- Number of Discs: 8
- Released: November 1, 1993
- Label: Bear Family
This 8-CD box set contains Fats Domino's complete Imperial Recordings from 1949 to 1962, including unedited alternate and complete takes. The set also comes with a 72-page book containing extensive notes, photos and sessionography.
Personnel: Fats Domino (vocals, piano); Murphy Monroe, Shirley Goodman, Jimmy Donley, Pee Wee Maddux (vocals); Ernest McLean, Howard Roberts , Walter Nelson, Ramez Idriss, Roy Montrell (guitar); Wendell DuConge (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Joseph Harris (alto saxophone); Plas Johnson (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Eddie Sylvas, Robert Armstrong, Samuel Lee, Lee Allen, Clarence Hall, Herb Hardesty (tenor saxophone); Clarence Ford, Alvin "Red" Taylor (baritone saxophone); Dave Bartholomew (trumpet); Edward Frank, Allen Toussaint, Paul Gayten (piano); Earl Palmer , Cornelius Coleman (drums).
Recording information: Cosimo Recording studio, New Orleans, LA; Hagans, Robert "Buddy"; J & M Recording Studios, New Orleans, LA; Master Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA.
An amazing piece of work -- a massive eight-disc boxed set that contains every one of Fats Domino's 1949-1962 Imperial waxings. That's a tremendous load of one artist, but the legacy of Domino and his partner Dave Bartholomew is so consistently innovative and infectious that it never grows tiresome for a second. From the clarion call of "The Fat Man," Domino's 1949 debut, to the storming "Dance with Mr. Domino" in 1962, he typified everything charming about Crescent City R&B, his Creole patois and boogie-based piano a non-threatening vehicle for the rise of rock & roll. A thick, photo-filled book accompanies the disc, and there's an exhaustive discography that makes sense of Domino's many visits to Cosimo Matassa's studios. If you care about Fats Domino, this is the package to purchase! ~ Bill Dahl