Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff
Soul legend Sharon Jones passed away in November 2016 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Now, her longtime label, Daptone Records, is prepping her final album with the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, for a November 17th release.
Serving as the follow-up Jones’ Grammy-nominated 2014 LP, Give the People What They Want, the forthcoming record collects 11 new songs with titles like “Sail On!”, “Come and Be a Winner”, “Rumors”, and “When I Saw Your Face”. Described by a press statement as “a lush, orchestral masterpiece,” it was recorded to eight-track tape at Daptone’s House of Soul studio in Brooklyn.
According to Dap-Kings bassist Bosco Mann, the album shows two sides of Jones. The initial plan was to focus on string-heavy balladry, potentially leading to a tour with a string section or even symphony orchestras. As it became clear this could well be Jones’ final album, however, more up-tempo material was added to give her the funky edge fans have always loved. “Side one is the more raw live side,” Mann said in a press release, “while side two is more moody and orchestrated—more of a departure from her carnivorous live persona.”
Daptone is previewing Soul of a Woman with the plucky opening track, “Matter of Time”. Check it out below via its corresponding music video, which features footage from past tours (fellow Daptone great Charles Bradley makes a cameo).
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Soul of a Woman Tracklist:
01. Matter of Time
02. Sail On
03. Just Give Me Your Time
04. Come and Be a Winner
06. Pass Me By
07. Searching for a New Day
08. These Tears (No Longer for You)
09. When I Saw Your Face
10. Girl! (You Got to Forgive Him)
11. Call on God