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 - Straight From The Heart

  • Ann Peebles

    Straight From The Heart LP (1971)

    Hi Records

The height of the Memphis soul Hi-Records Willie Mitchell sound.  The Female version of Al Green?  Yes, please.  The tracks on here are short and sweet with the Hodges Brothers / Hi-Rhythm Section providing the syrupy southern style blues / R&B (complemented by punchy horns and a oven-warm organ).  It's the same formula used for Al Green's Gets Next to You and Let's Stay Together both recorded the same year.  Peebles pours her heart out into the microphone especially on tracks like "I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home Tonight" and "Trouble, Heartaches & Sadness" (written by her and soon to be husband and Hi records staff writer Don Bryant.)  They later struck gold with the hit "I Can't Stand the Rain."


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