Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fats Domino - Christmas Gumbo

Again, how do you argue with the New Orleans boogie-woogie of Fats Domino? Unfortunately, these
recordings are a little later than his classic times, so the production is a little off - but just a little. We still get Fats terrific voice and grooving piano, so all is well!

Here we have "I Told Santa Claus", the religious "Christmas is a Special Day" (which concentrates more on Jesus' death than birth, oddly enough), an upbeat "Jingle Bells", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", a slower "Silver Bells" (with some weirdly dated and unnecessary production/instruments), a boppin' "Frosty the Snowman" and a similar treatment on "Rudolph", a totally swingin' "Blue Christmas", an appropriately quiet "Silent Night", some boogie-woogie in "White Christmas" (marred a little by some faux strings), "Please Come Home For Christmas" (perfectly appropriate in his hands), and ending with "Amazing Grace" that, unfortunately, has more of the terrible, fake, electronic strings/keys that sound pretty bad, I'm sad to say.

Regardless, overall, this is another cool holiday comp. Not the best of the lot, but definitely worthwhile.