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The Bobby Fuller Four

Never To Be Forgotten (Del-Fi DFBK 3903) 1997

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Copyright 2004 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: January 9, 2004.

Description:
It may seem a little excessive to release a three-disc package from a mid-60s one-hit wonder who died mysteriously after releasing only two albums.  Best known for the superb single "I Fought The Law (The Law Won)" (later covered by the Clash and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Never To Be Forgotten makes a strong case for Fuller as one of the lost talents of the 60s --  a missing link in Lone Star rock between Buddy Holly and Z.Z. Top.
What's Good About It?:
At the time of his brief brush with the limelight, songs like "Daydream Believer" and "Ballad of the Green Berets" ruled the airwaves.  Fuller was an oasis of Texas-fried rock'n'roll on the radio, kicking open the door for bands which would expand his sound like Creedence Clearwater Revival and Cream.  Fuller was a tight singer/songwriter and he also had an adventurous ear for covers... his Merseybeat cover of "Greensleeves" has to be heard to be believed.  The all-live third disc also proves the band was a tight little live combo.
What's Bad About It?:
Much like Del-Fi's similar box set for Ritchie Valens (see our review of that one too), Fuller's untimely death left a paucity of material, forcing the set to be just a little over-padded to get three discs worth of material. 
What's Missing?:
All the songs Fuller may have written and performed had he lived longer.
PopEntertainment.com final grade: B
Fuller's suspicious death at 23-years-old... he was found in his mother's car with his face strangely puffy and purple with gasoline poured all over his body (and it was ruled a suicide!) only adds to his legend.  Never To Be Forgotten has a lingering message, Fuller was more than a footnote in music history; he was an innovator.

Jay S. Jacobs

Copyright 2004 PopEntertainment.com. All rights reserved. Posted: January 9, 2004.

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