Ann Peebles

The Essential Ann Peebles

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In 2013 and 2014, Fat Possum reissued five of the seven albums Ann Peebles recorded for Hi. In 2015, the label continued their handling of the singer's catalog with The Essential Ann Peebles, a 40-track overview that covers all seven Hi albums, from This Is Ann Peebles (1969) through The Handwriting Is on the Wall (1978). With only two inconsequential exceptions, this contains all of Peebles' charting R&B singles, including the Top Ten hits "Part Time Love" and "I Can't Stand the Rain," as well as other Southern soul standouts like "I Pity the Fool," "Breaking Up Somebody's Home," and the should-have-been-bigger "Beware." This is the next best thing to obtaining all the albums. It goes deeper than a standard overview and does so with smart selections.

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