Willie Nelson sings on Fats Domino Tribute Album: Goin’ Home

2007

Disc 1:

  1. John Lennon: Ain’t That A Shame
  2. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: I’m Walkin’
  3. B.B. King with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk: Goin’ Home
  4. Elton John: Blueberry Hill
  5. Taj Mahal & The New Orleans Social Club: My Girl Josephine
  6. Dirty Dozen Brass Band with Joss Stone and Buddy Guy: Every Night About This Time
  7. Paul McCartney featuring Allen Toussaint: I Want To Walk You Home
  8. Lenny Kravitz with Rebirth Brass Band, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis and Maceo Parker: Whole Lotta Loving
  9. Dr. John: Don’t Leave Me This Way
  10. Bonnie Raitt & Jon Cleary: I’m In Love Again/All By Myself
  11. Art Neville: Please Don’t Leave Me
  12. Robbie Robertson with Galactic: Going To The River
  13. Randy Newman: Blue Monday
  14. Robert Plant with Lil’ Band O’ Gold: It Keeps Rainin’
  15. Corinne Bailey Rae: One Night (Of Sin)

Disc 2:

  1. Neil Young: Walking To New Orleans
  2. Robert Plant with The Soweto Gospel Choir: Valley Of Tears
  3. Norah Jones: My Blue Heaven
  4. Lucinda Williams: Honey Chile
  5. Marc Broussard featuring Sam Bush: Rising Sun
  6. Olu Dara & The Natchezippi Band with Donald Harrison Jr.: When I See You
  7. Ben Harper with the Skatalites: Be My Guest
  8. Toots & The Maytals: Let The Four Winds Blow
  9. Willie Nelson: I Hear You Knockin’
  10. Irma Thomas and Marcia Ball: I Just Can’t Get New Orleans Off My Mind
  11. Bruce Hornsby: Don’t Blame It On Me
  12. Herbie Hancock with George Porter Jr., Zigaboo Modeliste and Renard Poche: I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday
  13. Los Lobos: The Fat Man
  14. Big Chief Monk Boudreaux with Galactic: So Long
  15. Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Walter “Wolfman” Washington & Theresa Andersson: When The Saints Go Marching In

By NATE CHINEN
http://www.nytimes.com/ NEW ORLEANS —On Sept. 25, Vanguard Records released “Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino,” making use of some other big names, including Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Paul McCartney, Robert Plant and Nora Jones.  They appear alongside New Orleans heroes like Dr. John and Allen Toussaint. 

The foundation will dedicate a portion of the proceeds to the renovation of Mr. Domino’s publishing office, adjacent to his spacious house in the Lower Ninth Ward, which was severely damaged by the flooding after Katrina. He had to be rescued by helicopter from his home; he lost several pianos and most of his possessions, and looters stole most of his gold records from the 1950s.

Of course, even without the flood it would not have been hard to rally support for Mr. Domino. “He’s been around all this time, and I’ve never read or heard anything bad about him,” Mr. King said recently. “And as far as I’m concerned, he’s just a great musician, and a lovable person.”

“Goin’ Home” arrives roughly one year after “Alive and Kickin’,” Mr. Domino’s first album in more than a decade, which was also released as a benefit for the Tipitina’s Foundation. “He really wanted to put it out through our organization,” said Bill Taylor, the foundation’s executive director. “He was aware of what we were doing, and he reached out to us.”

Over a bowl of gumbo at Cochon, a Cajun restaurant in the warehouse district, Mr. Taylor described the process behind “Goin’ Home,” for which he receives credit as executive producer. “The first hurdle was that I had no idea what I was doing,” he said. “I had never done anything like this.”

But Mr. Taylor set his sights high from the start: his first request was to Yoko Ono, to use a version of “Ain’t That a Shame” that John Lennon recorded in 1973. “Within like a week, she gave us permission,” he said. “Then Elton John signed on next. And at that point there was enough star power behind it that the dominoes started falling pretty quick.” (His domino metaphor did not seem intended as a pun.)

With more than 30 tracks, recorded not just in New Orleans but in places like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Kingston, Jamaica, the album presented some fearsome logistics. Further complicating matters was Mr. Taylor’s decision to feature New Orleans musicians. In the spirit of the tribute concerts that followed Katrina, “Goin’ Home” includes novel pairings like Joss Stone and Buddy Guy with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band; Mr. King with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk; and Lenny Kravitz with the Rebirth Brass Band.

Mr. Taylor often paired songs with artists. Elton John is a natural on “Blueberry Hill,” as are Tom Petty on “I’m Walkin’ ” and Randy Newman on “Blue Monday.” Los Lobos offer a solid update of “The Fat Man,” one of the earliest rock ’n’ roll records. Mr. McCartney does his best Fats impression on “I Want to Walk You Home,” backed by Mr. Toussaint on piano.

More than a few of the album’s tracks came together serendipitously. Mr. Plant had agreed to record a track with the Cajun group Lil’ Band o’ Gold, but when he arrived in New Orleans the acclaimed Soweto Gospel Choir was headlining at Tipitina’s. A meeting was arranged, and Mr. Plant also recorded “Valley of Tears” with the choir, in a hushed style that calls Paul Simon’s “Graceland” to mind.

“So you have the Led Zeppelin guy with a South African gospel choir doing a Fats Domino song,” Mr. Taylor said. “It’s an example of what happens here musically every day.”

On Sept. 29, some of the album’s local luminaries, including Ms. Thomas, Dumpstaphunk and Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Mardi Gras Indians, will play at a release party at Tipitina’s. Like the album, the show will celebrate not just Mr. Domino’s legacy but also the remarkable songwriting partnership he enjoyed with the trumpeter Dave Bartholomew.

Mr. Domino, who now lives in Harvey, La., in a gated community on the west bank of the Mississippi River, rarely gives interviews, though he has said he was honored by “Goin’ Home.”

But in one of the chance coincidences that seem to happen often in New Orleans, a reporter on his way to the airport in a taxicab lucked into what passes for an interview with Mr. Domino.

The driver, Walter Miles, turned out to be Mr. Domino’s chauffeur. “I drive him all over,” he said. “We talk to each other two or three times a day.”

With that, Mr. Miles dialed a number on his cellphone and passed the phone to the back seat. There was Mr. Domino, with his unmistakable New Orleans drawl. What followed was less an interview than genial small talk.

“Where you from?” he asked, getting right to the heart of the matter.

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