Curtis

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
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."
Downbeat - Aaron Cohen
The ambitious songs and arrangements on Curtis remain striking more than 30 years later.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227993221
  • Catalog Number: 79932
  • Sales rank: 38,490

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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