Joe Tex – 1966 – I’ve Got To Do A Little Bit Better

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Review by Soulmakossa

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Another rock-solid album from Joe Tex, I’ve Got to Do a Little Better was his third full-length release of 1966, but Tex showed no signs of slowing down or losing his breath on these 12 songs.Tex’s rich and passionate tenor rings out clear and true on each and every tune. One of the very best albums of Tex’s Southern soul period, I’ve Got to Do a Little Bit Better suggests the kind of care and careful thought that rarely went into LPs of the period, and it’s well worth seeking out for fans. This album’s a perfect example of Joe at his best – nearly all original tunes recorded in close collaboration with producer Buddy Killen, whose unique talents really brought out the best in Joe’s honest apporach to soul music.

A1. Papa Was, Too 2:47
What Me and My Baby Ain’t Got 2:27
A Woman Sees a Hard Time (When her Man Is Gone) 3:01
Watch the One (That Brings Bad News)  3:14
Taking Care of a Woman (Is a Full Time Job) 2:58
Lying’s Just a Habit John 2:48
I’ve Got To Do a Little But Better 2:58
The Truest Woman In the World  2:55
I Believe I’m Gonna Make It 3:00
Got You On My Mind 2:15
Half a Mind  2:12
S.Y.S.L.J.F.M. (The Letter Song)2:48

Joe Tex’ second longplayer for 1966 kept up the momentum of its predecessor: raspily delivered sermons on love and relationships, set to big, fat soulful rhythms that also have a spark of dusty road country twang.

It starts off seriously funky with “Papa Was Too“; a fatback super stomper inspired by Lowell Fulsom’s “Tramp” and the equally popular cover duet by Stax stars Otis Redding and Carla Thomas. This is heavy duty funk, with low-end piano riffs, crashing tambourines, burping horn riffs and that incessant drum and bass interplay. Catchy whistling patterns typify the fingersnappin’ “What Me and My Baby Ain’t Got“, another good natured ode to the joys of a working relationship. Has a crazy brassy outro, as well.

Next up is the passionately sung country soul ballad “A Woman Sees a Hard Time (When Her Man Is Gone)“. This is Joe at his philosophical best, spitting his lyrics over a gently bouncing groove that features a delightfully intricate horn riff. Joe Tex’ inimitable ‘downhome-ness’ is even better displayed on the humorous blues romp “Watch the One (That Brings the Bad News)“, with piercing B.B. King-styled guitar licks throughout. Dig Tex going for some ebonic slanging here!

The tempo is sped up through the beater “Taking Care of a Woman (Is a Full Time Job)“, which despite its soulful horns and Joe’s gruffy vocal almost sounds like an early Beatles track, whereas there’s some unabashed uptown soul shakin’ on the fast-paced “Lying’s Just a Habit, John”, a hilariously zany tune smothered in busy brass charts.

I’ve Got to Do a Little Bit Better” ranks as one of Tex’ most classic work-outs: contemplative and wistful like his earlier smashes “Hold What You’ve Got” and “The Love You Save“, this is a deep, deep soul ballad that is further distinguished by drooping cello licks. And while Tex was quiet and introspective on the title track, he’s soaring on the intense “The Truest Woman in the World“, another ace ballad featuring gorgeous guitar lines.

I Believe I’m Gonna Make It” may well be Joe’s most legendary cut; a deep soul outing that has Tex singing to his baby from a foxhole in Vietnam: a letter from his lover even gives him the strength to take down two enemies on sight.

The rollicking “Got You on My Mind” is a pretty underrated original, and Joe sounds uncannily similar to Elvis Presley here. Less spectacular is Tex’ take on Roger Miller’s “Half a Mind” – a singer he must have admired quite a bit, as he often dipped into the Miller songbook. The album ends on a high note, however, with the all-out soul jam “S-Y-S-L-J-F-M (The Letter Song)“, a floorshaker set to Wilson’s Pickett’s “634-5789” groove, with the letters standing for ‘Save Your Sweet Loving Just for Me’.

