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Joe Tex in 1965
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- 1965 Hold What You've Got (Dial Records, distributed by Atlantic Records) - US Pop #124, US R&B #2
- 1964 Hold On! It's Joe Tex (Checker)
- 1965 The Best of Joe Tex (King)
- 1965 The Best of Joe Tex (Parrot)
- 1965 Joe Tex (Pickwick)
- 1965 The New Boss (Dial/Atlantic) - US #142, US R&B #3
- 1966 Show Me (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1966 The Love You Save (Dial/Atlantic) - US #108
- 1966 I've Got to Do a Little Better (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1967 The Best of Joe Tex (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1968 Live And Lively (Dial/Atlantic) - US #84
- 1968 Soul Country (Dial/Atlantic) - US #154
- 1969 Buying A Book (Dial/Atlantic) - US #190
- 1969 Happy Soul (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1969 You Better Get It (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1970 With Strings And Things (Dial/Atlantic)
- 1972 From the Roots Came the Rapper (Dial/Atlantic) - US Pop #201
- 1972 I Gotcha (Dial) - US # 17
- 1972 The History Of...Joe Tex (Pride)
- 1972 Spill the Beans (Dial)
- 1973 The Best of Joe Tex (Citation)
- 1977 Bumps & Bruises (Epic) - US #108
- 1977 Another Woman's Man (Power Pak)
- 1978 Rub Down (Epic)
- 1979 He Who Is Without Funk Cast the First Stone (Dial)
- 1979 Super Soul (Parrot/London)
- 1982 J.T.'s Funk (Accord)
- 1984 Ain't I A Mess (Chess)
- 1985 The Best of Joe Tex (Atlantic)
- 1988 I Believe I'm Gonna Make It: The Best of Joe Tex 1964-1972 (Rhino)
- 1988 The Best of Joe Tex (Charly)
- 1989 Different Strokes (Charly)
- 1989 Stone Soul Country (Charly)
- 1991 Greatest Hits (Curb)
- 1999 His Greatest Hits (Charly)
- 2000 25 All Time Greatest Hits (Varèse)
- 2000 Golden Legends (Direct Source)
- 2000 Greatest Hits!!! (7-N/Buddha)
- 2001 Show Me The Hits (Malaco)
- 2001 Oh Boy Classics Presents Joe Tex (Oh Boy)
- 2001 Hold On To What You've Got/The New Boss (Connoisseur Collection)
- 2001 The Love You Save/I've Got to Do a Little Bit Better (Connoisseur Collection)
- 2002 Buying A Book (includes bonus tracks)
- 2002 The Masters (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
- 2002 12 Hits: Five Star Collection (Varese)
- 2002 Ain't Gonna Bump No More (Southbound)
- 2002 David Allan Coe Presents Joe Tex (Coe Pop)
- 2002 The Complete Dial Recordings, Volume 3: Live and Lively/Soul Country (RPM)
- 2002 The Complete Dial Recordings, Volume 4: Happy Soul/Buying A Book (RPM)
- 2002 Testifyin': The Essential Joe Tex (Castle Select)
- 2003 Classic Masters (Capitol)
- 2004 This Is Gold (Disky)
- 2006 The Very Best of, Volume 1 (Sony)
- 2006 The Very Best of, Volume 2 (Sony)
- 2006 Yum Yum Yum (HHO Licensing)
- 2006 The Best of Joe Tex (Platinum Disc)
- 2006 Golden Soul Hits (CBujEnt.)
