A Road Leading Home: Songs by Dan Penn

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Emerging from the Muscle Shoals music scene of the 1960s, Dan Penn wrote an incredible number of Southern soul, pop, and rock classics, many of them with Spooner Oldham, and most of these in the span of a couple years, and since he generally wasn't the one cutting these gems in the studio, it's sometimes difficult to grasp just how good and varied Penn's songwriting talent actually were. Ace Records earlier compiled a collection of some of Penn's best songs written with Oldham on a single disc under the title Sweet Inspiration, but Penn co-wrote with other partners, too, as well as penning (no pun intended) several great songs on his own, and this set covers some of his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Emerging from the Muscle Shoals music scene of the 1960s, Dan Penn wrote an incredible number of Southern soul, pop, and rock classics, many of them with Spooner Oldham, and most of these in the span of a couple years, and since he generally wasn't the one cutting these gems in the studio, it's sometimes difficult to grasp just how good and varied Penn's songwriting talent actually were. Ace Records earlier compiled a collection of some of Penn's best songs written with Oldham on a single disc under the title Sweet Inspiration, but Penn co-wrote with other partners, too, as well as penning (no pun intended) several great songs on his own, and this set covers some of his non-Oldham compositions as a kind of follow-up to that earlier collection. It's an impressive catalog and legacy, with tracks here like Albert King's "Like a Road Leading Home," Percy Sledge's "Rainbow Road," Billy Young's "You Left the Water Running," and Roy Hamilton's "The Dark End of the Street" simply underscoring that fact. One of the clear highlights here is Penn's own 1965 version of his first-ever song, "Is a Blue Bird Blue," written when he was only 14 years old.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/2/2013
  • Label: Ace Records Import
  • UPC: 029667054522
  • Catalog Number: 6705452
  • Sales rank: 58,401

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Without a Woman - Ted Taylor
  2. 2 You Left the Water Running - Billy Young
  3. 3 I Tried To Tell You - The Entertainers
  4. 4 Break Up the Party - Linda Gail Lewis
  5. 5 Is a Blue Bird Blue - Dan Penn
  6. 6 Once More With Feeling - Jeanie Fortune
  7. 7 The Dark End of the Street - Roy Hamilton
  8. 8 (Almost Persuaded To) Give Him One More Try - Linda Carr
  9. 9 Come On - Tommy Roe
  10. 10 Oh! What a Fool I've Been - The Sweet Inspirations
  11. 11 Far From the Maddening Crowd - The Drifters
  12. 12 Up Tight Good Man - Laura Lee
  13. 13 So Many Reasons - James Purify
  14. 14 Do Right Woman, Do Right Man - Brenda Lee
  15. 15 Cheater Man - Esther Phillips
  16. 16 Long Ago - Bobby Patterson
  17. 17 I Can't Stop - The Blues Busters
  18. 18 Rainbow Road - Percy Sledge
  19. 19 Zero Willpower - Irma Thomas
  20. 20 Tearjoint - Tearjoint Troubadors
  21. 21 What's Wrong With Right - Hacienda Brothers
  22. 22 Better To Have It - Bobby Purify
  23. 23 I Hate You - Ronnie Milsap
  24. 24 Like a Road Leading Home - Albert King
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert Keyes Conductor
Technical Credits
Ray Stevens Arranger
Ralph Burns Arranger
Donnie Fritts Composer
Marlin Greene Composer
Dale Hawkins Producer
Don Nix Arranger, Composer, Producer
Dan Penn Arranger, Composer, Producer, Cover Photo
Bert Berns Producer
Scott Billington Producer
Darryl Carter Composer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Tom Collins Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
David Gonzalez Composer
Rick Hall Arranger, Composer, Producer
Roger Hawkins Composer, Producer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Jimmy Johnson Composer, Producer
Bert Keyes Arranger
Chips Moman Arranger, Composer, Producer
Spooner Oldham Composer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Ted Roddy Producer, Photo Courtesy
Carson Whitsett Composer
Quin Ivy Composer
Jack D. Johnson Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Hoy Lindsey Composer
Jim Stringer Producer
Rob Hughes Photo Courtesy
Bob Dunham Liner Notes, Photo Courtesy
Don Schroeder Arranger
Hacienda Brothers Photo Courtesy
Bob Killen Composer
Oscar Franck Composer
Leroy Daniels Composer
Eric Crews Photo Courtesy
Drew Miller Composer
Quinn Ivy Arranger, Producer
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