Monday, January 11, 2021

The Bobby Fuller Four - I Fought the Law \ KRLA King Of The Wheels





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 (the police thought it was a suicide, just about everyone who knew him disagreed). Fuller's relatively short period of national stardom actually crowned a good half-dozen years of recording, during which he released many ... Read More...
I Fought the Law \ KRLA King Of The Wheels
Del-Fi combined the Bobby Fuller Four's first two albums, KRLA King of the Wheels and I Fought the Law, on a single disc. Producer Bob Keane and disc jockeys from KRLA in Los Angeles helped conceive the idea for KRLA King of the Wheels. The KRLA Top Eliminator was a customized dragster made for promotion, and the Bobby Fuller Four provided this eleven-song album. The title track is a reworking of "King of the Beach," and an earlier record from the band's days in El Paso, Texas. There are three other car songs, a killer version of Buddy Holly's "Love's Made a Fool of You," and two non-original songs that Bobby Fuller hated, "I'm a Lucky Guy" and "The Magic Touch." Meanwhile, the title track of I Fought the Law was an international smash for the group and certainly their most recognized and popular single. Fuller's idol was Buddy Holly, and former Cricket Sonny Curtis wrote the song that first came out on the Crickets 1962 album In Style with the Crickets. "Let Her Dance" was also a hit and is included. Chip Taylor wrote "Julie," a Hollyesque pounder of infectious proportion. Ten of the twelve songs are Bobby Fuller Four original compositions. "Only When I Dream" could have been written for the Everly Brothers, while "A New Shade of Blue" and "Fool of Love" are more moderate ballads that contrast to the upbeat and infectiously danceable quality of the remaining songs. More consistent than KRLA King of the Wheels, it is a masterpiece from the mid-'60s and the best album released in Fuller's lifetime.
KRLA King of the Wheels
Review by Dan Pavlides
Producer Bob Keane and disc jockeys from KRLA radio station in Los Angeles helped conceive the idea for this album. The KRLA Top Eliminator was a customized dragster made to help promote KRLA, and the Bobby Fuller Four provide this eleven song album. The title track is a reworking of "King Of The Beach," and an earlier record from the band's days in El Paso, Texas. There are three other car songs, a killer version of Buddy Holly's "Love's Made A Fool Of You," and two non-original songs that Bobby Fuller hated, "I'm A Lucky Guy" and "The Magic Touch.
The I Fought the Law
Review by Dan Pavlides
The title track was an international smash for the group and certainly their most recognized and popular single. Fuller's idol was Buddy Holly, and former Cricket Sonny Curtis wrote the song that first came out on the Crickets 1962 album In Style with the Crickets. "Let Her Dance" was also a hit and is included. Chip Taylor wrote "Julie," a Hollyesque pounder of infectious perportion. Ten of the twelve songs are Bobby Fuller Four original compositions. "Only When I Dream" could have been written for The Everly Brothers, while "A New Shade Of Blue" and "Fool Of Love" are more moderate ballads that contrast to the upbeat and infectiously danceable quality of the remaining songs. More consistent than KRLA King of the Wheels is a masterpiece from the mid-sixties and the best album released in Fuller's lifetime.




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