Daptone Gold (2LP)

Various ArtistsSKU: DAP-018



The proudly retro Daptone label has seen its popularity rise from humble origins in 2000 to one of the world's most dependable sources of soul and R&B with extensions into gospel and world music. This compilation, released for Christmas 2009, rounds up 22 nuggets from the imprint's decade-long history.

Taken as a whole, it makes a convincing case for Daptone having the potential to be the musical, if not the commercial, equivalent of a Stax or Motown of its time -- basically a record company with an identifiable sound. Since a handful of these tracks were only available on 45s, the set is more than just a "best-of" assortment as it unearths rare sides once the province of collectors.

Judging from Jones' crossover success, Daptone has found its niche and audience. That makes this an indispensable addition to any soul lover's collection, regardless of age or demographic.

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