Joe Tex

Hold on to What You've Got/The New Boss

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This "two-fer" reissue pairs up two of Joe Tex's classic Atlantic Records albums on one CD, Hold On To What You've Got and The New Boss. Stylistically, both albums were just a bit off the beaten path from the bulk of Tex's mid-1960's work; his sense of humor (always bubbling beneath the surface) came into the forefront on Hold On To What You've Got, while The New Boss focused new emphasis on Tex's obvious fondness for country music. The CD helps to play up the C&W leanings of The New Boss with four additional bonus tracks in a decidedly twangy mode, including fine versions of "Make The World Go Away" and "Just Out Of Reach". The remastering is clear and bright, making the most of Buddy Killen's fine production, and while these two albums each have a decidedly different mood, they compliment each other well, and this is a fine presentation of material from Tex's first era of hits; well worth a spin.

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