Ann Peebles – 1972 – Straight From The Heart

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One of the greatest soul records of the 70’s by a woman.

A diminutive singer with a powerful voice and an even stronger attitude, Ann Peebles was one of the artists who defined Willie Mitchell’s legendary Memphis soul label Hi Records, along with Al Green and, later, O.V. Wright. Easily the best female singer in the Hi stable, Peebles ranked among the finest deep Southern soul singers of the decade.

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Tracks

Side 1

Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love
Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness
What You Laid On Me
How Strong Is A Woman
Somebody’s On Your Case

Side 2

I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody’s Home Tonight
I’ve Been There Before
I Pity The Fool
99 Pounds
I Take What I Want

The Reviews

1

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.

 

2

I was blessed with a copy of this. The album features the same Hodges Bros./Hi-Rhythm Section that was behind Al Green, various other Hi-Records recording artists, and even recently the indie act, Cat Power. Ann Peebles voice, while complemeted immensely by the Hodges Bros. tight and thick 70’s funk/soul soundings, offers up an album as strong as any Al Green album released around the same period. Definitely a missing “must have” among the many exhaustive lists of “must haves,” “Straight From the Heart” reveals the power of an awesome rhythm section when pushed and challenged by an accomplished singer. While this album is relatively short by today’s album standards, it satisfies none the less.

 

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11 Comments
  • robert
    Posted at 20:07h, 06 May 2008 Reply

    really terrific album! thank you!

  • Chris
    Posted at 19:17h, 14 November 2008 Reply

    Hi Records is one of my favorite labels. Thanks

  • moggy
    Posted at 08:51h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks for that…..great stuff

  • Walter Clark
    Posted at 22:59h, 13 August 2009 Reply

    I think that second picture is Betty Davis. not Ann Peebles. Thank you for all of you hard work.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 16:50h, 29 September 2009 Reply

    thanks a lot!!!

  • SPC
    Posted at 02:26h, 20 February 2010 Reply

    One of my favourite records from one of my favourite singers – thanks!

  • Lynx
    Posted at 15:30h, 18 May 2010 Reply

    Supernice Record ! Thanks alot !

  • Raggedy
    Posted at 01:41h, 16 May 2011 Reply

    Thanks for sharing this fantastic album; Ann Peebles is simply phenomenal.

  • Phil B
    Posted at 18:23h, 26 May 2011 Reply

    My alltime favorite,Ann of course, and the background.. is very great!

  • Contie
    Posted at 22:46h, 10 May 2012 Reply

    really thanks

  • Mcshakey
    Posted at 22:03h, 27 July 2016 Reply

    Ms Peebles , Legend.

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