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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time! - out on Daptone Records

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Time
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!
(CD/LP/Digital) Daptone Records DAP024, 2011-10-31

Sharon Jones, former Lee Fields backing vocalist, will be releasing her 5th funk/soul album on Daptone Records on october 31st, with The Dap-Kings, the label's house band, backing her once again. The new record is a collection of rare tracks and b-sides. Genuine pt.1&2 is taken from a 2004 seven inch, and the all-so-true-ringing What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? from a 2002 one. There's also the exclusive track Longer And Stronger, previously available on the For Colored Girls soundtrack from 2010. He Said I Can was an iTunes bonus track for the previous album I Learned The Hard Way and should be released in october on a Daptone 7 inch (with the exclusive It Hurts To Be Alone on the b-side). I'm Not Gonna Cry was featured on the Daptone Gold compilation from 2009. When I Come Home was on a 45 from 2010 given for free with pre-orders of I Learned The Hard Way and also available as a bonus MP3 download with purchase of the same album in digital form on If buying on Amazon, you got Without A Trace as a bonus track. Settling In was the b-side of the 100 Days, 100 Nights 7 inch from 2008. Ain't No Chimneys was Daptone's 2009 christmas 45. The closing Inspiration Information, a Shuggie Otis cover, was to be found on the Dark Was The Night compilation from the Red Hot organization, released in 2009. So the only new track seems to be the Motwon-esque New Shoes, which also sounds like a lost soul classic, like the rest of the album. Is this compilation an essential addition to your funk/soul collection? Definitively. Don't hesitate. And stay connected, we'll soon publish an interview of your favorite soul sister in those pages...

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Time
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Soul Time!
(CD/LP/Digital) Daptone Records DAP024, 2011-10-31

Tracklisting :
01. Genuine Pt. 1 (3:58)
02. Genuine Pt. 2 (3:04)
03. Longer and Stronger (3:43)
04. He Said I Can (2:52)
05. I'm Not Gonna Cry (3:24)
06. When I Come Home (2:54)
07. What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? (4:41)
08. Settling In (2:48)
09. Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects (2:21)
10. New Shoes (2:18)
11. Without A Trace (3:51)
12. Inspiration Information (4:08)

Links :
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings : official | facebook | myspace | twitter | wikipedia
Daptone Records : official | facebook | myspace | twitter | youtube
differ-ant (French distribution)

Press Release :
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings have developed an international reputation as the #1 group on today's soul scene. Soul Time! is an exploration of the full range of their dynamic sound through twelve songs handpicked by the Daptone Records gang, each one a precious exclusive.

The needle drops on Genuine Pts. 1 & 2, a supercharged funk arrangement that evokes the late Godfather not only with the spirited syncopation of the Dap-Kings rhythms, but also with the raw power of Jones' voice. It is performances such as these that have earned her the moniker "the Female James Brown." Though it has long been one of their best-selling singles, it makes it's album debut here. Longer and Stronger, written for her 50th birthday, is a deep mid-tempo soul celebration of the strength and determination with which Sharon Jones has earned her long overdue success. It is heard here for the first time, but will undoubtedly join other Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings songs in the canon of great soul music. The theme of empowerment pushes on through "He Said I Can", an energetic stomper belted over an arrangement reminiscent of the Isley Brothers early-seventies heyday, and "I'm Not Gonna Cry" brings us back to the raw funk intensity of Genuine with a squealing tenor solo and a fiery vocal. Side one wraps with a scorching studio performance of "When I Come Home", long a highlight of the band's live show but rearing its head on album here for the first time as well.

"What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?" kicks the second side off with a bang. A strong anti-war message pours over a revolutionary mid-tempo groove, accentuated by the conga work of the legendary Johnny Griggs of JB's fame, while Settling In is a greasy rhythm and blues grinder. And who says Christmas can't be soulful? Jones et al. make it so over their sought after holiday exclusive, "Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects." Next is an energetic romp into Motown intensity with "New Shoes", a walking-out-the door belter that picks up where These Boots Were Made For Walking left off. Without A Trace shows yet another dimension of the band, stretching a dreamy mid-tempo groove down the road to Memphis and back. The record winds up with a deep laid back cover of Shuggie Otis' psychedelic soul jam "Inspiration Information." From the first note to the last, Soul Time! confirms this band's place at the head of the table as the world's greatest funk and soul showband. Whether you're a lifetime fan, or just getting turned on, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' have yet again made a record that will blow your mind. Get ready world, because It's Soul Time!

