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7053“Daptone Gold” is a collection of hits and obscurities, album favorites and unheard exclusives from the Daptone Records catalogue. Since first rearing its head in 2001, Daptone has upheld its reputation as both a premier source for new raw soulful music and a model for the possibilities of independent music today. With a library of albums and 45’s spanning from rhythm and blues to afrobeat, gospel to funk, Daptone has established a sound that is consistently sincere, heavy, and soulful.

As Gabriel Roth (Daptone Records co-owner, engineer and bass player for Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings) sees it: “Over the past decade, a lot of blood and sweat was shed in this little house in Bushwick, and when people experience all these recordings together in a package like this, they are really going to feel what the ‘Daptone Sound’ is all about.” Roth continues, “I’m very proud of this record. It’s hard evidence of what the Daptone family has accomplished. I’m also excited to finally have so many of my favorite Daptone cuts, many of which were previously only available on vinyl seven inches, included on a proper album. People should really hear this.”

After much heated debate, Daptone has selected and sequenced the tracks that were chosen to represent both the depth and breadth of the Daptone sound. It features some of the most popular songs such as Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ “Tell Me” and the Budos Band’s “Up From The South”, alongside some deeper selections such as Lee Fields’ “Could Have Been” and Charles Bradley’s “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” which have previously only been released as 45 rpm singles. With the inclusion of unreleased tracks such as Binky Griptite’s “A Lover Like Me” and Sharon Jones’ version of Gladys Knight’s “Giving Up”, “Daptone Gold” promises to be a special addition to the collection of Daptone die-hard fans, as well as a perfect introduction to the label for those who have not yet been experienced. As always, Daptone has made sure that the entire presentation is of a quality and design consistent with the music it contains: decadent gold foil packaging with the Daptone logo prominently embossed across the front, incentives for the vinyl fans, and extensive liner notes.

“Daptone’s aesthetic is built around sounds, attitudes and even design sensibilities that were invented 35 or 40 or 45 years ago, but their best records end up sounding timeless rather than retro. They’ve struck gold in their own backyard.” Douglas Wolk


01. Introduction by Binky Griptite
02. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I’m Not Gonna Cry *(45 Only)
03. The Budos Band – Up From The South
04. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – What Have You Done
05. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – How Long Do I Have To Wait For You?
06. Lee Fields – Could Have Been *(45 Only)
07. Antibalas feat. Mayra Vega – Che Che Cole Makossa *(12″ Single Only)
08. The Budos Band – Budos Rising
09. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Got A Thing On My Mind
10. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band – The World *(45 Only)
11. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Make It Good To Me
12. Lee Fields and Sugarman & Co. – Stand Up *(45 Only)
13. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – What Is This
14. Binky Griptite with The Sugarman Three – A Lover Like Me *(Unreleased)
15. Menahan Street Band – Make the Road by Walking
16. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Tell Me
17. Sugarman & Co. – Down To It
18. The Dap-Kings – Nervous Like Me *(45 Only)
19. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Giving Up *(Unreleased)
20. The Budos Band – Ghostwalk
21. The Gospel Queens feat. Cynthia Langston – I Need You To Hold My Hand
22. Binky Griptite & The Mellomatics – The Stroll Pt. 2 *(45 Only)
23. Sharon Jones & Lee Fields – Stranded In Your Love

The compilation VariousDaptone Gold” (Daptone) has been released November 27, 2009.

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