Lowell Fulson

Swingin' Party

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As a logical extension from Elmore James and T-Bone Walker, Lowell Fulson has always, unfortunately, been neglected in the general scheme of the blues. So it's a good thing these 26 tracks have surfaced, although it's hard to know from exactly where, or who his sidekicks are. Nonetheless, it showcases 17 songs he wrote, downhearted in the main, such as "Lonely Hours," "Have You Changed Your Mind?" and "Why Don't You Call Me?" can attest. The most hopeful number, "I'm Glad You Reconsidered," and the title track, with its crowd noise, are somewhat out of character. Also included is a great version of the Jimmy Rogers evergreen "That's Alright." No matter the origin or source material, the world can always use another Lowell Fulson (or "Fulsom": it has been spelled both ways) CD.

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