Ira Robbins
September 07, 1990 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Best of the Bobby Fuller Four

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
genre
Reissues

We gave it a B+

Like the great Eddie Cochran a decade earlier, Bobby Fuller was a multitalented rock & roll original whose many creative achievements never received adequate commercial recognition and who died tragically in his early 20s. Fuller’s engaging music, recorded in 1965 and 1966, has been popularized via numerous cover versions, but the real thing has a freshness and sincerity that makes it special. Cut from newly recovered master tapes that give The Best of Bobby Fuller a real sonic advantage over Rhino’s corresponding Golden Archive Series vinyl/cassette compilation, ”I Fought the Law,” ”Another Sad and Lonely Night,” and ”Let Her Dance” (plus other fine, if lesser-known, tracks) make this an essential retrospective. B+

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