I became a diehard loyalist of the Bobby Fuller Four a couple of years after Bobby Fuller's mysterious death (which, incidently was the subject of one episode of Unsolved Mysteries).
My collection of records (45RPM singles along with LP's, EP's, cassette tapes, VHS tapes, DVD's and CD's) includes just about every available commercial recording of the Bobby Fuller Four.
"I Fought the Law: The Best of the Bobby Fuller Four" is an excellent collection, but only introduction of Bobby Fuller's hard-rockin' music. For that reason, I can only give this collection a 3 star rating.
To appreciate the music of the BB4, one must check out both the stereo and mono recordings. The stereo recordings are clearly different from the mono recordings. The vocals are different and it wouldn't surprise me if some different musicians were also used.
As much as I prefer stereo (with the exception of those 4th rate artificial and fake "electronically rechannelled stereo," which is one of the biggest rip-offs pulled off by record companies), some of the mono recordings really kick the butt of some of the lame stereo versions.
For any real BB4 fan, I highly recommend the 3-CD collection: "Never to be Forgotten: the Mustang Years." This collection includes both the stereo and mono versions of many of the best recordings of the BB4. It also features a booklet which tells the story of the group, their performances and the strange case of Bobby's murder.
If you can't obtain "Never to be Forgotten: the Mustang Years," then "I Fought the Law: The Best of the Bobby Fuller Four" might be sufficient.
I wish that the proposed film about the story of Bobby Fuller made it off the ground, but unfortunately crashed before it reached flight. than