- 2006 Nothing But A Joe Tex Party (Legacy)
- 2007 The One That You Love (KRB Music)
- 2007 Greatest Hits (Collectables)
- 2007 Greatest Hits (Neon)
- 2008 The Best of Joe Tex (Gusto)
- 2008 The Love You Save (Roots and Rhythm)
- 2008 First on the Dial: Early Singles and Rare Gems (Shout)
- 2008 Get Way Back: The 1950s Recordings (Ace)
|Year||Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. R&B||UK Singles Chart|
|1955||"Come In This House"
b/w "Davy, You Upset My Home"
|The Best Of Joe Tex (King)|
|1956||"My Biggest Mistake"
b/w "Right Back To My Arms"
b/w "I Had To Come Back To You"
|1956||"Get Way Back"
|1957||"Ain't Nobody's Business"
b/w "I Want To Have A Talk With You"
|1958||"Cut It Out"
b/w "Just For You and Me"
|1958||"Open The Door"
b/w "Teenage Rock"
By "Little Booker, featuring Joe Tex, vocals"
|1958||"You Little Baby Face Thing"
b/w "Mother's Advice"
|1959||"Don't Hold It Against Me"
b/w "Yum, Yum, Yum"
|1959||"Charlie Brown Got Expelled"
b/w "Blessed Are These Tears"
By "Joe Tex and His X Class Mates"
|1960||"Boys Will Be Boys"
b/w "Grannie Stole The Show"
|1960||"I'll Never Break Your Heart (Part 1)"
b/w "Part 2"
By "Joe Tex and The Vibrators"
|1960||"All I Could Do Was Cry (Part 1)"
b/w "Part 2"
|1960||"Goodbye My Love"
b/w "Wicked Woman"
|Turn Back The Hands Of Time|
|1961||"Baby You're Right"
b/w "Ain't I A Mess"
|1961||"The Only Girl (I've Ever Loved)"
b/w "What Should I Do"
|The Best Of Joe Tex (Parrot)|
|1961||"One Giant Step"
b/w "The Rib"
|1962||"I Let Her Get Away"
b/w "The Peck"
|The Best Of Joe Tex (Parrot)|
|1962||"Hand-Shakin', Love Makin', Girl Takin'
b/w "Popeye Johnny" (Non-album track)
|1962||"Meet Me In Church"
b/w "Be Your Own Judge" (Non-album track)
|1963||"Someone To Take Your Place"
b/w "I Should Have Kissed Her More" (Non-album track)
|1963||"You Keep Her"
b/w "Don't Play" (from Hold On!)
|1963||"I Wanna Be Free"
b/w "Blood's Thicker Than Water" (Non-album track)
|The Best Of Joe Tex (Parrot)|
|1964||"Say Thank You"
b/w "Looking For My Pig" (Non-album track)
|1964||"I Had A Good Home But I Left (Part 1)"
b/w "Part 2"
|1964||"The Next Time She's Mine"
b/w "I've Got A Song"
|1964||"Sit Yourself Down"
b/w "Get Closer Together"
|1964||"I'd Rather Have You"
b/w "Old Time Lover" (from The Best Of Joe Tex (Parrot))
|1964||"Hold What You've Got"
b/w "Fresh Out Of Tears"
|#5||#1||Hold What You've Got|
|1965||"Boys Will Be Boys"
b/w "Baby You're Right (I'm Gonna Hold What I Got)"
|1965||"You Got What It Takes" /||#51||#10||Hold What You've Got|
|1965||"You Better Get It"||#46||#15|
|1965||"A Woman Can Change A Man" /||#56||#12||The New Boss|
|1965||"Don't Let Your Left Hand Know"||#95||The Love You Save|
|1965||"One Monkey Don't Stop No Show"
b/w "Build Your Love On A Solid Foundation" (from The Love You Save)
|#65||#20||Hold What You've Got|
|1965||"I Want To (Do Everything For You)"
b/w "Funny Bone" (from The Love You Save)
|#23||#1||The New Boss|
|1966||"A Sweet Woman Like You"
b/w "Close The Door"
|#29||#1||The Love You Save|
|1966||"The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)"
b/w "If Sugar Was As Sweet As You"
|1966||"S.Y.S.L.J.F.M.(The Letter Song)"
b/w "I'm A Man" (from The Love You Save)
|#39||#9||I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better|
|1966||"I Believe I'm Gonna Make It"
b/w "You Better Believe It Baby" (from The Love You Save)
|1966||"I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better"
b/w "What In The World" (from The New Boss)
|1966||"Papa Was Too"
b/w "The Truest Woman In The World"
b/w "A Woman Sees A Hard Time (When Her Man Is Gone)" (from I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better)
|#35||#24||The Best Of Joe Tex (Atlantic)|
|1967||"Woman Like That, Yeah"
