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Numbered, Limited-Edition 24K Gold CD Features Mini-LP Style Packaging.
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes.
Mayfield's stunning 1970 solo debut set benchmarks in music, songwriting, and
production fields. At last, sonics that reveal the record's soulfulness.
Curtis Mayfield might best be remembered for producing the Super Fly soundtrack
but the incomparable soul singer/multi-instrumentalist/composer never eclipsed
the musical and songwriting genius of 1970’s groundbreaking Curtis. Released
shortly after he departed the Impressions, a vocal group that he’d already taken
in socially conscious directions, Mayfield’s self-titled solo debut set new
standards in areas of production, songwriting, and musical fusion. A gripping
statement that fearlessly confronted the controversial issues consuming America
and urban life, it served as an influential precursor to Marvin Gaye’s What’s
Going On and remains an inextricable part of the R&B landscape. Seldom has an
album registered with so many audiences and groups.
While drawing upon the doo-wop and gospel characteristics made famous by the
Impressions, Mayfield stood out as a solo pioneer by mixing in decidedly funky
rhythms, swirling string accompaniments, extended and wide-open grooves. His
exclusively falsetto singing heightened the drama. Almost unconsciously, Curtis
created the blueprint for the future of psychedelic funk, birth of
blaxploitation music, and advancement of elegant soul that placed black music on
the same platform as the era’s most celebrated pop and rock recordings. On top
of it all, the Chicago native delivered message-driven lyrics that challenged
the social, economic, and political concerns that had become inherent to the
African-American experience. Far from being preachy, Mayfield’s tightly focused
lyrics embrace a courageous freedom and sense of humanity, echoing like
conversations overheard on the street.
Rarely has any album more saliently addressed prejudice, disparity, and
injustice in such an intelligent and biting manner. The record’s crossover
appeal and catchy melodies spread Mayfield’s sentiments to the mainstream, which
embraced powerful emotional fare such as “(Don’t Worry) If There’s a Hell Below,
We’re All Going to Go,” an attention-getting single that reached number three on
the Billboard charts. Simultaneously menacing and empowering, lush and gritty,
intense and laidback, orchestral and lean, rousing and soothing, Curtis’
revolutionary legacy is further underscored by the presence of the uplifting
anthem “Move On Up,” an inspiring and unifying classic on par with Bob Dylan’s
“The Times They Are A-Changin’.” It’s no wonder that artists as disparate as the
Afghan Whigs, Bruce Springsteen, and My Morning Jacket have all covered material
from the album.
Mastered from the original master tapes, and available on numbered
limited-edition 24K Gold CD from Mobile Fidelity, the eminently soulful Curtis
now invigorates the senses and triggers reactions like never before. Mayfield’s
smooth singing and brilliant production devices--the harps and strings on “Wild
and Free,” progressive grooves of the wake-up call “The Other Side of Town,” the
lengthy R&B sway of “We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue,” the punctual horns
and shaking congas that spice nearly every track--resonate with incredible
immediacy and breathtaking clarity, all the while retaining the raw spirit and
ambitious sophistication Mayfield intended. Whether this 1970 classic is a
longtime favorite or you’ve never heard it, this is the only version to own.
Do not miss this musical masterpiece from Mobile Fidelity.
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 24 Karat Gold - Ultradisc II
• Mini-LP Style Packaging
1. (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Gonna Go
2. The Other Side of Town
3. The Makings of You
4. We the People Who Are Darker Than Blue
5. Move On Up
6. Miss Black America
7. Wild and Free
8. Give It Up