Lowell Fulson

Lovemaker

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Lovemaker is not the most exciting Lowell Fulson album by a long shot. But it's respectable soul-blues, and not as inappropriately polished as the usual late-'70s recordings by blues veterans. Actually, Fulson was more in the straight-ahead blues bag by this time than he had been on his mid- to late-'60s soul-influenced records, including a couple of revivals of "It Hurts Me Too" (retitled "When Things Go Wrong") and "Sittin' on Top of the World" (retitled "I Am Not Worried"). The accent is on good-natured, straightforward urbane blues, the backing less passionate than Fulson's vocals, the groove sticking mostly to the mid-tempo, getting into mild funk here and there, particularly on the title track. All of the tracks from Lovemaker are on the Ace CD compilation The Final Kent Years, which also includes his 1968 album Now!, a 1972 single, and three previously unissued cuts from around the time of the Now! sessions.

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