Very few R&B or hip-hop records leave you excited about seeing the act live—let alone spending your hard-earned dollars for the privilege.

Very few R&B or hip-hop records leave you excited about seeing the act live—let alone spending your hard-earned dollars for the privilege. But one listen to this soul/ funk collective will have you wishing you were right there in a juke joint with them, foot-stompin' your heart out. That's because Sharon Jones, a former corrections officer, belts out booty-bumping funk and rub-you-raw ballads with equal fervor. Throw in supporting band the Dap-Kings and you're immediately whisked back to the days when live outfits like James Brown & the JBs and Tower of Power were the rule rather than the exception. Jones and crew especially go to town on "Stranded in Your Love," "How Do I Let a Good Man Down?," "All Over Again" and a soulful reinterpretation of the folk standard "This Land Is Your Land." Listen—and be converted.—GM