Monday, September 3, 2007

Plant on Fats Domino tribute CD

There's a two-disc set coming out on Sept. 25 called Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino. Of immediate interest to Led Zeppelin fans are the two cover songs recorded by Robert Plant with a couple different groups. One of his songs can be heard online in MP3 format along with two other tracks from the double album:

1. Robert Plant & Soweto Gospel Choir - Valley of Tears:
2. Dr. John - Don't Leave Me This Way:
3. Randy Newman - Blue Monday:

Plant's track above was recorded with the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa. His other addition to the album, "It Keeps Rainin'," was recorded with the Lil' Band O' Gold, from Lafayette, Louisiana. After they recorded their song, Plant ended up playing with them at Tipitina's in New Orleans. Their 30-minute set, detailed in full both by a New Orleans Times-Picayune blog and Lafayette's hometown Independent Weekly, included both Fats Domino covers Plant had recorded for the album and a few Elvis Presley songs and snippets of Led Zeppelin songs alongside the blues song "Hoochie Coochie Man" made famous by Muddy Waters.

The album also includes the late John Lennon's classic cover of Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" and new recordings from a bunch of the same artists who frequently show up on compilations like the Stevie Ray Vaughan tribute and the Sun Records tribute: Bonnie Raitt (SRV), Eric Clapton (SRV & Sun), Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers (Sun), B.B. King (SRV), Sir Elton John (Sun), Sir Paul McCartney (Sun) and Dr. John (SRV). Plant was also on the Sun Records tribute album.

Proceeds from sales of the Fats Domino tribute album will benefit the Tipitina's Foundation, whose goal is "to preserve and restore New Orleans' music culture in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." A press release says the album "will help raise desperately needed funds specifically earmarked for instruments to be donated to New Orleans' public school children. Monies raised from the sales of Goin' Home will also go toward the rebuilding of Fats Domino's home and to create a community center in the Crescent City's still ravaged Lower 9th Ward."

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