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Bobby Fuller's career is well-documented, with a number of extensive collections that feature nearly everything he recorded. Anyone with a serious interest in rock 'n' roll of the '50s through the mid-'60s should look into the volumes of El Paso Rock and the set Never to Be Forgotten: The Mustang Years. But if your interest is casual, this compact set represents a quick, enjoyable breeze through one of the best catalogs of the mid-'60s. Fuller's love of fellow Texan Buddy Holly is readily apparent in his punchy sound and sharp song hooks. His cover of Holly's "Love's Made a Fool of You" is fantastic, and his cover of former Crickets member Sonny Curtis' "I Fought the Law" is a rock 'n' roll landmark. Other cool tracks from his time at Mustang Records include the thrilling "Another Sad and Lonely Night," the tender "Julie," and the harmony-rich "Baby My Heart." "I'm a Lucky Guy," unreleased at the time, is another highlight from one of rock 'n' roll's most underrated and often-overlooked artists.

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For those or think Green Day's version of "I Fought the Law" is a direct (...and a Green Day "original") cover of the Bobby Fuller Four version, Green Day's is actually a cover of a cover. Green Day's is a note for note cover of the Clash's version. The key thing to remember, even though the Green Day version is "newer" and "hipper" (...and it has distortion so you don't feel so wussy), the Bobby Fuller Four version grooves. It's not lead footed. It doesn't feel over thirty years old. One of the early "punk" songs. Despite soundning almost like Buddy Holly clones, they somehow manage to have their own sound. Like Buddy Holly on steroids. Some of us grew up with this song before Green Day ever existed. For those who didn't, atleast it shows those who only know Green Day where it all came from. Look past the constraints of distortion and you'll find some great catchy tunes which is at the heart of any great song regardless of the decade. Worth checking out...

A classic

Whoever thinks that Green Day's cover is better than the original of "I Fought The Law" is a total moron. I love Green Day, but they would be the first to tell you what a classic song the original is.

Ummmm.... actually Bobby DIDNT write it

"I Fought The Law" was actually written by Sonny Curtis (who played with Bobby's hero Buddy Holly). At any rate, it's amazing how in such a short amount of time, Bobby recorded such a large amount of first rate material. Buy this now.


Born: October 22, 1942 in Baytown, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

With his blatant reverence for Buddy Holly, fellow Texan Bobby Fuller was a bit of an anomaly in the mid-'60s. With his Stratocaster guitar and brash, full sound, at his best Fuller sounded like Holly might have had he survived into the '60s. Cracking the Top 30 in 1966 with a cover of Holly's "Love's Made a Fool of You" and the Top Ten with "I Fought the Law" (written by one-time Cricket Sonny Curtis), Fuller had just become a star when he died in mysterious circumstances in a parked car in Hollywood...
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