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Format: CD
Sku: 60173883
UPC: 081227258429
UPC 14: 00081227258429
Release Date: 3/4/1997
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go, (Don't Worry) ~ Curtis Mayfield
2. Makings Of You, The ~ Curtis Mayfield
3. Move On Up ~ Curtis Mayfield
4. Get Down ~ Curtis Mayfield
5. We Got To Have Peace ~ Curtis Mayfield
6. Freddie's Dead - (from "Superlfy") ~ Curtis Mayfield
7. Superfly ~ Curtis Mayfield
8. Pusherman ~ Curtis Mayfield
9. Future Shock ~ Curtis Mayfield
10. Can't Say Nothin' ~ Curtis Mayfield
11. Kung Fu ~ Curtis Mayfield
12. So In Love ~ Curtis Mayfield
13. Only You Babe ~ Curtis Mayfield
14. Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here ~ Curtis Mayfield
15. Between You Baby And Me - (with Linda Clifford) ~ Curtis Mayfield
16. Do Be Down ~ Curtis Mayfield

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Producer: Curtis Mayfield.
Muze PNote Compilation producers: David Nathan, David McLees, Bill Inglot.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Herssch (DigiPrep).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: David Nathan .
Muze PNote Arrangers: Curtis Mayfield; Gary Slabo; Rich Tufo; Gil Askey; Johnny Pate; Riley Hampton.
Muze PNote This single-disc Rhino compilation culls Curtis Mayfield's biggest '70s hits. One of the brightest lights of soul and funk music in the late 20th century, Mayfield's impact on music as a singer, songwriter, producer, and spokesman on issues of social concern, first as a member of The Impressions in the '60s, then as a solo performer, is incalculable.
Muze PNote THE VERY BEST OF samples his distinctive and varied palette, from 1970's chilling call to equality "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" to the smooth, understated R&B of 1990's "Do Be Down." In between are smoldering bedroom ballads ("The Makings of You," "So in Love"), irrepressible dance tracks ("Move On Up"), and appeals to social conscience ("We Got to Have Peace," "Future Shock"). Also included are three killer entries from the SUPERFLY soundtrack: "Freddie's Dead," "Pusherman," and the eternally grooving theme song. As always, Mayfield's tasteful guitar work, ambitious arrangements, and sweet, powerfully soulful falsetto vocals shine throughout. While fans seeking a more complete exploration of the man's discography should seek the three-disc Rhino box, THE VERY BEST OF provides a superior shortlist of this seminal figure's solo work.

Artist Overview

After leaving his position as leader of the Impressions, one of the most successful black vocal groups of the 1960s, Curtis Mayfield made progressive and highly influential funk/R&B records, most notably the soundtrack to the cult movie SUPERFLY. His unique, simultaneous rhythm/lead guitar style and fragile falsetto vocals have been much imitated but never duplicated. In 1990, Mayfield was the victim of an onstage accident that made him a quadriplegic, but it didn't stop him from making music. He released an album of new material in '96, though he would pass away three years later.

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Top Of The Pop Hits:70's Vol 2
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Muze Music Compilations Watch The Throne (Explicit Version) (Jay-Z & Kanye West)

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack
Superfly [Remaster] ~ Original Soundtrack
Russell, Devon
Staple Singers (The)
Womack, Bobby

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/04/1997
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1996
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 72584
Music Label Name Label : Rhino (Label)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00081227258429

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (2/3/00, p.53)
- 4 stars out of 5 - "...16 career-spanning songs, all good and most great..."

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