Raised in Oklahoma and schooled in the blues throughout Texas, guitarist and singer Lowell Fulson headed west after the war like many other blacks from the Midwest and the South. He spent several years in both Oakland and Los Angeles, paving the way for a long career that would peak in the mid-'50s with hits like "Reconsider Baby" and "Loving You." And while his '50s period on the Chess and Checker labels has been well-documented, Fulson's earlier sides have not. Now, the Swedish Mr. R&B label has come out with this fine 33-track collection of cuts from 1946-1951. The disc features both early acoustic blues sides with brother Martin on guitar and a combo of piano, bass, and drums, as well as several jump blues cuts, many of which include the venerable bandleader and pianist Lloyd Glenn. An essential title for Fulson enthusiasts.
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