Recorded in August of 1971 at Royal Recording Studios, Memphis, TN, with Willie Mitchell and issued in 1972, Straight From The Heart has certainly not mellowed with age. Her singing is sharp and soulful, and as the title suggests, comes right from the heart ("Slipped, Tripped And Fell In Love"). The beats are powerful, throbbing, young and fresh ("What You Laid On Me") or surging and groovy ("How Strong Is A Woman?").
The arrangements come across as sophisticated and well balanced, yet do not balk at harsh attacks from the winds nor from the use of Hammond and Hohner keyboards, which were so popular at that time. Melody, singers and big band are airy and finely interwoven ("Somebody's On Your Case"), while a fusion of soft swing and snappy acerbity ("I Pity The Fool") rounds off this album which is filled with pure raw emotion, heart and soul!