Curtis Mayfield: Classic or Dud?

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Does he deserve the "god-like" status attributed to him by certain magazines or was he just a high-voiced hippie? Me, I haven't really listened enough to judge. I've got the best of the Curtom Years CD, but don't put it on very often. Is he worth any more of my time?

Phil A., Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Apparently the later material was exceptionally patchy, but c'mon...you gotta give him a classic just for the Superfly soundtrack, which is a great funk/soul record (I'm not going to say it's the best, but it's certainly my favourite).

Sean Carruthers, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

High-voiced *hippie* ?? The guy started recording in 1959, for christ's sake. And even considering only the solo stuff... "Freddie's Dead", hippie ?

Anyway, classic for the Impressions and the solo career up to Superfly, one of my favorite R&B records, and I love the fact that he seems like an all-around good guy.

Patrick, Wednesday, 9 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Any best-of will do the job. Favorite tune: 'If there's a hell below...'

Omar, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Classic. Goes without saying he's a great singer/songwriter/producer, but he's also a v. underrated guitarist - check his red hot early 70s live dbl alb for proof - apparently a big influence on Robbie Robertson's 'mathematical' approach. Favourite tracks? 'Move on Up', 'If There's Hell Below' and 'Miss Black America'.

Andrew L, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Impressions' genre isn't my bag, but were it my bag, they'd be in it. Early-70s funk Curtis is total classic. All that wicky-wack guitar and - bonus! - lyrics that make an effort, go the extra mile, move on up! Fave tune: "Do Do Wap is Strong in Here." Whoo - that's a good 'un!

AP, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Complete classic. It doesn't matter that his songwriting is occasionally a little sloppy, his incredibly right-on and compassionate intentions always shine through. If you're looking for a slightly more cohesive album than the best of but don't want to trawl through some of the stodgier album tracks, Curtis Live! contains the best of his late Impressions and early solo years.

John Davey, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Perverse as ever, I am currently getting into the second CD of the 2CD "Indelible Impressions" 68-76 compilation - tracks done post- Curtis and with Leroy Hutson and Ed Townsend (co-writer and producer of "Let's Get It On") running things. But track 25 on CD1 - "We Must Be In Love" - is everything Saint Etienne would like to be but are too self-conscious to be.

Marcello Carlin, Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"High-voiced *hippie* ?? The guy started recording in 1959, for christ's sake. And even considering only the solo stuff... "Freddie's Dead", hippie ?"

I stand corrected. 1959, you say? I had no idea he'd been recording that long. Okay, so not a hippie at all. I couldn't really come up with a suitable negative description of him. Anyway, as I said I've not really listened to much of his stuff. Could you recommend any albums to a Curtis newbie like myself?

Phil A., Thursday, 10 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Go for the Superfly soundtrack, an awesome piece of blaxploitation-funk, as well as The Anthology 1961-1977, which includes mostly Impressions songs (you might have heard "People Get Ready", "Amen" and "Gypsy Woman") plus some (not enough) of his solo stuff ("Move On Up", "If There's A Hell Below...", "Freddie's Dead").

Patrick, Friday, 11 May 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
Curtis Mayfield is one of the most exceptional singer / songwriters of the 20th Century. There are three truly great socially-conscious songwriters of the 1970s and Mayfield is an equal with his more heralded colleagues Wonder and Gaye. All three managed to write deeply spiritual songs, powerful songs that attacked society's faults and beautiful love songs. Aside from the brilliance of the major hits Superfly and Freddie's Dead, Mayfield is also responsible for r&b gems like If There's A Hell Below and Do Do Wap Is Strong In Here amongst many, many others.

Timeless, a true classic.

Personal favourite song: People Get Ready - Mayfield said it straight: there's a train a-comin'...you don't need no baggage, you just get on board.

Tim Roxborogh, Tuesday, 24 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Dunno, I'd be suspicious if a train conductor insisted I didn't need any baggage. Like, where are we going, Belsen?

dave q, Tuesday, 24 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

don't know that much by curtis mayfield, but what i have heard is very good. Superfly soundtrack in particular is excellent. amusingly, the popularity of said soundtrack caused much plot-ruining hilarity at a screening of Superfly i was at in dublin recently ... when this guy walked on screen and someone said "hi, Freddie", everyone in the audience cracked up.

rener, Tuesday, 24 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

on the reissue of 'curtis' the bonus tracks are almost better than the actual album. almost. 'we are the people who are darker than blue' is one of the most amazing things i've ever heard.

ethan, Tuesday, 24 July 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Classic, classic, classic.

