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Tramp/Soul, CD (£11.50)
More from Modern with the two major Lowell Fulsom albums on one CD. Tramp needs no introduction and it gave Lowell Fulsom his biggest hit in early 1967. Cut between '64 and '67 these sides give a real impression of the unique style of Lowell Fulsom, a man who sang the blues with soul and almost created his own category along the way. There is some great guitar picking, fantastic Maxwell Davis arrangements, and a sparse but effective use of horns, all over a rock solid rhythm section. From the late 1940s Fulsom cut for many labels, starting in Oakland and generally remaining on the West Coast throughout the50s, though many sides came out on Checker, the Chess subsidiary. He cut for Kent, the Modern subsidiary in the mid 60s, before moving to Jewel at the end of the decade. Throughout his career he played with a wide variety of other artists, from Ivory Joe Hunter, to Clifton Chenier and gave breaks early on to the likes of Ray Charles and Stanley Turrentine. A highly adaptable musician, he nonetheless never lost sight of his roots in blues.