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
Producer Melvin Van Peebles
Melvin Van Peebles chronology
Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death
(1970)Ain't Supposed To Die a Natural Death1970
As Serious As A Heart-Attack
What the....You Mean I Can't Sing?!
(1974)What the....You Mean I Can't Sing?!1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

As Serious As A Heart-Attack is a 1971 spoken word album by Melvin Van Peebles. This is Van Peebles third studio record. 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]

All tracks composed by Melvin Van Peebles

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, Albert Hall, Jr. - Horns
  • William Henderson - Strings
  • Clydie King, Venetta Fields, Rhetta Hughes, Jessica Smith - backing vocals


  • Robert Appère: 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 That's, America," Colgems Music, Ascap
  • Art Direction: Roland Young
  • Album Design: Chuck Beeson
  • Photography: Jim McCrary
  • A&M Records, Inc.