Agree with Andrew and John - 'Curtis Live!' is a great place to start, one of my favourite live albums. Most of his best songs, performed beautifully in a low-key setting.

Also search 'Curtis', 'Superfly', 'Roots', 'There's no place like America today', and any Impressions albums you can get your hands on. (I've not heard a bad one yet.)

They've got the 'Soul Legacy' box set in Fopp for £20. Should I buy it even though I've got a lot of his individual albums?

James Ball (James Ball), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 09:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yes. So classic, my hero. I have just bought the Curtom Years cds which have some Curtis as well as some great Five Stairsteps and Linda Clifford stuff. His last album wasn't bad either (though a bit dodgy in places). Much missed at Nordic Towers. :(

Nordicskillz (Nordicskillz), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 09:59 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

My God, is this a serious question?! So Classic! Classic to the nth degree! "High voiced Hippie"?! Them there are fightin words.

J-rock (Julien Sandiford), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 10:09 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I agree. Utterly fuckin' classic. "Curtis Live" is fantastic, despite the fact live albums suck and live soul albums (mainly) suck harder, this is just headspinningly unbelievable. Worth it for "Mighty Mighty" alone...and it's all uphill from there.

M Specktor (M Specktor), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 15:21 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Eh, I like his stuff with the Impressions infinitely more than his solo stuff.

amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 15:35 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

The definition of Classic---if only for his immense influence on JA singers.

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 16:37 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Curtis Mayfield is to late 60s JA pop what Chuck Berry was to mid 60s English pop. Better to say "The Impressions" though since it was the vocal harmonies as much as the songwriting that made such an impact.

amateurist (amateurist), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 16:40 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Better to say "The Impressions"

Word

oops (Oops), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 16:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Neudonym in "Curtis Mayfield Was Probably God Himself In Human Form Warts And All" non-shocka

Neudonym, Wednesday, 21 May 2003 17:36 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

After a quick check I find I have 25 Curtis/Impressions albums. It's not enough!

Martin Skidmore (Martin Skidmore), Wednesday, 21 May 2003 19:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
I came across this thread a few days ago, and wanted to add my comments. First of all, Curtis is an absolute classic. Anyone interested in getting into him should NOT listen to those who say a greatest hits will do. Believe me, it won't. I'd say start with Superfly, Live!, Curtis and Roots, and if you're dying for more (and you most likely will), then look into his curtom catalogue that isn't as easy to track down. As for the impressions stuff, all of the albums with Curtis are classics, so you really can't go wrong. Anyone who has been putting off buying impressions albums should note that Kent, who has reissued the first 8 albums as 2-fer CDs has supposedly stopped printing them. Just something to keep in mind.

I also noticed a post upthread that says the following:

"despite the fact live albums suck and live soul albums (mainly) suck harder"

I totally disagree with this statement (at least the latter part). I can't think of any live soul albums that suck, and I have Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and others, and to me, they are superior to the other live albums that I own.

Jonathan (Jonathan), Monday, 3 November 2003 18:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's pretty much all been said on this thread already - clearly the man gets (and deserves) much love as a "classic". Aside from the "canonical" stuff already mentioned (Superfly, People Get Ready, first couple solo albums) I would also add the lost gem that is the "Let's Do It Again" soundtrack: the Staple Singers, written and produced by Curtis. Gorgeous record, especially the title track.

Shakey Mo Collier, Monday, 3 November 2003 19:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'll second that, Shakey

Will (will), Monday, 3 November 2003 20:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

start with the impressions! especially the first record!

amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 3 November 2003 21:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I was thinking of reviving this thread the other day, too, just because I've been listening to him lots. I didn't have anything to say, though, so I opted against it. "Absolutely classic, dude. You can't even argue with that."

Sonny A. (Keiko), Monday, 3 November 2003 21:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The title track on new world order (his last album) is fantastic. Apparently he recorded the whole LP a line at a time (he didn't have enough breath to sing for long), which is pretty heroic.

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Monday, 3 November 2003 21:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's impressive in that context but do you really listen to it much?

amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 3 November 2003 21:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

o man. any love for got to find a way? mothers son, people! the guitar playing!

gaz (gaz), Monday, 3 November 2003 21:30 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's worth owning for the lead track, for sure

Chuck Tatum (Chuck Tatum), Monday, 3 November 2003 22:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Uh, I stand corrected Jonathan. You're right, of course, live soul albums don't suck--not the ones you refer to, anyway...rather a matter of rhetorical overflow in my effort to convince ppl that Curtis Live record is thoroughly kick-ass, and gets played more often than his studio records do. Although they too aren't far behind.

