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If This Is Heaven
     

If This Is Heaven

by Ann Peebles
 

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By 1977, straight-ahead Southern soul had stopped selling in big numbers and disco had taken over the R&B market, and like many of her peers, soul diva Ann Peebles tried to make the best of matters by turning up the groove quotient on her album of that year, If This Is Heaven. Peebles, one of the best and most underrated soul songbirds of the 1970s, had already

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By 1977, straight-ahead Southern soul had stopped selling in big numbers and disco had taken over the R&B market, and like many of her peers, soul diva Ann Peebles tried to make the best of matters by turning up the groove quotient on her album of that year, If This Is Heaven. Peebles, one of the best and most underrated soul songbirds of the 1970s, had already demonstrated she could work wonders with a dance-friendly track on her previous set, 1975's Tellin' It, and If This Is Heaven's first two cuts, "A Good Day for Lovin'" and the title number, find her and producer Willie Mitchell leaning toward disco while still leaving a taste of their classic-style Memphis groove in the mix, and if Howard Grimes' four-on-the-floor drumming dates these tracks a bit, Peebles still sings her tales of love both good and bad with the passion, force, and clarity that made her a legend. Still, Peebles sounds a bit more at home on "I'm So Thankful," a solid soul shot about a contented wife and mother (which she wrote herself and reflected her then-current status as a new mom), and the slow bluesy "You're Gonna Make Me Cry," and while this album is hardly a cookie-cutter disco throwaway, If This Is Heaven still has an air of compromise about it. While Peebles had no reason to be ashamed of her performances on this disc, it certainly doesn't capture her in her most comfortable surroundings.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/18/2009
Label:
Fat Possum Records
UPC:
0767981117621
catalogNumber:
1176
Rank:
203753

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Performance Credits

Ann Peebles   Primary Artist
Bill Easley   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
James Brown   Piano
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Bill Flores   Trombone
Howard Grimes   Bongos,Conga,Drums
Charles Hodges   Organ
Leroy Hodges   Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges   Guitar
Edgar Matthews   Trumpet
James Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Michael Toles   Guitar,Sitar
Archie Turner   Piano
Lannie McMIllian   Tenor Saxophone
Jackie Thomas   Trombone
Charles E. Jr. Hodges   Organ
James J. Mitchell   Baritone Saxophone
Bill Blores   Trombone

Technical Credits

Willie Mitchell   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Remixing
Aaron Nesbit   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ann Peebles   Composer
Earl Randle   Composer
Gene Anderson   Composer
Y. Mitchell   Composer
O.V. Vaughn   Composer
B. Jerrett   Composer
Paul Barnes   Composer
D. Bryant   Composer

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