The song is still downloading as I start to write this — a real slow server, apparently (since fixed) — but I know patience will be rewarded.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, one of the most inventive old-school-sounding soul and R&B groups out there, has a new record coming out. We’ve seen them live twice, on a hot summer night in New York’s Battery Park and on a cold winter night at the Barrymore Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. Highly recommended.
This is what the folks at Daptone Records say about “I Learned The Hard Way,” the group’s fourth album and its first since October 2007:
“Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, this record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. … From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline.”
I have no reason to doubt them. But as always, you be the judge.
“I Learned The Hard Way,” Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, from “I Learned The Hard Way,” due out April 6, 2010, on Daptone Records.
Oh, yeah, that download was worth waiting for. Sounds like it comes right outta 1969 or 1970. Reminiscent of Honey Cone, don’t you think?
(Forgive the streaming, but it didn’t come with clearance for sharing as a digital file.)
(But if you would like the mp3, my friend Jon has it over at The Vinyl District. Apparently Jon has the street cred I lack, at least with the Daptone promotion folks. No hard feelings, though.)