Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings: Soul Time!


Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings
Soul Time!
(Daptone Records)

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For nearly three years now I’ve been trying to catch Brooklyn’s own Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings in concert in and around the city. With the exception of a half-heard set from about a mile away in Prospect Park two summers ago, I’ve yet to hear the soul outfit perform, up close and personal. Top reason: Their shows are consistently sold out.

Watching the group perform on television is one thing (which I have), to hear The Dap-Kings and their leading lady Sharon Jones live is another. With energy that could be felt a mile away, the in-demand band is now like a secret I never wanted anyone else to find out about. Their concerts are notorious for good times galore.

Soul Time! is 40 minutes of pure funk and soul; previously unreleased tracks, B-sides and 7-inch gems. “Longer and Stronger” was written to commemorate Sharon’s 50th birthday in 2006, but it was also an exclusive track on the For Colored Girls soundtrack from 2010. The ever-funky “When I Come Home” is from a 45 that was also a freebie with pre-orders of I Learned The Hard Way in 2010. The hit group also covers a Shuggie Otis 1974 R&B classic “Inspiration Information.” Bottom line, soul and funk lovers need this compilation in their music collections.

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