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Lowell Fulson – Think Twice Before You Speak


Published on May 24, 2005

Lowell Fulson – Think Twice Before You Speak
Lowell Fulson – Think Twice Before You Speak – JSP Records JSP5103 Hybrid Multichannel SACD ****:

Fulson is one of the legends who didn’t take his abilities for granted
and rest on his laurels. He continued to go back to Europe to play with
old-timers and young upcoming musicians for the fun of it. Fulson has a
deep, rich voice that works well with his style of guitar playing—a
style that can best be summed up as Texas country blues. This recording
was made in 1984 and it is clear that Fulson is still at the height of
his ability even if he sounds like he’s slowing down. He’s best known
for his classic tunes “Reconsider Baby” and “Tramp,” but this record is
full of good material. Track three is a slower blues number replete
with enticing multiple runs on the piano. Most of the tunes are upbeat
and have a real kick to them, and every tune features Fulson’s expert
guitar playing. Song after song gives the listener the impression that
this isn’t just any ole blues disc—it’s something special. Track seven
is a swinging tune that you can dance along to—twirling and spinning.
Sound on this disc has been remixed to surround with music coming from
all directions—see track two and the horn in back for example.
Recording quality is very good although voice isn’t quite as clean as
the rest of the mix. Still, this disc is an easy recommendation. Songs
included are: I’m Tough; Come On If You’re Coming; One Room Country
Shack; Think Twice Before You Speak; Meet Me In The Bottom; Come Back
Baby; Oh Well, Oh Well; You’re Gonna Miss Me; Sinner’s Prayer; Lowell’s
Jump; Parachute Woman.

- Brian Bloom




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