Moments From This Theatre Live
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
However sadly great songwriters do not necessarily great performers make. This CD recorded across a 1998 UK tour in various intimate small venues is certainly laid back as many have commented. With a very simple keyboards by Spooner Oldham and guitar and vocals by Dan Penn set up, a selection of their key hits is performed impeccably. However when compared with the more emotional and soulful originals one is left feeling by the end of 14 tracks, it is all sounds very samey - truly enjoyable and easy on the ear but not outstandingly memorable.
For completists definitely but if you are new to the songs I would suggest the recent Ace release of Penn & Oldham songs by other artists who had the original hits is the better choice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
With just acoustic guitar and electric piano, Messrs. Penn and Oldham have produced a superbly soulful album, which is ideal for late night listening. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2014 by J. HOLMES
If you want to hear a collection of deceptively simple, timelessly great soulful songs, sung by the guys who wrote them, you could not do better than get hold of this musically... Read morePublished on 17 May 2011 by KaleHawkwood