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Sharon Jones & the Dap-KingsAudio CD
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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, 2013 has become a year of unforeseen challenges and transformations. Three months before the original scheduled release of the group’s highly anticipated fifth studio record, Give the People What They Want, Sharon Jones, the lead singer and matriarch of the worlds’ #1 live soul act, was diagnosed with cancer. What was projected to be a hectic and ... Read more in Amazon's Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Store

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Daptone
  • ASIN: B00070Q8L8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,786 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Sometimes it takes a Sharon Jones to remind us that being a great performer is not necessarily the same as being a great Gap model, and vice versa. To believe the hype, exterior aesthetics kept this soul/funk singer from getting the recognition she deserved early in her career. Now she’s pushing 50, but Naturally (Jones’ second full-length album with the Dap-Kings) proves that she can still sing circles around just about anything in hot pants.

When it comes to running down the great songs on this CD, it’s hard to know where to begin. "How Long Do I have to Wait for You" is as smooth and winning as the irresistible lovers Jones sings about on many of these tracks. Most of the material deals with matters of the heart, although Jones’ rendition of Woody Guthrie’s "This Land is Your Land" reveals her political side. (In live performances Jones goes even further, singing a plan to stop paying taxes.) "Stranded in Your Love" is like a warm-weather version of "Baby It’s Cold Outside." And the big romantic finish on this album, "All Over Again" must immediately be taken up as the new, must-play, wedding dance song. Naturally is a gift to R&B and should help the genre win new fans--with an album this infectious, you’d have to be made of stone to resist the funk. --Leah Weathersby

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In a desert of computerized over-produced faux-R&B, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' "Naturally" is a cool glass of water for anyone thirsty for Real Soul and Funk Music. On this, their sophomore release on Brooklyn's own independent Daptone Records, they have succeeded in transcending the boundaries of time to bring us face to face with the naked body of vintage Soul.

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most Genuine and Soulful modern album yet! January 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
What you get with any Daptone, Truth and Soul, Soul Fire or Desco release is serious no punches pulled gritty soul and funk with the same feel and sound as classic late 60's and early 70's soul.

This music is not a gimmick.

Nor is it like a cheesy 70's Blaxploitation soundtrack or a misjudged pseudo-soul acid jazz sounding record. There is quality and depth to these performances and heart and soul that goes as deep as anything you have ever heard.

It is being created and listened to by people who are sick and tired of the sterile mass marketed soul-less dross that the music industry continues to spew forth nowadays. People like Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley, Joseph Henry, Naomi Davis and the NYC collective of musicians is doing us a great service by creating sounds of such organic beauty and raw funkiness.

What is great about this album is that, unlike Dap-Dippin', the music is way more varied; there are more ideas and more scope for lyrics with meaning. The biggest success of this album is that it proves to the critics that Sharon and the Daps are no one-trick ponies.

Here's a quick breakdown of the tracks in order;

How Do You Let A Good Man Down

This is my favourite new track by Sharon Jones. Firstly the groove is way different from anything off of the first album and it's more of a medium paced tempo. Great little horn riffs. The lyric is great too. We've all been in a similar position, but the band has got the feeling and groove nailed down tight!

Natural Born Lover

This one is a real late 60's stomper in the vein of the slew of 45's that came out around Mr Big Stuff (similar geetar in places) and has backing vocals. Over the drum breaks there's a chant 'An N.B.L. and a T.B.C.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Album of 2005 October 27, 2005
Format:Audio CD
"Naturally" is a true soul album, and so far it is the best album of the year. It's a true "100 percenter" -- meaning there isn't one song on here that I skip over. All ten songs on here are absolute classics. Furthermore, I go back and forth every day trying to decide which song is the best -- the sign of a great album.

Somehow, producer Bosco Mann got a true AM sound to come out of this album. The resulting feel makes the songs sound as if they were coming out of like a small transistor radio on a hot summer day. Like I said, it sounds just like a classic Gamble/Huff record, but I never once get the sense the band is trying too hard. It's very real, and terrific.

The band is just fantastic, especially the guitar licks interspersed here and there (like on "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You"), and Sharon Jones' voice is tremendous. Furthermore, the lyrics on this album are also terrific, laced with sex and sexual politics. For example, the lyrics on the opening track "How Do I Let A Good Man Down?" are particularly painful.

The album really hits its stride with tracks 4,5, and 6: "My Man Is A Mean Man", "You're Gonna Get It", and "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You". That is a 1-2-3 punch of pure soul!

