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Vinyl Treasures: Fats Domino - This Is Fats

Matt Stocks picks another seminal recording in the history of rock 'n' roll

The album sleeve alone makes This Is Fats a vinyl to treasure; it's cheap and cheeky cut-and-paste aesthetic resembles something out of South Park 40 years before South Park was even a thing, and you know before you've even put the record on that you're in for one hell of a good time. If you want more concrete evidence just take a look at Fats' stats (he sold 65 million records during the 1950s, which was more than anyone other than Elvis) and his importance becomes indisputable. For many he was the missing link between the more traditional rhythm and blues based music and the rock'n'roll movement that followed. His impact on twentieth century music cannot be overstated.

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