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Curtis Mayfield's Chicago Soul

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Curtis Mayfield doesn't actually sing on any of the music heard here, but it's all material produced and, in many cases, written by him during his two years working at Columbia's revived OKeh Records label as a producer. The years 1963-65 directly preceded Mayfield's founding of his first label, Windy C, which was the predecessor to Curtom Records, and you can hear the roots of the Curtom sound throughout these sides. In one fell swoop, he developed a signature every bit as soulful as anything coming out of Motown Records, with acts like the Opals, Gene Chandler, Walter Jackson, Billy Butler & The Enchanters, and Major Lance. The roster represents a nexus in Mayfield's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Curtis Mayfield doesn't actually sing on any of the music heard here, but it's all material produced and, in many cases, written by him during his two years working at Columbia's revived OKeh Records label as a producer. The years 1963-65 directly preceded Mayfield's founding of his first label, Windy C, which was the predecessor to Curtom Records, and you can hear the roots of the Curtom sound throughout these sides. In one fell swoop, he developed a signature every bit as soulful as anything coming out of Motown Records, with acts like the Opals, Gene Chandler, Walter Jackson, Billy Butler & The Enchanters, and Major Lance. The roster represents a nexus in Mayfield's career, with a name or two that later ended up on Curtom and, by way of Billy Butler, brother of Mayfield's Impressions compatriot Jerry Butler, and if you close your eyes, the Opals sound a lot like the Jones Girls. The music is very smooth and elegant, including the harder sounds, which reveal even greater intricacy of construction than the creations of the Motown label during this same era. Fans of Mayfield's own music with the Impressions or from his solo career will love this CD as a valid extension of his legacy, and casual listeners will also find a great deal to embrace on this disc -- one only wishes there were some full-length LPs associated with his period at OKeh.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/1995
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646477021
  • Catalog Number: 64770

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Can't Hurt Me No More - Opal (2:43)
  2. 2 What Would You Do - Walter Jackson (2:36)
  3. 3 I'm the One Who Loves You - Major Lance (2:06)
  4. 4 I Can't Work No Longer - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:25)
  5. 5 (Gonna Be) Good Times - Gene Chandler (2:20)
  6. 6 The Monkey Time - Major Lance (2:46)
  7. 7 Patty Cake - The Artistics (2:04)
  8. 8 (I've Got a Feeling) You're Gonna Be Sorry - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:19)
  9. 9 Think Nothing About It - Major Lance (2:14)
  10. 10 Nertheless (I Love You) - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:04)
  11. 11 It's All Over - Walter Jackson (2:57)
  12. 12 Found True Love - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:31)
  13. 13 You'll Want Me Back - Major Lance (2:39)
  14. 14 That's What Mama Say - Walter Jackson (2:21)
  15. 15 Gotta Get Away - Billy Butler & the Enchanters (2:15)
  16. 16 Funny (Not Much) - Walter Jackson (4:09)
  17. 17 You're Gonna Be Sorry - The Opals (2:24)
  18. 18 Gonna Get Married - Major Lance (2:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Mayfield Primary Artist
Gene Chandler Track Performer
Walter Jackson Track Performer
Major Lance Track Performer
Opal Track Performer
The Artistics Track Performer
The Opals Track Performer
Billy Butler & the Enchanters Track Performer
Technical Credits
Curtis Mayfield Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Johnny Pate Arranger
Tony Sellari Art Direction
Carl Davis Producer
I. Reid Composer
Gerald Elias Composer
M. Smith Composer
Ira Kosloff Composer
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