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Tuesday
Jan172017

DAN PENN - Nobody's Fool

Dan Penn is one of the great songwriters. His work and his life are what legends are made of, and so is this recording. Penn wrote or co-wrote such '60s classics as "Dark End Of The Street", "Do Right Woman" and "I'm Your Puppet"; Nobody's Fool, released in 1972, was his first solo record. His voice and demo recordings had been spoken about with great reverence, and he had written hits, so Bell records might have expected such a record from him. The sad truth was that it wasn't very successful saleswise and didn't stay in print very long.

Penn had a hand in writing all the material here, with the exception of John Fogerty's "Lodi". Penn's reading of the Creedence classic is a natural; his incredibly soulful voice and a great arrangement make this an ideal cover choice. The title track, which opens the disc, is a loner's anthem that sounds like a standard the first time your hear it. The great country-soul of "I Hate You" is also a stunner, with Penn's warm voice lamenting in the first degree...This is an essential recording by an essential artist. They just don't make records like this anymore, and it's a shame. - No Depression

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