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Goin' Home - A Tribute To Fats Domino
(Vanguard)

 

One of the thousands of tragedies during the infamous hurricane season that K.O.’d the Gulf Coast and South Florida during second half of 2005, Fats Domino is referred to as one of the innovators of barrel house piano boogie and is a true rock and roll hero. Along with Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly, Fats was one of the main innovators of rock and roll. In the aftermath of Fats losing his home during the wrath of Katrina, a number of rock giants donated a track a piece for what has turned out to be the 2007 double CD release of Goin’ Home - A Tribute To Fats Domino. Fats was a huge influence on The Beatles and U.K. piano rocker Elton John and fittingly, the Goin' Home CD set kicks off John Lennon belting out his famous cover of Fats’ classic “Ain’t That A Shame” (from the ‘75 Rock And Roll album) while another pair of tracks feature new Fats covers from both Paul McCartney and Elton John. With his band, Neil Young kicks off disc 2 with his offering of “Walkin’ To New Orleans” and it’s also worth mentioning outstanding contributions from Randy Newman, Robert Plant, Dr. John, Bonnie Raitt, Los Lobos, Robbie Robertson, B.B. King, Tom Petty, Lenny Kravitz and much more. Praising the timeless influence Fats had upon nascent rock and rollers in the U.S.A., England and beyond, Goin’ Home is a noble effort that will help revitalize both the lower 9th ward neighborhood where Fats lived and help the Tipitina Foundation continue the ongoing work of restoring the world famous musical legacy of New Orleans. www.tipitinasfoundation.org

 

 
   
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