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It’s hard at times to believe that this album wasn’t mixed in 1967 by Stax Records producers. In “The Game Gets Old” Jones inflects with passion and verve over the timeless tones of a string section, brass horns and vintage guitars played with finesse. The title track makes for an organic hit as it inadvertently schools Amy Winehouse with the commanding authenticity of a bygone Aretha Franklin hit. The Dap-Kings bestow “Better Things” with a loose bounce and a tight strut seemingly learned from studying the rhythmic disciplines of early recordings by The J.B.’s and The Meters. The sinister swagger of “Money” plays like Etta James crooning for Curtis Mayfield’s band as Jones feverishly muses on the blessings and curses of the all-American dollar. But I Learned the Hard Way isn’t just for those vinyl hounds who hunt down obscure Marva Whitney records; the album has the power to connect with anyone who has ever looked for comfort, familiarity and substance in a song.

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So much better than this sterile tinny sounding stuff in the top forty. Despite being a classic soul record it still manages to sound innovative.

I learned the hard way

GREAT album downloading Natural as I type I had never heard of her before I DO NOW WOW !!!!


SharonJones has just given me back my faith in Blus and Soul music. Absolutely brilliant album.


Formed: 2001 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

By the sound of them, you would have thought Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings started making funk-threaded soul music together in the 1960s. Few devotedly retro acts were as convincing. Few singers as skilled as Sharon Jones at stuffing notes with ache and meaning would be willing to invest in a sound so fully occupied by the likes of Bettye LaVette and Tina Turner in the Ike years, too. But what Jones brought to the funkified table had legs of its own -- eight of them, to be exact -- and they belonged...
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I Learned the Hard Way (Bonus Version), Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: 06 April 2010

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