Give the People What They Want

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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Slowly rising to power over the course of sporadically released albums and years of touring, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings grew into one of the most rock-solid conglomerates of classic soul revivalism, making it look easy as they turned in increasingly exciting albums. With a fifth album of new studio material, Give the People What They Want, Jones and company are in top form, delivering a collection of classic Northern soul, deep funk groovers, and heartstring-tugging balladry. Tracks like "Now I See" and the burning album opener "Retreat!" slink along with a creeping shuffle reminiscent of the more cracked Supremes hits, while the greasy tremolo guitar and ...
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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
Slowly rising to power over the course of sporadically released albums and years of touring, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings grew into one of the most rock-solid conglomerates of classic soul revivalism, making it look easy as they turned in increasingly exciting albums. With a fifth album of new studio material, Give the People What They Want, Jones and company are in top form, delivering a collection of classic Northern soul, deep funk groovers, and heartstring-tugging balladry. Tracks like "Now I See" and the burning album opener "Retreat!" slink along with a creeping shuffle reminiscent of the more cracked Supremes hits, while the greasy tremolo guitar and handclap-heavy beat of "Long Time, Wrong Time" call on a more swampy Southern soul influence. Jones' voice is the true star of the show, as usual, soaring and coasting with complete command and never sacrificing any character or nuance for the sake of sounding more like any of her '60s reference points. While Give the People What They Want is somewhat brief by 2014 standards, clocking in at just over half an hour, if it had been released in 1966, it would be regarded as a picture of soul perfection. Jones and her band manage to touch on everything from early-'60s horn-heavy dance-craze soul sounds to the slightly psychedelic flutter of the sublime lazy Sunday ballad "Making Up and Breaking Up (And Making Up and Breaking Up Over Again)." These ten songs sound almost designed to be played on repeat, and keep with the always colorful and ecstatically fun sound audiences have come to expect from one of the best acts going in retrofitted classic soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2014
  • Label: Daptone
  • UPC: 823134003224
  • Catalog Number: 32
  • Sales rank: 4,909

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Primary Artist
Sharon Jones Indexed Contributor
Saundra Williams Tambourine, Foot Stomping
Victor Axelrod Chimes, Glockenspiel, farfisa organ, Musician
Cochemea Gastelum Baritone Saxophone, Group Member
Bosco Mann Bass, Group Member
Neal Sugarman Piano, Tenor Saxophone, Group Member
Fernando Velez Conga, Tambourine, Group Member
Jordan McLean Trumpet, Musician
Binky Griptite Guitar, Group Member
Homer Steinweiss Drums, Group Member
Dave Guy Bass, Trumpet, Group Member
Cosmo Bann Guitar
Amos B. Conn Hand Clapping
Nydia Davila Foot Stomping
Moon Bancs Chimes, Tambourine, Vibes
Mikey Post Foot Stomping
Wayne Gordon Foot Stomping
Sam Boncon Organ
Aaron Johnson Trombone, Musician
Joe Crispiano Guitar, Group Member
The Dapettes Background Vocals
Simon Guzman Hand Clapping
Cathy Bauer Foot Stomping
Jimi "Popcorn" Ashes Timpani
Technical Credits
Saundra Williams Vocal Group
Cochemea Gastelum Composer
Fritz Aragon Artwork, Illustrations
Bosco Mann Composer
Neal Sugarman Executive Producer
J.J. Golden Mastering
Gabriel Roth Engineer, Executive Producer
Homer Steinweiss Composer
Ann Coombs Art Direction
Kyle Dean Reinford Cover Photo
Joe Crispiano Composer
Starr Duncan Vocal Group
Sheron Lafaye Vocal Group
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