Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield CD (1997)

Artist: Curtis Mayfield

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Label Wea/rhino
SKU 60173883
UPC 081227258429
UPC 14 00081227258429
Format CD
Release Date 3/4/1997
Author Curtis Mayfield
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Russell, Devon
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Associated Artist/Work Womack, Bobby
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Technical Info
CatalogID 72584
Lable Name Rhino (Label)
Released 03/04/1997
Original Release 1996
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 74m : 41s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00081227258429
Album Notes and Credits
Producer: Curtis Mayfield.
Compilation producers: David Nathan, David McLees, Bill Inglot.
Includes liner notes by David Nathan.
Digitally remastered by Bill Inglot and Dan Herssch (DigiPrep).
Audio Remasterers: Daniel Hersch; Bill Inglot.
Liner Note Author: David Nathan .
Arrangers: Curtis Mayfield; Gary Slabo; Rich Tufo; Gil Askey; Johnny Pate; Riley Hampton.
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.
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.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (2/3/00, p.53) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...16 career-spanning songs, all good and most great..."
Disc 1
1 If There's A Hell Below We're All Going To Go, (Don't Worry)
2 Makings Of You, The
3 Move On Up
4 Get Down
5 We Got To Have Peace
6 Freddie's Dead - (from "Superlfy")
7 Superfly
8 Pusherman
9 Future Shock
10 Can't Say Nothin'
11 Kung Fu
12 So In Love
13 Only You Babe
14 Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here
15 Between You Baby And Me - (with Linda Clifford)
16 Do Be Down

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