Thursday, November 29, 2012
DAN PENN - THE FAME RECORDINGS (Ace CD, 2012)
What we have here is a whole bunch of his original unreleased demos he cut to pitch to singers. But these aren't just him plinking on his guitar and mumbling the lyrics into a tape deck, these are basically finished productions, with the full Fame band behind him. And fuck, what a great voice he had! Real nice and grainy. He did release a couple records as an artist too, but he didn't like being on stage and preferred to stay in the studio and keep knocking 'em out.
This really is a spectacular and revelatory release. All but one cut on it is previously unreleased, and the consistency of great songwriting and playing and singing makes it a pleasure all the way through. Great liner notes as well, with comments from Dan and Rick Hall and spooner and other participants on each of the sessions. I know nobody buys CD's any more, but you should buy this one!
Here's the ace page for it
and if you wanna take a listen to a bit of each track, there's clips here