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No Time for Dreaming

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The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
The Telephone Song
Golden Rule
I Believe In Your Love
Trouble In the Land
Lovin' You, Baby
No Time for Dreaming
How Long
In You (I Found a Love)
Why Is It So Hard
Since Our Last Goodbye
Heartaches and Pain
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Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:39

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Charles Bradley, No Time for Dreaming
2011 | Label: Daptone Records / The Orchard

Before CDs, before the Internet, soul music freaks had to rely on serendipity find the best dusty tracks: O.V. Wright's "Nickel and a Nail," Bunny Sigler's "Regina," Erma Franklin's "Piece of My Heart." I heard all of these for the first time on a little radio station, between the hatch marks on my dorm room FM radio, fine-tuning the dial enough to hear the announcer, writing down the info, and then heading off… read more »

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Download the re-issue instead


The re-issue adds covers of Neil Young's Heart of Gold and Nirvana's Stay Away. The latter is not available elsewhere on e-music that I can tell. Here's a link to the re-issue: http://www.emusic.com/listen/#/album/-/-/12854243/

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Up in Flames


Fantastic. Over and over again.

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No Room for Dreaming


Someone told me this was the best album of the year. I was skeptical but after I heard a couple of tracks, I downloaded the whole album. WOW! Soul revivalism or not, this may well be the best album in years and certainly one of the most intense.

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Daptone Does It Again


This is another Daptone gem of funky R&B. As so often happens with Daptone artists, I find myself wondering where this guy has been all this time and finding a history of hard work. Maybe that is the secret to this kind of rich soul music?

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A Knockout!


This blew me away on first spin. You don't listen to this album, you feel it. The guy's life story makes it all the sweeter. I'm not a soul music afficiando but this album is stellar.

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Another knockout from Daptone


Menahan Street Band with the addition of some top notch vocals from one of James Brown's former back up singers. Sounds like a recipe for success to me. Daptone just keeps proving that amazing things can happen when you mix the right ingredients into the stew. Recorded on vintage analog equipment in a flat in Brooklyn. I'm glad to see Charles getting away from the typical JB sound and forming his own sound (I attribute largely to Menahan, but what do I know?).

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I watched Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band's performance of The World (is Going up in Flames) from SXSW last night, and man, what a performance. If anyone has a chance to catch them live, make sure you do, I know I won't miss out if he comes up here to the cold north.

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What it feels like to live these here hard times


if this won't do it for you, nothing will -- Bradley's is a story of both perseverance and fortuity -- it's as if the big G said, "what the world needs now is a man with a resonance of James Brown and the vibe of Curtis Mayfield, one or the other just won't be enough for these hard times" -- like I said, if this won't do it for you, nothing will

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great voice that has no harmful intention of being a "copycat" of his predecessors. It's great, soulful music that goes straight to the core of what the genre is all about; love, heartache, pain and happiness!

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This is the REAL THING !


Daptone has done it again. This is soul in the vein of "This Is A Man's World" by James Brown, but Charles Bradley is a unique talent and no copycat. I would suggest downloading "The World Is Going Up In Flames" and giving it a complete listen if you are on the fence. I cannot wait to catch this guy live!

eMusic Features


SXSW 2011: Days 3 and 4 Report

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

One of both the strange upsides and unfortunate downsides of South by Southwest is that it seems to take place in a vacuum - for a week straight, the world is reduced to the intersection of 6th Street and Red River in Austin, and it's easy to pretend there is little happening outside it. Occasionally, though, reality intervenes: This year's festival happened in the shadow of global catastrophe - the tsunami and subsequent nuclear instability… more »

They Say All Music Guide

On first spin, most listeners won’t be able to tell that gutsy soul singer Charles Bradley’s Daptone debut wasn’t recorded in the late ’60s and dusted off for release in early 2011. Subsequent plays reveal subtleties in production and instrumentation that might tip off some, but for the rest, this is a remarkable reproduction of the sound of classic Southern soul. Its combination of Stax and Muscle Shoals grease and grit are captured in what can only be called “the Daptone sound.” Horns, percussion, background vocals, vibraphone, and rhythm guitar form a cozy, often sizzling blanket that Bradley wraps himself in. His grainy, lived-in vocals are straight out of the James Brown/Wilson Pickett school; comfortable with both the gospel yearning of slower ballads but ready to make the leap to shouting, searing intensity without warning. The yin-yang between Bradley and his players would be impressive even if the material wasn’t as top-shelf as these dozen songs are. All three working in tandem yield a perfect storm of an R&B album, one with clear antecedents to the genre’s roots with new songs that are as powerful and moving as tunes from the music’s classic era. The band even gets its own showcase on the instrumental, Latin-tinged “Since Our Last Goodbye,” perhaps an unusual inclusion on a vocalist’s album, but one that strengthens the connection between the backing group and its singer. Bradley has had a tough life, knocking around for years as a lounge act doing covers until the Daptone folks came calling with fresh material and their patented production. That history is evident in every note he sings; pleading, begging, and testifying with a style that few contemporary vocalists can muster without lapsing into parody. Lyrically the material is a mix of the socio-political (“The World Is Going Up in Flames,” “Golden Rule”), heartbroken romance (“I Believe in Your Love,” “Heartaches and Pain”), and the joys of true love (“Lovin’ You Baby”). Some tunes are more personal, especially “No Time for Dreaming” where he’s telling himself to get serious about his career, and in “Why Is It So Hard,” as he delivers a capsule history of his life-long difficulties. Even if the concepts appear shopworn, the music and performances are vibrant and alive with arrangements that are innovative yet informed by their roots. Retro-soul aficionados who claim they don’t make ‘em like they used to will obviously be thrilled with this, but even contemporary R&B fans can’t help but be moved by the emotion and passion evident in every note of this riveting set. – Hal Horowitz

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