The success of “Sweet Inspiration” (CDCHD 1284) and “A Road Leading Home” (CDCHD 1370) – not to mention constant customer requests for another volume – has more than warranted a further Ace dip into the songwriting catalogue of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham. It’s taken a while to come together, but we feel the wait has been more than worthwhile.

“Happy Times” brings you another two-dozen examples of their stellar collaborations and goes even deeper into their sheaf of copyrights than our revious volumes have done.

Here we feature tracks from their time working together in Muscle Shoals and Memphis, with a broad spread of repertoire than embraces deep soul, sweet soul, southern pop, country and even an instrumental.

Star names here include Dan’s pet project the Box Tops, Sandy Posey, Wilson Pickett, Ronnie Milsap, B J Thomas and many others whose careers intersected in the 60s with those of Dan and Spooner – to everyone’s advantage.

Almost none of the versions of the songs featured here have been on any previous Ace CD. Many have never been on CD at all.

With a booklet chock full of information and illustrations, and the usual Ace attention to detail in the annotation, “Happy Times” is yet another salute to the words and music of these two magnificent songwriters.

1. I Do - June Conquest
2. Cheaters Never Win - Tony Borders
3. Happy Times - The Box Tops
4. Up Tight Good Woman - Wilson Pickett
5. Hey Mister - Sandy Posey
6. Strangest Feeling - Bill Brandon
7. Destroyed - The Yo Yo's
8. You Really Know How To Hurt A Guy - Arthur Conley
9. Big Louie - Guy Darrell
10. The Power Of Love - Don Varner
11. I Need A Lot Of Loving - The Ovations
12. In The Same Old Way - Bobby Bare
13. Handy - Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts
14. Broadway Walk - Bobby Womack
15. My Man - June Edwards
16. Hello There - James and Bobby Purify
17. Help Me Find My Groove - Dee Dee Sharp
18. I Love Everything About You - Percy Sledge
19. Goodies - The Goodees
20. Everybody's Got To Cry Sometime - Art Freeman
21. I'll Take Care Of You - Jeanie Greene
22. I Pray For Rain - B J Thomas
23. Blue Skies Of Montana - Ronnie Milsap
24. I'll Be Your Baby - Spooner's Crowd

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