Sweet Inspiration: The Songs of Dan Penn & Spooner Oldham

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Emerging from the Muscle Shoals music scene of the 1960s, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham wrote an incredible number of Southern soul, pop, and rock classics, most of them in the span of a couple years, and since they generally weren't the ones cutting these gems in the studio, it's sometimes difficult to grasp just how good and varied this songwriting team's talents actually were. This 24-track compilation helps with that by collecting original versions of several of the pair's compositions in one place, including Cissy Houston's take on the title tune, "Sweet Inspiration," Dionne Warwick's definitive version of "I'm Your Puppet," Charlie Rich's majestically sad "A Woman ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Emerging from the Muscle Shoals music scene of the 1960s, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham wrote an incredible number of Southern soul, pop, and rock classics, most of them in the span of a couple years, and since they generally weren't the ones cutting these gems in the studio, it's sometimes difficult to grasp just how good and varied this songwriting team's talents actually were. This 24-track compilation helps with that by collecting original versions of several of the pair's compositions in one place, including Cissy Houston's take on the title tune, "Sweet Inspiration," Dionne Warwick's definitive version of "I'm Your Puppet," Charlie Rich's majestically sad "A Woman Left Lonely," Etta James' wonderful "I Worship the Ground You Walk On," and Arthur Alexander's version of "Cry Like a Baby," among others. A delightful and eye-opening playlist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2011
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667043427
  • Catalog Number: 6704342
  • Sales rank: 56,659

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Out of Left Field - Percy Sledge (3:29)
  2. 2 I'm Your Puppet - Dionne Warwick (3:02)
  3. 3 Sweet Inspiration - The Sweet Inspirations (2:54)
  4. 4 A Woman Left Lonely - Charlie Rich (3:16)
  5. 5 I Worship the Ground You Walk On - Etta James (2:26)
  6. 6 I'm Living Good - The Ovations (2:33)
  7. 7 Take Me (Just As I Am) - Solomon Burke (3:00)
  8. 8 Cry Like a Baby - Arthur Alexander (2:20)
  9. 9 It Tears Me Up - Jeanne Newman (3:09)
  10. 10 Slippin' Around With You - Art Freeman (2:57)
  11. 11 I Met Her In Church - Tony Borders (2:27)
  12. 12 Are You Never Coming Home - Sandy Posey (3:00)
  13. 13 Let It Happen - James Carr (2:38)
  14. 14 Everything I Am - The Box Tops (2:18)
  15. 15 Feed the Flame - Ted Taylor (2:33)
  16. 16 Watching the Trains Go By - Tony Joe White (3:04)
  17. 17 In the Same Old Way - Arthur Conley (2:46)
  18. 18 Denver - Ronnie Milsap (3:21)
  19. 19 Dreamer - Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles (2:23)
  20. 20 Good Things Don't Come Easy - Irma Thomas (2:58)
  21. 21 I Need Someone - The Wallace Brothers (2:29)
  22. 22 He Ain't Gonna Do Right - Barbara Lynn (2:54)
  23. 23 Wish You Didn't Have To Go - Tommy Roe (2:17)
  24. 24 Let's Do It Over - Joe Simon (2:21)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
Dionne Warwick Producer
Otis Redding Producer
Marlin Greene Producer
Dan Penn Composer, Producer, Photo Courtesy
Barry Beckett Producer
Charles Chalmers Arranger
Quinton Claunch Producer
Tommy Cogbill Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Peter Guralnick Photo Courtesy
Rick Hall Producer
Felton Jarvis Producer
Mike Leech Arranger, String Arrangements
Albert Lowe Producer
Chips Moman Producer
Spooner Oldham Arranger, Composer, Producer
Nick Robbins Mastering
Billy Sherrill Producer
Quin Ivy Producer
Tony Rounce Liner Notes, Song Notes
Bob Dunham Liner Notes, Song Notes
Robert Melhorne Cover Photo
Rudolph Russell Producer
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