Daptone Records is releasing an album of cover songs from Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings called Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In). The collection will have five never-heard-before covers and fan favorites previously released in different formats. Their version of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered I’m Yours” is the lead single which was originally commissioned by a bank for a TV commercial.
“Rescue Me” and “In The Bush” were outtakes from The Wolf Of Wall Street soundtrack. “Little by Little,” “Inspiration Information,” “Here I Am Baby,” and “Take Me with U” were intended for tribute projects to Dusty Springfield, Shuggie Otis, The Marvelettes, and Prince. The band’s cover of Gladys Knight’s “Giving Up” was requested by a producer who had plans to sample the beat for a Dr. Dre album. “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” took inspiration from both the Kenny Rogers and Bettye Lavette versions. Legendary Public Enemy producer Hank Shocklee requested their reworking of Bad Medicine’s “Trespasser” for the American Gangster soundtrack.
Through the years the group recorded some covers simply because they wanted to including Janet Jackson’s “What Have You Done For Me Lately” and Bob Marley’s “It Hurts To Be Alone.” The Jackson song appeared on their 2001 debut album Dap-Dippin’ With Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings. The Marley cover is from the 2009 Waxploitation Presents Causes 2 compilation.
Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Rendition Was In) is the group’s second posthumous release following Soul Of A Woman from 2017. The new album comes out on October 23rd. Jones passed in 2016 from pancreatic cancer.