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Moments From This Theatre Live


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  • Audio CD (17 April 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Proper Records
  • ASIN: B000ARG2AU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,002 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Your Puppet
2. Sweet Inspiration
3. Cry Like A Baby
4. Do Right Woman, Do Right Man
5. I Met Her In Church
6. Lonely Women Make Good Lovers
7. It Tears Me Up
8. The Dark End Of The Street
9. You Left The Water Running
10. Out Of Left Field
11. Memphis Women And Chicken
12. A Woman Left Lonely
13. I'm Living Good
14. Ol' Folks

Product Description

During a visit to the UK and Ireland in November 1998 , Dan Penn (vocals, acoustic guitar) and Spooner Oldham (vocals, electric piano) captivated audiences with renditions of their considerable catalogue of self-penned soul classics. The press collectively gushed and everyone wanted to know if there was going to be a record. There was - this one. Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, who helped shape the development of southern soul music with their legendary songwriting, musicianship and production, recorded a live album in the U. K. in 1998 called 'Moments From This Theatre: Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham Live'. The masterfully understated album features soulfully intimate renditions of many of their hits, including "I'm Your Puppet", "Sweet Inspiration", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", "I Met Her in Church" and "Lonely Women Make Good Lovers" - 14 songs in all, nine of them Penn-Oldham collaborations. No Depression called the LP "a master class with two great soul men". 'Moments 'gives music lovers the opportunity to hear the hits stripped down to their essentials, with nothing but Penn's deeply soulful vocals and acoustic guitar and Oldham's Wurlitzer and occasional singing. With these two consummate musicians, that turns out to be more than enough to cast a spell. Spooner Oldham is featured in the new movie "Muscle Shoals" which opens in Cinema's Oct 2013 and released on DVD (Feb 2014). Located on the banks of the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama (at its heart is master producer Rick Hall who founded FAME Studios) is the unlikely breeding ground for some of the most creative music in American history, Spooner Oldham is a part of that unique history and sound.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful album, featuring Dann Penn and Spooner Oldham live in Belfast, Dublin and London in 1998.

The instrumentation is just Dan's accoustic guitar and Spooner's Wurlitzer electric piano.

The sparseness of intrumentation only highlights what a fabuously soulful voice Dan Penn is blessed with. The songs are all self-penned classics like "Do Right Woman" "The Dark End of the Street" "I'm Your Puppett" "I Met Her In Church". This is the sort of album that will be out of print before you know it, and I can't recommend it strongly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Harrison TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
If you want to hear the definition of 'laid-back' listen to this CD, recorded live on a European concert tour. It features several well-known soul songs written by Dan Penn in collaboration with either Spencer Oldham or Chips Moman. The songs were made famous by other singers with full arrangements but work just fine here in stripped down form, with just Penn's voice and guitar and Oldham's electric piano. "Dark End Of The Street" is of course a classic and Penn notes that the James Carr version is the original and best version. It was nice to hear the big hits "Cry Like A Baby", "I'm Your Puppet" and "Woman Left Lonely" but my particular favourites are "It Tears Me Up" and "You Left The Water Running". Very interesting album from a very talented writer, really makes you wish you'd been present at one of the concerts.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Simpson on 4 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a great album. Penn's voice has to be heard to be believed. It makes me wonder why he has not made many records of his own. The sound is tremendous and the musical interplay between Penn and Oldham gets right down there. If you love soul or country soul I don't think you'll be disappointed if you buy this lp. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE on 31 Oct 2009
Format: Audio CD
This cd should have a health warning-"Beware you will eternally regret missing these gigs and be forever chasing obscure Southern soul albums for the forseeable future." That's pretty much the story with me and although I was
aware of these guys from various books, e.g/ Peter Guralnick-Sweet soul music-I wasn't prepared for this. Basically its the most unplugged album you will find, just Spooner's so subtle keyboards, Dan's guitar and the two voices. Given that these songs were originally released with the considerable (and brilliant) production of Stax etc. this format puts a huge pressure on these guys and they are stunning. This is not to say everything is perfect in pitch etc-but you get the feel you're at a Xmas party in Muscle Shoals or Memphis and this is their exceptional present. Incidentally I saw a clip of this on a recent BBC soul compilation programme- I'd be up for a DVD if anyone knows of its existence-This is prime stuff.
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