Coming Up: "Soul of a Woman" - final Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings album, out Nov. 17

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings' final studio album, Soul of a Woman is a lush, orchestral masterpiece. A true testament to the life and career of Daptone's fearless leader and one of the world's greatest performers. In the year prior to her death from pancreatic cancer in 2016, Sharon Jones toured and performed tirelessly, and was also the subject of Miss Sharon Jones!, an acclaimed documentary by Oscar-Winning director Barbara Kopple. Yet somehow, the beloved and heroic soul singer found time to complete a studio album. Soul of a Woman features eleven songs which reveal that the emotion, dynamics, and drama of Jones' voice remained at full power until her final days.

The songs on Soul Of A Woman exemplify two distinct sides of the band s sound. Side One showcases the grittier, bluesier material like Matter Of Time and Sail On giving Sharon the room to flex her vocal prowess, creating a liveness that few studio albums posses. Side Two takes on a more sophisticated orchestral mood. Tracks like When I Saw Your Face and These Tears (No Longer For You), capture a soft vulnerability in Sharon's vocals that draws you deep inside, and yet they remain nuanced with the signature toughness that never allow you to forget she's steering the ship. The finished product is an album that captures a band and a singer at their peak. Includes download card.   

You can pre-order it now from Amazon.     


Coming Up: New version of XTC's classic "Black Sea" on the way

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Black Sea is the fifth in a series of remixed & expanded XTC classic albums. The album has been mixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi-track studio master tapes by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge & is fully approved by XTC.

CD: features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson with many of the bonus tracks also newly mixed by Steven Wilson.

Blu-ray: a 5. 1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi-track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Additional Blu-ray features include: The new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio. Additional songs from the album sessions in stereo & 5. 1, several newly mixed by Steven Wilson. The original stereo album mix in hi-res stereo + bonus tracks. Instrumental versions (mixed by Steven Wilson) of all new album & several bonus mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio. Many album tracks in demo form as recorded (mostly live) at Phonogram Studios prior to the main album sessions. Three Andy Partridge demos from Phonogram studios. Three Andy Partridge demos from Swindon Town Hall. Promo films for Towers Of London, Generals & Majors & Respectable Street. Presented in special packaging with expanded booklet & sleeve-notes by Andy Partridge, Dave Gregory, Terry Chambers, Steve Lillywhite & Hugh Padgham.     

You can pre-order the album from Amazon here.     
     


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