As Serious as a Heart-Attack

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As Serious As A Heart-Attack
As Serious as a Heart-Attack (Melvin Van Peebles album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by Melvin Van Peebles
Released 1971
Recorded 1971
Genre Spoken word
Label A&M
Melvin Van Peebles chronology
Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death
As Serious As A Heart-Attack
What the....You Mean I Can't Sing?!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

As Serious As A Heart-Attack is an album by Melvin Van Peebles. The album's cover can be briefly glimpsed on the bathroom door in the 1973 film version of Van Peebles' musical Don't Play Us Cheap.

Track listing[edit]

Countryside 1[edit]

  1. Rufus & Ruby
  2. Mothers Prayer
  3. The Country Brother & The City Sister
  4. Chippin

Cityside 2[edit]

  1. Just Don't Make No Sense
  2. Dearmistuh
  3. Love, That's America
  4. I Remember
  5. My Pal Johnny



  • Rhetta Hughes-Guest Vocalist On Mother's Prayer
  • Doug Carn: Keyboards
  • John Boudreaux Jr.: Drums
  • Tom Scott/Al Hall, Jr. Horns
  • William Henderson: Strings
  • Background Voices: Clydie King, Venetta Fields, Rhetta Hughes, Jessica Smith


  • Robert Appere: Recording And Mix
  • Dick Burns: Mix
  • Produced And Conceived By Melvin Van Peebles
  • All Words And Music By Melvin Van Peebles
  • All Selections Published By Almo Music Corp./Yeah Inc., Ascap,
  • Except "Love Thats; America," Colgems Music, Ascap
  • Art Direction: Roland Young
  • Album Design: Chuck Beeson
  • Photography: Jim McCrary
  • A&M Records, Inc.