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The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records, Vol. 2

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ann Peebles was the biggest female star at the Memphis-based R&B label Hi Records though the 1970s, and in 1974 she scored her biggest chart hit with the brilliant and idiosyncratic single "I Can't Stand the Rain," which was an ideal match of Peebles' strong, emphatic voice and Willie Mitchell's hard-grooving production. Peebles cut three more albums for Hi following the success of "I Can't Stand the Rain," and they're included in their entirety on this two-CD set. While Peebles is in superb voice on all three albums, each one sounds a bit different, reflecting the shifting trends in R&B during the second half of the 1970s. Tellin' It, from 1975, is in the manner of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Ann Peebles was the biggest female star at the Memphis-based R&B label Hi Records though the 1970s, and in 1974 she scored her biggest chart hit with the brilliant and idiosyncratic single "I Can't Stand the Rain," which was an ideal match of Peebles' strong, emphatic voice and Willie Mitchell's hard-grooving production. Peebles cut three more albums for Hi following the success of "I Can't Stand the Rain," and they're included in their entirety on this two-CD set. While Peebles is in superb voice on all three albums, each one sounds a bit different, reflecting the shifting trends in R&B during the second half of the 1970s. Tellin' It, from 1975, is in the manner of Peebles' biggest hit, and features the Hi Rhythm Section grooving lean and hard behind a set of solid songs dominated by powerful dance rhythms. Two years later, disco had temporarily overcome nearly everything in pop music, and 1977's If This Is Heaven suggests an uneasy compromise between the spare Southern soul that was Peebles' hallmark and the more polished and less rhythmically interesting sounds that were dominating the charts; Peebles makes the best of the material, which is strong for the most part, but it's the slower change-of-pace numbers where she sounds most at home. And finally, 1979's The Handwriting Is on the Wall is a raucous soul session with Peebles speaking her mind about affairs of the heart, and while it was cut after the Hi Rhythm Section had parted ways, it's a righteous blast of soul-blues and Peebles sounds like she's having a great time. Bonus tracks from the sessions for all three albums are included most of which will please collectors without impressing anyone as lost masterworks, while disc two is rounded out with six non-LP tunes that appeared on singles after the release of The Handwriting Is on the Wall; only two were produced by Mitchell, and most are overly slick and hardly up to Peebles' talents. While the earlier set in this series is stronger overall, The Complete Ann Peebles on Hi Records, Vol. 2: 1974-1981 is still fine listening and shows that Peebles was a top talent no matter what her surroundings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2003
  • Label: Hi Records Uk
  • UPC: 740155205621
  • Catalog Number: 56
  • Sales rank: 381,332

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ann Peebles Primary Artist
Bill Easley Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Judy Rodman Background Vocals
James Brown Piano
Ben Cauley Trumpet
Sandra Chalmers Background Vocals
Gene Chrisman Drums
Lewis Collins Tenor Saxophone
Bill Flores Trombone
Howard Grimes Bongos, Conga, Drums
Jack Hale Trombone
Paul Hill Trumpet
Charles Hodges Organ, Piano
Leroy Hodges Bass
Mabon "Teenie" Hodges Guitar
Wayne Jackson Trumpet
Andrew Love Tenor Saxophone
Edgar Matthews Trumpet
James Mitchell Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
Aarion Nesbitt Percussion, Keyboards
Floyd Newman Flute, Baritone Saxophone
Darnell Smith Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Karen Taylor Background Vocals
Michael Toles Guitar, Sitar
Archie Turner Piano
Jackie Thomas Trombone
Rhodes Background Vocals
The Duncan Sisters Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Phyllis Hyman Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Carole Bayer Sager Composer
Barry Goldberg Composer
Willie Mitchell Composer, Producer, Engineer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Remixing
Don Bryant Composer
Andy Belling Arranger
George Jackson Composer
Homer Banks Composer, Producer
Don Baskin Composer
Chuck Brooks Composer, Producer
McKinley Jackson Arranger
Deadric Malone Composer
The Memphis Strings String Section
James Mitchell String Arrangements
Aarion Nesbitt Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Ann Peebles Composer
Joe Porter Producer
Chris Robinson Composer
Charles Turner Composer
Fred Hodges Composer
Earl Randle Composer
Raymond Settle Composer
Allen Orange Composer
Pat Barnes Composer
Raymond Moore Composer
Maxx Fortune Remixing
Doc Oliver Composer
Yvonne Mitchell Composer
Gene Anderson Composer
Curtis Wilkins Composer
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