Ann Peebles, who after Al Green was the biggest star in the Hi Records firmament, had a voice with a bite. Yet this awesome soulstress never forgot to couple that bite with sultry sophistication, always riding lean Memphis charts with class and never overpowering her backings. Sure Peebles sounded sexy, but her '70s recordings brought deep emotions to the surface for listeners to share. Peebles deserved bigger sales than she achieved, but she had many minor R&B hits during the Pet Rock and Ungame decade, the best of which may well be "I Can't Stand the Rain." Much of her best work is blessedly available in this digital age, and her recent recordings are well worth hearing.
Ann Peebles Concert Films
I Can't Stand the Rain
Runtime: 46 minThis performance was recorded at Belgium's renowned Lokerse Feesten in 1996. As well as the classic 'I Can't Stand The Rain', the concert includes an awesome version of the autobiographical 'St. Louis Woman (With A Memphis Melody)'. She is best known for her inspirational recording of 'I Can't Stand The Rain', a 1974 classic which no less an icon than John Lennon described as "the greatest single ever." That clearly puts Ann Peebles right up there with soul divas like Aretha Franklin and Gladys Knight, and while the amount of her recorded work doesn't match up to theirs, it's hardly quantity that we're counting. This is all about quality and Ann Peebles has that aplenty.
Ann Peebles Top Tracks
Live at Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 42 minIsaac Hayes is one of the most influential and respected figures in Black American music. In a career that dates back to the start of the sixties he has had top selling singles, released ground breaking albums, composed the Grammy and Oscar winning film score for "Shaft", supplied the voice of Chef in "South Park" and written innumerable hit songs for other artists. Isaac Hayes has made several appearances at Montreux but this one, his most recent appearance from 2005, undoubtedly captures him at his very best with trademark performances of all his best-known tracks.
Runtime: 1 hr 16 minStill Bill is an intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers, best known for his classics "Ain't No Sunshine," "Lean On Me," "Lovely Day," "Grandma's Hands," and "Just the Two of Us." With his soulful delivery and warm, heartfelt sincerity, Withers has written the songs that continue to resonate deeply within the fabric of our times. Filmmakers Damani Baker and Alex Vlack follow Withers and offer a unique and rare look inside the world of this fascinating man. Through concert footage, journeys to his birthplace and interviews with music and sports legends, his family and closest friends, STILL BILL presents the story of an artist who has written some of the most beloved songs of our time and who truly understands the heart and soul of a man.
Live at Montreux 2006
Runtime: 1 hr 56 minSoul legend Solomon Burke delivers a twenty-song set in Montreux. He delivers renditions of such classics as "Georgia On My Mind," and "I Will Survive,", and he performs a number of medleys that include such recognizable standards as "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay," and "Tutti Frutti."
Live at the Main Square Festival
Runtime: 59 minOn July 7th, 2013, Charles Bradley and his six-piece funk band took on the Main Square Festival in Arras, France. And they delivered some downright authentic smooth American soul music. At 65 years old, Bradley brings his soulful passionate sound with such raw electric energy. He released his second full-length album Victim Of Love on Daptone Records last year.