Curtis Mayfield Back To The World

Back To The World

Curtis Mayfield

Released on February 8, 2005 by Rhino

Main artist: Curtis Mayfield

Genre: R&B/Soul > Soul

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Back to the World, the first album Curtis Mayfield recorded and released after hitting number one with the intense inner-city vignette Superfly, returned him to a steady balance of optimism for the future and direct social commentary regarding the problems of his people. The lead single, "Future Shock," was inspired by Alvin Toffler's 1970 book of the same name, which warned readers that industrial society was changing so radically that environmental and social problems could be endemic for decades. The track tapped into the same grooves and brass heard on Superfly (perhaps overly so), but said more about the world around ("We got to stop all men, from messing up the land/When won't we understand, this is our last and only chance?"). The title track was very upbeat and positive, as were the refreshing "If I Were Only a Child Again" and "Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)." With no hit singles to even approach the three high performers from Superfly, though, Back to the World was a distinct disappointment; the music wasn't as powerful as fans were expecting, and though the songs were up to Mayfield's usual high standards, there were many similarities (musically and thematically) to material from each of his proper solo albums. ~ John Bush
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Album : 1 disk - 7 tracks Total length : 00:36:02

  1. 1 Back to the World

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  2. 2 Future Shock

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Rich Tufo, Arranger Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  3. 3 Right on for the Darkness

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  4. 4 Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  5. 5 If I Were a Child Again

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Rich Tufo, Arranger Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  6. 6 Can't Say Nothin'

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist - Rich Tufo, Arranger Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  7. 7 Keep on Trippin'

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist - Philip Upchurch, Writer Copyright : 2004 Warner Strategic Marketing 1973 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

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  • Back to the World, the first album Curtis Mayfield recorded and released after hitting number one with the intense inner-city vignette Superfly, returned him to a steady balance of optimism for the future and direct social commentary regarding the problems of his people. The lead single, "Future Shock," was inspired by Alvin Toffler's 1970 book of the same name, which warned readers that industrial society was changing so radically that environmental and social problems could be endemic for decades. The track tapped into the same grooves and brass heard on Superfly (perhaps overly so), but said more about the world around ("We got to stop all men, from messing up the land/When won't we understand, this is our last and only chance?"). The title track was very upbeat and positive, as were the refreshing "If I Were Only a Child Again" and "Future Song (Love a Good Woman, Love a Good Man)." With no hit singles to even approach the three high performers from Superfly, though, Back to the World was a distinct disappointment; the music wasn't as powerful as fans were expecting, and though the songs were up to Mayfield's usual high standards, there were many similarities (musically and thematically) to material from each of his proper solo albums. ~ John Bush

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