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Dan Penn: The Fame Recordings
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While Dan Penn is one of soul music’s great songwriters (his credits include “Do Right Woman,” “I’m Your Puppet,” “Dark End of the Street” and “A Woman Left Lonely,” among other soul classics), he’s also a mighty fine singer with plenty of grit and soul, as this excellent compilation demonstrates. The Fame Recordings collects previously unreleased 1964-66 demo recordings (along with one ’65 single) that Penn made as a staff songwriter at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama accompanied by some stellar Muscle Shoals studio musicians, and nearly all of them sound wonderful. 12/10/2012 - Don Yates