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Curtis!

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(Don't Worry) If There Is A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
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The Other Side Of Town
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The Makings Of You
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We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue
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Move On Up
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Miss Black America
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Wild And Free
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Give It Up
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Power To The People
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Underground
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Ghetto Child
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Readings In Astrology
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Suffer
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Miss Black America
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The Makings Of You
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(Don't Worry) If There Is A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go
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[Don't Worry] If There Is A Hell Below, We're All Going To Go [Single Version]
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 72:37

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The Best Album

reyes4188

This Was A Good Oldie Album. I Love Curtic Mayfield.. This Is One On The Best Albums I Heard.

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Soul classic

Laylavoce

It's is so important to look back sometimes and listen to the albums that changed the face of soul music. Curtis! is a rich collection, Mayfield at his most melodic. Especially important listening for anyone who only knows his work from Superfly...Curtis! is the blueprint.

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Icon: Curtis Mayfield

By Michelangelo Matos, Contributor

Few musicians deserve the word "icon" the way Curtis Mayfield did. He was one of R&B's self-contained giants: co-founder of Curtom Records in 1968, the most skillful politically and socially-oriented songwriter of the late '60s and early '70s (as well as a romantic bard of the first order), a sweet and supple falsetto vocalist, and one of the most influential guitarists in all of soul and funk. He was the driving force behind the Impressions,… more »

They Say All Music Guide

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.” – Bruce Eder

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