Right now my favorite tune is "You're Gonna Get It", which over time could go down as one of the all-time great slow dance songs, on a level with Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long". If this song is ever playing on a jukebox in a lonely bar past 1 a.m., I would be willing to bet you'd see a couple or two having a quiet slow dance. It's that good.

If you love the soul music of the 60s and 70s, then you must, repeat, must have "Naturally". Again, it is the best album of 2005. In time, I expect to see many more reviews confirming this claim.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Jones acts natural... January 9, 2006
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I love Sharon Jones! Her voice oozes soul and sass, and the Dap Kings back her with a groove that makes it impossible to stay still once you hear it. This is their second CD, and contains more ballad oriented material than their hard hitting first disc, "Dap Dippin". However, this disc is not lacking in grooves. "How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?" is so catchy it's addictive. I have played this song so many times it's not even funny. "This Land Is Your Land" is a VERY creative cover of the Woody Guthrie standard. It's a far cry from the original version! Also noteworthy is Sharon Jones' put down of a lover on "Your Thing Is A Drag". The band really lays down a groove on this song and Sharon gets the guy GOOD. If you liked the first album by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, you should definitely pick this one up, they continue to be the best funk band around.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Find of the Year July 29, 2005
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I'm always digging through store racks and music reviews looking for those gems that blissfully escape the tortured radio-only masses. I can't remember where I first heard about the Dap Kings, but the group and their label, Daptone Records, kept coming up.

Finally, I broke down and ordered NATURALLY from Amazon. It got here less than 24 hours ago and I can already say this is one of the best musical purchases I've made in 2005. "Loose and tight" was one description I read about Daptone recordings and that fits NATURALLY perfectly.

Besides that, it's tough to describe the music. It's definitely nothing like contemporary R&B; mostly because there's no syncopated drum machine laying down the beat. Remember, Daptone is all about making music "naturally." On the other hand, this isn't really soul music of the 70's EWF, Al Green, or Diana Ross variety.

A lot of reviewer recall James Brown when discussing "NATURALLY", and while I see the similarities, I'm not sure if that's a great comparison. The closest my brain can generate right now is the boogaloo sound of the Greyboy Allstars, but funkier and with searing vocals by Sharon Jones.

It's easier to place Ms Jones wonderful voice. Just tune your ears to those fiery mavens of the 60's and 70's whose voices made it to the record without some producer fiddling around with the vocal tracks, attempting to "fine tune" the sound. Ms Jones has a classic soul voice, at once completely familiar, but with pleasing unique affections.

Favorite tracks include 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, and 9. The only song that doesn't really do it for me is track #5, "You're Gonna Get It." Otherwise, I can listen to this CD from beginning to end and bop my head all the way through.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Jones is terrific
One of the most soulful women that you will definitely not want to miss. This is a must have if you love women with a dynamic soulful voice.
Published 3 months ago by JOSEPH JEDLICKA
1.0 out of 5 stars bad sound quality
Sound quality was very bad. Sounded flat. May of been a bad copy. Can't listen to it. Very disappointed with purchase
Published 5 months ago by DAN HOLLENBACK
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Record!
The most diverse sharon jones & the dap kings record. The dap-kings definitely have their old school style that flows through all their records, but "Naturally" changes up... Read more
Published 6 months ago by DWAYNE E. GROTH
5.0 out of 5 stars Sick album
How long does she have to wait. I waited for the price to drop, but I didn't wait to long to own this gem.
Published 12 months ago by TheOriginalDrewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Dap Dippin'
Another timeless classic from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings!! I absolutely love their music and adding this CD to my collection was well worth it!!! Read more
Published 12 months ago by zoom
4.0 out of 5 stars R&B/Soul
Retro soul/R&B with Sharon Jones doing the singing and the brassy Dapkings backing her up. A taste of the late '60's soul scene.
Published 13 months ago by Denver B. Cornett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fabulous Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings CD
I don't think this group know how to make a bad album. I have all of them now and they are all fantastic. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Tahoerabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dap Kings Rock!!!
Great entertainment, diversity...music that can be enjoyed by all. Can be played over and over again; the best collection for true music lovers.
Published 19 months ago by Radio's best
4.0 out of 5 stars Sharon Rocks but LP was unplayable.
Sharon Jones just rocks, that's all I can say. Great album but Dap Tone Records NEEDS to find somewhere else to get their LPs pressed. Read more
Published 19 months ago by PCGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolest of cool
Also enshrinable with the greatest soul albums of all time. No mere retro act, this band proves there is a wealth of vibrant powerful sound left in this style. Read more
Published on December 10, 2010 by Bobby J Engeler-Young
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