Ann Peebles is probably best known for her song "I Can't Stand The Rain," which was a hit for her in 1974 reaching #6 on the US R&B chart and #38 on the pop charts. The song was covered twice in the 80's, by Tina Turner and Paul Young. "This Is Ann Peebles," her debut album, was released in 1969 on Hi Records. Peebles was just 22 when she recorded the album, but she comes across as a mature, assured singer rather than a young, first time artist. Many of the songs on this album are covers, with a number of Aretha Franklin tunes, but she gives a good account of herself on these, and holds her own on the smattering of originals, too. Peebles' style is raw and emotional R&B, with emphasis on the bluesy side, and this would be maintained through most of the 70's. With the emergence of disco in the late 70's, Peebles' career faded somewhat, but for 8 or 9 years after this debut came out her star shone bright. This album is available on CD, but with a different cover, hence this post.
Album info. on AllMusic.com:
Available with different cover on Amazon:
(amazon.com) This Is Ann Peebles
(amazon.ca) This Is Ann Peebles