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Ladies and Gentlemen, Please, Don't dance and drive!
on 21 December 2011
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.