Sunday, December 13, 2015

CD Review: Fats Domino Rocks Philly In '73 And Pat Boone Sings Some R&B

American singer/pianist Fats Domino was a hits machine in the fifties and sixties, charting nine #1 singles and around 40 top ten songs. He is known for his biggest selling single "Blueberry Hill" and was an inspiration for everyone from Bob Marley to The Beatles. On October 2nd, Goldenlane Records, in association with Cleopatra Records, released a rare live Fats Domino album "Thrillin' In Philly!" For the first time, his entire 1973 performance at the Philadelphia Civic Center is now available. He peels through 22 of his hits with some covers thrown in. He gets the spirits flying high early on with quick, two-minute versions of "Blueberry Hill" and "Walking In New Orleans." He keeps the mood light as works his fingers up and down the piano for "Goin' To The River" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." The only thing lost in this release is the crowd's reaction to the songs, as they fade out after the last notes. The band works with Fats for "Another Mule" and he turns "Your Cheatin' Heart" into a New Orleans jazz classic. The show closes with Fats Domino and the band jamming together on the nine-minute up-tempo fun appeal of "Jambalaya (On The Bayou)." To find out more about "Fats Domino Live 1973: Thrillin' In Philly!," please visit cleorecs.com.

American singer/composer/actor Pat Boone has been involved in every aspect of entertainment for over 60 years and shows no signs of stopping. He topped the singles charts numerous times in the 50's and even reinvented himself in 1997 with a heavy metal album. After releasing 70-something albums, Pat Boone is rediscovering his R&B side with a brand new release titled "R&B Duets Hits." It features Pat performing alongside some of the pioneers in the genre including James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Joni Sledge. The eleven-songs that make up this release were recorded a various times during Boone's career as his is introduced at the beginning of the opener "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag." Boone has fun with KC & The Sunshine Band during "Get Down" and enjoys the company of Smokey Robinson during the up-tempo delivery of "Tears Of A Clown." The perfect duet is Pat Boone with Ray Parker Jr. on "A Woman Needs Love" as this has the perfect match of vocals, tempo and music. Boone seems to be enjoying himself with these recordings, especially during "Shotgun" with Geraldo Albright and even the hip-hop sounds of "Backbone" with Kool Moe Dee. To find out more about Pat Boone's new album "R&B Duet Hits," please visit cleorecs.com.

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