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Keep on Keeping On. Studio Albums 1970-74 (2019 Remaster)

Curtis Mayfield

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A guitarist worshipped by Jimi Hendrix, an insanely good falsetto singer that even Prince looked up to, an author heavily involved in the American civil rights movement and a top-tier songwriter: Curtis Mayfield was a man of many talents. His groovy symphonies helped form solid links between funk, jazz, blues, soul and traditional gospel. After making his name with The Impressions in the 60s, he embarked on a solo career in 1970. This box set named Keep On Keeping On contains the singer’s first four studio albums, each remastered in Hi-Res 24-Bit quality: Curtis (1970), Roots (1971), Back to the World (1973) and Sweet Exorcist (1974). Here, the rhythm'n'blues enjoy a second life, supported by a wah-wah guitar, careful percussion and an always airy string section. Every topic concerned is a mini-tragedy, socially engaged, anchored in traditional gospel music. The masterful arranging of these albums (especially his masterpiece Curtis, and Roots) can be considered rivals to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. It is worth mentioning that this 1970-1974 box set does not include the soundtrack to Superfly, Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 film which contains the singles Pusherman and Freddie’s Dead. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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1
(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go [2019 Remaster] (Remastered)
00:07:51

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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
The Other Side of Town (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:04:02

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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
The Makings of You (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:06:03

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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
Move on Up (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:08:53

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Miss Black America (Remastered)
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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Wild and Free (Remastered)
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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

8
Give It Up (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:03:44

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, AssistantEngineer - 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

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1970 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

DISC 2

1
Get Down (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:49

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
Keep on Keeping On (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:11

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
Underground (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:20

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
We Got to Have Peace (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:04:47

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
Beautiful Brother of Mine (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:07:31

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Now You're Gone (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:06:55

Joseph Scott, Writer - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Love to Keep You in My Mind (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:03:50

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Henry Gibson, Percussion - Leroy Hutson, Backing Vocals - Lucky, Bass Guitar - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Michael Hawkins, Backing Vocals - Roger Anfinsen, MasteringEngineer - Tyrone McCullen, Drums - Craig McCullen, Guitar - John Pate, Arranger - Marv Heiman, Conductor

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1971 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

DISC 3

1
Back to the World (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:06:49

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
Future Shock (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:19

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
Right on for the Darkness (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:07:29

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
If I Were Only a Child Again (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:02:55

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
Can't Say Nothin' (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:17

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Keep on Trippin' (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:03:19

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Philip Upchurch, Writer - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man) [2019 Remaster] (Remastered)
00:05:02

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Roger Anfinsen, Engineer

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1973 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

DISC 4

1
Ain't Got Time (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:09

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

2
Sweet Exorcist (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:03:51

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

3
To Be Invisible (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:04:11

Richard Tufo, Arranger, Writer - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

4
Power to the People (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:03:25

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Gil Askey, Arranger

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

5
Kung Fu (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:06:10

Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Gil Askey, Arranger

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

6
Suffer (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:04:07

Donny Hathaway, Writer - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Gil Askey, Arranger

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

7
Make Me Believe In You (2019 Remaster) (Remastered)
00:05:34

Richard Tufo, Arranger - Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist

© 2019 Curtom Records for the U.S. and WEA International Inc. for the world outside the U.S. All Rights Reserved. ℗ 1974 Curtom Records 2019 Remastered Rhino Entertainment

Album review

A guitarist worshipped by Jimi Hendrix, an insanely good falsetto singer that even Prince looked up to, an author heavily involved in the American civil rights movement and a top-tier songwriter: Curtis Mayfield was a man of many talents. His groovy symphonies helped form solid links between funk, jazz, blues, soul and traditional gospel. After making his name with The Impressions in the 60s, he embarked on a solo career in 1970. This box set named Keep On Keeping On contains the singer’s first four studio albums, each remastered in Hi-Res 24-Bit quality: Curtis (1970), Roots (1971), Back to the World (1973) and Sweet Exorcist (1974). Here, the rhythm'n'blues enjoy a second life, supported by a wah-wah guitar, careful percussion and an always airy string section. Every topic concerned is a mini-tragedy, socially engaged, anchored in traditional gospel music. The masterful arranging of these albums (especially his masterpiece Curtis, and Roots) can be considered rivals to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. It is worth mentioning that this 1970-1974 box set does not include the soundtrack to Superfly, Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 film which contains the singles Pusherman and Freddie’s Dead. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz

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