First vinyl release of Ann Peebles’ ‘Greatest Hits’ on the Hi Records label (under licence to Fat Possum).
A delicate, slinky figure with a powerhouse voice, Ann Peebles occupied a special place among the many great talents that roamed the halls of Memphis’ iconic R&B label Hi Records in the 1960s and 1970s. While producer Willie Mitchell was the company’s heart, musicians the Hodges Brothers its soul and Al Green its top star, it was Peebles who gave the label its first national success and a lasting female identity.
Released in the Autumn of 1973, ‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ would provide the title track and foundation of Peebles’ breakthrough album. Defined by Mitchell’s evocative production touches - including the mesmerising raindrop intro, played on a newly purchased studio gizmo, the electronic timbale - and some of Hi Rhythm’s most supple grooves, the song was transformed into magic.
‘I Can’t Stand The Rain’ would quickly become a Top Ten R&B hit and a Top 40 pop number, earning the admiration of fellow artists like David Bowie and John Lennon - the ex-Beatle declared in Billboard that it was “the best song ever.” The success of the song would also net Peebles a Grammy nomination and send her touring across the world.
Over the course of seven albums and dozens of singles for Hi, Peebles expressed a complex range of moods and emotions in her music. Her songs were alternately pleading (‘Give Me Some Credit’) and defiant (‘I Pity The Fool’), seductive (‘Come To Mama’) and destructive (‘I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down’) but always utterly soulful. Even so many years later, Peebles’ soul remains truly indomitable.
- 1 Walk Away
- 2 Give Me Some Credit
- 3 Part Time Love
- 4 I Pity the Fool
- 5 Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love
- 6 I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight
- 7 Somebody's On Your Case
- 8 I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down
- 9 I Can't Stand the Rain
- 10 (You Keep Me) Hangin' On
- 11 Do I Need You
- 12 Beware
- 13 Come to Mama
- 14 Dr. Love Power
- 15 I Didn't Take Your Man
- 16 Old Man With Young Ideas
Ann Peebles - Greatest Hits
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