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A Road Leading Home: Songs by Dan Penn

A Road Leading Home: Songs by Dan Penn


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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: 07/02/2013
Label: Ace Records Import
UPC: 0029667054522
catalogNumber: 6705452
Rank: 66644


  1. Without a Woman
  2. You Left the Water Running
  3. I Tried To Tell You
  4. Break Up the Party
  5. Is a Blue Bird Blue
  6. Once More With Feeling
  7. The Dark End of the Street
  8. (Almost Persuaded To) Give Him One More Try
  9. Come On
  10. Oh! What a Fool I've Been
  11. Far From the Maddening Crowd
  12. Up Tight Good Man
  13. So Many Reasons
  14. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
  15. Cheater Man
  16. Long Ago
  17. I Can't Stop
  18. Rainbow Road
  19. Zero Willpower
  20. Tearjoint
  21. What's Wrong With Right
  22. Better To Have It
  23. I Hate You
  24. Like a Road Leading Home

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
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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