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  • Audio CD (January 28, 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pr Japan
  • ASIN: B00GXDW2LS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,455 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Japanese CD pressing. 2014.

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Just treat yourself buy this album.
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You have to have true love and understanding of how wonderful soul music is to create the beautiful masterpiece this is.
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Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are amazing!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Waffle On One on January 14, 2014
Format: Audio CD
After years of growing in popularity, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings have relatively cemented their stronghold on Soul music. Sharon's powerful vocals backed by one of the best bands in the world simply moves you. Fresh off a recent cancer battle, the album opens with the anthem "Retreat!" which took on new meaning to be sure after her diagnosis; Sharon belting "I'll chew you up and then I'll spit you out, so if you know what's good for you...Retreat!" Take that cancer! Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are a rare find these days - a singer and a band for the music's sake and nothing else. Turn on "Making Up and Breaking Up" and drift away...pure excellence.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Peggy A on January 14, 2014
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"Give the People What They Want," is, in a word, marvelous. Sharon Jones has an incredibly rich and noteworthy voice. She lays down tracks that sound like a cross between one of the best jazz bands you have ever heard, a soul group and a 1960's-style Motown group. There isn't a sour note to be found on this album, and every song on this album is strong.

"Retreat" -As she belts out the lyrics to "Retreat," Ms. Jones' voice is tinged with the enjoyment and satisfaction she would feel putting the man in his place. As incredible as her voice is, when she hits the high notes, she does so with class, her powerful voice fully supported by every musician's best friend, a strong diaphragm. (If you're not familiar with the reference, the diaphragm is the muscle below your lungs that allows you to project your voice) The saxophone countermelody and the echoing refrains of "Retreat" from the group add to the fun, giving the song a party atmosphere. The lyrics and the music make this a song of retribution "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned." You have, indeed, been warned!

"Stranger to My Happiness" starts out with sound effects that resemble the sounds you'd hear from an alien spaceship. A strong bass sax line starts up, and the song takes off. The "alien" sound effects and the frequent repetition of "mystery" create the illusion that the singer doesn't know or understand how this man has such strong power over her, making her do things that are against her better judgment.

The song, "We Get Along" is a soft song with a strong message on the importance of trying to get along with other people. The message starts on a personal level, and is expanded out to the world at large with a touching verse about war.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tom Emanuel on February 2, 2014
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When Give the People What They Want (2014) opens with dramatic timpani hits and Morse Code guitar licks, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d accidentally queued up Motown’s Hitsville U.S.A. box. Sharon Jones & her expert backing band, the Dap-Kings, perfectly capture the sound, the spirit, and most importantly the SOUL of late-60s-early-70s Motown and especially Stax/Volt.

From the classic analog production to the bracing horn charts to the sassy backing vocals to Sharon Jones’s singular delivery, this is music that could could’ve been made in 1969 just as easily as 2014. “Retreat!” lets you know what happens when a woman doesn’t get another 7-letter “r” word (hint: think Aretha); “Now I See” uses unexpected meter shifts to communicate the disorientation that accompanies the discovery that “once a friend [is] now an enemy;” the economic inequality attacked by the hard-driving “People Don’t Get What They Deserve” is as characteristic of the Great Recession as it was of the Great Society.

This is all pretty standard territory for classic R&B. But it’s exceptionally well-executed; and anyway, innovation isn’t precisely the point. The point is to get funky. And mercy, mercy me do Sharon & the Dap-Kings succeed. This isn’t slavish imitation either: slot these originals into a playlist with Otis Redding and Mavis Staples and they’ll fit right in, in terms of sound and in terms of quality both.

Give the People What They Want was originally slated for release in August 2013, but had to be delayed due to Jones being diagnosed with bile duct cancer. She’s shown the same grit and determination in her fight with cancer that she brings to her performances, here and throughout her career – “Retreat!” applies equally to her ex-lover and to her disease. Both in her personal and professional lives, Sharon Jones is the real deal.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 15, 2014
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For the sake of its relative importance to this review,I do have a personal experience with Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings this year. I was watching 2013's annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade-enjoying the usual parade of happy balloons and the floats,which often contained a musical act of course. Most of them were of course second tier teenpop acts of today. Some of then such as Ariana Grande were not actually half bad. But much to my surprise this band appeared performing "Ain't No Chimney's In The Projects"-an extremely atypical type of Christmas song to be appearing at such an event. Shortly after that I learned about the release of this particular album this year. No needless to say I was extraordinarily excited seeing as their last album,while excellent,was basically a collection of outtakes. Whatever the situation,this album is certainly not disappointing to me.

"Retreat" starts out the album with a hugely percussive stop-start rhythm with some lightening fast blues/funk chord changes. "Stranger To Happiness", and "Get Up And Get Out" both deal with a strongly polished Motown styled uptempo sound while "You'll Be Lonely",with its stuttering guitar riffing and slow crawl,represents fine hard Crescent City style funk at some of its finest. "Now I See" goes into the horn heavy soul shuffle with a very strong roadhouse blues style melody-showing how strongly those musical ideas mingled together so well to begin with. "Making Up And Breaking Up" is a grandly performed balled with a beautifully reverbed multi-tracked vocal chorus for that otherworldly flavor. "Long Time,Wrong Time" has this strong electric piano Memphis gospel/soul-funk attitude with it's stripped down atmosphere.
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