Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – 100 Days, 100 Nights [In Motown’s Shadows]

by oz on April 24, 2008

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Arguably my favorite music movie of all time is a documentary called Standing in the Shadows of Motown, which was recommended by a good friend named PRick Lachey. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s the story of the Funk Brothers. Never heard of ’em? Well in 1959, Berry Gordy Jr. gathered the best musicians from Detroit’s thriving jazz and blues scene to begin cutting songs for his new record company. Over a fourteen year period they were the heartbeat on every hit from Motown’s Detroit era. By the end of their phenomenal run, this unheralded group of musicians had played on more number ones hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis and the Beatles combined – which makes them the greatest hit machine in the history of popular music…but it left them broke and playing hotel lobbies.

I stole most of that from the movie’s plot description. Whenever I hear Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, I can’t help but think of that movie and the classic Motown hits. And yes, I know her album, 100 Days, 100 Nights was released last year and she’s been all over the blogs, but she deserves some long overdue attention on HearYa.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings are a refreshing throwback to Motown’s heroes. That soulful sound is timeless, so she doesn’t need to do much to modernize it. Maybe that’s why she and the Dap Kings play these songs so effortlessly. The sound is like warm butter.

If you like this track, then you’ll like the rest of the album.

Sharon Jones – 100 Days, 100 Nights

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

nittanyroar April 24, 2008 at 10:00 am

Pretty much anything that Dap Tones Records releases is gold. Another album from last year by the Budos Band is excellent. If you like the Dap Kings then check them out. I agree with your SITSOM assessment as well, definitely a great movie.

oz April 24, 2008 at 10:05 am

I actually just started getting into that budos band disc the other day, and agree fully.

Woody April 24, 2008 at 2:09 pm

Love these guys. Maybe if Sharon got herself all tatted up, acted like a spoiled rotten brat and had absolute no professionalism, she would get as much press as Amy Winehouse.

And I’ll throw my support behind The Budos Band as well. They are great!!

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