b/w "I'm Going and Get It"
|1967||"A Woman's Hands"
b/w "C.C. Rider" (from The New Boss)
|#63||#24||Live and Lively|
|1967||"Skinny Legs and All"
b/w "Watch The One (That Brings The Bad News)" (from I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better)
|1967||"I'll Make Every Day Christmas (For My Woman)"
b/w "Don't Give Up" (from Live and Lively)
|1968||"Men Are Gettin' Scarce"
b/w "You're Gonna Thank Me Woman" (from Live and Lively)
|1968||"I'll Never Do You Wrong"
b/w "Wooden Spoon" (from Live and Lively)
b/w "That's How It Feels"
By "The Soul Clan" (Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay and Ben E. King) 
|1968||"Betwixt and Between"
b/w "Chocolate Cherry"
By "The Joe Tex Band"
|1968||"Keep The One You Got"
b/w "Go Home and Do It"
|1968||"You Need Me, Baby"
b/w "Baby, Be Good"
|1968||"That's Your Baby"
b/w "Sweet, Sweet Woman"
|1969||"Buying A Book"
b/w "Chicken Crazy" (from Happy Soul)
|#47||#10||Buying A Book|
|1969||"Say Thank You"
b/w "Looking For My Pig" (Non-album track)
|The Best Of Joe Tex (Parrot)|
|1969||"That's The Way"
b/w "Anything You Wanna Know"
|#94||#46||Buying A Book|
|1969||"It Ain't Sanitary"
bw "We Can't Sit Down Now"
|1969||"(When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again) I Can't See You No More)"
b/w "Sure Is Good" (from Buying A Book)
|#105||Joe Tex Sings With Strings & Things|
|1970||"You're Right, Ray Charles"
b/w "Everything Happens On Time"
|1970||"I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
b/w "The Only Way I Know To Love You"
|From The Roots Came The Rapper|
b/w "I Knew Him" (Non-album track)
b/w "I'm Comin' Home" (Non-album track)
|Joe Tex Spills The Beans|
|1971||"Give The Baby Anything The Baby Wants"
b/w "Takin' A Chance"
|1972||"I Gotcha" /||#2||#1|
|1972||"A Mother's Prayer"||#41||Joe Tex Spills The Beans|
|1972||"You Said A Bad Word"
b/w "It Ain't Gonna Work Baby"
b/w "Rain Go Away"
|Joe Tex Spills The Beans|
b/w "Cat's Got Her Tongue"
|1973||"All The Heaven A Man Really Needs"
b/w "Let's Go Somewhere and Talk"
|1973||"Trying To Win Your Love"
b/w "I've Seen Enough" (Non-album track)
|1975||"Under Your Powerful Love"
b/w "Sassy Sexy Wiggle"
|1975||"I'm Going Back Again"
b/w "My Body Wants You"
|1975||"Have You Ever"
b/w "Baby, It's Rainin'"
b/w "Mama Red"
|1976||"Ain't Gonna Bump No More (With No Big Fat Woman)"
b/w "I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On"
|#12||#7||#2||Bumps & Bruises|
|1977||"Hungry For Your Love"
b/w "I Almost Got To Heaven Once"
b/w "Be Kind To Old People"
|1978||"Get Back, Leroy"
b/w "You Can Be My Star"
b/w "Music Ain't Got No Color"
|#48||He Who Is Without Funk Cast The First Stone|
|1979||"Who Gave Birth To The Funk"
b/w "If You Don't Want The Man (Don't Take The Money)"
b/w "Fat People"
|1980||"Stick Your Key In (And Start Your Car)"
b/w "Lady J. (I Love You)"
|1981||"Don't Do Da Do"
b/w "Here Comes No. 34 (Do The Earl Campbell" (first pressings)
"Loose Caboose" (later pressings)
- 1970 The Boys in the Band ("Take The Fifth Amendment")
- 1992 Reservoir Dogs ("I Gotcha")
- 1993 Love Is Like That ("The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)")
- 1995 Go Now ("Show Me", "Woman Like That Yeah", "I'm A Man", "I Want To (Do Everything For You)", "A Sweet Woman Like You", "I'll Never Do You Wrong")
- 1995 Sabrina ("Love's In Need Of Love Today")
- 1996 I Shot Andy Warhol ("Ain't Gonna Bump No More with No Big Fat Woman")
- 1999 Edtv ("Have You Ever")
- 2000 The Visit ("You Said A Bad Word")
- 2000 Jesus' Son ("The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)")
- 2002 Serving Sara ("I Gotcha")
- 2004: When Will I Be Loved ("Hold on to What You've Got")
- 2004 Mr. 3000 ("I Gotcha")
