Spooner Oldham: Pot Luck (Vinyl LP)

Spooner Oldham: Pot Luck (Vinyl LP)

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Limited vinyl LP pressing in deluxe Stoughton Tip-On gatefold jacket. Digitally remastered edition of this 1972 album by the legendary ivory-tickler. Spooner Oldham is synonymous with the Muscle Shoals sound. The southern soul pioneer famously backed the likes of Etta James, Jimmy Hughes, Wilson Pickett, Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, and many more, but his lone solo album, Pot Luck, finds Spooner in a rare role: front and center. Pot Luck is very much a record of two halves; Side A is an amalgamation of rarities penned with the likes of Dan Penn and Freddy Weller, while the B-side is a conceptual, seven-song medley covering some of the biggest hits Oldham played on, including Cry Like A Baby,” “Respect,” and gospel standard Will The Circle Be Unbroken.” The sessions were largely unplanned. “We just went in,” says collaborator Emory Gordy. “That’s the best way Spooner works.” In 1972, the album was released and quickly sank. Oldham carried on regardless, performing with The Everly Brothers, Bobby Womack, Gene Clark, Neil Young and–well, you name it. With this deluxe reissue of his solo LP, it’s time for Oldham to get his own dues. “I don’t think anybody, anywhere, at any time, has ever heard it,” he says. “I’m just happy someone wants to hear it now. The Lord Loves a Rolling Stone, 1980 (Keep on Smiling), Life's Package of Puzzles, Julie Brown's Forest, Easy Listening Profile (Medley), When a Man Loves a Woman, I Never Loved a Man, Kentucky Grass, Cry Like a Baby, Respect, The New World, My Friend, Will the Circle Be Unbroken