Curtis

Curtis

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by 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 hadSee more details below

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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 out 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 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. In the fall of 2000, Rhino Records reissued Curtis with upgraded sound and nine bonus tracks that extended its running time to over 70 minutes. All but one are demos, including "Miss Black America" and "The Making of You," but mostly consist of tracks that he completed for subsequent albums; they're fascinating to hear, representing very different, much more jagged and stripped-down sounds. The upgraded CD concludes with the single version of "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go."

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Editorial Reviews

Downbeat - Aaron Cohen
The ambitious songs and arrangements on Curtis remain striking more than 30 years later.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227993221
catalogNumber:
79932
Rank:
45285

Tracks

  1. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go  - Curtis Mayfield
  2. The Other Side of Town  - Curtis Mayfield
  3. The Makings of You  - Curtis Mayfield
  4. We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue  - Curtis Mayfield
  5. Move on Up  - Curtis Mayfield
  6. Miss Black America  - Curtis Mayfield
  7. Wild and Free  - Curtis Mayfield
  8. Give It Up  - Curtis Mayfield
  9. Power to the People  - Curtis Mayfield
  10. Underground  - Curtis Mayfield
  11. Ghetto Child  - Curtis Mayfield
  12. Readings in Astrology  - Curtis Mayfield
  13. Suffer  - Curtis Mayfield
  14. Miss Black America  - Curtis Mayfield
  15. The Makings of You  - Curtis Mayfield
  16. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go [Backi  - Curtis Mayfield
  17. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go [Edite  - Curtis Mayfield

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Primary Artist,Vocals
Master Henry Gibson   Musician
Phil Upchurch   Musician
Lorin Binford   Musician
Clifford Davis   Musician
Lenny Druss   Musician
John Howell   Musician
Harold Klatz   Musician
Ron Kolber   Musician
Robert Lewis   Musician
Don Simmons   Drums
Robert Sims   Musician
Pat Ferreri   Musician
Gary Slabo   Musician
Rudolph Stauber   Musician
Richard Single   Musician

Technical Credits

Donny Hathaway   Composer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer,Producer
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
Tom Flye   Engineer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
Bill Inglot   Producer
David Nathan   Liner Notes
John Ross   Contributor
Sol Bobrob   Contributor
Gary Slabo   Arranger
Daniel Goldmark   Editorial Research
Michael Wesley Johnson   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Elliott Golub   Contributor
Daniel Hersch   Remastering

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