The Bobby Fuller Four

Never to Be Forgotten: The Mustang Years

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A three-CD box set that includes everything Fuller recorded for Mustang between 1964 and 1966: all the LP and 45 tracks, the previously import-only album recorded at PJ's on Sunset Strip, over a dozen cuts that were unreleased during Fuller's lifetime, and rarities. Although much of the music is excellent, it should be stressed that this is for the Bobby Fuller fanatic; most fans will be quite content with the all-killer no-filler distillation of his best mid-'60s cuts on Rhino's Best Of compilation. Fuller's albums were filled out with some unmemorable hot rod tunes and generic rockers that seemed to have been cranked out under pressure for product. The rare selections (some of which, despite being designated as unreleased, have shown up elsewhere) are largely alternates of songs that were already available, and although these are occasionally interesting, the variations are mostly on the slight side. A couple of cuts by the Randy Fuller Four (led by Bobby's brother and bassist) don't measure up to his sibling's output in the least, sounding jarring and clumsy by contrast. The Live at PJ's disc is disappointing: it consists mostly of covers of familiar rock standards, for one thing, and neither the sound quality nor performance match the excitement that Fuller routinely generated in the studio during this time. But make no mistake, this is a good thing for fans to have, and is superbly packaged, with a 64-page booklet of critical essays, speculation on his mysterious death, and an interview with Randy Fuller.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:31 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:17 SpotifyAmazon
3 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
4 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:36 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:23 SpotifyAmazon
9 1:37 SpotifyAmazon
10 2:12 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:39 SpotifyAmazon
12 3:00 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:18 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:07 Amazon
15 2:51 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
17 1:45 Amazon
18 2:14 Amazon
19 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
20 1:50 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
22
7:21 SpotifyAmazon
23 0:04

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:03 SpotifyAmazon
2 2:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 1:39 SpotifyAmazon
4 1:23 SpotifyAmazon
5 3:10 SpotifyAmazon
6 2:33 SpotifyAmazon
7 1:59 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:40 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:02 Amazon
10 2:29 Amazon
11 2:05 SpotifyAmazon
12 2:16
13 2:52
14 2:13 SpotifyAmazon
15 2:30 Spotify
16 2:30 Spotify
17 1:57 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
19 2:15 Spotify
20 2:01 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:18 Spotify
22 7:17 SpotifyAmazon
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