I Learned the Hard Way

I Learned the Hard Way

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


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On April 6th, 2010, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will mark history with ther fourth album I Learned the Hard Way. Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded in its entirety on an old Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax Records. Sharon’s voice, never stronger, evokes at once the raw power of Tina Turner, the moaning soulfulness of Mavis Staples, the rhythmic swagger of James Brown, and the melodic command of Aretha. 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 Don¹t Like My Man” at the tail, the band dances seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. This is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest and is a welcome breath of fresh air. But most of all, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings’ I Learned the Hard Way is a celebration of, and a testament to, the soulful and beautiful possibilities of music.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2010
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134001923
catalogNumber: 19

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings   Primary Artist
Saundra Williams   Background Vocals
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Michael Leonhart   Trumpet
Victor Axelrod   Organ,Piano
Cochemea Gastelum   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Angee Blake   Background Vocals
Bosco Mann   Bass,Group Member
Neal Sugarman   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Fernando Velez   Bongos,Conga,Tambourine
Jimmy Hill   Organ
Ian Hendrickson-Smith   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Group Member
Anja Wood   Celli
Matthew Lehmann   Violin
Alex Kadvan   Celli
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Binky Griptite   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Group Member
Homer Steinweiss   Drums,Group Member
Leon Michels   Tenor Saxophone
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
Thomas Brenneck   Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Group Member
Toby Pazner   Glockenspiel,Vibes
Daisy Sugarman   Flute
Brian Floody   Timpani
Dave Guy   Trumpet,Group Member
Boogaloo Velez   Group Member
Chris Cardona   Violin
Duevo   Cabasa
Cosmo Bann   Guitar
Boom Boom Romero   Drums
Nydia Davila   Hand Clapping
Mikey Post   Hand Clapping
Kevin C. Keys   Background Vocals
Wayne Gordon   Hand Clapping
Bushwich Callers   Background Vocals
Sam Boncon   Piano,Clavinet
Eric Davis   French Horn

Technical Credits

Antoine Silverman   String Arrangements
Bosco Mann   Arranger
L. Gordon   Composer
Neal Sugarman   Composer,Executive Producer
Gabriel Roth   Engineer,Executive Producer
David Serre   Sleeve Design
Dap-Kings   Arranger
Ann Coombs   Sleeve Design
Amos B. Conn   String Arrangements

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