Lowell Fulson

My First Recordings

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Twenty-six tracks that Fulson cut between 1946 and 1951 for the Swing Time, Big Town, and Down Town labels. This is far more sparsely produced, and less urbane in feel, than the material Lowell would record for Chess throughout the 1950s. Indeed, on ten of the cuts, he's supported only by his brother Martin on rhythm guitar; there's a small combo on the remainder of the cuts, but a fairly subdued one. Those who prefer their blues down-home might like this better than the more polished sound that Fulson moved into for the rest of his career. It's city blues just out of the country, with Fulson's high, pleading vocals and sharp, countrified electric licks to the fore. The most famous song, by far, is the original version of "Three O'Clock Blues," which was covered for a huge R&B hit by B.B. King in the early '50s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:48 Amazon
2 3:19
3 2:40 Amazon
4 2:34 Amazon
5 2:50 Amazon
6 2:28 Amazon
7 2:30 Amazon
8 2:33 Amazon
9 3:25 Amazon
10 3:07 Amazon
11 2:39 Amazon
12 2:14 Amazon
13 2:45 Amazon
14 2:48
15 2:50 Amazon
16 2:43 Amazon
17 2:37 Amazon
18 2:57 Amazon
19 3:09 Amazon
20 3:21 Amazon
21 3:11 Amazon
22 2:42 Amazon
23 2:28 Amazon
24 2:37 Amazon
25 3:20 Amazon
26 1:53
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