Classic Joe Tex, an almost perfect platter of real soul.

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Conversation for album: Joe Tex – 1966 – I’ve Got To Do A Little Bit Better

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 15:28h, 01 March 2012 Reply

    Ah, Tex! Thank you!

  • zobba
    Posted at 18:34h, 01 March 2012 Reply


  • Robert
    Posted at 20:37h, 01 March 2012 Reply

    i’ve got to get my turntable fixed so i can play my joe tex greatest hits album. he is one of the greats. no mess, just pure music.

  • rich
    Posted at 21:40h, 01 March 2012 Reply

    thank u mr. moo

  • Peru
    Posted at 19:35h, 02 March 2012 Reply

    Deep soul at it’s best.

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 08:14h, 03 March 2012 Reply

    always so nice, thanks a lot once again!

  • Santiago
    Posted at 11:21h, 03 March 2012 Reply

    Love classic R&B like this. Genius!

  • Garland
    Posted at 12:17h, 04 March 2012 Reply

    i forgot how much i missed joe’s singing thanks so much for posting

  • Fred
    Posted at 12:24h, 04 March 2012 Reply

    Great, discovering another true soul legend

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 17:26h, 04 March 2012 Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks so much.

  • Johnny
    Posted at 09:24h, 05 March 2012 Reply

    I am so grateful that I was around and appreciated this and so many other artists when this sound was new and exciting. to me, This era will never die. Is stands the test of time.

  • Boston
    Posted at 11:12h, 05 March 2012 Reply

    One of the great soul singers that should always be mentioned with the likes Of Otis, Sam, Wilson, JB, Jackie and Solomon.

  • Genesis
    Posted at 11:52h, 06 March 2012 Reply

    Nothing but the truth i still feel those songs, the new ones just dont have that same feeling go 60’s and 70’s.

  • Amir
    Posted at 13:18h, 06 March 2012 Reply

    you know wat this is pretty damn funky!

  • Gregory
    Posted at 20:33h, 06 March 2012 Reply

    Superb 60’s soul. Thank u.

  • Dave
    Posted at 10:00h, 07 March 2012 Reply

    What a wonderful musician!.

  • Chris B.
    Posted at 10:36h, 07 March 2012 Reply

    thank you for this one and for the great blog!

  • Alois
    Posted at 21:56h, 07 March 2012 Reply

    Thank you for that one!
    Just discovered your blog…so many great records (I wish I’d own at least a few of them…)!
    Keep on!
    Greetings from Germany!

  • Angel
    Posted at 10:08h, 08 March 2012 Reply

    cant wait to check it out thanx

  • Martin
    Posted at 14:10h, 08 March 2012 Reply

    thx bro looks dope

  • Norman
    Posted at 22:52h, 08 March 2012 Reply

    Thanks bro, it looks great, I can’t wait to hear it! Just to let you know that your work is greatly appreciated! Peace…

  • Vic
    Posted at 10:24h, 12 March 2012 Reply

    wow this is a beautiful record.

  • Garth
    Posted at 21:04h, 15 March 2012 Reply

    Thanks a million times

  • TJ
    Posted at 13:04h, 18 March 2012 Reply

    Really Dope LP.

  • Curtis
    Posted at 16:46h, 15 April 2012 Reply

    Tanks a lot for this one !!!!

  • Willie
    Posted at 11:41h, 05 May 2012 Reply

    Bit late but thanks for this one. Also for including the bonus tracks which put me onto another good album!

  • Paolo
    Posted at 19:56h, 30 June 2012 Reply

    Thanks, should be good!

  • Rck
    Posted at 19:05h, 15 September 2012 Reply

    Thanks ! I love Joe Tex !

  • thegroove
    Posted at 18:42h, 26 November 2013 Reply

    Joe Tex always raises a smile. Thanks Nikos, Mr Moo and Soulmakossa.

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