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Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
"The Anthology 1961-1977"

© MCA Records

Year of Release: 1992

track listing
Disc One:
  • Gypsy Woman
  • Grow Closer Together
  • Never Let Me Go
  • Little Young Lover
  • Minstrel And Queen
  • I'm The One
    Who Loves You
  • Sad Sad Girl And Boy
  • It's All Right
  • Talking About My Baby
  • I'm So Proud
  • Keep On Pushing
  • You Must Believe Me
  • See The Real Me
  • Amen
  • I've Been Trying
  • People Get Ready
  • It's Hard To Believe
  • Woman's Got Soul
  • Meeting Over Yonder
  • I Need You
  • You've Been Cheatin'
  • Man Oh Man
  • Can't Satisfy
  • We're A Winner
  • I Loved And I Lost
  • We're Rolling On
    (Part One)
    Disc Two:
  • Fool For You
  • This Is My Country
  • Choice Of Colors
  • Check Out Your Mind
  • Move On Up
  • (Don't Worry)
    If There's A
    Hell Below
    We're All Going
    To Go
  • The Makings Of You
  • Beautiful Brother Of Mine
  • Freddie's Dead
  • Superfly
  • Pusherman
  • So In Love
  • Only You Babe
    (single edit)
  • Do Do Wap Is Strong
    In Here (single edit)

  • WSVNRadio Archives
    A B C D E F G H I J K L M
    N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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    Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
    "The Anthology 1961-1977"

    Most music fans from the Soul era of the 1970s decade may remember Curtis Mayfield popular with his solo song, "Superfly." But for some, thay may not know that he started out in music in the early 1960s with his group, The Impressions. He wrote/co-wrote many of their popular hits, likewise on his own in his solo years of the 1970s. Of the most popular songs from the Impressions era was "Gypsy Woman" (also popular by the likes of Brian Hyland and Jay & The Americans, "It's All Right" (which would later be performed a-cappela by Huey Lewis & The News), "People Get Ready" (recorded later by the likes of Bob Marley and together by Jeff Beck & Rod Stewart). Another song I remember while growing up was "Keep On Pushing." Another impressive hit was the gospel standard "Amen." As the 1960s drew to a close, Mayfield would become involved with the Civil Rights movement. As the 1970s arrived, he would continue writing and recording songs in the political atmoshphere. He would be best remembered for two songs from the same album and movie Superfly -- the title track, and "Freddie's Dead." His Superfly album reached #1 on the album chart in October, 1972, for 4 weeks. Mayfield's songwriting credit would become big hits for other artists in the 1960s -- such as "Um, Um, Um, Um, Um" by Major Lance, and "He Will Break Your Heart" by Jerry Butler.

    Soul and R&B best describes the other songs by The Impressions in this set, having a more soulful approach, and likewise the doo-wop sound that was most popular in the 1950s of Rock and Roll. Alot of the soulful songs were easily compared to the likes of other popular black singers of the late 1960s, such as Marvin Gaye, and Jerry Butler (who in the beginning of The Impressions was vocalist; Mayfield replaced Butler after he left the group, and became lead singer). His high falsetto voice during the Impressions era was never heard from previous artists and vocal groups. His falsetto voice would be very prominent in his biggest hits. The Impressions' music could also be easily compared to Motown, and on the note of high falsetto voices, The Temptations would also be famous using high and low voices throughout their incredible career, although The Temptations would become famous after 1961, which Mayfield's first hit with The Impressions would surface, "Gypsy Woman."

    Mayfield would become a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, yet he would be unable to attend, due to health reasons. His right leg was amptutated in 1998, as a result of diabetes. What would be more sad to learn, that in 1990, he became paralyzed from the neck down, while performing. Stage lighting equipment fell on him during a concert in Brooklyn, New York. Although through these two health tragedies, he would continue recording until his death. Curtis Mayfield passed away on December 26, 1999.

    Curtis Mayfield's music will always hold a special place in popular music history, as he wrote great tunes for the Impressions, and related to the times of the late 1960s and early 1970s with politically themed songs. The Anthology 1961-1977 is an excellent assortment of a true Rock & Roll Hall of Famer. Discovering his music, pre-, during, and post- Superfly is a treat on this compilation.

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