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on 8 December 2016
I guess the muddy production quality is meant to sound retro, but doesn't do the performers any favours, bit like a wall of sound with a few bricks missing. It's not 1964.
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on 7 January 2015
This is primarily a quick review of the vinyl version. I'm always appreciative of people leaving reviews about the vinyl pressing quality and sound quality, hence my short review.

The vinyl pressing is very very quiet and even between tracks there's hardly any noise. I was concerned about ordering the vinyl as I'd never heard of Daptone records and thought they may have got the album pressed on the cheap. (I've also bought SoulTime by the same band and that pressing is great too). Another reviewer mentioned the fact that the band recorded on an 8 track and the sound lacked detail. I couldn't disagree more. The recording is very musical. It has dynamics and is not compressed at all, but it lacks any sort of harshness. This could possibly be confused with lack of detail.The treble may be a bit subdued compared to modern recordings but it sounds really nice, without any hardness or glare. The recording sounds very natural. All the detail is there but it is not in your face. You just need to sit back relax and listen. Even if you're doing something else you'll be tapping your feet.
The brass section sounds smooth, and there's not a trace of sibilance in the lead singers voice or in the backing vocals.
I'm not sure how expensive it is for a band to record using an 8 track, in comparison to recording digitally but I think other bands should look into it. What you lose in obvious detail you seem to gain in smoothness and musicality.

The songs are great but they aren't going to change the music world. They're vintage and sound familiar in some ways. Sharon Jones has got a great voice.

If you like old school soul I can't imagine why you wouldn't like this album.
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on 27 June 2014
I heard a review and interview from Sharon jones on BBC radio Scotland for this Her latest LP I hadn't heard of her up to this point but was struck by the quality of music from a bygone time I have managed to get 4 of the 5 albums realised on vinyl so far all for £10 each which is great as iam sure vinyl junkies out there know most now cost between£15 to £35 which to me is a lot to fork out for new works or old releases. I do recommend this album to anyone into 60s soul and r&b a new slant on classic dance music
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VINE VOICEon 13 January 2014
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are the ultimate in retro funk and soul recalling the classic sounds of sixties R & B but with a contemporary edge. With a little less funk and a little more soul "Give The People What They Want" is the band's 5th studio album since 2002 and Jones seems to get better with every outing.

From the soaring, soulful and sublime "Making Up And Breaking Up" and the wistful beauty of "We Get Along" to the horn infused balladry of "Slow Down Love" and the lilting, staccato of "Get Up And Get Out" this is the sound of Jones at the top of her game and nobody plays it better.

The band has backed Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse (on her first US tour) and it delivers the essential sounds of funk and soul without ever descending to being just a copy cat outfit. This is a confident and dramatic band delivering a fresh, crisp and faultless backing to ten original songs and Jones' peerless voice.

It's a big band in every sense with organ, glockenspiel, piano, baritone sax, trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, drums and congas and the production values ensure a tight sound that complements the soul in Sharon's voice to perfection.

The penultimate track, "People Don't Get What They Deserve" is the essence of this beautiful album: brash, brassy, sophisticated, stylish and exciting. It is a powerful reminder that Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings is an inspired act that combines voice, rhythm, harmony and musical excellence and cuts to the very heart of sweet soul music.
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on 26 March 2014
Firstly, I love the retro artwork that pays homage an old Chi-lites album from forty years ago. Sharon and the Dap-Kings don't sound too much like the Chi-Lites though being harder, funkier and contemporary. I'm a fan of this band having bought the previous five albums they have released and this outing is not one of the strongest sets. It's beautifully played, funky and rhythmic and there are some fine moments, none better than the 'Making Up And Breaking Up Again' a retro soul labour that demands further plays. The album has one major fault for me and that is the quality of the song writing. There are actually very few memorable songs. I've never thought that Sharon Jones was a great soul singer but what made her and the Dap-Kings so listenable was the songs. In the end you can play well and produce a strong sound but good soul music is dependent on the quality of the songs and with a few exceptions that is missing.
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on 12 July 2014
A breath of fresh air! A wonderful, soulful and energetic album. Highly recommended! Sharon Jones has a powerful and charasmatic voice that exudes confidence, personality and experience ... Yet it does not detract attention from the beautifully arranged instruments and unique composition of these tracks. My heart has been yearning for music like this for a long time - at last I have finally found fulfilment!!! 5 stars all the way*****
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on 17 March 2014
With the familiar classic sound of Soul Time still fresh in our ears, Sharon Jones' latest album Give The People What They Want is something else entirely. Taking a new direction in her fast growing oeuvre, the album demands somewhat of a mood change. Although the album still unmistakably relies on the classic soul sound, the songs remind us of the Motown sound on the one hand and the late 70's soul on the other, when the soul scene was searching for new directions. It's the combination of styles that makes this album stand out. If you like Soul Time from start to finish, Give The People What They Want is absolutely worth buying though. Songs like You'll Be Lonely and Long Time, Wrong Time are true treasures that only Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings can bring to you!
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Sharon and DKs do it again only even better if that's possible. Great original numbers, cool guitars, hefty percussion and a funky brass line-up with smooth backing vocals, it's good to have her back. You'll Be Lonely has one of the best bass riffs I've heard in years and the recording quality is superb through my big system, in the car and on (hey - it's free!) MP3. Plenty of variety too - Detroit, Philly Soul, upbeat Mo-Town all spiced with Sharon's Noo Yourk edge. This child of the 60s loved every note and I'm sending a copy to my son-in-law hoping he'll bring some of this excellent funk soul to his retro band. If you've missed James Brown, Otis, Sam & Dave, or Aretha in the last too many years this will bring it all back. Go buy it!
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on 18 February 2014
It was not as good as anticipated but I'm sure it will grow on me. I have been impressed with the Dap Kings live but I had hoped for more polished production values.
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on 26 February 2014
Funk soul sister Sharon, keeps the faith with an eclectic mix of retro soul sensations.
Top tunes IMOP "Making up & Breaking Up",a mid tempo mover recalling the best of
breezy Chicago 60's and the 100mph "People don't get what they deserve".
The Dap-Kings brass section as tight as ever.
Nice One!
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