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CD Review: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"

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Artist: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Album: 100 Days, 100 Nights
Label: Daptone Records
Release Date: 10/02/07

Promo Track "100 Days, 100 Nights":

When I first listened to this CD I thought it was a reissue of some '60s soul supergroup but no, this gem came out just last month! This album made me nostalgic for my first car, a '79 Honda Civic 4-door hatchback with an AM radio and the only music station that I could consistently get in the Bay Area was KOFY ("The Big 1050!") and it played everything from rockabilly to early big band soul. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings would be right at home on the Blues Brothers Soundtrack, nestled between Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings could be AM favorites today; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are a million times more real and talented than the paper cutouts you saw in last year's movie, Dreamgirls; Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings could create a new Motown with their very own Daptone Records label.

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Motown R&B is the root sound but this gang of (at least) 9 isn't from Detroit but from Brooklyn where they built their own analog studio to do their recordings. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings aren't just stuck in the past: they've collaborated with artists like Kanye West, Jurassic 5, and Ghostface Killah. 100 Days, 100 Nights is their third release and they are touring in support of it now. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are on their way to LA and will be playing the El Rey on Tuesday December 4th.