A classic album that deserves to be in everybodys record collection, one of my favorite albums rather THEE favorite album by Ann Peebles. Produced by the Legendary Willie Mitchell who produced the early 70's records of Al Green contains the same production formula of AL Green's classic albums. I CANT STAND THE RAIN dropped in 1974 on Hi Records This album have lush soulful production that goes from Soul to R&B, Funk with a little sunday morning gospel feel to it, the lyrics on this album give you the feel of a ol beatdown juke joint on a dirt road where the stories of heartbreak, love and MEN trouble are being told by older women to the younger generation. This one of those albums that you play during the evening of those summernights and watch the older heads go back in times and share their stories.
IF you never heard this jewel all the songs on this album is posted with you tube video's in order as the LP
This wonderful album, originally released in 1974 on the Memphis-based Hi Records label, deserved a wider audience than it ended up getting at the time. It played to Ann Peebles' great strength, her poised and sultry voice, and surrounded by the sparse, easy funkiness of the trademark Hi rhythm section and producer Willie Mitchell's perfect use of horns and strings, she sings like a resilient but disappointed angel on this impressive set of songs about the darker side of love. Her best song is here, the eccentric but brilliant "I Can't Stand the Rain," along with a marvelous version of Joe Simon's "(You Keep Me) Hangin' On," and perfect readings of a pair of Earl Randle songs, "If We Can't Trust Each Other" and "I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down." Peebles sings her heart out, and with those somehow bright-sounding Hi grooves behind her, it all comes together to make a classic album of dark, bouncy, and beautiful Southern soul. By Steve Leggett
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