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Singing like 1970 never ended just comes naturally to Gainesville, Fla.–based soul singer Charles Bradley. Menahan Street Band leader Thomas Brenneck discovered Bradley, who’d been busking around New York City for decades. After a grip of Brenneck-produced 45 singles gained traction, No Time for Dreaming was recorded with the same kind of period-correct production favored by Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. The opening song, “The World (Is Going Up in Flames),” fleshes out that Daptone sound with classic Southern soul trimmings including female backing singers, vibraphone, a gritty horn section, and a smooth bassist who sounds schooled by Carol Kaye. The sweltering ballad “I Believe in Your Love” plays as if Bradley has hijacked a microphone from Shuggie Otis and is fronting the band that played on Inspiration Information. Bradley’s voice breaks up like a young James Brown in the gritty funk of “Golden Rule” before the infectious title track grooves on a greasy strut of timeless tones and the audio kiss of analog hiss. A standout cover of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold” rivals Merry Clayton’s 1971 cover of “Southern Man.”

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Aint nobody up on this ??? You see this is why Music Television needs to stop airing Reality TV...Because people really missing out...


This is a breathe of fresh air in an age of autotune and electronic instrumentation. Turn off the Drake and Lil Wayne and be a grown man! (or woman)

So much soul!


This is REAL soul music. It burns your soul with every note. Even you don't love every song on this album, you'll find at least one that you do. Charles Bradley is a Soul Man...


Born: November 5, 1948 in Gainesville, FL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley definitely didn't arrive as a recording artist by taking the easy route. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bradley spent a good part of his childhood living on the streets. A transformational moment came when his sister took him to see James Brown at the Apollo in 1962. Bradley was struck by Brown's energy and stage manner, and began practicing microphone tricks with a broom at home, dreaming of being a star on his own stage,...
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