Give the People What They Want

Give the People What They Want

by Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsSharon Jones & the Dap-Kings


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Slowly rising to power over the course of sporadically released albums and years of touring, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings grew into one of the most rock-solid conglomerates of classic soul revivalism, making it look easy as they turned in increasingly exciting albums. With a fifth album of new studio material, Give the People What They Want, Jones and company are in top form, delivering a collection of classic Northern soul, deep funk groovers, and heartstring-tugging balladry. Tracks like "Now I See" and the burning album opener "Retreat!" slink along with a creeping shuffle reminiscent of the more cracked Supremes hits, while the greasy tremolo guitar and handclap-heavy beat of "Long Time, Wrong Time" call on a more swampy Southern soul influence. Jones' voice is the true star of the show, as usual, soaring and coasting with complete command and never sacrificing any character or nuance for the sake of sounding more like any of her '60s reference points. While Give the People What They Want is somewhat brief by 2014 standards, clocking in at just over half an hour, if it had been released in 1966, it would be regarded as a picture of soul perfection. Jones and her band manage to touch on everything from early-'60s horn-heavy dance-craze soul sounds to the slightly psychedelic flutter of the sublime lazy Sunday ballad "Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)." These ten songs sound almost designed to be played on repeat, and keep with the always colorful and ecstatically fun sound audiences have come to expect from one of the best acts going in retrofitted classic soul.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/14/2014
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134003224
catalogNumber: 32
Rank: 105559

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings   Primary Artist
Saundra Williams   Tambourine,Foot Stomping
Victor Axelrod   Chimes,Glockenspiel,farfisa organ,Musician
Cochemea Gastelum   Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Bosco Mann   Bass,Group Member
Neal Sugarman   Piano,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Fernando Velez   Conga,Tambourine,Group Member
Jordan McLean   Trumpet,Musician
Binky Griptite   Guitar,Group Member
Homer Steinweiss   Drums,Group Member
Dave Guy   Bass,Trumpet,Group Member
Cosmo Bann   Guitar
Amos B. Conn   Hand Clapping
Nydia Davila   Foot Stomping
Moon Bancs   Chimes,Tambourine,Vibes
Mikey Post   Foot Stomping
Wayne Gordon   Foot Stomping
Sam Boncon   Organ
Aaron Johnson   Trombone,Musician
Joe Crispiano   Guitar,Group Member
Dapettes   Background Vocals
Simon Guzman   Hand Clapping
Cathy Bauer   Foot Stomping
Jimi "Popcorn" Ashes   Timpani

Technical Credits

Saundra Williams   Vocal Group
Cochemea Gastelum   Composer
Fritz Aragon   Artwork,Illustrations
Bosco Mann   Composer
Neal Sugarman   Executive Producer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer,Executive Producer
Homer Steinweiss   Composer
Ann Coombs   Art Direction
Kyle Dean Reinford   Cover Photo
Joe Crispiano   Composer
Starr Duncan   Vocal Group
Sheron Lafaye   Vocal Group

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