The perfect gift for the R&B fan in your life 

Looking for the perfect Christmas present for that retro-R&B fan in the family? This could fill the bill quite nicely: Blues diva Sharon Jones’ new reissue of her breakthrough disc with the down ’n’ dirty Dap Kings, “I Learned The Hard Way.”

It’s truly got a gift-worthy twist — a limited 7” vinyl box set, comprising 11 separate 45s, and available at the not-so-subtly-dubbed Daptone Super Soul Super Store.

The added selling point? It features ten rare bonus tracks, including instrumental takes and two longtime fan favorites, “Give Me A Reason” and “When I Come Home.” Also included: A 28 page, full-color booklet, with candid shots from the soul-stirred “Hard Way” sessions, which solidified this picture-perfect team-up of the Aretha-velocity Jones and the stop-on-a-dime Dap Kings.

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