Tuesday, April 3, 2012

YEAR: 1974
TRACK LISTING: I Can't Stand the Rain, Do I Need You, Until You Came Into My Life, (You Keep Me) Hanging On, Run Run Run, If We Can't Trust Each Other, A Love Vibration, You Got To Feed the Fire, I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, One Way Street
IMPRESSIONS: As allmusic.com's Steve Leggett so aptly put it, Ann Peebles "...sings like a resilient but disappointed angel on this set of songs about the darker side of love." The sounds is pure Hi Records with the renowned Hi Rhythm Section providing a laid back but funky bed for Peeble's sultry vocals. There's a very good reason why this sounds like an Al Green album; it was produced by Al Green's Svengali Willie Mitchell. A hot slice of 70's soul! This is the perfect record to put on towards the end of a late night party.
MY FAVOURITE TRACKS: All of 'em . . . hey, there's only ten.
FACT SHEET: I CAN'T STAND THE RAIN is Ann Peebles' fourth album. Peebles was discovered by Hi Records' Gene "Bowlegs" Miller: a bandleader who often helped artists including the Hi Rhythm Section get their start. Peebles began singing and co-writing hits with Hi Records staff songwriter Don Bryant; the couple married in 1974. The album was produced by Willie Mitchell.

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