CD Reviews: A Fats Domino Tribute and Neil Young

Goin’ Home: A Tribute To Fats Domino

Here is a partial list of the artists that contributed to this CD. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, BB King, Dr. John, Elton John, Tom Petty, Robert Plant, Robbie Robertson, Bonnie Raitt, Neil Young, Willie Nelson and more. This should be a blockbuster with all these top artists doing a Fats Domino song. I did a previous review of the Jimmy Reed Highway CD. It was fun and you could hear the artists reverence for the material. Here, you only get that occasionally. Paul McCartney does a wonderful job with “I Want To Walk You Home” and Dr. John is equally good with “Don’t Leave Me This Way” , but for every hit, there are a couple of misses. There seems to be no passion here, just a bunch of artists doing their favorite Fats Domino song. Maybe I expected more, or maybe I just need to go back to the original source material to get my fix of Fats Domino.
6 out of 10

Neil Young- Chrome Dreams II

This CD gets off to a great start with the wonderful “Beautiful Bluebird”. This song could be right out of Neil’s “Harvest Moon” Cd which is one of my favorites. The next “Boxcar” is equally as good, but then this CD takes a strange turn with “Ordinary People”. I have read a few reviews where folks really like this song, which comes in at 18 plus minutes long. The only reason I can see for this is its length and that Neil gets a few guitar solo’s in. For me, the song is about ten minutes too long and way to wordy, let alone dated (Lee Iacocca?). “Spirit Road” is a nice rocker in the Neil Young style and “Dirty Old Man” is as fun as it sounds. My problem with this CD is that it is all over the place, style wise. I have read that this release is an accumulation of songs from various eras for Neil that he put together here, and it sounds like it. There is no cohesiveness with this CD, but rather it is all over the place. “No Hidden Path” should please all those who want a longer Neil song with plenty of guitar solo’s, but it does not seem like it fits on the same CD as “Beautiful Bluebird” that started off this CD. Neil always seems to come out with a great CD followed by a few that don’t quite measure up. Let’s hope something better is right around the corner.
7 out of 10

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~ by thedark2 on October 25, 2007.

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