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Curtis Mayfield

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The first solo album by the former leader of the Impressions, Curtis represented a musical apotheosis for Curtis Mayfield -- indeed, it was practically the "Sgt. Pepper's" album of '70s soul, helping with its content and its success to open the whole genre to much bigger, richer musical canvases than artists had previously worked with. All of Mayfield's years of experience of life, music, and people were pulled together into a rich, powerful, topical musical statement that reflected not only the most up-to-date soul sounds of its period, finely produced by Mayfield himself, and the immediacy of the times and their political and social concerns, but also embraced the most elegant R&B sounds of the past. As a producer, Mayfield embraced the most progressive soul sounds of the era, stretching them out compellingly on numbers like "Move on Up," but he also drew on orchestral sounds (especially harps), to achieve some striking musical timbres (check out "Wild and Free"), and wove all of these influences, plus the topical nature of the songs, into a neat, amazingly lean whole. There was only one hit single off of this record, "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Down Below We're All Going to Go," which made number three, but the album as a whole was a single entity and really had to be heard that way.
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1
(Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go
00:07:50

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

2
The Other Side of Town
00:04:01

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

3
The Makings of You
00:03:43

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records

4
We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue
00:06:05

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

5
Move on Up Extended Version
00:08:53

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Classics Inc., a label of Warner Strategic Marketing

6
Miss Black America
00:02:58

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

7
Wild and Free
00:03:16

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

8
Give It Up
00:03:49

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

9
Power to the People Demo Version
00:02:47

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Gil Askey, Arranger - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1974 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

10
Underground Demo Version
00:03:11

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1971 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

11
Ghetto Child Demo Version
00:05:09

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1997 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

12
Readings in Astrology Demo Version
00:03:30

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2000 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

13
Suffer Demo Version
00:02:30

Donny Hathaway, Writer - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Gil Askey, Arranger - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1974 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

14
Miss Black America Demo Version
00:02:22

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

15
The Makings of You Backing Track, Take 32
00:04:33

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2000 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

16
(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go Backing Track, Take 1 & 2
00:04:17

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 2000 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

17
(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go Single Version
00:03:26

Robert Lewis, Horn - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Saxophone - Phil Upchurch, Guitar - JOHN ROSS, Keyboards - John Howell, Trumpet - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger, Instruments - Tom Flye, Engineer - Harold Dessent, Woodwinds - Robert Sims, Drums, Percussion - Danny Turbeville, Assistant Engineer - Harold Klatz, Viola - Lorin Binford, Trombone - Master Henry Gibson, Percussion - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Baritone Saxophone - Donald Simmons, Drums - Patrick Ferreri, Guitar - Elloit Golub, Violin - Harold Lepp, Instruments - Leonard Druss, Saxophone - Richard Single, Instruments - Rudolph Stauber, Trumpet - Sam Heiman, Instruments - Sol Bobrob, Violin

© 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing ℗ 1970 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

Album Description

The first solo album by the former leader of the Impressions, Curtis represented a musical apotheosis for Curtis Mayfield -- indeed, it was practically the "Sgt. Pepper's" album of '70s soul, helping with its content and its success to open the whole genre to much bigger, richer musical canvases than artists had previously worked with. All of Mayfield's years of experience of life, music, and people were pulled together into a rich, powerful, topical musical statement that reflected not only the most up-to-date soul sounds of its period, finely produced by Mayfield himself, and the immediacy of the times and their political and social concerns, but also embraced the most elegant R&B sounds of the past. As a producer, Mayfield embraced the most progressive soul sounds of the era, stretching them out compellingly on numbers like "Move on Up," but he also drew on orchestral sounds (especially harps), to achieve some striking musical timbres (check out "Wild and Free"), and wove all of these influences, plus the topical nature of the songs, into a neat, amazingly lean whole. There was only one hit single off of this record, "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Down Below We're All Going to Go," which made number three, but the album as a whole was a single entity and really had to be heard that way.
© Bruce Eder /TiVo

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