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No Time for Dreaming

Charles BradleyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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If you’re looking for a story that best summarizes the last year in the life of Charles Bradley, you'd be hard pressed to find a better one than the night he and his band showed up in Utopia, Texas to play an outdoor show in the middle of a thunderstorm. "It was just raining, raining, raining," Bradley recalls. "I walked out onstage, and there were about 800 people ... Read more in Amazon's Charles Bradley Store

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  • Audio CD (January 25, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DAPTONE
  • ASIN: B004D0YB4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,723 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The World (Is Going Up in Flames)
2. The Telephone Song
3. Golden Rule
4. I Believe in Your Love
5. Trouble in the Land
6. Lovin' You Baby
7. No Time for Dreaming
8. How Long
9. In You (I Found a Love)
10. Why Is It so Hard?
11. Since Our Last Goodbye
12. Heartaches and Pain

Editorial Reviews

Charles Bradley's voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska singing and performing in his spare time before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham/Daptone. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience each note and gruff infection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It s only fitting that No Time For Dreaming s producer Thomas ''Tommy TNT'' Brenneck (also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band) would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Recorded at Dunham Studios, and mixed at Daptone Records internationally revered ''House of Soul'' Studios, No Time For Dreaming is the inspired sound of an awakening.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden Rule: Daptone & Dunham Can Do No Wrong! February 22, 2011
Format:Audio CD
Another fantastic entry in the Daptone/Dunham catalog, and this time it's Charles
Bradley's time to shine, backed up by Dap-Kings guitarist Brenneck and his
supersoulsolid Menahan Street Band.

A voice doesn't come much rawer than Bradley's. The man has definite soul power,
sometimes he hits like a roll of thunder, and it's easy to understand that he
once fronted a James Brown tribute band. The man sure can holler!

In the end I think it sounds a bit too similar to get top honours, and maybe
The Menahan Street band could have taken a more adventurous approach to
some of the songs, but that is a negligible complaint, as you will find a lot
of truly great songs on it.

Standouts: the soul classic The World Is Going Up In Flames, I Believe In
Your Love(with sweet horn stabs, and backing vocals from The Gospel Queens),
No Time For Dreaming, the truly amazing How Long and the album closer,
Heartaches And Pain, a sad, autobiographical tale about a family member
killing his brother.

Put in in the basket. Payday is long overdue for Charles Bradley. Amazon should
even charge you over prize for this one, so we can be assured the man drive
according to his class, in a golden limo soulsmobile.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars REAL SOUL!!!!! May 25, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe how few reviews there are on Amazon for this fantastic CD.
Real, authentic soul. Gets better with each listen.
You can hear the trials of Bradley's life in every note. This surpasses anything by James Brown in my opinion.
There's Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Al Green and now Charles Bradley is ready to take his place alongside them.
Buy this and you will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Talent January 3, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I was introduced to this record by a former colleague of mine. This is classic soul from a wonderful talent. You can tell Charles Bradley sings from the heart and means every word he sings. What is delivered is a classic sound full of feeling. Credit is also due to the incredible backing band and producer that recreate the sound and vibe of some of the best albums of the 60's / 70's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GET THIS ALBUM! December 18, 2011
Format:Audio CD
My Favorite CD of 2011.
If you like Soul - GET THIS ALBUM! If you like Funk - GET THIS ALBUM! If you like James Brown - GET THIS ALBUM! Real R'n'B, Real Emotion, Real Hard and Real Pretty - GET THIS ALBUM!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! November 4, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the best album on the gender. I wonder where was Charles before this...
I recommend
Samuel Cester
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING May 26, 2011
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
This cat sings with so much conviction! Every song is a brief glimpse into his life and its a great journey to go through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Throwback Soul July 11, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Any fan of REAL Soul from the 50's & 60's will love this release, I wish I'd found it earlier!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soul has never been dead March 19, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Real sixties Stax/Atlantic soul has been pronounced dead for a few decades now but with the meteoric rise of Daptone that claim can be shoved back into the ground for hopefully a long time. Charles Bradley is the latest perfect offering coming out of their studios. The man's soulful voice seems lifted out of the Memphis studios into the cradle of the warm Dap King sound. Horns that soulfully blow on `Golden Rule', a female chorus gospelling the chorus on `I Believe In Your Love' or the hammond's staccato riff on `Trouble in the Land' that also features a beautiful hornriff making you wish they would have made it a 5 minute instrumental and not a 1 minute interlude. `Lovin' You Baby' is the real classic 60's song which could have been sung by Percy Sledge. Soul is still coming back!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story from a great singer
If you have not seen the Charles Bradley documentary, and you like r&b/ soul do yourself a favor and rent it. Charles has a great story, and he can sing his ass off!
Published 4 months ago by Robert Joseph Hart
4.0 out of 5 stars Charles Bradley's first cd
I watched a movie about Charles Bradley's life on Netflix, it ended when he produced this first cd. I purchased it because I wanted to be at the beginning of his new career. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Deidri Heniff
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible soul
This guy's got some serious soul. Charles Bradley has seemingly dropped out of the sky from a time gone by. Is this 1968 Brooklyn? No. Read more
Published 6 months ago by gruvedaddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
I'm truly amazed by this man's voice and life story! If you enjoy funk and soul you will be VERY happy with your purchase.
Published 7 months ago by Oscar
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Retro R&B From a Truly Heartfelt Singer
I can't say enough about this one. Just read up about him and his life story. The fact that he found his calling after the age of 60 is inspiration to all of us to not give up. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Bellocq
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have!
You can't compare Charles Bradley's passion for music to anyone else. He is amazing live, and you can feel every emotion through his lyrics. You have to get this record!
Published 7 months ago by rox
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Charles Bradley is soul personified.
This guy is an amazing vocal artist. He sings with such passion. Wish there. was a live version of this album
Published 8 months ago by AGGRO
3.0 out of 5 stars It's good- not great
This album has some gems- why is it so hard- is great. The other songs I haven't found quite so catchy, but I'm trying. His voice is great. Very real, very harrowing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jenna Mckinney
5.0 out of 5 stars How do you not have this album?
You don't already own this album? Not only do I now think less of you, but your family thinks less of you as well. Read more
Published 9 months ago by rodney nunley
5.0 out of 5 stars He Sounds like James Brown with a twist plus A splash of the Roots!
I ran up on the phenom by watching his story on Netflix, "Charles Bradley: The Soul of America. I immediately downloaded his album via amazon before the documentary was over,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Reggae Woman
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