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1. Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool for You Baby)
2. There's No business Like Love business
3. The Baby Is Mine
4. Some Things In Life Are Worth Dying For
5. Hate Yourself In The Morning
6. Lovin' aka Lovin' Man
7. The Only Way I Know To Love You
8. I Can Do It Better
9. Chained In The Mind
10. I'll Never Fall in Love Again
11. All the Heaven a Man Really Needs
12. Let's Go Somewhere And Talk
13. Under Your Powerful Love
14. Trying To Win Your Love
15. A Mother's Prayer
16. Rain Go Away
17. For My Woman
18. King Thaddeus
19. Lesley
20. Papa's Dream

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You'll love it or hate it! 13 Dec. 2002
By Dr.D.Treharne - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Clearly, this is not the first Joe Tex album to buy if you're starting a collection of his music! Only the first ten tracks were ever intended as a coherent album, and tracks 5 to 10 were originally released as the "A" side of the original Atlantic album. It's obvious that in the early 70's market, the label had no clear idea of where Joe Tex should be.The second part of the album title, "came the rapper" gives an indication of where they thought he might be headed.However the "rapping" takes Tex some way beyond that genre. There are two really extended tracks, "I'll never fall in love again" and "Oh me oh my, I'm a fool for you baby" where he develops extended monologues against a tight set of rhythm tracks, and loads of strings. My favourite track other than "Oh me oh my" is the ballad "Hate yourself in the morning". These ten tracks would have been great value, but the album is extended by a series of tracks recorded in 1971-72 (except for 1975's "Under your powerful love") and it's clear that Dial Records, now distributed by Mercury, were looking for a style to get Tex another hit 45.I like "Rain go away" ,but there's no coherence of direction in them. As I stated at the start, you'll either love this or loath it. It's Tex in transition.I think it stands the test of time, and recommend it to your attention.
An American Original! 22 Oct. 2010
By Richard Kimble - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This CD marks a transition in the career of the late, great Joe Tex, albeit a minor one: the change in distribution of his long-time label, Dial Records, from Atlantic to Mercury.

The centerpiece of this disc is Joe's last Atlantic-distributed LP, "From the Roots Came the Rapper", and indeed his trademark half-spoken/half-sung style is on display here in a couple of tracks: lengthy covers of Lulu's "Oh Me Oh My (I'm a Fool For You)" and Dionne Warwick's "I'll Never Fall in Love Again". Perhaps they were inspired by Isaac Hayes's similar takes on soul covers, who knows, but they take on a new life with Tex's trademark 'raps'. Yet those are not the best tracks from this section of the CD: the honors go to the manic "Chained in the Mind" and the cover of Steve Mancha's "Hate Yourself in the Morning".

What Kent did for this disc was to flesh it out with ten additional tracks, all of which were recorded after the label switched distribution, and pretty much all of them not appearing on LP. Most notable of these is the Modern/Northern soul fave, "Under Your Powerful Love", but there are other neat tracks here, like the silly "King Thaddeus" (complete with Wolfman Jack imitations!), the brassy "Trying to Win Your Love" and the rollicking "Papa's Dream". It's a nice overview of Tex's early '70s output, docked a star for failing to include his biggest hit, "I Gotcha", which fell into this time frame. Still, I recommend this highly.
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