Upcoming live dates :
10/6 Pittsboro, NC - Shakori Hill Festival
10/7 Augusta, GA - Westobou Festival
10/27 Columbus, OH -Newport Music Hall
10/28 Munhall, PA - Carnegie Library Music Hall
10/29 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom
11/3 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
11/4 - Portsmouth, NH - Music Hall
11/5 - Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
11/10 Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/11 Missoula, MT - Wilma Theatre
11/12 Bellingham, WA - The Wild Buffalo
11/13 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
11/16 Arcata, CA - The Depot
11/17 Napa, CA - Uptown Theatre
11/18 Rio Theatre - Santa Cruz
11/21 San Diego, CA - House of Blues
11/26 - Vancouver, BC - Molson Canadian House at the Vancouver Convention Centre
••• Opening for My Morning Jacket •••
12/1 Gibson Amphitheatre - Los Angeles
12/2 Bill Graham Civic Audtiorium - SF, CA

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings Soul Time

French Press Release :
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ont développé au fil de leur carrière une réputation internationale de groupe phare de la scène soul actuelle. Entre soul vintage et funk explosif, Sharon Jones porte à merveille le surnom de "James Brown au féminin" et n'a jamais failli à cette réputation lors de ses shows mémorables. "Soul Time!" est une exploration de l'ensemble du son de Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings à travers 12 titres exclusifs, essentiellement destinés au live, et aujourd'hui compilés avec soin par le gang de Daptone.

Le disque commence avec Genuine Pts 1&2, un arrangement super funky qui évoque les derniers JB, aussi bien par les rythmes syncopés des Dap Kings que par l'énergie brute de la voix de Sharon. Longer and Stronger, écrit pour le 50ème anniversaire de Sharon, est une ballade soul down tempo célébrant la force et la détermination avec laquelle Sharon a gagné son succès tant mérité. Inédit jusqu'à aujourd'hui, ce titre devrait sans nul doute se faire une place dans les canons de la soul music actuelle. Le thème de l'émancipation est abordé à travers He Said I Can, un morceau construit autour d'un arrangement audacieux rappelant les Isley Brothers des débuts 70. Puis on passe à I'm Not Gonna Cry qui nous ramène à l'intensité raw funk de Genuine avec un solo de sax tenor hurlant et des voix possédées. La première partie de l'album se termine par un enregistrement studio de When I Come Home, un titre fort que le groupe joue sur scène depuis longtemps et qui se retrouve sur album pour la première fois.

What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? lance la deuxième partie avec punch. Un fort message anti-guerre scandé sur un groove mid-tempo révolutionnaire, agrémenté des congas du légendaire Johnny Griggs des JB, tandis que Settlin In est un mélange rythm'n blues crasseux. Qui a dit que Noël n'était plus spirituel? Sharon Jones nous prouve le contraire avec le petit bijou Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects, composé dans un écrin soul. La température monte dangereusement avec New Shoes,un titre imparable à l'intensité Motown qui commence là où s'était arrêté le classique These Boots Were Made For Walking. Without A Trace quant à lui démontre une dimension supplémentaire du groupe, capable d'emmener une ballade au groove mid-tempo sur les terres de Memphis. Enfin, l'album se termine par une reprise de Inspiration Information, le jam soul psychédélique de Shuggie Otis. De la première à la dernière note, "Soul Time!" confirme que Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings font partie des meilleurs groupes de scène funk et soul au monde. Que vous soyez un fan de toujours ou que vous ne connaissiez pas encore Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, vous serez soufflés par ce disque. Préparez-vous, car "Soul Time!" c'est maintenant!


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