Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way (new album / MP3)

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

I Learned the Hard Way


Releasing: 6 April

Ever dapper and full of swagger, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are about to release their fourth LP, I Learned the Hard Way, this spring. Expect more of Jones’ vintage soul (comparisons to Aretha and Tina Turner abound) to blow you away. The title track is currently available for download.

Daptone Records: “I Learned the Hard Way was produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records’ House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon’s raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness, and melodic command set her firmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fixture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in “The Game Gets Old” at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style “Mama Don’t Like My Man” at the tail, the Dap-Kings dance seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline.”


01 The Game Gets Old

02 I Learned the Hard Way

03 Better Things

04 Give It Back

05 Money

06 The Reason

07 Window Shopping

08 She Ain’t a Child No More

09 I’ll Still Be True

10 Without a Heart

11 If You Call

12 Mama Don’t Like My Man

“Angel’s Share” [MP3]