Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart
Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart
Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart
Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart

Ann Peebles - Straight From The Heart

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Ann Peebles - vocals [click here to see more vinyl by Ann Peebles]

James Mitchell (bs); Andrew Love, Ed Logan (ts, voc); Jack Hale (tb); Wayne Jackson (tp); Teenie Hodges (g); Charles Hodges (org, p); Leroy Hodges (b); Howard Grimes (dr)

Written by Ann Peebles (A2, A3, B2), George Jackson (A1, B1), Don Bryant (A2, B2, B4), Denise LaSalle (A3), Bettye Crucher (A4), Earl Randle (A5), Timothy Matthews (B1), Deadric Malone (B3), Isaac Hayes (B5), Mabon "Teenie" Hodges (B5), David Porter (B5)


1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES


Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : Hi Records

Recording: August 1971 at Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, TN, by Willie Mitchell

Production: Willie Mitchell

Originally released in 1971

Reissued in 2017


Tracks :

Side A

                1. Slipped, Tripped and Fell In Love

                2. Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness

                3. What You Laid On Me

                4. How Strong Is A Woman

                5. Somebody's On Your Case

Side B

                1. I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight

                2. I've Been There Before

                3. I Pity The Fool

                4. 99 Pounds

                5. I Take What I Want


Reviews :

« A lean, tough set that was not only a triumph for Peebles, but illustrated how the Hi label had surpassed its crosstown Stax rival for quality Memphis soul in the early '70s. The guitars are spare, funky, and bluesy, the horn section punchy, and the material far earthier and down-home than the increasingly formulaic grooves at Stax. There were three modest R&B hits on the album ("Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love," "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home," "Somebody's on Your Case"), much of which was penned by Peebles or her husband Don Bryant. Peebles' vocals were convincingly biting, and she never, unlike many other singers of the era, tried too hard for her own good. The main flaw of the record is its length (26 minutes), which was short even by early-'70s standards. » AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger

Ann Peebles’ climb up the career ladder was rather more conventional than spectacular in the tough, rough days of rhythm and blues. She was first discovered when she appeared in Memphis nightclubs, was given a break by the big-band leader Gene 'Bowlegs' Miller, and landed her first top hit with the celebrated song "I Can’t Stand The Rain". Towards the end of the Seventies she made a well-timed retreat just before the outbreak of the highly commercialised disco wave, only to return many years later with a revival of her old songs.

Her album from 1972 has certainly not mellowed with age. Her singing is sharp and soulful, and comes right from the heart ("Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love"). The beat is powerful, throbbing, young and fresh ("What You Laid On Me") or surging and groovy ("How Strong Is A Woman?"). The arrangements come across as sophisticated and well balanced, yet do not baulk at harsh attacks from the winds nor from the use of Hammond and Hohner keyboards, which were so popular at that time. Melody, singers and big band are airy and finely interwoven ("Somebody’s On Your Case"), while a fusion of soft swing and snappy acerbity ("I Pity The Fool") rounds off this album which is filled with pure emotion, heart and soul.


Ratings ;

Allmusic : 4.5 / 5  ,  Discogs  4,44 / 5  , Rate Your Music  3,81 / 5

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