- 2007 Music Within ("Papa Was, Too")
- 2007 Death Proof ("The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)")
- 2007 Grindhouse ("The Love You Save (May Be Your Own)")
- 2008 The Wire (1 episode, "Just Out of Reach")
- Primarily from Rolling Stone Joe Tex Discography; www.rollingstone.com, AllMusic Joe Tex Discography; www.allmusic.com, Yahoo Music Joe Tex Discography; www.new.music.yahoo.com and James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- This was Tex's first album release, despite having released over thirty singles during the previous decade.
- Early recordings, released to capitalize on the success of Hold On To What You've Got. Includes "Baby, You're Right", written by Joe Tex and a hit for James Brown in 1962. Also includes "You Keep Her", written by Joe Tex in relation to wife leaving Tex for James Brown. See James Porter et al., Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- Also early recordings, released to capitalize on the success of Hold On To What You've Got. Also in 1965, a record containing no more than four Joe Tex songs and filled with other recordings represented to be Tex was released by Pickwick Records as Joe Tex. See James Porter et al., Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com; commentary by Greg Burgess.
- More early recordings. Includes "Meet Me In Church", later recorded by Solomon Burke.
- Another release of early Joe Tex material, most songs being previously unreleased, intended to capitalize on Tex's newfound national success.
- "No filler, no fat. Can't argue with this one, as it has all of his hits up to then. No B-sides, no album cuts. However, Atlantic should have put together a "Vol. 2", because his biggest hit of the sixties was right around the corner." James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- Containing previously unreleased material of varying quality, released after Tex had left the label. See James Porter et al., Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003, commentary by Waymon Timbsdayle; www.roctober.com.
- Containing early, pre-"Hold On" material, without disclaimer, though the collection is considered to be quite worthwhile. According to John Battles, "These tracks were largely recorded during Joe's "Little Richard" phase, which wielded some wild, unruly rockers, of which some of the best are included here. ...All that screamin' and beamin' and steamin' makes me wanna wreck a room, just like Richard's most frantic sides (i.e. "Keep A Knockin'" or "Bama Lama Bama Loo", which hadn't been recorded yet). ...make no mistake, Tex wasn't just copying pre-established artists, he was getting his own thing together, and learning from the best. That said, Tex was already a highly respected performer without a hit when he was doing opening spots for Brown and Richard in the late Fifties. Little Richard himself went so far as to say that James Brown got much of his stage act from watching Joe Tex on stage. All in all, this is a cool compilation, but there's enough material from this period for a nice CD (Or maybe even a double CD) retrospective." Joe Tex Album Guide, commentary by John Battles; www.roctober.com.
- Being a direct re-release of the 1965 release of The Best of Joe Tex on Parrot Records.
- Rerelease of pre-1965 King Records material, previously released in 1965 as The Best of Joe Tex.
- Criticised as being another re-release of Tex's pre-Dial material, but again excluding the "lost 45, 'Looking For My Pig'". Released as part of the London Records Collectors' Series, which also included releases of London material by Thin Lizzy, Genesis and David Bowie. See James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- Another release of pre-1965 material.
