100 Days, 100 Nights

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100 Days, 100 Nights
Studio album by Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Released October 2, 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Funk, Soul
Label Daptone
Producer Bosco Mann
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings chronology
100 Days, 100 Nights
I Learned the Hard Way
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
The A.V. Club B+ [2]
Kevchino 9/10 stars [3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars [4]
Okayplayer (89/100) [5]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [6]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [7]
PopMatters (7/10) [8]
Stylus Magazine A− [9]

100 Days, 100 Nights is the third full-length studio album by American funk band Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. Recorded in 2006, it was released on Daptone Records October 2, 2007. Daptone Records, a Brooklyn based record company, is an indie label owned and run by its contributing artists. The band, The Dap Kings, is the house band for Daptone Records. With influences from sixties era funk and afrobeats, 100 Days, 100 Nights was recorded by Bosco Mann at the in house studios of Daptone Records, using a completely analogue system as well as releasing 45's on vinyl[10] - with the intent of creating an old school sound reminiscent of the original funk of the 1960s. The first track, also titled "100 Days, 100 Nights" is written about love, making reference to this being the number of days needed for a man's heart to unfold.[11]- Singles tracks are available on 7 inch vinyl.

The music video for "100 Days,100 Nights", directed by Adam Elias Buncher,[12] was shot exclusively using authentic vintage cameras from the 1950s, and in a simple style likened to a performance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

On the vinyl pressing of the album, Side One has the message "This is a hit!" written in the matrix, or the run-off groove.[clarification needed] This is a reference to James Brown and what he had said during the recording sessions for "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" (as heard on the Star Time box set). Side Two of the album honors Brown with the message "For the Godfather".

The CD pressing of the album includes a promotional bonus disc of selected material from the Daptone Records catalog, presented as a radio program called "Binky Griptite's Ghettofunkpowerhour". This bonus disc runs an additional fifty eight minutes and introduces the fictitious WDAP radio station, featuring an additional 27 tracks of music and dialogue. This promotional disc was never released for individual sale, but was later available as a free download for MP3.[13]

The song Nobody's Baby was used in the pilot episode (titled Lori Gilbert) of the Canadian TV police drama series King.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "100 Days, 100 Nights"   Bosco Mann Bosco Mann 3:45
2. "Nobody's Baby"   Homer Steinweiss Bosco Mann 2:27
3. "Tell Me"   Neal Sugarman/Sharon Jones Bosco Mann 2:46
4. "Be Easy"   Mann Mann 3:03
5. "When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle"   Mann/Steinweiss Mann 3:15
6. "Let Them Knock"   Mann Mann 4:29
7. "Something's Changed"   Mann Mann 2:56
8. "Humble Me"   Mann Mann 4:05
9. "Keep On Looking"   Tommy Brenneck/Steinweiss Mann 2:49
10. "Answer Me"   James Bignon Mann 4:08
11. "Settling In" (Bonus Track)      
12. "Collection Song" (Bonus Track)      

Chart Listings[edit]

Year Album Chart Peak
2007 100 Days, 100 Nights R&B albums 97
2007 100 Days, 100 Nights The Billboard 200 194
2007 100 Days, 100 Nights Top Heatseekers 3
2007 100 Days, 100 Nights Top Independent Albums 22


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, moers festival 2007
The Dap-Kings
  • Homer Steinweiss: Drums
  • Binky Griptite: Guitar, Emcee
  • Dave Guy: Trumpet
  • Fernando Velez: Congas, Bongos, Tambourine
  • Gabriel Roth (aka Bosco Mann): Bass, Bandleader
  • Neal Sugarman: Tenor saxophone
  • Thomas Brenneck: Guitar
  • Ian Hendickson-Smith: Baritone Saxophone
Technical credits
  • Scott Hull: Mastering
  • Dulce Pinzon: Cover Photo
  • Gabriel Roth: Engineer, Executive Producer
  • David Serre: Cover Design
Additional musicians
  • Toby Pazner: Vibraphone
  • Aaron Johnson: Trombones
  • The Bushwick Philharmonic: Strings
  • The Voices Of Thunder: Backup Vocals on track 1
  • Cliff Driver: Piano on track 1
  • Earl Maxton: Organ on track 1, Clavinet on track 3, Piano on track 8
  • The Dansettes: Backup Vocals on tracks 2, 5, 10
  • The Gospel Queens: Backup Vocals on track 3


"100 Days,100 Nights" single (available on 7 inch vinyl).

Critical Reception[edit]

100 Days, 100 Nights received mixed reviews from music critics. Douglas Wolk said this third album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings is "...half baked...never satisfies like the real thing"; Marisa Brown stated "... that's the magic and power of Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: their ability to convey passion and pain, regret and celebration, found in the arrangements and the tail ends of notes, in the rhythms and phrasing, and it is exactly that which makes 100 Days, 100 Nights such and excellent release."[14] Noel Murray gave it a positive review but said "... 100 Days 100 Nights doesn't pop with sweaty passion like The Dap-Kings more memorable work, the record retains a ripped-from-the-past vibe that's astonishing in and of itself."[15] Justin De La Cruz states the album is " Placed atop a real funk groove, Jones' soulful vocals are a force to be reckoned with. She moans and groans, twisting an audible pain into every vocal inflection as horns roar in the background.[16][17] Abigail Everdell remarked that when Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings performed at a concert for Aids/HIV awareness at New York's Radio Music Hall " ... a lengthy rendition of 100 days, 100 nights which brought the audience out of their chairs to dance for the first time all night."[18] Referring to the album, Joe Tangari says "... They may not be doing anything especially new, but Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings are the very best at what they do, and they've made another excellent album." Andrew Gilstrap's considered Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings 2005 release of Naturally a great soul/R&B album compared to their next album 100 Days, 100 Nights which he thought was less intense. "So 100 Days, 100 Nights is most definitely a Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings record, but it doesn't announce itself with the same brash authority as Naturally."[19]

Critical Acclaim[edit]

Rhapsody ranked the album #9 on its "Rock’s Best Albums of the Decade" list.[20] - "Maybe there's something anachronistic about a band that plays funk music in the 21st century as if Parliament (let alone hip-hop) had never happened. It does sound like Sharon Jones could have cut her record in 1967, not 2007. But when the music's this good, those concerns fly out the window. Jones pours everything she's got into this album, and her gruff, passionate, brassy style grabs you by the collar and doesn't let go until the end. The Dap-Kings restrain themselves behind her, shuffling and jangling but leaving her plenty of space to maneuver on a clutch of good, if not great, songs."

Pitchfork online music reviews ranked the album an 8 out of 10 "reviews".[21] - Review writer Joe Tangari likens The Dap Kings third album to a smoother motown sound as compared to the two previous albums, yet still commanding a strong performance with the essence of James Brown, stating the album "bursts with raw emotion and stinging grooves."[21] -


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