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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.
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on 31 October 2011
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. And yet, it feels like they didn't have to break much of a sweat pulling this out - the musicianship is ordered, clear and just darn funky. For all its clarity, they make sure there is enough (good) dirt in there too - a yelp of approval heard during the sax solo of "Genuine pt. 2' as some filthy guitar muddies the background and Sugarman's sax resembles St. Clair Pinckney's soul screaming. "He Said" is just as ordered and funky, with Jones belting the vocal out wonderfully. "When I Come Home" builds indestructibly on the base of "There Was A Time", a groove that is worked into a frenzy by Jones onstage; Christmas single "Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects" is just as great as its title; "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes" denounces U.S. foreign policy in the name of everyday people; and Shuggie Otis' "Inspiration Information" proves to be an inspired choice for the only cover.

A brilliant showcase, essential for all funk heads, wether you missed some of these sides previously, or just want them all in one glorious long player with Polydoresque artwork. "Soul Time!" is what funk yesterday, today and tomorrow, is all about.
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on 28 October 2011
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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on 3 November 2011
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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on 7 January 2015
Great recording, great pressing. very very quiet vinyl. the songs aren't as good as their other album I bought, 'Give the people what they want.'
This is funkier than the other album and whilst I don't mind a bit of funk some of this is that type of funk which sounds slightly off key.
The recording is smooth, uncompressed and very musical.
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on 12 August 2013
This is a good album with some excellent funky tracks such as 'He Said I Can', 'I'm Not Gonna Cry', 'When I Come Home' and 'What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes' and the rest being solid soul. The James Brown / The J.B.'s influence is clear and the main difference is in the vocals. James Brown achieved the funk sound by making every instrument including the vocals to play like a drum and with a was more gravelly voice was better suited to the overall sound. Sharon Jones sounds like more of trained voice, I don't know if it is, but for me the music and the vocals don't fully complement each other. Overall this is a good album with not a bad song on it and different to most of the other current releases.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 18 January 2016
If your not into the music of the great Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings yet, then just start here. Anything on the Daptone Record label out of New York is about the best soul and gospel you will ever hear, believe me this album proves that every minute of every track. The voice of the lady and her funky soul band will have you crying out for more. This set is made up of live favourite's that the band got around at last to putting on disc.
Buy one by her and you'll quickly want the rest, groove like never before, a band as tight as it can be. Every track is pure soul gold, put this on and enjoy your own soul time, wait for the neighbour's to go out and push up the volume.
I can't say there's any others around I know of with such an intensity and power, this is soul at it's absolute funkiest best, five stars is just the start,give it a try then try to resist it, soul music is truly music to the ears and then some !
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on 17 March 2014
On Soul Time Sharon Jones more than revives soul music. Powered by The Dap Kings musical rocket fuel, the album puts her right on top of the legendary soul stars of the late 60's and early 70's. Extracting the very essence of that periods typical sound and pouring this into fresh and powerful new compositions. An absolute must-have for old school soul and funk enthusiasts!
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on 27 June 2014
What can I say but buy these albums I have managed to get 4 of the 5 albums by Sharon jones after hearing her on BBC radio Scotland great music based on 60s soul r&b music must catch them live when they visit these shores again
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on 28 October 2015
Everything is oke :-)
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