- Being primarily a re-release of Hold On! It's Joe Tex (1965), though with detailed liner notes by legendary DJ Bill "Hoss" Allen.
- Printed for release in 1984, but actually released in 1985. The album is similar to the original Atlantic 1967 release of The Best of Joe Tex, except that Tex's No. 1 R & B chart hit in 1965, "I Want To Do Everything For You", is inexplicably replaced with the non-single, "Build Your Love On A Solid Foundation". Also criticised for not including other Joe Tex hits, such as "Skinny Legs and All". See James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- Both the Rhino and Charly releases are considered to be definitive "best of" releases of Joe Tex material, superior to reissues by his long-time label, Atlantic: "Now this is more like it. All the hits from all the labels, plus comprehensive liner notes that tell you what's what. At the time, Rhino (US) and Charly (UK) were setting the standard for reissue labels, and they gave Joe's legacy the royal treatment it deserved." James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- Rare and previously unissued Joe Tex material, including "I Can See Everybody's Baby But Mine".
- Reissue of Soul Country (1968), with bonus tracks.
- The release of Greatest Hits on Curb Records marked the beginning of a series of reissues of Joe Tex material on various discount record labels. This led to speculation that Buddy Killen, who had formed Dial Records explicitly to record Joe Tex and then licensed the recordings to Atlantic Records, must have regained the rights to his Dial Records masters of Joe Tex recordings. See James Porter with John Battles and Waymon Timbsdayle, Joe Tex Album Guide, 2003; www.roctober.com.
- A major collection, containing 44 tracks. Track listing is here.
- According to reviewer Richie Unterberger, "If you're set on having the best available Joe Tex CD anthology...this definitely supersedes others as the greatest-hits collection of choice. ...There's no telling if this will remain the definitive Tex compilation if his catalog continues to get passed around, but there's a good chance that it won't be surpassed." Review of Joe Tex, 25 All Time Greatest Hits; www.allmusic.com.
- An independent record label started by singer John Prine.
- As described by reviewer Dave Marsh, "Fourteen fundamental hits, mainly from the Atlantic soul period, starting with 'Hold What You've Got' and with a brief diversion to the disco-funk of 'I Gotcha.' This is Tex as pared down to his essence as you'll find. Notes are by the great Memphis producer/songwriter Chips Moman, but, unfortunately, they're just one paragraph long." Review of Oh Boy Classics Presents Joe Tex; www.allmusic.com.
- As described by reviewer Mark Deming, "Stylistically, both albums were just a bit off the beaten path from the bulk of Tex's mid-1960s 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." Review of Hold On To What You've Got/The New Boss; www.allmusic.com.
- As described by reviewer Mark Deming, "Two of Joe Tex's finest albums from his tenure as the in-house 'advice columnist' of Southern soul are paired up on this superior CD reissue. ...Buddy Killen's production is the ideal match for Tex's often witty, always heartfelt stories about finding and holding on to love." Review of The Love You Save/I've Got to Do a Little Bit Better; www.allmusic.com.
- Being the only soul record in the "David Allan Coe Presents" series. As noted by reviewer Wade Kergan, "Tex was among the grittier songwriters of '60s Southern soul, so the fact that the irascible redneck Coe would pick him as the lone soul artist in his mostly traditional country David Allan Coe Presents series isn't a surprise." Review of David Allan Coe Presents Joe Tex; www.allmusic.com.
- Criticised by reviewer Tim Sendra as excluding too much "classic" Joe Tex, such as "'One Monkey Don't Stop No Show' and the timeless disco classic 'Ain't Gonna Bump No More With No Big Fat Woman'." Review of Classic Masters; www.allmusic.com.
