Joe Tex: Buying a Book (1969)

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Joe Tex: Buying a Book (1969)

The great Joe Tex has appeared at From the Vaults previously (with his wonderful soul screamer'n'stomper I Gotcha from '72) but this -- his 21st single (out of 33 US r'n'b chart hits between '65 and '78) -- deserves special mention.

A narrative that is part (im)morality tale, philosophy-cum-humour and a bit of street-soul in the chorus, Buying A Book came out of Muscle Shoals and -- while a minor piece in Tex's vast catalogue -- serves to confirm the man as one of the great voices as he delivers his message with a weird blend of gravitas and chuckles.

Take a scoop of James Brown, a large dollop of Wilson Pickett, stir with a funky horn section . . .

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