The final studio album by Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Soul of a Woman, has been released by Daptone Records.
A mix of upbeat jumpers (side one) and lush soul ballads (side two) that stands among the most powerful performances she ever recorded, the album was mostly tracked over the course of the last two years of Jones’ life. (She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2013 and passed last November at age 60.) The closing track, “Call on God,” was originally recorded for 2007’s 100 Days, 100 Nights, but ultimately left off the album and shelved. For Soul of a Woman, the recording was resurrected, augmented by gospel singers who sang at a memorial service for Jones at a Queens, New York church following her death.
“As much as we knew the reality, I don’t think anybody knew it could be over at any point,” Daptones bassist Gabriel Roth told Rolling Stone. “I don’t think anybody approached it like, ‘Here’s our swan song. Here’s the final dance.’ There was always the optimism of going on and having more to do.”