M Specktor (M Specktor), Monday, 3 November 2003 22:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

chuck, that's cool

amateur!st (amateurist), Monday, 3 November 2003 22:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

How timely. I got Curtis! Live last week, and it is of course awesome, as was most of the stuff he released 68-73. Highlight is his version of 'we've only just begun', which takes the song into areas Richard Carpenter never even dreamed of.

Billy Dods (Billy Dods), Monday, 3 November 2003 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
Classic, I love him. My favourite track is "Right on for the Darkness" from Back to the World, which demonstrates his great guitar playing as is mentioned above.

Keith Watson (kmw), Saturday, 12 June 2004 12:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Besides his huge influence in American music, he had a major effect on Jamaican music as well.

shookout (shookout), Saturday, 12 June 2004 12:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

dud

peter smith (plsmith), Saturday, 12 June 2004 17:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

JUST KIDDING! TOTAL CLASSIC!

peter smith (plsmith), Saturday, 12 June 2004 17:05 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm amazed that anyone could say he was dud. Particularly after hearing "Pusherman".

Bimble (bimble), Saturday, 12 June 2004 17:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No love for Jerry Butler?

(Dave Q's comment will forever change the way I hear, etc.)

Michael Daddino (epicharmus), Saturday, 12 June 2004 18:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"move on up" is so mind-bogglingly good.

amateur!st (amateurist), Sunday, 13 June 2004 03:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

he may be my favourite EVAH.

mullygrubber (gaz), Sunday, 13 June 2004 05:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i think curtis actually wrote a higher number of great songs in the impressions than as a solo artist, brilliant as superfly, and much of his solo (up to mid) 70s albums were.

as someone else said, if you can find the demo versions of a lot of his songs on superfly and the curtis album (i got mine on a 3 cd cheapo box set love peace understanding), theyre a lot more understated than the finished versions. he didnt pretty them up with strings and extra ornamenation.

thesplooge (thesplooge), Sunday, 13 June 2004 15:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I can't decide if "Move On Up" is the best song ever or if the single edit of "Move On Up" is better

Sonny A. (Keiko), Sunday, 13 June 2004 16:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oh I like the long one better, because it goes on longer.

And also because the break down is great.

Keith Watson (kmw), Sunday, 13 June 2004 16:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the breakdown is amazing.

thesplooge (thesplooge), Sunday, 13 June 2004 18:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, the long one is probably better. But I heard the short version first and liked how it was a perfect little pop song.
Deciding factor: when I had only heard the short version I had to listen to it on repeat to make the groove go on forever; album version = problem solved !

Sonny A. (Keiko), Sunday, 13 June 2004 18:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the great thing about that song is that its perfect whether you end it on that last snare before part 2 starts or if you let it play.

thesplooge (thesplooge), Sunday, 13 June 2004 19:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

but shit man if you think Superfly was patchy, who knows what you'll like.

Granny Dainger, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:15 (nine years ago) Permalink

Back to the World has a brilliant A side, but the B side is kinda weak compared to that.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:16 (nine years ago) Permalink

"Back to the World" is great, so much so that the guy i gave a loan of it to ten years ago still hasn't given me it back!

Ich Ber ein Binliner (Tom D.), Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:20 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.discogs.com/release/800885

Would you think getting this collection is a good choice? I already have more than third of the songs on various albums, but it's on sale for 25 euros, which doesn't sound that expensive for a 4 CD collection, and I'm not sure if I want to buy all of Mayfield's late 70s and 80s albums just because they may contain one or two great songs.

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:31 (nine years ago) Permalink

http://www.discogs.com/release/507590

Also, has anyone heard this remix album? Is it any good?

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

Usually I'm not at all puritanical about this things, but it does seem kinda blasphemous to do a Club Remix of "People Get Ready".

Tuomas, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

but shit man if you think Superfly was patchy, who knows what you'll like.
Yeah, this! The bonus disc on the reissue is a little unnecessary, but the album itself is about as un-patchy as you get!

I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE UP TO (Colonel Poo), Wednesday, 15 October 2008 14:39 (nine years ago) Permalink

There's No Place Like America Today is my (as well as a few friends') favorite Mayfield album. "So in Love"!!!

