I Fought the Law (album)

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I Fought the Law
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Studio album by The Bobby Fuller Four
Released February 1966[1]
Recorded 1965
Genre Rock and roll
Label Mustang
Mustang M-901 (mono)
MS-901 (stereo)
Producer Robert Keane
The Bobby Fuller Four chronology
KRLA King of the Wheels
(1965)
I Fought the Law
(1966)
Singles from I Fought the Law
  1. "I Fought the Law" / "Little Annie Lou"
    Released: October 1965
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]

I Fought the Law is the second and final studio album by The Bobby Fuller Four. It was released by Mustang Records in February 1966 in stereo and mono. Its title comes from the title track, "I Fought the Law", which had recently become a hit single for the group, eventually charting at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100.[3]

Background[edit]

The album was released as a response to "I Fought the Law"'s impressive chart performance, featuring a re-recorded version of the song on stereo copies of the album ( in which Fuller slyly inserts a certain four-letter word in place of the word "fun"). The song was written by Sonny Curtis and had been previously released on The Crickets first album without Buddy Holly, In Style with the Crickets. In addition, the album recycles seven songs from Fuller's previous album KRLA King of the Wheels, including the band's previous hit single, "Let Her Dance" and "I Fought the Law"'s B-side, "Little Annie Lou". Many songs are also reworkings of older songs recorded by Bobby Fuller in his home studio in El Paso, including "I Fought the Law", "Julie" and "Only When I Dream" are new songs. "She's My Girl" is listed on the front cover but does not appear on this album as it did on the first.

I Fought The Law became the group's only Billboard charted album, peaking at #144 in April 1966.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Bobby Fuller, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Let Her Dance"   2:28
2. "Julie" C. Taylor 2:20
3. "A New Shade of Blue"   2:53
4. "Only When I Dream" B. Fuller/M. Stone Huffman 2:15
5. "You Kiss Me" B. Fuller/M. Stone Huffman 2:32
6. "Little Annie Lou" B. Fuller/R. Fuller 1:59
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "I Fought the Law" S. Curtis 2:07
2. "Another Sad and Lonely Night"   2:15
3. "Saturday Night"   1:40
4. "Take My Word"   2:05
5. "Fool of Love"   2:35
6. "Never to Be Forgotten" B. Fuller/R. Fuller 2:54[5]

Personnel[edit]

The Bobby Fuller Four[edit]

Technical[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Original US Albums". Bobby Fuller – Never to Be Forgotten. Archived from the original on May 24, 2010. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ "Bobby Fuller Four Charts". Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Billboard Chart April 2, 1966". Retrieved May 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ "I Fought the Law by The Bobby Fuller Four". Rate Your Music. Retrieved November 26, 2012.