on January 3, 2002
This is one of the finest compilations; or should I say histories of an artist that you can find. Once again Bear Family has outdone themselves. From 1948 on you can enjoy Fat's catalog. I was in New Orleans when I purchased this and drove over to Fat's home the next day. He autographed a picture for me (forgot the Box Set cover) and later that day had the engineer and producer of just about every New Orleans session (INCLUDING THIS BOX) Cosimo Mattasa autograph the box set.
Mr. Mattasa has to be put in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It is an outright shame that the man who supplied the studio for the likes of Fats, Shirley and Lee, Little Richard and others has not been acknowledged
on August 5, 2003
This is how Box sets should be. No compromise on the tracks included, no compromise on audio quality, no compromise on packaging. The Bear Family a deserve six star rating for this chronological set of ALL the Imperial recordings with detailed discography listing session musicians, locale etc. along with essays on aspects of Fats life and times. I heard my first Fats track in 1956 and it's still as fresh today. The music is never complicated but is imbued with fun, light and air. What your excuse for not having this set in YOUR collection?
on June 22, 2003
I dither around- what's the best music ever made since 1950- The Band (early), The Everly Brothers, The Beatles? I still don't know, but the happiest, cheerfullest music I've ever heard is from this box set. One great song after another, nothing wasted- some songs are only 1:30 long. New Orleans has produced so much good music, but I think this is the best. Maybe this is the one set of music I couldn't live without. Pure joy. I don't think any human being from any culture could fail to love this music.
on September 30, 1998
Fats Domino has millions of fans that would love to hear this collection. This is technically the best collection ever released. The music is fresh, clean and very impressive from the BEAR FAMILY. You will hear some great stereo cuts and the best mono I've ever heard ... If you are a FATS DOMINO fan, you will do well to spend the extra bucks for this package...It's FABULOUS.
on October 16, 2000
These are all of Fats' recordings for the Imperial label from 1948 to 1962. ALL OF THEM, IN BEST SOUND QUALITY. And there are some unreleased tracks as well. Don't look for cheap compilations, this is the ultimate collection, produced by the German company Bear Family.