A Tribute to Curtis Mayfield [Warner Bros.]

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
A fabulous assortment of artists from different areas of the rock genre give a glorifying tribute to Curtis Mayfield in a sparkling 17-song package. Stevie Winwood does a partying rendition of "It's All Right"; a version of "Let's Do It Again" is performed by Mayfield and the Repercussions that mimics the Staple Singers' original; Mayfield does Roebuck "Pops" Staples' parts. Bruce Springsteen tackles an early Impressions classic, "Gypsy Woman," and makes the mystical song even more eerie. The number of producers equals the artists on this fine production, so the sound changes from track to track. Rocker Lenny Kravitz does "Billy Jack" in a surprising Mayfield-like ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
A fabulous assortment of artists from different areas of the rock genre give a glorifying tribute to Curtis Mayfield in a sparkling 17-song package. Stevie Winwood does a partying rendition of "It's All Right"; a version of "Let's Do It Again" is performed by Mayfield and the Repercussions that mimics the Staple Singers' original; Mayfield does Roebuck "Pops" Staples' parts. Bruce Springsteen tackles an early Impressions classic, "Gypsy Woman," and makes the mystical song even more eerie. The number of producers equals the artists on this fine production, so the sound changes from track to track. Rocker Lenny Kravitz does "Billy Jack" in a surprising Mayfield-like falsetto. Phil Collins' dead-slow reading of "I've Been Trying" is a subdued dandy. The album's two best performances are pulled off by the Isley Brothers "I'm So Proud" and Tevin Campbell "Keep On Pushing". Ron Isley outdoes himself on Mayfield's pretty classic redefining soul with his emotive phrasings, and Campbell's taking-you-to-church performance of "Keep On Pushing" could inspire the homeless; the cut will make you a Campbell fan if you're not already. The revised Impressions do a remake of their own "I'm a Fool for You" accompanied by Branford Marsalis' jazzy riffs. For blues lovers, B.B. King rocks the house with an up-tempo, jumping "Woman's Got Soul." Stevie Wonder sings an old, obscure Impressions recording, "I'm the One Who Loves You," in the sassy style he exhibited when he was Little Stevie Wonder. Eric Clapton does a rousing version of "You Must Believe Me."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/1994
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 093624550020
  • Catalog Number: 45500
  • Sales rank: 102,471

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Choice of Colors (3:53)
  2. 2 It's All Right! (4:21)
  3. 3 Let's Do It Again - Repercussions (4:56)
  4. 4 Billy Jack (6:18)
  5. 5 Look into Your Heart (3:55)
  6. 6 Gypsy Woman (3:34)
  7. 7 You Must Believe Me (4:29)
  8. 8 I'm So Proud (4:58)
  9. 9 Fool for You (3:45)
  10. 10 Keep on Pushin' (3:22)
  11. 11 The Makings of You (4:27)
  12. 12 Woman's Got Soul (3:49)
  13. 13 People Get Ready - Rod Stewart (5:02)
  14. 14 (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go (5:10)
  15. 15 I've Been Trying (5:02)
  16. 16 I'm the One Who Loves You (3:59)
  17. 17 Amen - Elton John (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sounds of Blackness Background Vocals, Track Performer
Jim Capaldi Drums, Background Vocals
Phil Collins Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Johnny Gill Background Vocals
Whitney Houston Vocals, Track Performer
The Impressions Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Ernie Isley Electric Guitar
Elton John Vocals, Track Performer
Gladys Knight Track Performer
Lenny Kravitz Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Track Performer
Curtis Mayfield Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Bruce Springsteen Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Rod Stewart Banjo, Vocals, Track Performer
Steve Winwood Track Performer
Ron Wood Guitar
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Jeremy Lubbock Conductor
David Mann Tenor Saxophone
Joe Sample Piano
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Jeff Golub Guitar
Sal Marquez Trumpet
Tevin Campbell Vocals, Track Performer
Arthur Adams Guitar
Nile Rodgers Guitar
Sweet Pea Atkinson Background Vocals
Dave Bargeron Trombone
