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Sharon Jones

By the sound of them, you would think Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts are as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning might be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brings to the funkified table has legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belong to Binky Griptite, Bugaloo Velez, Homer Steinweiss, and Dave Guy -- her Dap-Kings. Jones, like James Brown, was born in Augusta, Georgia; there she sang in her church choir, and from fellow parishioners picked up the kind of back-patting she needed to convince her to go mainstream. As a teenager, she moved with her family to Brooklyn, where she immersed herself in 1970s disco and funk with an eye toward cutting a record of her own. Instead, studios came calling and with them steady work -- by her twenties, Jones was turning in backup vocals for gospel, soul, disco, and blues artists, most of it uncredited. In the '80s, however, Jones' sound was deemed unfashionable, and instead of pushing ahead with her soul diva's dream she went back to church singing. She also took a job as a corrections officer at New York's Rikers Island. It wouldn't be until 1996 that Desco Records would rediscover Jones' sweat-basted, lived-in talent. With that label's house band, the Soul Providers, Jones released several singles in the late '90s; their warmth and genuineness propelled the act across the Atlantic, and Jones picked up a moniker -- the queen of funk -- that stuck. Jones released her first full-length with the Dap-Kings, Dap Dippin' with Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, after signing with Daptone Records in 2002. Years of touring behind it, as well as cutting singles with other artists (including Greyboy) ensued. In 2005, Jones re-teamed with the Dap-Kings for the winking groovefest that is Naturally, following it up two years later with 100 Days, 100 Nights. Jones also had a bit part in The Great Debaters as the singer Lila. A new studio effort, I Learned the Hard Way, appeared in 2010. ~ Tammy La Gorce
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Sharon Jones

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Sharon Jones

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Sharon Jones

  1.   Song
  2.   How Long Do I Have to Wait for You?
  3.   This Land Is Your Land
  4.   Ain't No Chimneys In The Projects
  5.   How Do You Let a Good Man Down?
  6.   The Game Gets Old by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  7.   Make It Good To Me by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  8.   Natural Born Lover
  9.   Better Things by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  10.   Money by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  11.   Window Shopping by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  12.   I'll Still Be True by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  13.   New Shoes by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  14.   Genuine, Pt. 2 by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  15.   [Untitled]
  16.   All Over Again
  17.   Without a Trace by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  18.   What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes? by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  19.   What Have You Done for Me Lately? by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  20.   When I Come Home by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  21.   [Untitled]
  22.   Fish in the Dish
  23.   Your Thing Is a Drag
  24.   He Said I Can by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  25.   Settling In by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  26.   [Untitled]
  27.   Pick It up, Lay It in the Cut by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  28.   My Man Is a Mean Man
  29.   Without a Heart by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  30.   Longer and Stronger by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  31.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  32.   [Untitled]
  33.   [Untitled]
  34.   You're Gonna Get It
  35.   Stranded in Your Love featuring Lee Fields
  36.   Genuine, Pt. 1 by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  37.   [Untitled]
  38.   Damn It's Hot, Pt. 1
  39.   Bump N' Touch, Pt. 1
  40.   You Better Think Twice
  41.   Damn It's Hot, Pt. 2
  42.   Hook and Sling Meets the Funky Superfly, Pt. 1
  43.   I Got the Feeling
  44.   Ain't It Hard
  45.   Got to be the way it is
  46.   You Better Think Twice
  47.   This Land Is Our Land
  48.   This Is Our Land by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  49.   I Just Dropped in to See What Condition My Condition Was In
  50.   [CD-ROM Track]
  51.   Keep On Looking
  52.   100 Days, 100 Nights
  53.   How Do I Let a Good Man Down
  54.   Let Them Knock
  55.   Something's Changed
  56.   Tell Me
  57.   Day Tripper by The Budos Band
  58.   I Learned the Hard Way by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  59.   Fish in My Dish
  60.   Give Me a Reason by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  61.   She Ain't a Child by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
  62.   The Dap Dip
  63.   Slow Down, Love

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