If This Is Heaven

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/18/2009
  • Label: Fat Possum Records
  • UPC: 767981117621
  • Catalog Number: 1176
  • Sales rank: 279,884

Album Credits

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
Howard Craft Mastering
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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