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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 2013 has become a year of unforeseen challenges and transformations. Three months before the original scheduled release of the group’s highly anticipated fifth studio record, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones, the lead singer and matriarch of the worlds’ #1 live soul act, was diagnosed with cancer. What was projected to be a hectic and ... Read more in Amazon's Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Store

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  • Audio CD (10 Oct. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Daptone Records
  • ASIN: B005G6G4DU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,783 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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VOLUME ONE : Handy 2011 compilation of rare material and previously-unrecorded live favourites, lovingly selected by Daptone! Includes a cover of Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information".

BBC Review

Few acts have created their own universe as successfully as Brooklyn-based Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Forming in 1996, the band’s quest to create bona-fide funk-soul has long outlived their original critics’ view that the 10-piece band was merely some form of extended pastiche. Using only original instruments from the 60s and 70s and recording in glorious analogue, they eschew any post-modern references and create full-on, joyous grooves which achieve their aim of sounding like they were dug up in some dusty old vinyl shop.

Having cemented their reputation in the UK as being Mark Ronson’s house band and featuring strongly on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album, their albums have never quite captured their full force as a live act. Soul Time!, a compilation of singles, B sides and live favourites of the past decade comes pretty close though, and serves as a perfect introduction to the band. Showcasing bandleader Bosco Mann’s soulful writing, Soul Time! scores with its note-perfect emotion and keening brass arrangements.

Genuine (Parts 1 and 2), a single in 2004, opens here, complete with its fade and return; it sounds like something from James Brown’s People label, and sets the album’s relentless, upbeat tone. New Shoes, written by guitarist Binky Griptite, is a pounding northern soul-influenced stomper. The 2009 Christmas single, Ain’t No Chimneys in the Projects, is the most successful track here and underlines their formula perfectly – taking a beguiling title and subject matter (how a little girl receives Christmas presents in a chimney-less flat) with sensitive, nostalgic arrangements. Co-writer Jones, of course, is the star, and sings of her mother, soulfully conveying her emotion and strength.

The Dap-Kings have also recorded cover versions sparingly (remember their version of Janet Jackson’s What Have You Done for Me Lately?) – and were therefore able to dodge carefully the Live Lounge-inspired tribute craze of the mid-00s. The lone cover on Soul Time! is a beautiful, tender reading of Shuggie Otis’ Inspiration Information that fills out the sketchiness of the original without losing any of its tentative, fragile wonder.

There is nothing modern about Soul Time!, yet it sounds both refreshing and contemporary. The exceptional musicianship and impeccable vocals may not be to everyone’s taste, but for 40 very happy minutes, you can revel in SJDK’s very discrete world. --Daryl Easlea

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By deck_chair_dave on 21 Dec. 2011
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I've seen some reviewers in the newspapers be dismissive of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, implying that they are not much more than a Memphis `69 Re-enactment Society - I really don't have much time for those views.

If you are already a SJ&DK fan, read no further, just buy the album.
If you have the first four albums then you must also buy this one.
You will not be disappointed.

Stylistically, this album has echoes from each of the four previous Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings albums. Again, the newspaper reviewers have suggested that the album is just a collection of re-releases and out-takes from previous sessions. My thoughts are that if any of these tracks are "out-takes" then the reason for them being "out-taken" must have been due to lack of space, certainly not due to any lack of quality. This collection of tracks doesn't just stand up on its own, it stands out - as a great album.

Track 5 (I'm not gonna cry") is already my most favourite track of all time.
A steady brass and bass funky intro is broken by a wailing wailing saxophone and then Sharon Jones comes in... "Baby! Baby! Baby! ...... "

And to the newspaper reviewers I would say this...
Soul music is not something that existed only for a brief period at the end of the Sixties. And like any other style of music it has forms and constructs that are recycled, reformed, re-interpreted, new bits added and the end result is something new.
Sharon Jones has a unique and expressive voice, and the Dap-Kings are so tight you could connect them to the National Grid and run a Hadron Collider off the excess.
I was a kid in 1969 - I watched the first man kick dust on the moon and played Motown Chartbusters 3 until it became a frictionless surface.
There was NOTHING then to compare with what Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are doing now. Buy the album. This is how soul music sounds in the 21st Century.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Coles on 28 Oct. 2011
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Huge fan of this lady and her band. I've seen them many times in London, from the tiny Jazz Cafe to the last show at the Barbican. Each live show is pure excitement and yet each of the previous records has slightly disappointed. This one, however, hits the spot - its really representative of the groove she and the band hit early in the stage show and keep going to the end. If you don't know her, think a female James Brown with a touch of Aretha and add to that her own dynamic personality. I'm glad this is called Soul Time Vol. 1. The implication is that there will be a Volume 2!

Must also mention Bosco Mann's production. One day, he'll be recognised for the recording genius he is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Gates on 31 Oct. 2011
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Such is the effort that Brooklyn's Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings put into making their studio albums, not to mention the sheer quality, that their catalogue is already as classic as many of their late-sixties to mid-seventies influences. It is something of a wonder that original music, steeped in the tradition of funk and soul, is being made to such a high quality today.

"Soul Time!" is not a new album as such - it's a round-up of bonus tracks, singles, B-sides and tracks pulled from various side-projects. Close watchers of SJDK will find they will already have most of the tracks, in fact only the thumping Motown-like stomper "New Shoes" is previously unissued from what I can tell. Yet it is already one of my favourite releases by them, for had this actually been a planned studio album, and if hypothetically nobody had heard any of these tracks before, jaws would drop. As a showcase of their funkier side, this collection just goes to show how strong the Dap-Kings are - Sharon Jones' vocals are commanding, bursting with charisma and energy; Gabriel Roth handles most of the (timeless) songwriting, oversees the production and leads the band from behind a bass guitar; and the remaining Dap-Kings compress their obvious passion for the music into a considerable groove.

Amongst the highlights here are two, uncompromisingly ferocious funk gems, easily amongst the best modern examples around: "Genuine (pts. 1 & 2) and "I'm Not Gonna Cry" sound as if they could have come from the Godfather himself circa 1970. Neal Sugarman's screaming sax intros to both give way to parping baritone, thick bass, chanking rhythm guitar, super-tight horns and sturdy drums.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hilton Royale on 3 Nov. 2011
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A new release from Jones & The Dap-Kings is always a grand event, and even though
a lot of these tracks have been issued before there is still more than enough hot
butter on it to melt the cheese.
"Soul time" opens with "Genuine" pt. 1 & 2, a couple of JBs-style funk numbers, and
it's the funkier stuff that carry most of the weight here: "Genuine", "I'm not gonna
cry", "He said I can", "Taxes" and "When I come home" are all smoking good tunes.
Sharon Jones goes into a dance craze when she does "When I come home" live,
doing the boogaloo, the funky chicken and the pony, and the best stuff on "Soul time"
comes with a certification to groove your foundation!
The r&b and soul numbers are alright, but with a few exceptions it's Dap Kings by
numbers, and there's not one among them that can touch earlier classics such as
"Stranded in your love", "How long do I have to wait for you", "100 days, 100 nights",
"Be easy", "Let them knock" or "Give it back".
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