Fats Domino – This is Fats (1956)
Movember 1, 2013
This month’s blog theme requires very little in the way of an introduction. Clearly it’s that time of year again (the most wonderful/sketchiest time of the year depending on whom you ask), the time to acknowledge the marvellous musical moustaches of the world! In no particular order, I’ll look at 10 of the finest from the 1001 list (to supplement last year’s top 10 that didn’t make the 1001).
This is Fats is classic WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). 12 tunes in less than half an hour, mostly variations on the 12 bar blues. From what I gather, this was one of the key early records to bridge R&B and Rock and there’s very little to complain about anywhere in the set.
The album flies by so quickly that I would often have two listens in one sitting.
The cartoon-like cover sets the tone: it’s boogie woogie fun. There’s really not much to say beyond that.
Good work by “The Fat Man” with the slender ‘stache!