Got Soul: 1960-1973

Got Soul: 1960-1973

by Curtis Mayfield
     
 

Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler were briefly close collaborators before separating and establishing separate careers as solo superstars. This 28-track, 77-minute CD makes the most of that association by collecting the best 1960s and early-'70s tracks by Butler, the Impressions, and Mayfield (the solo artist) in one place. It seemsSee more details below

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Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler were briefly close collaborators before separating and establishing separate careers as solo superstars. This 28-track, 77-minute CD makes the most of that association by collecting the best 1960s and early-'70s tracks by Butler, the Impressions, and Mayfield (the solo artist) in one place. It seems petulant to complain about such a good-value, single-disc CD that compiles so much good music together, but more mileage is stretched out of the concept than is really justified. Butler and Mayfield's partnership, after all, was brief, and represented here by only the first three tracks ("He Will Break Your Heart," "Find Another Girl," and "I'm a Telling You," 1960-61 hits that the pair co-wrote). Of course there were more similarities between the two's subsequent work than there were between, say, James Brown and Smokey Robinson's prime recordings, but there were differences too. Any listener who wants to dig specifically into Mayfield and/or Butler's work should start with the single-artist retrospectives for each of those artists. That griping out of the way, for less fussy listeners who just want a lot of classic soul with similar roots in one place, this has a lot of fine music. Most of these songs were among Butler/the Impressions/Mayfield's biggest hits of the era, including Butler's "Make It Easy on Yourself," "Never Give You Up," "Giving Up on Love," "Hey, Western Union Man," "We're a Winner," and "Only the Strong Survive"; the Impressions' "Gypsy Woman," "It's All Right," "Keep on Pushing," and "People Get Ready"; and Mayfield's "Freddie's Dead," "Superfly," and "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go." Lower-charting goodies and B-sides aren't entirely neglected either, some of the best of those including Butler's cover of Randy Newman's "I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore," and the Impressions' "I've Been Trying."

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/13/2001
Label:
Raven [australia]
UPC:
0612657012529
catalogNumber:
125
Rank:
169053

Tracks

  1. He Will Break Your Heart  - Jerry Butler
  2. Find Another Girl  - Jerry Butler
  3. I'm Telling You  - Jerry Butler
  4. Gypsy Woman  -  Impressions
  5. Woman's Got Soul  -  Impressions
  6. Make It Easy on Yourself  - Jerry Butler
  7. I'm the One Who Loves You  -  Impressions
  8. It's All Right  -  Impressions
  9. Need to Belong  - Jerry Butler
  10. I've Been Trying  -  Impressions
  11. Keep on Pushing  -  Impressions
  12. You Must Believe Me  -  Impressions
  13. Talking About My Baby  -  Impressions
  14. Giving Up on Love  - Jerry Butler
  15. I Don't Want to Hear It Anymore  - Jerry Butler
  16. People Get Ready  -  Impressions
  17. Never Give You Up  - Jerry Butler
  18. We're a Winner  -  Impressions
  19. Hey, Western Union Man  - Jerry Butler
  20. Only the Strong Survive  - Jerry Butler
  21. Check Out Your Mind  -  Impressions
  22. What's the Use of Breaking Up?  - Jerry Butler
  23. Move on Up
  24. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go
  25. Beautiful Brother of Mine
  26. Freddie's Dead
  27. Superfly
  28. Future Shock

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