Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ann Peebles - The Essential Ann Peebles

  

If you like your soul music punchy and horn-driven in the Al Green/Stax style then you won't go too far wrong with compilation from a most underrated singer of the early to mid 1970s. Ann's only minor hit came with the much-covered "I Can't Stand The Rain". Her version in its stark, almost desolate production, is the definitive one.

Much of the material is from the Millie Jackson/Betty Wright school of female angst over cheating no good men. Tracks like the "Blaxploitation" hit, "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down" and the bitter "I Feel Like Breaking Somebody's Home" certainly live up to that billing. Similarly The Memphis-y “I Don't Lend My Man", "I Pity The Fool" and "I Needed Somebody" all see a heartbroken, wronged woman railing against her man and other predatory women against a funky, dirty musical backdrop. Horns and wah-wah guitar. No lush strings here. “I Didn’t Take Your Man” doesn’t need much explaining either. Neither does “Trouble, Heartache & Sadness”.

Classic 70s gutsy, dirty soul. The sound quality is excellent too. Just listen to the pounding, horn-driven southern funk on “Somebody’s On Your Case” or “Run Run Run”, with its strangely Native American-sounding horn riff.

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