Trouble Blues  - Fats Domino
  21. Jambalaya (On the Bayou)  - Fats Domino
  22. Goin' Home  - Fats Domino
  23. My Real Name  - Fats Domino
  24. I Want to Go Home  - Fats Domino
  25. Dance With Mr. Domino  - Fats Domino

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fats Domino   Primary Artist
Paul Gayten   Piano
Plas Johnson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dave Bartholomew   Trumpet
Warren Bell   Tenor Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
Wendell DuConge   Alto Saxophone
Frank Fields   Bass
Clarence Ford   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Edward Frank   Piano
Herb Hardesty   Tenor Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Ernest McLean   Guitar
Roy Montrell   Guitar
Earl Palmer   Drums
Allen Toussaint   Piano
Adolphus Alsbrook   Bass
Charles "Hungry" Williams   Drums
Clarence Hall   Tenor Saxophone
Samuel Lee   Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Sylvas   Tenor Saxophone
Red Tyler & the Gyros   Baritone Saxophone
Lee Allen & His Band   Tenor Saxophone
Harrison Verrett   Guitar
Billy Diamond   Bass
Justin Adams   Guitar
Robert "Buddy" Hagans   Tenor Saxophone
Andrew Lambert   Bass
Willie Jones   Guitar

Technical Credits

Chris Kenner   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Roy Byrd   Composer
Fats Domino   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Franklin   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Herb Hardesty   Liner Notes
Roy Hayes   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Professor Longhair   Composer
Cosimo Matassa   Engineer
Ron McMaster   Remastering
Vincent Rose   Composer
Larry Stock   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Young   Composer,Producer
Jon Broven   Annotation
Tom Cartwright   Executive Producer
Jimmy Donley   Composer
Pee Wee Maddux   Composer
Bernadette Fauver   Producer
Alan Warner   Executive Producer,Annotation
Richard Sigberman   Cover Illustration
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Robert Guidry   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Junie McCree   Composer
Borney Bergantine   Composer
Sylvester Bradford   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Betty Peterson   Composer
Jamie Grier   Composer
Clay Poe   Composer

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