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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,285 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  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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By S J Buck TOP 1000 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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By Siriam TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2015
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Lovers of white Southern soul will need no introduction to these two performers and the separate Ace releases of the songbook of these two writers have reminded us of what a great contribution they have made in hits across the years.

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.
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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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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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