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Sharon Jones’ final album, Soul of a Woman, to be posthumously released in November

Watch a video for the opening track, "Matter of Time"

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    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-KingsSoul 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.

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    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.”

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    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
    05. Rumors
    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

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