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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The focus of this three-CD, 51-song production is on Curtis Mayfield's solo work; much of the first disc is devoted to his most popular work with the Impressions, but the remainder of the compilation surveys his solo output from 1970 to 1990. The Impressions tracks are uniformly excellent, but the Mayfield-only cuts are more problematic. The best of these -- the Superfly highlights, of course, and early-'70s singles like "Don't Worry If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" and "Beautiful Brother of Mine" -- are as good as anything he ever did. But even in the early '70s, he was erratic. Some of the post-Superfly stuff is OK; this period takes up half of disc ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
The focus of this three-CD, 51-song production is on Curtis Mayfield's solo work; much of the first disc is devoted to his most popular work with the Impressions, but the remainder of the compilation surveys his solo output from 1970 to 1990. The Impressions tracks are uniformly excellent, but the Mayfield-only cuts are more problematic. The best of these -- the Superfly highlights, of course, and early-'70s singles like "Don't Worry If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" and "Beautiful Brother of Mine" -- are as good as anything he ever did. But even in the early '70s, he was erratic. Some of the post-Superfly stuff is OK; this period takes up half of disc two and all of disc three. Mayfield never lost his vocal abilities or his production skills; after the late '70s his material got into dance music and romantic urban contemporary. For a Mayfield retrospective, most will be better off with MCA's two-disc Anthology 1961-1977, which goes into the Impressions period with much greater depth and includes the cream of his '70s solo recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/1996
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227226220
  • Catalog Number: 72262

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Curtis Mayfield Primary Artist, Guitar, Horn, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Master Henry Gibson Percussion
Calvin Bridges Background Vocals
The Impressions Track Performer
The Jones Girls Background Vocals
Ross Traut Guitar
Phil Upchurch Guitar
Mystique Background Vocals
Bunny Sigler Keyboards
Tony Brown Guitar
Michael Sembello Guitar
Leroy Hutson Background Vocals
Michael Brown Keyboards
Buzz Amato Keyboards
Gil Askey Horn
Sol Bobrov Strings
Dennis Belfield Bass
Peter Bertolino Strings
Lorin Binford Horn
Frank Borgognone Strings
Keni Burke Bass
Tony Carpenter Percussion
Fred Cash Vocals
Liz Cifani Strings
Dale Clevenger Horn
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Eugene Lambchops Curry Keyboards
Clifford Davis Horn
Bobby Eli Guitar
Mikki Farrow Background Vocals
Tom Ferrone Guitar
Johnny Frigo Strings
Karl B. Fruh Strings
Dean Gant Keyboards
Adrian Gola Strings
Bruce Gray Keyboards
William Green Keyboards
Donnelle Hagan Drums
Harry Hagan Horn
Norman Harris Guitar
Michael Hawkins Background Vocals
Kitty Haywood Background Vocals
Vivian Haywood Background Vocals
Paul Howard Horn
John Howell Horn
Arthur Hoyle Horn
Morris Jennings Drums
Quinton Joseph Drums
Carlton "Cotton" Kent Keyboards
Harold Klatz Strings
Ron Kolber Horn
Robert Lewis Horn
Ricki Linton Background Vocals
Robert Lustrea Horn
Tracy Mayfield Bass
Craig McMullen Guitar
Floyd Morris Keyboards
Roger Moulton Strings
Bill Porter Horn
Lonnie Reaves Keyboards
Arnie Roth Strings
Julia Tillman Waters Background Vocals
Lebron Scott Bass
Don Simmons Drums
Robert Sims Drums
Fred Spector Strings
Luis Stenfanell Percussion
Wendell Stewart Drums
Alfonzo Surrett Background Vocals
Fred Tackett Guitar
Chester Thompson Keyboards
Tim Tobias Keyboards
Efrain Toro Percussion
Ron Tyson Background Vocals
Carlos Vega Drums
Larry Washington Percussion
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Luther Waters Background Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Fred Wesley Horn
Earl Young Drums
Pat Ferreri Guitar
David Loeb Keyboards
Hank Ford Horn
William Puett Horn
Michael Ingram Percussion
Sonny Burke Keyboards
David Arenz Strings
Preston Wilcox Drums
John Ross Keyboards
Todd Mayfield Background Vocals
Gary Slavo Horn
Bruce Grailisch Guitar
Frances Jeffrey Strings
Christopher Rex Strings
Bill Schoen Strings
Rudolph Stauber Horn
True Saints Background Vocals
Rich Turfo Keyboards
Sonny Seals Horn
Dino Fakaris Background Vocals
Alice Sanderson Background Vocals
Ann Haywood Background Vocals
Angela King Background Vocals
James Walker Bass
Len Chausow Strings
Jimmy Williams Bass
Alejo Percussion
Tyrone McCullen Drums
Elliott Golub Strings
Gary Ray Thompson Guitar
Technical Credits
Hound Dog Taylor Composer
Ray Charles Composer
Gene Clark Composer
Donny Hathaway Arranger
Curtis Mayfield Arranger, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Gene Page Arranger
Bunny Sigler Producer
Roger Anfinsen Engineer
Gil Askey Arranger, Contributor
Fred Breitberg Engineer
Jim Burgess Engineer
George Bussey Arranger
Frank Zappa Composer
Tom Flye Engineer
Carlos Glover Engineer, drum programming
Bruce Gray Producer
Riley Hampton Arranger
Norman Harris Arranger, Producer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Eddie Kramer Engineer
LL Cool J Composer
James Mack Arranger
George Pappas Engineer
Gary Peterson Discographical Annotation
Don Sciarrotta Engineer
Dwayne "Muffla" Simon Composer
Ron Tyson Producer
Richard Wells Contributor
Fred Wesley Arranger
Harry Yarmark Engineer
Johnny Pate Arranger, Producer
Roy Glover Jr. Arranger
Bill Rinehart Composer
Coco Shinomiya Art Direction
Gary Slavo Arranger
Ron Stanley Engineer
Bobby Erving Composer
Carl Paroub Engineer
Rich Turfo Arranger
Dino Fakaris Arranger, Producer
Barney Conway Engineer
Leon Mitchell Arranger
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Frankie Bleu Composer
Darryl Pierce Composer
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