Various Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

Considering the plethora of tribute recordings that have flooded the marketplace, thinking, "Who needs a two-CD homage to Fats Domino?” is understandable. But Fats Domino’s essential contribution to rhythm’n’blues and early rock’n’roll is generally overlooked, and acknowledgement overdue. If a sentimental factor is required, the fact he had to be rescued from the attic of his 9th Ward home after Hurricane Katrina’s assault on New Orleans qualifies as such. There are too many dinosaur rockers called in to add name credibility but most are inspired by the material, turning in better-than-average performances. Of this contingent, Lenny Kravitz (with ReBirth Brass Band), Robert Plant (with Lil Band O’ Gold) and Bonnie Raitt are standouts. A smattering of younger/alternative success stories are represented as well. Best in show are Corinne Bailey Rae, with a smoking live version of "One Night (Of Sin),” Lucinda Williams (sounding oddly like Robert Plant) and Ben Harper and the Skatalites jumping up for "Be My Guest.” It’s the New Orleans musicians who provide the highlights of the tribute however. Soul queen Irma Thomas shines on "I Just Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind,” Walter "Wolfman” Washington rocks "When The Saints Go Marching In” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the teaming of Herbie Hancock with George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters) with "I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday” oozes jazzbo funk. A mixed bag filled with delightful surprises, the proceeds from this recording go towards rebuilding Domino’s Lower 9th Ward neighbourhood and supporting the programs of the Tipitina’s Foundation. (Tipitina's Foundation)