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Rx Blues - I Hate My BossRX BLUES – I HATE MY BOSS
{2001 | Kode Blue Records}

Once again Rx Blues provides us with some really good blues. The quality of the production and music is just great – Rx Blues done got it down and got it going on. Also, once again Rx Blues has thirteen songs on their latest CD, all original tracks. The title track I Hate My Boss received a lot of airplay and is a staple of Rx Blues when playing live.

On a personal note, I may hate my boss, but I’ve got the best blues editor ever (Dave, how about a pay increase?)!

The players may have changed, but the sound, the quality, the blues remain Rx Blues!

Jose Diaz – lead/rhythm guitar
Jeff Davis – rhythm guitar, lead & background vocals
Ray Thompkins – lead vocals
Lisa Pacatte – lead & background vocals
John Goodwin – drums
Vic Hoffmeister – bass guitar
Stuart Williams – horns

All the songs….

1. I hate my boss – a great blues tune, the guitar is fantastic, the vocals and lyrics are great, did I say a great tune!

2. Problems no more – big band sound, distorted guitar throughout.

3. Memphis Beale street – a bit of a rockabilly swing sound, the piano (Kory Shaeffer) was a good addition, I liked it.

4. Sad bad lovin’ blues – decent combination of vocal and horn.

5. St. Louis shuffle – shuffle is right on in describing this, swa-eeng baby. I nominate this is the new St. Louis Anthem. Good Johnnie Johnson part thanks Randall Alberts.

6. Eat good eat bad – killer guitar and guitar solo

7. Neon jungle – it must be a good song for my daughter and I to both agree on it, I liked the dominate bass part. My daughter said “the monkey song is cool”.

8. Big Daddy – I love this song, my favorite track. Can this be changed to the Cornbread song? I really dig it, the organ solo was a nice surprise.

9. Hit it twice – some like it slow, that’s OK, you just won’t get it here or hear, we got backing horns, a good beat, soulful vocals, oh and of course electric guitar.

10. Blacklisted – can I have two favorites? All blues, great tune

11. The wolf is at your door – what’s that backing organ. As JJ would say that’s dyn-oh-mite. Toe tapping, head bobbin good. Adding a Howlin’s howl would’ve been a good touch/ending.

12. Middle of the road – a tasty little mellow morsel, the piano is good, the slow guitar solo was a good addition, ending with piano notes was a perfect way to end the song.

13. Empty pockets – the prior song was mellow, this one ain’t, probably the grittiest song of the set, acoustic accompaniment

I Hate My Boss has more of a swing flavor than other rxblues, a very, very good CD. Rating 4.551 out of possible 5.

Ciao’ for now, peace.
Peter ‘Cornbread’ Cohen, CBP

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