Patrick South, Wednesday, 15 October 2008 15:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Curtis, Curtis Live, Roots & Superfly is a heck of a run of albums. I spent the weekend listening to all four a few times and they are just perfect. Curtis Mayfield had just about the perfect sound, it was funky, fuzzy and driving yet laid back, lovely and melodic at the same time. That is not an easy combination to pull off.

earlnash, Monday, 14 June 2010 02:24 (eight years ago) Permalink

Curtis Live is probably one of the top ten live albums ever -- so good.

tylerw, Monday, 14 June 2010 03:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Impressions, "The Young Mod's Forgotten Story" is CLASSIC.

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Monday, 14 June 2010 06:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

Mods'

silence is a rhythm too (Turangalila), Monday, 14 June 2010 06:57 (eight years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Does he deserve the "god-like" status attributed to him

Curtis does (he's up there with Ellington as far as I'm concerned), and so does his bassist, who I've gathered was Joseph "Lucky" Scott, no?

hope this helps (Granny Dainger), Friday, 3 September 2010 18:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This thread made me very happy.

Mule, Saturday, 11 February 2012 12:58 (six years ago) Permalink

Can't understand how anyone could diss Curtis Mayfield. I even like his 80s stuff, like Dirty Laundry

Dr X O'Skeleton, Saturday, 11 February 2012 18:53 (six years ago) Permalink

Good lord, who could dislike Curtis Mayfield??

Me, I love most of it - but Curtis and '75's There's No Place Like America Today are my favorites.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvSfeanNFIM

chromecassettes, Sunday, 12 February 2012 02:44 (six years ago) Permalink

Curtis, Curtis Live, Roots & Superfly is a heck of a run of albums. I spent the weekend listening to all four a few times and they are just perfect. Curtis Mayfield had just about the perfect sound, it was funky, fuzzy and driving yet laid back, lovely and melodic at the same time. That is not an easy combination to pull off.

― earlnash, Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:24 PM (1 year ago)


This is totally otm.

Only the RONG Survive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:03 (six years ago) Permalink

Is there a concert length video of him from the early 70s anywhere? I've only come across isolated single tracks from OGWT and a couple of US various artists shows.

Plus Curtis Live is the only live audio full length that I've come across from the 70s. think a couple of 90s shows have appeared but I prefer the original era.

To add to comment earlier in the thread I thought he was in the middle of a major comeback when a lighting rig fell on him. The Wag Club type crowd of 80s/90s hipster/mod types (I'm thinking Acid Jazz-type folks) seemed to really like him and I think it was crossing over a bit more mainstream if I remember rightly.

There is a pretty good bio dvd on him called Movin On Up which is interspersed with performance videos. Must rewatch it. But from what I can recall of looking at it before you can't isolate the performances from the narrative and I don't think they're full performances. Hope rewatching proves that wrong though.

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 February 2012 10:44 (six years ago) Permalink

I could be wrong but I think many of the performances are lip synchs fromn memory - hence disappointing.

Hinklepicker, Sunday, 12 February 2012 20:07 (six years ago) Permalink

I liked him live when I saw him in the old 930 Club on F St in DC, in hmmm, the 80s or 90s.

curmudgeon, Monday, 13 February 2012 14:59 (six years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

are those Impressions albums worth picking up, or should I just stick with a comp? there are so many of them and I imagine many of them are just vehicles for the singles. but, maybe I'll be surprised?

frogbs, Thursday, 22 March 2012 19:26 (six years ago) Permalink

The Young Mods' Forgotten Story is beautiful. Get it.

Turangalila, Thursday, 22 March 2012 20:09 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_9Xy2JF1vo

Turangalila, Thursday, 22 March 2012 20:10 (six years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

if you're not doing anything else today you might listen to There's No Place Like America Today and groove the fuck out to a genius piece of music

cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 25 May 2012 18:28 (six years ago) Permalink

So in Love is incredible.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Monday, 28 May 2012 15:04 (six years ago) Permalink

Yeah that whole album is perfect, my second of his favourite after the debut.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 28 May 2012 18:39 (six years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuytQvycLag

Turangalila, Tuesday, 29 May 2012 00:11 (six years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

if you're not doing anything else today you might listen to There's No Place Like America Today and groove the fuck out to a genius piece of music

― cosi fan whitford (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, May 25, 2012 2:28 PM (2 weeks ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yes! been doing this a lot lately

horseshoe, Tuesday, 12 June 2012 23:52 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Curtis, Curtis Live, Roots & Superfly is a heck of a run of albums. I spent the weekend listening to all four a few times and they are just perfect. Curtis Mayfield had just about the perfect sound, it was funky, fuzzy and driving yet laid back, lovely and melodic at the same time. That is not an easy combination to pull off.

