Joe Tex

Greatest Hits [Intercontinental]

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Tex was one of the best and most versatile of Southern soul singers, one of the few who was able to survive into the disco era without really changing his style, as witness his hilarious 1976 hit, "Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)," which differs from his 1967 "Skinny Legs And All" only by virtue of a slightly altered backbeat. This excellent, if perhaps too brief, best-of serves up all his most important work, from his breakthrough 1964 hit "Hold What You've Got" (Tex sings only the choruses, making it one of the very first rap records) to his classic "One Monkey Don't Stop No Show." In fact, the only reason to fault it is that it doesn't come with a video--specifically, a video of Joe doing his trademark stage move, rocking the microphone stand back and forth with his foot.

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