We all know Dan Penn as the songwriter who didn't like to step into the limelight himself. He wrote the hits for others often with Spooner Oldham but also with Donnie Frits or Marlin Greene or Bob Killen. We all know the big hits he's written for others: The Letter By The Box Tops, Dark End of The Street, I'm your puppet, Do Right Woman. You will not find many of Penn's solo output rather many compilation albums of his songs sung by others. Yeah, that kind of man. But now, with the Fame recordings,you'll find a whole album of Penn's demo's (most in fully recorded form). Some of his hits are here: The Puppet (as it was originally called) and You left the Water Running and It Tears Me Up. Lesser known beauties as Rainbow Road and Far from the Maddenning Crowd are certainly worth their weight. Anyway, 24 tracks that are all worth of your time. This really is the album to get for 2012.