― earlnash, Sunday, June 13, 2010 10:24 PM (1 year ago)

This is totally otm.

― Only the RONG Survive (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, February 12, 2012

Was listening to these on a long car ride this weekend. Great stuff

curmudgeon, Monday, 5 November 2012 16:00 (five years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bi6DDa5cVMU

j., Monday, 5 November 2012 23:24 (five years ago) Permalink

'Back to the World,' 'Got to Find a Way,' 'There's No Place Like America Today,' 'Sweet Exorcist' and 'Short Eyes' never get enough props. Somebody needs to make those albums easily available. Mayfield is definitely my favorite soul artist.

^this.
I picked up vinyl of 'Let's Do it Again' OST, produced by Curtis with Staple Singers on at least one track. Also recommended.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 01:58 (five years ago) Permalink

How did I previously miss "There's No Place Like America Today"? Had seen it, but never listened till last night on Spotify.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

I think it may have been one of the first of his lps I heard about since it was on the mid 80s NME best 100 lps of all time list if I remember rightly. Took me a lot longer to get my hands on it and I really need to give it another ear soon.
Iconic cover.

I have most of the solo lps up to about '75. Really need to grab the 2fer cd of Sweet Exorcist/Got to Find a Way and could do with a new copy of the s/t lp Curtis. Think my last copy is in pretty naff state.

Still wish there was more performance footage of him around.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 20:12 (five years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

How had I never heard this before?!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vy56BvFDgEE

MaudAddam (cryptosicko), Monday, 29 December 2014 14:13 (three years ago) Permalink

this is the shit

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sBQPVnKO_Y

The Reverend, Monday, 29 December 2014 18:50 (three years ago) Permalink

"Do Do Wap" was a common pick of mine when I dj'd out. Love that song. I had never heard the Patti Jo one, really diggin' my first listen.

The Thelonius Monk of nu-ki? (Dan Peterson), Monday, 29 December 2014 19:03 (three years ago) Permalink

Doo Doo Wap is one of my favourite Curtis songs. Short Eyes is his most underrated album.

He did his own version of Make Me Believe In You on Sweet Exorcist but I think the first version I heard of it was Amerie's cover in 2007.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 29 December 2014 19:26 (three years ago) Permalink

Never heard short eyes. Title always weirded me out a bit

Οὖτις, Monday, 29 December 2014 19:27 (three years ago) Permalink

I assume he meant something else besides pedophile

Οὖτις, Monday, 29 December 2014 19:35 (three years ago) Permalink

the first version I heard of it was Amerie's cover in 2007

same tbh

The Reverend, Monday, 29 December 2014 20:01 (three years ago) Permalink

mayfield's records are pretty damn strong until the end of the 1970s, then they start getting soporific pretty quick.

I dunno. (amateurist), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:06 (three years ago) Permalink

XP - Cusrtis' Short Eyes album is a soundtrack to a prison flick which details how child molesters are treated in prison.

So, yes, it is a pedo reference.

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:33 (three years ago) Permalink

*Curtis'

austinato (Austin), Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:34 (three years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

75th Birthday Tribute event in Washington DC

*Curtis Mayfield tribute with Professor Aaron Cohen and DJ Jahsonic at 11 am Sunday December 17th at the National Gallery of Art East wing Theatre for free followed by movie Urban Soul at 1:30pm

curmudgeon, Sunday, 17 December 2017 06:15 (six months ago) Permalink

An interesting presentation. Professor mentioned Mayfield's use of f sharp, and how Hendrix learned some from Mayfield when Jimi opened for him. He played a demo from when Mayfield was 15 and showed a video clip of Mayfield acting in a movie

curmudgeon, Monday, 18 December 2017 21:52 (six months ago) Permalink

Looking forward to Cohen’s book, although I also need to read that one by Mayfield’s son

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 19 December 2017 16:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Over the years, I've become to really love "Here but I'm Gone". That tune is so lovely, sad and true. It even takes a whole other trip when you consider the circumstances that Curtis wrote and sung it. It is a rare piece of music that if considered, makes you check yourself.

earlnash, Wednesday, 20 December 2017 04:03 (six months ago) Permalink

Future Song (Love a Woman) slays

https://open.spotify.com/track/3hi078NgfqTvFj98hbECFR?si=tzu63FwrQ6-jDkJX5p824A

calstars, Sunday, 31 December 2017 01:51 (five months ago) Permalink

Shit is tight

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpJtb3rL2SU

calstars, Sunday, 31 December 2017 01:59 (five months ago) Permalink


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