Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings - I Learned The Hard Way - Vinyl LP

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I Learned the Hard Way was produced 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. I Learned the Hard Way is the “Daptone Sound” at its finest.

The Game Gets Old 3:55
I Learned The Hard Way 3:47
Better Things 3:40
Give It Back 3:22
Money 3:22
The Reason 2:20
Window Shopping 4:35
She Ain't A Child No More 2:35
I'll Still Be True 3:48
Without A Heart 2:45
If You Call 3:00
Mama Don't Like My Man 2:31