Alvino Bennett Drums
Louis Biancaniello Drums, Synthesizer Strings
Vernon "Ice" Black Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, wah wah guitar
Sir Harry Bowens Background Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Stef Burns Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Reggie Burrell Background Vocals
Barry Campbell Bass Guitar
Mike Carabello Percussion
Emilio Castillo Tenor Saxophone
Eric Clapton Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
John Clay Background Vocals
Jim Cregan Guitar
Terence Trent D'Arby Background Vocals
Myron Dove Electric Bass, Fuzz Bass
Voncielle Faggett Background Vocals
Anton Fig Drums
Matt Finders Trombone
Paul Griffin Organ, Piano, Clavinet
Sandy Griffith Background Vocals
Richard Hilton Keyboards
Henry Hirsch Mellotron
Dann Huff Guitar
Skyler Jett Background Vocals
B.B. King Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Robbie Kondor Keyboards
Stephen "Doc" Kupka Baritone Saxophone
Will Lee Bass
Tony Lindsay Background Vocals
Melecio Magdaluyo Saxophone
Tony Maiden Guitar
Mike Mani Keyboards
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Joe Mardin Synthesizer, Percussion
Lou Marini Flute, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jonathan Maron Bass Guitar
Jerry McPherson Guitar
Narada Michael Walden Drums, Tambourine, Vocals, Track Performer
Gene Orloff Concert Master
Phil Parlapiano Mandolin, Accordion
Darryl Phinnessee Background Vocals
John Powe Background Vocals
L.A. Reid Percussion, Drums
Tony Rich Keyboards
Claytoven Richardson Background Vocals
Carmine Rojas Bass Guitar
Craig Ross Electric Guitar
Kevin Savigar Organ, Piano, Accordion
Jackie Simley Background Vocals
Tommy Sims Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Genji Siraisi Drums
Andy Snitzer Alto Saxophone
David Spinozza Guitar
Rev. Ron Stallings Saxophone
Wayne Wallace Trombone
Martin Wehner Trombone
Fred White Background Vocals
Nicole Willis Vocals, Background Vocals
Angela Winbush Synthesizer, Keyboards
Stevie Wonder Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Track Performer
Repercussions Track Performer
Arnold McCuller Background Vocals
Don Teschner Guitar, Mandolin, Violin
Daniel Wyatt Conga
Scott Barkham fender rhodes
Gordon "Nappy G" Clay Percussion, Bongos, Timbales
Andy Faranda Guitar
Gary Hines Choir Master
Demetrius Peete Background Vocals
Robbie Kwock Trumpet
Kenny Greene Background Vocals
Buddy Wike Background Vocals
Greg Adams Trumpet
Freddie "Ready Freddie" Washington Bass
Dorian Holly Background Vocals
Dooney Jones Background Vocals
Louis Fastman Trumpet
Shawn Powe Background Vocals
Annie Stovking Background Vocals
Lee Thorberg Trumpet
Frank Martin Keyboards
Technical Credits
Phil Collins Producer
Gladys Knight Producer, Executive Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Lenny Kravitz Producer
Bruce Springsteen Producer
Steve Winwood Producer
Jeremy Lubbock Contributor
Carlos Franzetti Contributor
Jeff Lorber Programming
Danny Duncan MIDI Programming
Nile Rodgers Producer
Jerry Jordan Engineer
Conley Abrams Engineer
Louis Biancaniello Programming
Mike Dolan Engineer
John Frye Engineer
Attala Zane Giles Producer, rhythm arrangement
Carlos Glover Engineer
Richard Hilton Programming
Henry Hirsch Engineer
Ronald Isley Arranger, Producer
Gary Katz Producer
Daren Klein Engineer
Patrick Leonard Producer
Stewart Levine Producer
Gregg Mann Producer
Branford Marsalis Producer
Arif Mardin Arranger, Producer
Narada Michael Walden Arranger, Producer
Jimmy C. Newman Executive Producer
Michael O'Reilly Engineer
Michael Ostin Executive Producer
Derrick Perkins Programming
L.A. Reid Producer
Marc Reyburn Engineer
Tony Rich Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Elliot Scheiner Engineer
Toby Scott Engineer
Tommy Sims Producer, drum programming
Genji Siraisi Producer
Patrick Smith Engineer
Gary Tole Engineer
Tony Volante Engineer
Angela Winbush Arranger, Producer, drum programming
Stevie Wonder Arranger, Producer
Jim "Z" Zumpano Engineer
Bert de Coteaux Horn Arrangements
Repercussions Producer
Paul Gomersall Engineer
Daniel Wyatt Producer
Ron Weisner Executive Producer
David Frazer Engineer
Greg Adams Horn Arrangements
Van Arden Engineer
Linda Cobb Art Direction
Andrew T. Brown Engineer
Jeff Taylor Engineer
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