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Curtis

Curtis Mayfield

Released on November 2, 2004 by Rhino

Main artist: Curtis Mayfield

Genre: R&B/Soul > Soul

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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. ~ Bruce Eder
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Album : 1 disk - 17 tracks Total length : 01:12:20

  1. 1 (Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Clifford Davis, Musicians - Phil Upchurch, Musicians - John Howell, Musicians - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Harold Klatz, Musicians - Lenny Druss, Musicians - Lorin Binford, Musicians - Master Henry Gibson, Musicians - Roger Anfinson, Engineer - Ron Kolber, Musicians Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  2. 2 The Other Side of Town

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  3. 3 The Makings of You

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records

  4. 4 We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  5. 5 Move on Up (Extended Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Classics Inc., a label of Warner Strategic Marketing

  6. 6 Miss Black America

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  7. 7 Wild and Free

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  8. 8 Give It Up

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  9. 9 Power to the People (Demo Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1974 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  10. 10 Underground (Demo Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1971 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  11. 11 Ghetto Child (Demo Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Johnny Pate, Arranger - Riley Hampton & Gary Slabo, Arranger - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1997 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  12. 12 Readings in Astrology (Demo Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, MainArtist - Riley Hampton & Gary Slabo, Arranger - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 2000 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  13. 13 Suffer (Demo Version)

    Donny Hathaway, Composer, Lyricist - Curtis Mayfield, Composer, Lyricist, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Riley Hampton, Arranger - Gary Slabo, Arranger - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1974 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  14. 14 Miss Black America (Demo Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, a label of Rhino Entertainment Company

  15. 15 The Makings of You (Backing Track, Take 32)

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 2000 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  16. 16 (Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go (Backing Track, Take 1 & 2)

    Curtis Mayfield, Writer, MainArtist Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 2000 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

  17. 17 (Don't Worry) If There Is a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go (Single Version)

    Curtis Mayfield, Producer, Writer, MainArtist - Tom Flye, Engineer - Danny Turbeville, Engineer - Roger Anfinson, Engineer Copyright : 2000 Warner Strategic Marketing 1970 Curtom Records, under exclusive license to Rhino Entertainment Company

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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. ~ Bruce Eder

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