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Peebles, Ann - This is Ann Peebles [1969 Purple Vinyl] - New LP
Peebles, Ann - This is Ann Peebles [1969 Purple Vinyl] - New LP
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Peebles, Ann - This is Ann Peebles [1969 Purple Vinyl] - New LP

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PLEASE ONLY ORDER ONE COPY PER PERSON.  THANK YOU. 

PLEASE ONLY ORDER ONE COPY PER PERSON.  THANK YOU. 

 

Listeners often begin with Peebles' 1974 classic I Can't Stand the Rain LP, which of course is not a bad entry point, but I'd recommend starting at the beginning with this classic 1969 debut, or if someone has found joy in her 1970s recordings, they ought to consider going back and giving this one a listen, which now is possible without forking over scads of cash for an original copy, this album amazingly never reissued in the States in any form since 1969, and never released anywhere on vinyl since 1969.  Like her 1970s' records, this was produced by the magic man Willie Mitchell in Memphis (the same year he helped introduced Al Green to a bigger audience), here the band in bad ass and fine form, backing her up with loads of punch and soul while letting Peebles' vocals stay in the spotlight.  Many of the cuts will be familiar, and if it were anybody else, I'd say leave it alone and leave it to the original artists, but Peebles' versions are amazing, completely respectful toward the original versions but Peebles bringing them into her heart and experiences and making them her own.  Essential listening.  Remastered edition pressed on purple vinyl, already sold out at the label. 

AllMusic Review by Mark Deming  

Ann Peebles was all of 22 years old when she cut her debut album for the great Memphis R&B label Hi Records, but she sure didn't sound like a novice once she stepped into the studio. This Is Ann Peebles is the work of a strong and confident artist who sounds thoroughly assured even when she's covering Aretha Franklin, and though she doesn't quite take "Chain of Fools" away from the Queen of Soul, she gives it a taut but weary reading that lends that tale of romantic betrayal a flavor unique to Peebles' rendition. That's not the only instantly recognizable cover Peebles was saddled with on her first LP, but she sounds even more assured on "It's Your Thing" and "Rescue Me," and on fresh material like "Crazy About You Baby," "Make Me Yours," and "Give Me Some Credit," her clear but resonant voice and emphatic readings establish her as a seasoned professional right out of the box. It doesn't hurt that she was working with some of the best talent in Memphis on these sessions; the Hi Records rhythm section lays down a lean and indelible groove on every selection, the Memphis Horns punctuate the melodies with gale-force soul, and producer Willie Mitchell brings it all home with subtle but fiery results. It would be 1974 before Ann Peebles finally got the breakthrough hit she deserved with "I Can't Stand the Rain," but This Is Ann Peebles should convince anyone with a taste for classic rhythm & blues that she had the goods long before the rest of the world caught up with her.


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