- Being a collection of Dial Records material from the 1960s. As noted by reviewer Steve Leggett, "Whatever else Joe Tex has been in his long career, and that includes being a charismatic showman, singer, and performer, he has always been a fine songwriter, and this generous 20-track set of his key 1960s Dial Records sides has plenty to prove the point." Steve Leggett, Review of Greatest Hits (Neon); www.allmusic.com.
- Being the complete recordings Tex completed for King Records (owned by Syd Nathan) during 1955-1957, involving no album release at the time. According to reviewer Steve Leggett, the material is considered to be "derivative...sounding a bit like Tex trying to emulate Sam Cooke. It's pleasant enough, but it wasn't until the next decade that he would find his own voice." Steve Leggett, Review of The Best of Joe Tex (Gusto); www.allmusic.com.
- Being exclusively Dial Records material, almost all cut between 1961 and 1964, just before Tex's 1965 breakthrough. According to reviewer Richie Unterberger, the album contains "arrangements similar to those heard in early-'60s 45s by poppy early soul singers like Marv Johnson and Dee Clark; and hints of Clyde McPhatter, Sam Cooke, and doo wop. Yet at the same time, there are also strong pleading ballads much closer to the Southern soul style with which he became identified, all of them written by Tex himself, the slightly James Brown-ish "Blood's Thicker Than Water" being a particular highlight in that regard." See Richie Unterberger, Review of First on the Dial: Early Singles and Rare Gems; www.allmusic.com.
- Reviewer Richie Unterberger commented in relation to Get Way Back as follows: "Get Way Back: The 1950s Recordings...collects 27 tracks he recorded between 1955 and 1960 for the King and Ace labels, none of which were hits. It says something for both Tex's talent and perseverance that he was able to issue so much material without making a commercial impact, but it also says something about the derivative nature of that material." See Richie Unterberger, Review of Get Way Back: The 1950s Recordings; www.allmusic.com.
- Primarily from a highly detailed singles discography, including particulars of B-sides, by Bosko Asanovic, with additions by Greg Burgess, Joe Tex Singles Discography; www.soulfulkindamusic.net.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 55. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- B-Side to the instrumental "Teenage Rock".
- New Orleans pianist Little Booker (1939-1983), not to be confused with jazz trumpeter Booker Little, was generally known professionally by his given names of James Booker. He was a childhood classmate of Allen Toussaint and Art Neville and in his later years worked with Dr. John. Through the introduction of Joe Tex and while still legally a minor, he had been signed to a three year contract with Ace Records. He terminated the arrangement after three songs, when he discovered that Joe Tex's vocals were being dubbed over his own. See Greg Johnson, Biography of James Booker, Cascade Blues Association, Blues Notes, February, 2002; www.cascadeblues.org. See also James Booker.
- Recorded by and a hit for James Brown in 1962.
- Written and recorded as a message to James Brown, who had commenced a relationship with Joe Tex's wife.
- Te Soul Clan was a one-off group, consisting of Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay and Ben E. King, all at the time Atlantic-related artists. An album, Soul Clan was later released, though the only true Soul Clan performances were "Soul Meeting" and its b-side, "That's How I Feel", written by Don Covay and Bobby Womack. The balance of the album was simply a compilation of previous hits of the various artists. Joe Tex was represented by "Skinny Legs and All" and "Hold What You've Got". See Mark Deming,Review of Soul Clan; www.allmusic.com.
- The song was also released in Australia in 1977 and reached Number 2. It was ranked Number 22 among the top 25 singles in Australia for that year. See List of Top 25 singles for 1977 in Australia.
- This single was released three times in 1981. Two versions, one on Columbia and the other on Handshake Records, had "Here Comes No. 34 (Do The Earl Campbell)" as the b-side, with reference to Earl Campbell, football star of the University of Texas Longhorns and the Houston Oilers. The third release of the song, on Handshake Records, had "Loose Caboose", a 1979 single, as the b-side. See Bosko Asanovic, with additions by Greg Burgess, Joe Tex Singles Discography; www.soulfulkindamusic.net.
- In contrast to Joe Tex songs performed by others. Information primarily from www.allmusic.com and www.imdb.com.